“Soaked in Grace”…a worship poem by LWillows

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Soaked in Grace

As a tide that rises from east to west,
then bursts from within and turns round to grip
fills with the sands and the stones of the earth…
my heart is loosened, undone at it’s girth.

Winds come home to bring up the surf
swept in with barrels of ancient life’s scrolls.
How deep is the current that follows my heart
before, between and beside all life’s start.

Wave crests fly up and dare mists to the sky.
The Heavens could mingle in clouds that go by.
But here is my footprint sinking in sand,
earthbound, in pebbles at the edge where I stand.

Oh tide of hearts homecoming, souls to be lifted
Eastern star lights all to rise in Love’s gifted.
See how the face shines upon the deep sea?
Holy answer sheds grace and soaks all of me..

©: 2017 Linda Willows

“Make my joy complete by being like-minded”…from Philippians 2:1-11

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The name of Maundy Thursday refers to the shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means “command.” Christ displayed deep humility and love at the Passover dinner with his disciples. It was on the Thursday of his final week before being crucified and resurrected. It was on this night he spoke the command of a higher kind of love; His message to us. Being like-minded to Christ is a supreme command, it asks that we transform the nature of our hearts to Love itself, in the example set by Jesus-this one defined by the humility of a servant and the obedience of one whose love is purified by the deepest of sacrifice.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

an example of the depth of this love is offered scripture..
Philippians 2:1-11 – “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”