Soon will I leave these limits of body and earth,
Where dreams explode the finite tears and mirth,
To go to less or greater life beyond,
For endless power or a dark eternal bond,
For freedom’s joy, that broad and easy peace,
Or chains of agony’s loss that never cease.
My steps this day, my choices along my path,
Decide my just reward of bliss or wrath.
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God is eternal. His name is I-AM. So he rules past, present, and future. He can forgive our past, transform our present, and offer a future blessed beyond our best imaginations. He folds his people into his eternity. Glory to God for his eternity!
Very soon our time is going to change,
A greater change than a human’s hourly shift;
No longer will we follow the standard time:
The minute’s sweep to eternity will be swift;
From hours and days the starkness may seem strange:
Darkened hell for those who refuse the gift,
And humble seekers lifted to light sublime.
Live well this shortened life; there’ll be no other!
Discover whence comes love’s deep wellspring;
Take stock of all you say and do — be sure
You focus on the most important thing:
What lies above, the good that will endure
Beyond this earth, eternal blessings that bring
A person into the presence of God the Father.
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Unfinished yet, but perfect still,
This new creation in the Spirit;
And such will be my state until
On resurrection I inherit
The eternal man. I’m now complete,
With every gift and need supplied,
But when the last foe I defeat,
Forever in heaven I shall reside.
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Black lives matter, and white and blue,
And matter the young, unborn, and old,
Both man and woman, in God’s own view —
And matters most th’ uncolored soul. Continue reading “UPLift: Black Lives Matter”
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Time is a recurrent theme of mine, as subscribers to Cloudburst are aware by now. But I don’t think I’ve used the concept of an exchange (term repeated twice) before. Continue reading “Cloudburst: Time for Eternity”
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