In Search of Love


Where Is Love

 

1 John 4:19-21
New International Version (NIV)

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


Where Is Love

I met a man,
A most curious man,
Who held all the answers
In the palm of his hand,

So I posed him some questions
And asked for his aid,
Here’s what I asked him
And what he conveyed,

Draw me a picture,
Write me a book,
What is love?
And where should I look?

Is it high on a mountain?
Or deep in the sea?
Are there any directions
That you might give to me?

Could I buy it with money?
Or swap it for jewels?
I’m willing to work,
If I have the right tools?

Give me a hint,
Give me a clue,
Show me the right road
To what I pursue,

I’ve heard that love
Is the greatest of treasures,
And I’ve grown quite tired
Of these earthly pleasures,

Please won’t you help me?
Won’t you take hold of my hand?
Lead me and guide me
To this prize most grand,

His answer was clear
As clear could be,
You cannot earn love,
You see… Love is free,

You’re blessed if you find it,
More so, if it’s a gift,
Because it comes down from heaven
Or it does not exist.

So look high above
And send up a prayer,
The one who love finds
Must be willing to share.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Open our hearts and minds that we might forgive one another and live in love. Those who do, live with You. May it be so for always. Thank You!

When Justice Comes

Dance of Fate

 


Matthew 24:30
New Living Translation (NLT)

30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.


Just and Sure

Come and dance beneath the moon
In the twilight’s eerie glow,
And rail against life’s injustices
Down here in the darkness below,

Where children died in the streets alone
And old men must take a pill and wait,
What justice lies in apathy?
Or even in the hands of fate?

If only there was a court supreme
Where the smallest voice was heard,
And truth was revealed to one and all
Without the speaking of a word,

A court so high and beyond reproach
Not a verdict is overturned,
The judge was tempted just as us
Yet the Crown of Life he earned,

Down here with us there’s no such court,
Nor judge as just and fair,
We’ll have to wait until “that day”
When he comes on the clouds above the air.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Your plan is set in stone from the beginning of time. We have only to wait for it’s coming. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Deep Within Us


Charlatan

 


James 1:22-26
New Living Translation (NLT)

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.


Charlatan

The sun has set, the moon is full,
We’re deep into the night,
Something moved; out there somewhere
And gave me such a fright,

A creepy, little charlatan
With eyes glowing like a light,
Who cannot leave center stage
Though he tries with all his might,

Applaud and he’ll come running,
Take note and he’ll appear,
He longs to have attention,
He longs to have folks near,

He claims to have possession
Of truth that is supreme,
But all that he is saying
Is not quite as it might seem,

So forgive me if I’m skeptical,
Forgive me if I walk away,
You see; I’ve watched this guy in the mirror
Almost every single day.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

A liar lives within us and lifts his pitiful self to new heights each day. May he never gain control. May You always guide us to righteousness. Thank You!

Ain’t I Swell!


Pride

 

Proverbs 16:18
New Living Translation (NLT)

18 Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.


Blinded By Pride

I really paid an awful lot,
My car is off the chart,
Just look at all the stuff it has,
It makes me stand apart,

Oh! And take a careful look
At the house that I just bought,
It has the very best there is,
I wrote the check without a thought,

Just look here in the mirror,
I wear my hair in a special way,
It makes me look like a movie star,
With they’re swagger and their sway,

And my clothes are all designer,
These are thousand dollar jeans,
You might think that quite extravagant
But after all, I have the means,

Oh no! I wasn’t flaunting!
I’m just sharing my good news,
Perhaps you’re just getting jealous
And it’s giving you the blues.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

We bathe ourselves in pride in order to hide our self-loathing. Please help us to measure our worth, not in the darkness of our shortcomings, but in the light of Your mercy. Thank You for such great love.

I See It!


Trust the Light


John 12:36
New Living Translation (NLT)

36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”
After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.


Trust in the Light

My power’s off,
It’s black as night,
When might they come
And restore the light,

So I can cook
And watch tv,
Occupy my mind
And set it free,

But I do not think
Like many more,
That god sits quietly
And can be ignored,

A ravaged heart
He can repair,
Fill it with love
And our pain he’ll share,

But we must ask
And take his hand,
Faith in him
Is his only demand.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

You know us too well to ask that we do anything. Instead You do it all and only ask that we acknowledge what You have done. “You have done it all!” Thank You, Lord for redeeming us and loving us.

What Great Power!

Pick a Power

 


Matthew 18:21-22
New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!


Pick a Power

If I could have one power,
What would be the best?
What would mean the most to me?
That would outshine all the rest,

Should I choose to be real strong,
Or run at lightning speed?
Or if I could read the thoughts of men,
Would that be all I’d need?

I might should pick the gift of gab?
And become a household name,
Or maybe I could be a star
And rise to worldly fame?

Then again I think it’s certain?
What gives the most power to live,
Is to turn loose of all my anger,
And to seventy times seven forgive.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Bless us with hearts that forgive and minds that forget. You have forgiven us of much so we should forgive those who hurt us, but we need Your power to do it.

 

Storm Breaker


Storms


Mark 4:39
King James Version (KJV)

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.


Storms

There are storms of wind
And storms of rain,
Storms of loneliness,
Storms of pain,

Storms of our making
And storms that are not,
Storms that are cold,
Storms that are hot,

Storms at home
And storms on the road,
Storms held inside,
Storms that explode,

Storms in the kitchen
And storms in the den,
Storms that happen once,
Storms that never end,

Dear Lord of the heavens,
Calm our storms if you will,
Please speak these simple words
“Peace, be still!”

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

There are storms all over tonight, Lord. Be with those in the path of the hurricane, and be with those who are in the throes of their own hurtful storms…wherever they are…whatever the storm. Thank You, Lord for loving us so much.

 

 

Be Lifted Up


In Your Embrace

 


Psalm 73:25-28
New Living Translation (NLT)

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.


In Your Embrace

My deepest desire
Is not to win life’s race,
But to find myself again
Within your warm embrace,

Having run so long without you,
I long to feel your gentle touch,
To know again that perfect love
I’ve been missing so very much,

It comforts when I’m troubled,
It lifts me when I’m down,
I find you right beside me
When no one else will come around,

And in the evening when I slumber
And my dreams are dark and dank,
It’s you whose touch revives me,
It’s you that I must thank,

So take the world and all it’s worth,
Every nickel, every dime,
I won’t need a single penny
If I have this embrace divine.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,
You are the treasure to be found. You are the only desire of our hearts. Were it not for You there would be no love at all. Carry us, Lord, in the cradle of Your loving arms.

 

Stand Against the Darkness


Warrior


Romans 8:37
New King James Version (NKJV)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.


Warrior?

Some say that we are warriors,
If so, how can I win the fight?
I have no strength or weapons
And I’m scared most every night,

I’ve failed at almost everything
That I’ve set out to do,
And my sins are always showing
Like some horrible tattoo,

My speech is rather funny
And my tongue is awful slow,
How I can get you to listen
To the one thing that I know?

It’s true I am not special
But he doesn’t even care,
The god who made the heavens
Will not treat me fair,

You see, I deserve harsh judgment
For all that I have done,
But he took away my punishment
And laid it upon his son,

And that’s my only weapon
Against the evil in front of me,
I claim the grace freely given
That washes and sets me free.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Like young David, we face the giants of this world. We are scoffed at by our enemies. They laugh because we seem to be so helpless, yet we are not. We are the fiercest of warriors for we come not as ourselves, but in Your name and with Your strength. Have mercy upon them Lord for they are no match for You. Thank You for loving us in spite of our wicked selves.

 

 

Believe.


Too Much Ado

 


Mark 1:15
New International Version (NIV)

15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”


Too Much Ado

Our clocks are ticking,
Our alarms are set,
They haven’t started ringing
So it’s not time yet,

So much to do
And time’s running out,
Should we work on quietly?
Or give out a big shout?

Might need to dance?
Maybe even sing?
Knowing what to do
Is a most mysterious thing,

Hand to the plow,
Nose to the stone,
Pondering our purposes
Won’t leave us alone,

The sky is the limit
But turn loose of the world,
What might seem so simple
Leaves our minds all swirled,

There’s one easy answer,
One thing we can all do,
Just believe what he told us
And live life born anew.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

There is nothing to do, but believe. You have set us free through Your Son, Jesus. Help us all to believe in Him and be born again.