Our History of Wonder

Born To Please

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Unaware yet born to please,
Shedding blood in greed and fear,
Two wills, one selfish and one to appease,
Serving two masters is doubly clear
Divinity patiently waits to join us here.

Burning without destroying, man is drawn,
Confused by how this could appear,
Barefoot steps tremble on legs of a fawn,
The Irresistible orders Moses to lead on.
Ending man’s innate question with more to think upon.

Aware and finding reason to please,
A scapegoat is devised to lay their sins upon,
Yet power corrupts due to man’s disease
Laying law upon law, love is soon gone,
Replaced by our will serving our need,
Doubting even The Ten that convicts of our greed.

Undaunted and untamed, Emmanuel borrows skin,
Fragile and human, Jesus comes to feed,
Giving Himself as food for forgotten sin,
The Christ of God breaks Death’s final grin,
The grave once greedy cannot hold resurrection win.
Grace and peace, by loving God and neighbor begins.

Keys are given atop of a rock,
One day to surrender and led by an enemy’s whim,
Purity is from dross The Spirit continues the stock,
In spite of Power, soon time forgets and corruption begins,
Saints are sent while the encourage the true flock,
Laws upon laws, the slumbering are loyal yet God is mocked.

Still hope remains in the trusting souls,
Whose trust surrendered to their Redeemer’s knock,
Fearlessly led by the Anointed’s beatific goal,
Inexpressible joy is given when we relinquish control,
Loving God through our neighbor in forgiving revolt,
Until that Day of Wrath, when the Lamb pours out the bowls,

Yet, despite pious boast, regret will cover those who condemn,
Those unjustly shamed and discarded Christ collects from another fold,
For Heaven is not a room to secure to which we ascend,
But true community that weds a Groom who willingly descends.
The Bride’s “I do” is our present ‘Amen.”

By Chris Clody 5/9/15

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God Blesses The World

 

God Blesses the World

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For the sake of Jesus,
God blesses the world,
From the depth of majesty,
From which mercy is hurled.
For the light of His love,
Shines through five wounds,
The hands, feet, and side,
From which profound freedom blooms.
One cannot stare past the light,
That burns like the sun,
Unless one looks humbly,
As if into a gun.
But it is not fear of dying,
That draws humility’s gaze,
Rather, fear of not living,
For Whom has numbered our days.
The long shadows we cast,
Are reminders to shine,
To cast off our darkness,
Through faith and works combined.
We were born to reflect
Not stare into the sun,
And bask in His warmth,
For the new spring has begun.
Love thy neighbor,
And live for God’s glory,
For the moments are counting,
Each breath of our love story.

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By Chris Clody 4/15/14

 

The Affairs of the Heart

imagesluvHappy Valentine’s Day to me – because of the God that stole my heart.  I am also beyond grateful for my wife and family for the joys and challenges allowing me to realize my progress and need towards greater love.  In today’s suffocating, politicized climate arguing the rights of love, pertaining to our own bodies or with another, I am finding myself gasping to breathe the final words by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 proclaiming “love endures all”.  Whether we believe in labeling ourselves as Christian or not, understanding the gift and weight of love given to our species deserves far more than this muddied, political banter and self-righteous opinion or belief.  Love deserves our action.  If love truly endures all, never fails, or conquers all, then why are you and I yelling? Although love affects all of us, it also offers us the chance to display it, not as a right but simply as a gift to give. Pure love is borne from sacrifice for another and Christ did that for us. I wish God’s love had a warning label on it as it far exceeds our understanding finding meaning only in our humility and sorrow as the heart dares to contemplate the vastness of His mercy.  Christianity is not about reserving an assured room in some heavenly mansion, rather it is an opportunity to endure with diversity allowing our words and actions a chance to glow in acknowledgment of this mercy. Christianity should neither be impatient, unkind, envious, boastful, arrogant, rude, insist on its own way, irritable, resentful, or rejoice at wrongdoing. Christianity simply rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Along with the power to give love, we have been allowed the opportunity to forgive. Oh yeah, forgiveness does however come with a warning…

Dear “Christian”, if love led the King of Kings like a silent lamb to slaughter, action, not simply preaching, also awaits our next step towards this gift of greater love.

Abandon yourself to true love,

Chris

Lord’s Day

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Beware for soon the Perfect comes,
And alone His voice will be heard,
Judgment will beat from holy drums,
we’ll see ourselves no longer blurred,
while lifting our eyes to the Word.

Shameful tears will flood our rivers,
Cleansing lands where hatred occurred,
The weight of sin is now considered,
Love’s pure action will deliver.

Servant’s tears will be wiped away,
By pierced hands with saving measure,
Tears that go untouched and astray,
Fill the rivers on this Lord’s Day.

Joy unspeakable for those He knew,
Despair eternal for hearts betrayed –
wherein lies, hatred and prejudice grew.

Love is an action- forgiveness our path,
Run towards His mercy not away from His wrath.

By Chris Clody 2/14/14

This Dimming World

The Gospel is a powerful flame from an eternal, consuming fire.    Submitting to its heat and light is governed by the length of wick we allow it burn.

Free will is a battle of control and trust.   Our vanity screams, “How much is enough?” while our soul screams “More!”  We are challenge to set this world on fire in a dimming world.  Although rebellion to God’s will dim the heart and soul, the light, is more often than not, simply unwelcomed.   Although the light is criticized as some prudish moralizer its purpose of casting shadows are meant for something far greater.  Looking at the long shadows behind us remind us we were made for something more – something magnificent.  It is not out of fear that the light draws the moth.  Yes, there is repentance and sorrow for our sins when embraced of the Holy Spirit, yet the release of our regret is our first breath of true freedom.  Freedom from fear and the warmth of indestructible love provide a new haven in which no words could condemn a heart for Christ.

Shine on,

Chris

 

 

 

This Dimming World

Darkness engulfs this dimming world,
Rebellion roots deep into hearts,
Love that bravely hung from a cross,
Is forgotten like abstract art.

The Christ-God is a delusion,
A laughable myth swallowed whole,
Rational thought evades my faith,
Trapped within some clueless black hole.

Maybe I am not your bible,
Or the lid to your problem’s pot.
But the Hope I render freely,
Offers light to your proud, blind spot.

Listen to your abandoned soul,
That aches to hold the Father’s gaze.
Be still and awaken your heart,
Choking in your rebellious haze.

My prayers will always follow you,
Like a faithful dog at your side.
Whose hopeful tail and soulful eyes,
Patiently wait ‘til pride subsides.

Should beating hearts humbly repent,
Before God calls back a silent drum,
Give praise to the Christ in whom God sent,
And shine before the Perfect comes.

 ©2012 by Chris Clody 4/23/2012

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There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

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What is Truth?

     I am always grateful for the opportunity to listen to a person seeking truth.  It is as exciting as is their confusion in finding a nice box to contain friendships of diverse beliefs, understanding tolerance, and still allow some room for a God who loves. There’s an air of dissatisfaction in their knowledge of Christianity that seems intolerant and judgmental towards anything outside its slice of white bread.  As fortunate it is for me to listen and encourage another’s faith towards Christ, I left this conversation pensive and somewhat sad.  This sadness stayed and grew with me for the following two days.  It left me hollow. My soul felt dry and distant from God’s quenching nearness. I needed to embrace another’s ache of loneliness that left me both sore and sorrowful.  Maybe Christianity sells its sizzle instead of its steak.  Maybe it’s the push for miracles instead of redemption.  Often loving, compassionate and social souls fear their most precious commodity in friendships will be jeopardized should their understanding of Christianity clash with their Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim friends.  After all, these friendships are built on genuine trust and mutual kindness which seems to offer credibility to another’s passionate beliefs.  Then, like Pilot before Christ, I asked my new friend, “So, what is Truth?” This question still echoes in my sadness since there can only be one truth.  Divine truth cannot contradict itself. 

     Instead of debating the golden rules shared by the diversity of faiths that verifies the world’s definition of religious tolerance, we should view faith through the wounds that forgave our sins.  It is joy, not fear, that takes our friends and family by the hand to visits Christ’s empty tomb.   We must not look upon another’s sin with judgment but see it through the eyes of a crucified God.  We must realize God’s hatred of sin that required love taken from his absolute poverty to gain atonement for his creation.  Ironically, this understanding and authority of forgiveness has divided family, friends and nations.   Far above any cross caused by the consequence of sin looms the burden of bearing the cross of salvation through forgiveness.  Before the modern concept of altar calls and sinners’ prayers gained popularity, those seeking to be holy like God is holy, sought the narrow road of transformation through a reverent, moral life.  To be fair, it is the world’s hatred of God’s intolerance towards sin that is displaced upon Christianity’s narrow path to salvation.  Therefore, although Jesus came to serve and save sinners, his authority continues to divide.  We must first see ourselves as eternal beings regardless of the social and religious friction that makes us nearsighted and fearful.  We must encourage each other with the truth that Christ did overcome the world.  Christ will draw friends, family, and even our enemies to him if we lift him up.  Truly, Christianity is most resplendent when it comes to serve and forgive while leaving Jesus to judge the saved.   And yes… miracles still thankfully happen.

This little light of mine…

Peace,

Chris

What is your perspective on seeking and communicating truth?