Thursday, 18 April 2013

Life - As a Gift

If life is indeed a gift
Then we being alive, must bear the gifts of life.
Our whole and entire purpose…

to breathe it in,
to grow in its nourishment
to reproduce it, to extend it.
It was given to BE PASSED ON.

Fishes and loaves to feed thousands,
dandelion seeds aloft on the wind.
To land where they will
and take root where they can
and bring and give new life.

If life is a gift
then we, the receivers of such a gift;
Unwrap it to find
a gift, within a gift,within a gift.
And at the centre – a seed.

A seed, not to be stored
not to be hidden,
not to be discounted,
or disregarded.
But to be planted,
nurtured, encouraged;
cultivated to full and beautiful expression.
And in its strong and tender growth
harvested and released….

Released to grow another harvest
Released to inspire another gift
Released to encourage another’s faith
Released to embolden another believer…

to take their seed out of the dark.

We pour it out, until we are empty.
But we refill with each and every breath,
of the Holy Spirit.
Who is not only the giver of gifts,
but the one and only greatest gift.

In whom is truth, and light and ‘fullness’ of life.

His fullness flowing into us, that we might release it
A gift given that we might re-gift it,
life given for us to respond to Him,
with the gift of our life.

All the tentative talents and fledging abilities,
within that gift of life, harnessed and then
passed on, shared out,
given back, in order that they might flourish…

for his purposes.

Lisa de Jong

“There is nothing commonplace or meagre about the gifts you have to gift.  There is no limit to what God can do with them to edify His body and bring glory to His own name.  God can and will use them as long as you are faithful to… prepare them, present them, put them down, pour them out…”.  Priscilla Shirer

Snells Beach, New Zealand

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

For a friend

'I came for those who are sick' he said,
and so this is my prayer, my friend.
My prayer to Him who came, and
who still comes with open hands...


Hope for the fearful and hurting,
comfort for broken hearts,
release for the burdened and captive,
and peace for the lonely path.

My friend, you don't want to hear cliches.
but I want you to know how I care.
Oh, if I could cast out that cancer
with my words - a thousand I'd share.

But 'the well don't need a doctor',
and it's not for the 'well' he came.
He came precisely for your need, this moment,
and in prayer I bring you to Him.

I ask for His healing power,
the power that formed the world,
to restore in you what has been stolen,
to knit you together anew.

For physical healing I pray, but
I know he has more for you. 
That we become stronger in the broken places,
and that a heart bound together by Him...

Will always depend on his provision,
will know its strength will not hold,
without keeping in union with the Healer,
without trusting in the providence of God.

Who brings;

Beauty for the burnt out,
Joy for those who mourn,
Praise for the heavyhearted,
For the suffering, a reward...

An everlasting covenant,
a double portion of joy,
righteousness borne as a robe,
and what was ruined restored.

My friend, Isaiah 61
is all I can point you to.
That and every word he's ever spoken,
every promise that stands true.

Every promise that was declared,
He whispered just for you.
So let him hold you, let him heal you.
Trust him to guide you through.

Lisa de Jong

Isaiah 61:1-11

St Marks Chapel, RNZAF Base Ohakea, New Zealand


Friday, 5 April 2013

The Way

Jesus, our way to the Father,
a path alight with his love.
Paved with unconditional acceptance,
inlaid with promises from above.

Come walk the way to the Father.
The journey, though its not far at all,
asks from us trust and vulnerability.
It needs us to open a door.

A door to the heart's own centre.
A place he would dwell within.
The way doesn't lead beyond us, to Heaven.
The way is always deeper in.

Jesus, our way to the Father,
he walks the path with us.
As Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
he's our guide, our path, and our residence.

It is not far to the Father above,
Jesus, with his blood, has made a way.
For you to not only be acceptable - but adored,
the apple of your Father's eye.

Jesus, our way to the Father.
Let the truth open your eyes to Him,
and as the Holy Spirit indwells you,
believe that  - "I am his and he is mine".

Lisa de Jong

"I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No-one comes to the Father except through me". John 14:6

"I will only reveal myself to those who love me and obey me.  The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them...When the Father sends the comforter... and by the comforter I mean the Holy Spirit - he will teach you much." John 14:23, 26

"I will ask the Father and he will given you another comforter, and he will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spiri, the Spirit who leads you into all truth.  The world at large cannot receive him, for it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognise him.  But you do, for he lives with you now and someday shall be in you". John 14:15-17

''When you draw close to God, God will draw close to you... let your hearts be filled with God alone." James 4:8

"I will give you a new heart... and put a new spirit within you." Ezekiel 36:26

"To show that we are God's children, God sent the spirit of the son into our hearts, the spirit who cries out 'Father, my Father'." Gal 4:4-7

Omaha Beach, New Zealand (me in the water)