Simply

DarylMadden

The treasures of heaven
Receive them today
And if we want more
Simply give them away

Where can we find peace
Through soul with a prayer
In Presence surrounding
To simply be here

To be joy filled
Here is the way
A practice to be
Simply grateful this day

Our purpose of life
The great question of
So easy the answer
Just simply to love

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A Morning

DarylMadden

You painted a morning
Of beauty, astound
Such a masterpiece
Of colors abound

You sung a morning
Of silence, profound
A glorious psalm
Without a sound

You bless the morning
Just look all around
From heaven above
To here on the ground

Did you send this morning
So I could be found
Here in this moment
As your Presence surrounds

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Quantum Afterlife

If you want to read about an utterly fantastical world, don’t read Harry Potter – read quantum physics. There you will hear about particles being in two places at once, nothing being certain only probable and even forces going back in time. Well, I have nearly always felt Christ’s presence around me. In a way [...]

Gift of Exhaling

DarylMadden

Into your Presence
Blessed time to pray
And onto my knees
Breath taken away

A gift of exhaling
Of burdens outpour
Muscles relaxing
Into arms that adore

A breath of surrender
Acknowledgement true
Completely dependent
Of the grace of You

In comfort so deep
A breath of divine
Mortal and Spirit
Here intertwine

May this life of breathing
Be through lungs of the soul
Let the breath of the Spirit
Here now take control

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Being Something Beautiful

DarylMadden

Being something beautiful
Beginning with a prayer
To feel His love surrounding
And know that truth so clear

Being something beautiful
An easy thing to do
Surrendering to God
And let him transform you

Being something beautiful
Let us each proclaim
For we are in God’s eyes
All one in the same

Being something beautiful
Can be found right here
Through blessing of his presence
Grace is everywhere

Being something beautiful
Our message, let it be
The Word to every soul
In them is what we see

Being something beautiful
Our joy this day to share
With our unique own giftings
With a heart to care

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Is ‘discipleship’ killing the Church?

‘Two sides of the same coin’ is a common enough saying. So, it came to mind as I was reading the temptation of Jesus in the desert followed by his preaching in the synagogue.   In the wilderness, he was sustained by reading scripture. He developed faith in the sustaining goodness of God. He re-affirmed [...]

Just being there

With the New Year disappearing in the rear mirror, it is time to pack the decorations away. We will soon wrap the nativity story up in a box for another year. And as the attic hatch closes, we can easily forget that story’s characters. Since none were historical figures of great power, wealth, or talent. [...]

Christmas is a deep pool

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com Writing as I do on Christmas Day of 2021, it is difficult to feel the full joy of this the holiest of days. The world seems full of infection, charlatan politicians, and human messiness.  So, I started to think through the ghosts of Christmases past. The midnight carol services [...]

The two faces of Christmas

The local shopping mall has court jesters on top of its marble pillars. From ground level, they look very jolly in their scarlet and gold outfits. But their faces are quite sad when you get closer. Photo by Charl Durand on Pexels.com That’s not surprising for they see the whole Christmas pageant below them. The [...]