The Table

Its been a tough week. Was not able to post a normal blog, so here is another attempt at poetry. This is my expression of the story of the Bible with a lens on the symbol of a table throughout.

Enjoy.

The Table

At the table of perfect fellowship, a holy decree

Was moved forward in love from thy One in Three

The image was breathed into life and he was given

A wife, a call, but a choice would curse his dominion

Still in his mercy, a people of his own he would call

In providence, he instituted a law to protect them after the fall

In their sin, a perfect fellowship was no longer able

So he required a holy place to bring offering to a table

In prophecy and promise, the LORD God said to him

I am your shepherd you shall not want

A table is prepared before your enemies

To him after God’s own heart

The Law is good and true God said to David the king

But salvation is not in it, My Messiah in your line I will bring

The fulfillment of law in perfect grace will come to thee

In the person of Christ, the table will be special ministry

Some of the most precious moments of our Savior’s time

Would be surrounded by tax collector and sinners as they dine

Around the tables, hope and faith in sinners they would find

Around the tables, the eleven and Jesus reclined

Even the few eleven would not believe the cross he would meet

So Jesus bent down from the table to prepare and wash their feet

On the same night with the one who betrayed and the one he loved

He introduced the new covenant, at the table

He gave bread as his body, wine as his blood

After the cross, and tomb death had not won

At a table, He told, He would drink it new with us in His Father’s Kingdom

On Prayer

Below is a poem about a common question. What is prayer? This is more my attempt to worship with my heart and mind not to be a great poet, but I hope you find it helpful.

Is prayer, earnest moments of silence or sacrificial seconds of flounder

Is it the intensity of the pious or holy mystic wonder

Is prayer, the processing of the word or conversing in daily adventure

Is it bringing requests to an alter or regurgitation of the scripture

Is prayer the changing of God’s mind, is it worth it at all

Is it helping this life of mine or is it prosperity to be called

Is my prayer enjoying sweet divinity, is it from my weak and faint

Is it in Proper Trinity, is it in fellowship with the saints

Is my prayer aware of my dark, is it fitting to my morning

Is it sanctifying of the heart, in it thy kingdom come according

Is my prayer not my will but yours would, is it for sheep not of this fold

Is it enduring of sweating blood, putting to death of things I hold

Prayer, of first importance and epitomize

Prayer, is faith, in practice and exercise

Prayer, is dependent on our Prophet, Priest, and King

Prayer, even our bests, can never be justifying

Prayer, possible from Calvary

Prayer, groaning from the Guarantee

Prayer, modeled and commanded by the Triune

Prayer, to abide and not neglect Holy Commune

Resolution:

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

Common Grace:

The sense of smell, obviously talking about pleasing scents. Not just great spring time smells of the baseball field, fresh cut lawn, flowers, etc but also I have heard that the sense of smell has the strongest power of senses to recall a memory. You can imagine how this can, through memory and even emotion, link us to smells from childhood places, loved ones, and some of our most special occasions.

Beeline: 

In grace, there is no longer any ritual that needs to be offered to God that it may be accepted as a fragrant offering, but now we are to live a life from a new heart and spirit changed by the gospel, a worshipful life not only to God, but for the people around us a testimony to the gospel.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.

Hometown:

Merrimac & North antique, bakery, and salon shop. It is a cool spot with vintage items, the best cookies, and great stylists and service but my favorite part about this store is that it is a place that adds to Mineral Wells downtown walking around area, or time for grabbing lunch and heading to “Merrimac” for dessert, or building on what could be a nice shopping area that other smaller downtown’s have. I like Merrimac & North and want some more places like it in Mineral Wells.

Recommendation:

Put whipped cream in, on, or both to your coffee. Buy a $2 aerosol can of whipped cream, put it into your cup before pour, or pour and then top your coffee with it. Add some cinnamon or drizzle with chocolate syrup. We even found sugar free chocolate syrup, so coffee+whipped cream+sugar free chocolate syrup = OK on our diet. Plus its fun to do with wife and kids. Bonus suggestion, less coffee more cream for the kids, just enough to make them feel apart of what is going on.

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Thanks for reading 70 Resolutions. An experiment in blending my appreciation for real writers, like Jonathan Edwards and his resolutions, sharing what I am enjoying in life, and the greatest gift of all: the gospel.

Enjoy.