Vignettes 2

Prologue
Man seeks with his reason
A path finite and slow.
But soon He shall find season
When it is God, love to show.

Reasonable?
Rel-a-tiv-is-m
Man’s self-derived self-reason
Spiritual death.

Truth
And the Word was God
Kai Logos ēn pros theos,
So, God walked with Man [1]

Physical
That which we have seen
Imprint on thought forever
First-hand witnesses [2]

Existential
Man’s finite wisdom,
Tra-gic-al-ly misses point
Heart forever mourns

Love
For wishing shadows
Hearts barren without warm light
God’s beckoning Love

Epilogue
Love forever more.
Our reason surely slows.
For man’s thinking so poor,
To us, our Lord surely shows.

His love is enough for each unique,
In dark corners shall ignite.
Our sorrowful hearts shall ever seek,
His overwhelming Light.

So, hope is eternal
Man’s path to God’s eyes.
What once thought reasonable,
Now deceitful lies.

In joyful heart e’er indwelt,
The Spirit and the true Vine.
In God now always felt,
All eternity is mine.

…and yours

© Rick Stassi 2013

Relevance and Relativism

“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die”
Genesis 3:3 (KJV)

God tells us that which is good and bad.
He commands to love,
He gives so many other instructions.
Will we deny them? Yes, most will.
Obedience lost?

It is a joyous time when God speaks to us.
He spoke to Adam and Eve.
Is it different now?
Relevance found.

God cares enough to instruct in words.
There is cause and effect.
Sin has its consequence, fruit of temptation and death.
Listen carefully.

Each day He speaks to us.
We had but one thing to remember: “Lest we Die”
We failed but God knew Remedy for consequence.
Jesus.

Bearing our cross,
It is not easy.
The chalice stayed with our Savior, with us.
Salvation.

Will we listen?

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:5 (KJV)

The fate of Mankind is held in two verses.
The rationale: We are told right and wrong, we are tempted, we rationalize, we succumb weakly to temptation, then we justify.
This is sinning.
Repent.

For Satan says we can be God.
But what of he that stands beside me?
Should not a new god be born?
Two gods?

Then there are three and again: four, five…
More gods now present as
A billion moral pinnacles are rationalized.
Relativism.

The world is thus.
And should we follow this sequence,
Our con-sequence is death.
Again, Repent.

There is but One God.
Only One
We are fools who listen to serpents.
Awaken, reborn.

Joy is in wisdom,
Love in His eyes.
Life in His Kingdom.
Eternity never dies.

Are we responding?

I pray so.

© Rick Stassi 2013

A Contrast…

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Psalm 107:29

Water tossed across the seas,
Instigated by ambitious breeze.
Daring vessels to sit upon
The waves of uncertainty night to dawn.
But Jesus calms water still
And calls for faith -we search our will.
For are we Peter and step out bold?
To soon let matters of mind bring cold.
Encourage ye of these great waves,
That our Lord overcomes, His hand so saves.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. Psalm 46:4

Water flowing whisper calm,
Through the high place anointing balm.
The peace of Spirit on water ride
Near Jerusalem, from Savior side.
And love and peace in Holy call
Flowing, meandering spiritually all.
We know this rest on waters still
For Jesus tames all unrested will.
The Spirit flowing vessel full,
The eyes of God, still, deep water pool.

…and we flee to Him

© Rick Stassi 2013

All I Shall Do

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1,2 (KJV)

Where then shall I walk?
I walk in the light of God on paths formed from prayer seeking.
I walk on paths I am nudged down through trained leaders appointed by God to teach the word He breathed.
I walk on paths the Spirit has helped me discern godly made to edify my relationship with God.
It is there I shall walk.

Where then shall I stand in times when I do not walk?
I stand on a mountain top and seek the Lord with my eyes.
I stand in valleys where the sin of the world blows above in the gales of the wind.
I stand next to Jesus Who is always with me.
It is there I shall stand when I do not walk.

So, then where do I sit when I grow weary?
I sit in a seat of joy that sees God projected from my soul upon all creation.
I sit without contempt seeing all of God good.
I sit smiling in respite that God has brought me home.
Therefore, it is there where I sit when I grow weary.

Where, then, lies my delight?
My delight is in liberty drawn from perfect Law.
My delight is in a Covenant to Love
My delight is in the guardian eyes of a Savior.
It is thus where my delight lies.

And of this Law, how shall I bind this heart of mine?
I shall read His word each day, each night.
I shall let His words seek deep regions of my soul.
I shall let His Law be my beacon for all eternity.
Yes, this is how I shall bind my heart to His Law.

Be watchful o’er paths afoot
For God’s guidance carefully put.
In hearts accepting counsel high
casting away scornful sigh.
A law perfect in liberty free,
In Jesus I meditate on thee.
With love so deep O Gracious One,
You abound o’er moon and sun.

Thank you Lord, all I shall do.

Amen

© Rick Stassi 2013

…and We know it is the Lord our God

We step along a stony path
To reach the setting Sun.
We come across Satan’s wrath
But passed him to One we run.
And we know it is the Lord our God

The seas may sway the rudderless
In times we feel dismay.
But in our heart we must confess
The One, and only Way.
And we know it is the Lord our God.

Then through fires of ember bright
Discomfort and wretched word.
We stave off the arrowed fight
With the One Whom we have heard.
And we know it is the Lord our God.

So we enter a valley of greener grass,
The still waters we see.
Deep and comforting are His eyes
The One who carries thee.
And we know it is the Lord our God.

Comfort reigns and peaceful bliss
The love of Jesus abounding
His gentle love protecting this-
Vessel by the One surrounding.
And we know it is the Lord our God.

© Rick Stassi 2013