“The Fading and Renewing”

3/23/17
Written by: Victor P.

“The Fading and Renewing”

Light fades with the setting of the sun,
Hope fades while the battle’s not won,
Much love fades on the liar’s face,
Time passes with a flying pace.

“Strengthen the tired heart, dear Lord,
The battle has gone on for so long.
Renew the spirit, give a new song,
The soul won’t wither with the world.”

The fading of all that is prone to fade
Surely will come in its appointed time
But hope in God your heart won’t evade
And God can forgive our every crime.

It’s true, false remedies won’t alleviate the pain,
False cures won’t avail those suffering,
Hope won’t grow from a liar’s offering
And all the enemy’s efforts are ultimately in vain.

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“Inspiro 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Inspiro 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track

“Only Fooling Yourself”

3/21/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Only Fooling Yourself”

A cycle of fooling self
That this will relax you
When the stress grips,
When problems abound.

The inhalation
Of the poison,
A false relief,
So very brief.

Oh, what a waste
Of time and money;
You’re ruining your health,
You’re killing yourself slowly.

This isn’t what you need.
Why is it what you want?
You ignore all the warnings,
You’ve only yourself to blame.

Nothing good will come of this.
There’s poison in your lungs,
You’re in addiction’s grip,
You’re wasting life you’re given.

“Memories and Reveries 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Memories and Reveries 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track

“Come to the Savior”

12/18/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Come to the Savior”

Come, all you wretched and wicked,
Wanderers, prodigals, and vagabonds,
Weary, miserable, and restless sinners,
The Holy Spirit is calling you all now.

Don’t be afraid, rise up and come,
You are called by the Son of God,
Called to repentance, to a new birth,
Called to eternal life in Jesus Christ.

All your sins, your guilt and shame,
Your mistakes, your wounds and stains,
Bring it all to the Cross of Christ now,
The Lamb of God will take away your sins.

Yes, there is forgiveness and redemption,
There is a living hope, blessed assurance,
There’s healing and mending and changing,
God is making all things new, so come.

Not one of us is righteous and good,
We’re all in need of forgiveness and saving,
We all need a Savior, we can’t save ourselves,
So come to Christ Who can save any sinner.

“One Last Song”

3/20/17
Written by: Victor P.

“One Last Song”

O brother, o sister,
Sing one last song
With dry lips,
With parched tongue,
With aching bones,
With dying body
In the grip of deterioration
But with a living spirit
And heart’s determination.

Sing it on your deathbed,
Sing it at death’s door,
Sing it for you know
You will soon see the Lord.

Decay will surely do its work
Once your last breath is exhaled
But before then you can show
A final display of devotion
At the end of life’s journey;
The last sung words
Before leaving this world,
The last ounces of strength
Used to praise the living God.

Die in peace,
O brother, o sister,
With words of praise
On your lips.

Sing with all that is within you:
“Worthy are You, Jesus Christ,
The Lamb of God who was slain for us,
You died for the sins of the world,
You alone has paid the ransom,
You bought the Church with Your Blood,
You redeemed those enslaved,
You saved the lost ones
From sin and Hell and self.

Hallelujah, Creator be praised,
You are worthy of it all –
Glory and honor and power,
Wisdom and might and riches,
Love, lives, hearts and souls,
All to You, living and true God!”

“Things We Face”

11/1/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Things We Face”

Serenity – we just don’t know it.
Obscenity – we’re used to seeing it.
Imperfection – we all share it.
Desecration – we ruin what’s sacred.

Destroying what we fear –
We’re far from that point.
Being happy in every day –
It’s elusive, not our purpose.

No sense in merely existing
When we’re called to really live.
No sense in keeping score
If we’re the only ones playing.

It’s just too dark here now
To see anything around us.
We want out of this place –
The labyrinth of our failures.

Light reaches us and we turn away.
Oh, we used to welcome the sun
But now we wait for the moon,
Just to get through another night.

Long, dark roads and dead ends –
It’s so familiar and so tiring.
Oh, it’s just wearing us down,
We’re just existing now, it seems.

Things we face
In everyday life
Can build us up
Or tear us down.

We can all really live
And not merely exist.
We can breathe again,
The air so fresh and new.

If it’s in our grasp,
What’s stopping us
From getting it now
And embrace change?