(New Year)

The old has passed
The new has come
Filled with opportunities

You sowed with tears
You will reap with joy
Every day will have new mercies

Let hope not die
Though darkness tries
To invade your wounded soul

The cross of Christ
Where He laid down his life
Is still the salvation of the world

Hide under My wings
Take refuge with the Most High
I AM your shelter

Trust without fear
Love your God
Let My words abide inside

Spend time with Me
Rest in My arms
Until My love heals every pain

Until you can see
Clearly again
That I AM all you need

I took the heat
In your stead
If only you would come to Me

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A tiny little baby
Born in a filthy stable
I doubt it was magical

But what if this baby was God
In human frame
I think the animals still stank

It was the perfect picture
Of a holy God
Entering a tainted world

The magic was the revelation
Of a God that cared
Enough to become a child

A God that is accessible
A God that is kind
A God that became a man

He identified with all our troubles
He did not shy away from them
Not even from our hostility

He reconciled us to himself
He paid the sacrifice this reunion required
He said “Behold, I AM THE LAMB”

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Let there be
Freedom from religion
Bonds that bind
The wrong kind of attachment

Fear to be accepted
By God most High
Striving for access to heaven
That was already paid for with a price

Let there be
Freedom from fear
Not to fit in
Free to be me

Let there be
An all surpassing knowledge
Of a God divine
Surrounding every soul

Drenching our whole being
Soaked in love
Dripping drops of mercy
A river that can’t be stopped

Dances of deliverance
Songs that bring joy
Worship of the Almighty                
Acknowledge that He is God

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You are my song
You are my joy
You are so beautiful to me

You make me dance
You make me sing
Over who I created you to be

You are transformed
A new creation
The old has passed away

You are a mighty warrior
Shielded with my love
Shielded with your faith in return

You are my warring bride
Displaying my glory in the dark
Flying on the wings of our unity

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A fair story (intro)

About a King and his Son
Their kingdom
And children in distress

If you’ve heard the gospel, the story about Jesus Christ the Son of God saving mankind, you might have noticed the many similarities with the many fairy tales and myths mankind has had over the centuries.
There’s a battle between right and wrong.
Light and darkness.
There’s a savior, a hero.
There’s a “lady” in distress, conveying the great love and passion the hero has for those he saves.
And there’s a good ending, that is if you’re on the right side of light.
And there’s lots of supernatural elements.
Hunderds and some thousands years old predictions being fulfilled during the lifetime of one man.
God incarnate.
A supernatural conception of a virgin.
People miraculously being healed and raised from the death.
Food multiplied and people walking on water.
Storms being rebuked and silenced in an instant.
People being delivered from demons.
The appearance of angels.
And yes there’s a dragon too…

But most wonderful of all: A God that loves his creation and was willing to become part of it in order to save it from it’s own rebellion against him and all the terrible consequences this led to.
Most of all it’s a story of great love that’s willing to go any length necessary to reach those in great danger. Danger of eternal darkness and life seperate from God, the One that gives us life.

For you the fairy-tale-likeness may be proof that it’s just another story.
For me and those who take a closer look and open their hearts to another reality we might have never known, it shows that our Creator has been speaking to us all along.
Through stories that may not convey “The Story” perfectly, yet show it’s innate truth nonetheless.
Now this just may seem all too far fetched and impossible to you but keep in mind that if God made us and the whole universe, then really He can easily overturn natural laws and appear any way He wants to.

I wrote it down for you in the form of a story. Because that’s what it is after all.
God’s story. And that of mankind.
It’s still a bit raw here and there (welcome to my writing process) and I intend to polish it up and describe the truths behind it and put in all together in a book.
For now it’s yours to read.
I’ll post it in small pieces a time over the next weeks.
May it bless you!

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A fair story (1)

Long (or was it short?) before the existence of time as we know it, a King had a Son.
This King was very wealthy, and famous among all his realms.
He was the most powerful and most generous Ruler anyone could ever wish for or even think of.
A king like this is unheard of in many of the places we now live.
In an area called earth.
But this King’s kingdom stretched far wider than any area we know.
Earth was certainly part of his domain, but it went way beyond it’s boundaries we are so familiar with.
Realms and spaces we have not known.
Atmospheres that would be most strange to us.
Creatures inhabiting it we would be afraid of or just look at with awe and wonder.
All of this was an expression of the King’s own character and nature.
All his realms and it’s inhabitants were in fact made by the King himself.
They came forth from the essence of his Being.
An essence that was pure love.

Not the kind of love we have experienced.
No this love had no ounce of self centeredness in it.
Not one little part was stained with the selfish fear of not having our own needs met.
Thereby diluting the purity of our best intentions.
Watering down our strongest affections.
No matter how strong and sincere they seem to us.
Yet always infected.
With a sense of our own needs and desperate desires.
Not fuly giving to others without abandoning.
Always expecting something back.
Even as little as a small thank you or act of appreciation.
Never loving selflessly without the slightest concern of self.

No this King was different.
Never loving with an agenda.
Never expecting anything in return.
Never giving with any strings attached.
Never becoming bitter and grudgy when his gifts of love and kindness were not returned like we do.

Oh don’t get me wrong he loves to receive expressions of thankfulness.
A show of appreciation.
A song of joy or a dance of delight in response to the display of his affections towards us.
But he never demands it.
Yet he always looks forward to them.
Expectantly waiting if we give him a response.

But not the way we do when giving.
Not to get his own needs met.
Like he even has a need that needs to be met by us!
No his desiring for a return of his affections is out of pure joy.
A longing to see our hearts lifted and filled with song through his many gifts of kindness that go past any of our best and loyal giving.
A desire for us to be filled with unending pleasures.
A delight that never ceases.

Oh how he loves to see such a response.
But never ever he demands or expects it out of some selfish need of his own.
His needs are all met in himself.
His very being contains all that gives him life and joy.
Everything that sustains him he has inside.
No source of his strenght is outside in some other being.

How can it?
Since he is the one that made it all.
If he needed anything from us he would not be God.
He would not be King.
And so there is this comfortable peace in all the kingdom.
All that dwell there and choose to belief in the goodness of the King.
They never have to provide for any of his needs.
All they are expected to do is to receive the many blessings he so generously bestows on them!

To be continued…

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A fair story (2)

And oh how many are his affections.
More numerous than anyone can count.
The King’s thoughts of benevolence towards his realm’s inhabitants are endless.
He never ceases to stop thinking about ways to bless them tremendously.
Always wanting to increase their joy and well-being.
Never content with the gifts he already bestowed on them.
Looking for more to give again and again.
It’s his greatest delight.
His joy seems to come from giving.
And oh what joy he has!

Did I tell you already he’s the most joyest happiest ruler ever?
Nothing can take his happiness away.
Not even the rebellion of the so treasured inhabitants of his kingdom.
Though it’s true they give him joy, it’s not the joy that’s the source of his happiness.
So they can never disappoint him.
They can never let him down.
They can’t make him sad or depressed.
Truly nothing can take his joy away.

Never is he discouraged by the lack of response of some inhabitants, that don’t quite have a correct view of his generous and kind nature yet.
All his happiness is found in the relationship with his Son.
Who is a part of his very own being.
Out of the love they have for each other a never ending flow of affections permeates the whole kingdom.
Reaching the remotest parts.
No inhabitant is forgotten or left out.

From the most faithful servants to the most indifferent creatures, that want nothing to do with their King.
He bestowes goodness on them all in similar matter.  
Not placing one of them above the other in esteem.
All are lavished with kindness.
All receive his loving attention.
All are in the gaze of his eyes.

Always looking for those that are willing to receive his gifts.
Which cannot be earned but which he so longingly wants to give.

To be continued…

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A fair story (3)

And he did it all together with his beloved Son.
The King was so thrilled with him.
He truly was the fruit of love’s expression.
The desire of his heart.
A dream come true.

His name was Prince.
The King determined he would do everything in his kingom through him.
Nothing would be done apart from the son’s approval.
If the son loved it, he would go through with it.
If he didn’t, he wouldn’t pursue it.
Now of course Prince loved everything his father proposed.
Because he was just like him in nature.
Their character was the same.
The only difference was that they had different roles.
But their kindness and their affections were alike.

Now Prince was the King’s only son.
The King loved him dearly.
He would do everything for him, and give him his heart’s desires.
Many times they spend together, strolling through the kingdom.
Enjoying all it’s beauty and magnificent creatures.
They had more servants than any kingdom we know.
All serving them gladly.
Not one holding a grudge against them.
Even the lowest one was held in great esteem and treated with great love and respect.
Everyone in this kingdom was joyful fulfilling their duties with dance and song.

They had many extravagant feasts, satisfying themselves with all the good the kingdom offered.
Of course always honoring the King and his Son Prince, who were the guests of honor on every single occasion.
Oh how they loved feasting with the inhabitants.
Not once witholding any of their own riches with them.
Sharing the palace’s treasures generously and which such joy and delight.

It seemed their sole desire and purpose was to make everyone happy.
As is the aim of every good king.
And oh they were good.
No place in the kingdom was unknown to the goodness of the King and his Son.
Everyone loved living there.

To be continued…

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