A Code of Conduct


A Simple Plan

 

Matthew 22:37-40
New Living Translation (NLT)

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”


A Simple Plan

What I needed to face the world
Was a plan that would prevail,
Some sort of map or paradigm
That could not stall or fail,

It had to be both true and fair
To everyone’s separate ways,
And yet not deny what I believed
In all that it conveyed,

A simple way to meet all men
That should not cause disgust,
A way to spread the truth I know
That would not breed mistrust,

I was about to give up and quit,
This quest seeming to be in vain,
When I remembered these wise words
And all that they could attain,

“Love God with all your heart, soul and mind”
“And love others as if they were you”
There is no better plan to end the hate
And give the respect that all are due.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Please move within each of us so that we may become sons and daughters of the Living Lord, and act appropriately with one another.

Even Still

Even Still

 

James 4:13-16
New Living Translation (NLT)

Warning about Self-Confidence

13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.


Even Still

Sometimes I think; that I must,
Whatever “must” might be,
Whether watching out for others
Or maybe just writing poetry,

My importance grows when I do,
What will happen if I don’t?
The world’s in need of what I’ve got
It’s what they surely want,

Then one day it always happens
For some reason I must relent,
And to my surprise I must admit
No one even wonders where I went,

The world keeps spinning as before,
The stars don’t come crashing to the ground,
Nothing skips a single beat,
When I’m nowhere to be found,

But what’s most amazing of it all,
It gives me such a thrill,
It’s no one less than the Lord above,
Who’s loves me even still.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for always be here. Even when I don’t see You or hear You or feel Your presence. I know You are here because You said so.

Love Is in the Air


On the Wind


John 10:27-28
New Living Translation (NLT)

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me


On the Wind

I heard it like a summer’s breeze
Gently whispering inside my mind,
Soft and sultry was its message,
Spoken in a language oh so kind,

My joy was then released unstoppable,
My heart was filled with perfect peace,
For I had heard a Word from Him
And I knew His love would never cease,

It’s little things that mean so much
Not packages filled with gold,
You’ll know that’s the honest truth
When you’re sick or getting old,

So listen when the Spirit speaks,
Lend an ear when you get the chance,
It’s not every day when we stop to hear
The heavenly invitation to romance.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Please help us to stop each day and listen to Your invitation to life and love.

The River of God

The Stream


Revelation 22:1-5
New Living Translation (NLT)

22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.


The Stream

Cool water babbles and bubbles,
Delicately calling me near,
I sit by the bank and listen
As the soft sounds tickle my ears,

The breeze rustles through the fall leaves,
The colors dazzle my eyes,
Reds, browns and yellows
Contrasting the azure blue skies,

Toes caressed by the current,
Fond boyhood memories abound
Of holding the hand of my first love,
As the ripples give off their sweet sound,

If my visit was not such a bittersweet moment,
If I could linger and offer up thanks,
Then my soul would be healed of its sickness
As I walked along these beautiful banks,

There’s nothing that peace can’t recover,
There’s nothing his hand can’t restore,
If we just take time to bathe in the beauty
That resides on that heavenly shore.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to return to our first love. To embrace You in all that we do. There’s healing that lives in Your presence where Your love comes shining through.

The Hand Behind


Lightning

 


Psalm 107:28-31
New Living Translation (NLT)

28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
29 He calmed the storm to a whisper
and stilled the waves.
30 What a blessing was that stillness
as he brought them safely into harbor!
31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.


Lightning

Born from a heavenly anvil,
God’s mighty hammer strikes fire amid the dark skies,
Thunder then rumbles an answer
While the bright lightning dazzles the eyes,

Rain pours down from the cloud banks
Like silvery coins it glimmers and shines,
Refreshing the parched earth below them
A gift that’s both physical and divine,

Why do I stare with such wonder?
Why do I relish each flash?
Is it the thrill of the terrible light show?
Or the hand behind every crash?

Let not the heavens mesmerize me!
Let not me worship in vain!
The skies are filled with great glory,
But when they’re gone only he will remain.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

We gladly thank You and give You praise for the power You display in the heavens and the love You reveal in all of our lives.