Faithful Still

Nothing matches the joy
You give
The freedom of heart
To fully live.

Where once I was bereft,
Thought left for dead
You were faithful still.
 
You answered my flailings
With continued grace
Brought me to the next place

And I’m beyond amazed.

Where I wouldn’t give
You pushed me.
When I wouldn’t listen
You wooed.

I don’t deserve this blessedness
This state of being at peace
Finding that-though I doubted –

You were saving me.

I Love You, Jesus.

-DRadaker

 

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Undone

Can this be real?
I ask with a smile.
It feels good now.
Great even
To come out and play.

Is this the product
Of acting on faith?
Sure seems that way.
Gee, I may try this
Again sometime. Soon.

That unrequited feeling?
I finally understand it.
Why it happens.
I think things
But there’s no return.

There’s no return
With no doing,
No saying –
Remaining silent
When it’s on your heart.

The thing is undone.
Still unchallenged.
Unseen, unheard,
Unappreciated.
Useless.

What’s the point?

Lord give me faith
To go again
At any moment.
Without hesitation
Put my heart out there.

Sure it’s shaky ground
At first.
But requited love,
Love You return,
Is worth it in spades.

-DRadaker

In Surrender

If we could abide in Your arms
Go each day without one sin
Then we would know the sweetest life
Nestled in Your loving hands.

But ours frames are fickle ones
Ones so stubborn too
That we disregard You at every turn
In what we say and do.

To abide is to surrender
Even when we think we have
For the lot of pride runs deep
Requiring mercy’s salve.

Only You can make us clean
And clean and clean again
Yes, we must let You wash our feet
To renew the life within.

So let us come to You, Jesus –
Not to a woman or a man –
To seek dispensation and forgiveness
Finally, the eradication of our sins.

-DRadaker

After All

Those secrets You tell me
Throughout the day
Special impressions
Made on me.

Make me feel seen
Make me feel known
By the most wonderful God
This Prince of Peace.

May Your gentleness
Be mine
As it’s not always.

May I reflect
The kindness
You show me.

Those words You whisper
About things that we know
I count dear, sincere:
A call to praise.

May I open
My mouth
And speak Your name.

May I carry on
With life
As a grateful nod to You.

Those revelations You give
About life
Surprise and delight me:
I am enthralled!

-DRadaker

Cardinal Knowledge

Red birds, red birds
All around me
Gain my attention
Cause me to see.

You go before
And hem me in.
I am not a victim
Of what has been.

I am never alone
I am never without:
Because of Your mercy
I am safe and sound.

Why never have I known
Life so sweet
As when You come
And enlighten me!

O Spirit of the Living God
In You I am released,
Free to flutter about
Like the birds of spring.

-DRadaker

Psalm 139
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139&version=ESV

“The Undisputed King”

You can criticize or politicize
Whatever you wanna do.
It really doesn’t matter:
The truth is the truth.

One day you’ll stand before Jesus
Just as you are,
Whether sealed and protected
Or doomed from the start.

You know in your heart now:
Creation speaks to you.
There is a sovereign Lord.
Is this really a dispute?

He won’t wait forever
For you to change your mind.
Yes, He’s patient, even long-suffering
But will come in due time.

So don’t pretend it’s nothing
Only an intellectual argument.
We are finite creatures
But are offered eternal rest.

The peace that Jesus offers
Is solid, complete.
It stretches on forever,
Throughout eternity.

Deny Him if you’re able,
Continue in such faith.
He, however, is not deterred
From His mission to save.

-DRadaker

*https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undisputed

Your Ticket to Ride

There is nothing to do now
But trust in the Lord.

On the cross Jesus took God’s wrath,
All mankind being restored.

The burdens that plague us,
The trials we would scorn

“Grow strangely dim”
In light of heaven’s door.

For Christ has risen
And taken the throne.

Soon He will return for us –
I pray you’ll come along.

-DRadaker