Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Cry of Gehazi

The Cry of Gehazi

What can I do?
Where can I go?
How do I continue?
When will help come?
Who can save me?

Open my eyes, that I may see

What is already done
Where I have arrived
How provision is made
When I see delay
Who is never late, and here

Open my eyes
that I may see
the reality
beyond my senses
the truth 
exceeding my perceptions


(c) Brian David Kelley 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Giants?

Giants?
They had a big start. God had personally freed them from slavery. They sang and danced with great joy


But it did not take long for things to look differently. A good start is a wonderful thing - but a good beginning does not guarantee good middle or end.


When the spies were sent to scope out the Promised Land only 2 of the 12 came back with a message of hope and faith. All 12 saw that the inhabitants of the land were big and strong and scary. But Joshua and Caleb saw beyond the environment to the heavens, beyond the temporal and into the eternal - to a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Who can never lie, Who never breaks a promise.



There are giants in our lives, and some are big and scary, imposing and beyond our ability to overcome. But fortunately we were not called to a promised land based upon our ability to get there on our own.


A land has been promised to us - a kingdom actually and the kingdom of God is both coming and already here.


We still have troubles - but they are not ours alone to carry. The promise is And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.


David - described as a man after God’s own heart had his fair share of legitimate fears. He was hunted by real giants, he was hunted by his own king. But his fear was of something else.  Do not cast me from your presence     or take your Holy Spirit from me


The promise to us is that the Promised One has come and will remain.


Do you see your giants in isolation? You and I are not left alone to battle these giants on our own. The Promised One who has promised to be with us until the end of the age has also said: In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

When I see only the giants all around me I have fear. But when I see the One who is always, always with me, then these giants seem so, so small...

Monday, November 06, 2017

Eternal Word

Eternal Word
Creator of time and space
God says - it is
Exact Image
Perfect Representation
Son
Re-creation enabled
Firstborn among many to follow
New creations
in Christ

Eternal Word
Come to dwell
Immanuel
God with us
Jesus

Eternity invades time
Eternal Word
made flesh
for us

(c) 2017 Brian David Kelley

Monday, September 25, 2017

When the Walls Fell

When the Walls fell
The horns were blowing
And there was a yell
After Israel’s going
Round the city


When the bricks crashed
The trumpets sounded
With the towers dashed
All the stones were grounded
Round the city


But it wasn’t the rumbling
It wasn’t the band
That resulted in crumbling
Of the walls into sand


It was all from the promise
From the grace of the Word
And the vow still applies
To all those who have heard


For there are no walls
That God can’t breach
There are no captives
That He can’t reach
There is no fortress
No castle no cave
From which God is
Unable to save


This hope is built
On stronger stuff
Because God is
ALWAYS enough





(c) 2017 Brian David Kelley - inspired by Joshua 6