Beatitude (Ovillejo)

What call comes so urgently voiced?
To have joy.

Is there none higher, none at all?
The greatest call.

How can this be a call so great?
This is our fate.

To behold his glorious face
And spend the long, eternal now
In the depths of goodness somehow:
To have joy, the greatest call––this is our fate.

11-27-2019

What is an Ovillejo?

November 2019 Poem-a-Day Challenge #24

No Training Wheels (Russell)

Balance and velocity synchronized:
Steady with the hands, alternate both feet.
Full body coordination the prize:
Locomotion, two-wheeled.

The battle is to trust the two pedals
And let physics work against gravity;
A fall defied by bent, spinning metal––
Sometimes, asphalt meets knee.

But then, it clicks; it all falls into place;
The wind fills the sails, the rudder aligned.
The breeze picks up speed, blows full in the face
That can’t help but smile.

3-25-2019

What is a Russell?


True Happiness (Psalm 32)

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In the darkness of my sin
I confessed, came to the light;
My brittle bones bent beneath
Your hand of holy might

Let the sinner pray to You,
And the rising flood escape;
Judgment’s waters cannot reach
The one who lives by faith

My joy is Your forgiveness
My happiness, Your peace
How glad I am that You don’t count
All my sins against me!

Lord, You are my hiding place
The devil’s arm is too short:
The shouts of Your salvation
Drown out the Accuser’s hurts

The wicked are beset by pains
Their end is ruin and shame
But faithful love surrounds the one
Who trusts alone in Jesus’ name

My joy is Your forgiveness
My happiness, Your peace
How glad I am that You don’t count
All my sins against me!

3-12-2017

Forever Joy

Our songs to You are nothing more than echoes
Our shouts of praise You whisper in our ears
You run in joy to us
Your love embraces us
You celebrate through all the endless years

Give thanks to the LORD,
For He is good!
Forever is His love for us!
Give thanks to the LORD,
Rejoice in Him!
Forever is His joy in us!

You promised and You came to dwell among us
You even took the name “Immanuel”
You quiet us with Your love
Always prove to be enough
Your mercy is worth more than we can tell!

Give thanks to the LORD,
For He is good!
Forever is His love for us!
Give thanks to the LORD,
Rejoice in Him!
Forever is His joy in us!

9-21-2015

Zephaniah’s Song

The coming Day is fearful:
A dreadful Day of darkness,
A Day of death and destruction,
A Day of trouble and distress.

Seek the LORD, you humble ones;
Turn to Him from your disgrace.
Turn away from evil in you;
Seek righteousness, a hiding place.

Sing for joy! Shout for gladness!
Clap your hands and dance today!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul:
Your Savior takes your sins away!

He makes low the nations’ pride
He stops all their injustice
He purifies even His own
He justifies His righteousness

Sing for joy! Shout for gladness!
Clap your hands and dance today!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul:
Your Savior takes your sins away!

Jesus is a Mighty Warrior
His joyful songs are our peace
Forever we are His delight
His love will bring us quiet rest

9-1-2015