Listening Through Lent: When I Rise

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I am alone
When I am alone
When I am alone, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus
~Jeremy Camp

 

Those who know me well
know I fret and worry
better than most.
Medical training makes it worse.
It teaches me to think catastrophically.
That I do, for a living:
to always be ready for the worse case scenario.

When it comes to my own aging body,
it isn’t hard to come up with worse cases.

When I rise, sleepless,
to face a day of uncertainty
as we all do, every day,
I reach for the certainty I know
to comfort me
body and soul
when I am afraid~
give me Jesus.
~Emily Gibson

 

Listening Through Lent: When the Morning Comes

When the morning comes on the farthest hill
I will sing His name, I will praise Him, still.
When dark trials come and my heart is filled
With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him, still.

(Chorus)
For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save
From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,
And He gave us life in His perfect will,
And by His good grace, I will praise Him, still.

When the morning comes on the farthest hill
I will sing His name, I will praise Him, still.
When dark trials come and my heart is filled
With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him, still.

For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save
From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,
For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save
From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,
And He gave us life in His perfect will,
And by His good grace, I will praise Him, still.
~Fernando Ortega

 

Especially when we are hungry,
thirsty,
hurting,
lonely,
ill,
doubting~

He is there, waiting to hold us fast,
to rescue us from the brink
and carry us home.
~Emily Gibson

 

Listening Through Lent: Have Mercy

Starting today, Ash Wednesday, various Wiser Lake Chapel folks will be sharing a favorite hymn, its lyrics, a short devotional and an online version, to observe the season of Lent.  Please join us in “listening through Lent” to what our God wants us to hear.

 

Holy God
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty,
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy, have mercy,
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
~Fernando Ortego “Trisagion”

 

On this day,
We begin the dusty journey
into the darkest ash heap
of our souls, confronting
our limitations,
our temptations,
our inability to think of ourselves second,
our acknowledgement that salvation
comes from no work of our own.

Have mercy on our heads bowed low,
listening to what you have to teach us.
~E Gibson