Monthly Archives: June 2013

“Faith” (straight from the cell)

This poem is not mine.

It was written by a prisoner.

This prisoner has met Jesus in his cell. As his chaplain, I prayed with him and he began to weep in his cell. He has a real revelation of forgiveness; out of God’s forgiveness to him, has come his ability to forgive himself for his crime.

This prisoner was himself abused and neglected and didn’t know how to cope with it all. In his anger, he finds himself in jail, and now also finds himself in Christ !.

This is a song he wrote, so it may not make perfect rhyming sense. In fact, it has spelling errors, and theological errors. But remember, he has no church background and has known Christ for only 3 months.

The pen in the photo is one of the most precious things I own. In their cell, prisoners have their toiletries, a bed, a towel, a bible, a TV, and a pad of paper. most of these things are bought from their prison wage. Prisoners earn £2 per week. These pens are £1. That’s half a weeks wage.

After he sang me his song, and after I prayed for him, he gave me this pen !. Half a weeks wage !. It was like he was sharing communion with me. It was his way of giving me, and God thanks !.

This poem/song is an expression of a changed heart. Don’t just look at the words, look at the pen !.

“I’ve never seen you
But I no (sic) your beautiful”

“Now my time is all going well
I give you my life from my cell”

…now that’s a “sweet smelling savour” to The Lord !.

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Hey Christian man…

Hey christian man
Feeling quite strange ?
Too straight for the hips
Too hip for the straights ?.

Their shroud is not your thing
Their thing is not your shroud ?
The crowd don’t fit
You don’t fit the crowd ?.

Feeling different
With a different feeling ?
Living in a different Kingdom
In a Kingdom with different living ?.

The world hates you
And you hate the world
Their lord is not yours
Yet you are The Lord’s !.

Hey christian man
Feeling quite strange ?
That means you are really normal
And your life within has changed !.

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14 NKJV)

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36 NKJV)

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8 NKJV)

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18, 19 NKJV)

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When all is said and done

Did you help a prisoner be set free ?
Was life imparted when you preached ?
Have you given people the correct tree ?
When all is said and done.

Was your behaviour fitting a new creation ?
Was it persperation or revelation ?
Did your life reflect your Divine nature ?
When all is said and done.

Whose will did you finally obey ?
Was His Life within the thing you craved ?
Did your mind change to what God had changed ?
When all is said and done.

Was the Shepherd’s voice the voice you honed ?
In whose image was your life a clone ?
Have you left gold, silver & precious stones ?
When all is said and done.

Is there a legacy you’ve left behind ?
Is it spiritual or of fleshly kind ?
Does it show you’ve lived from a spiritual mind ?
When all is said and done.

Can you really say “I’ve done my part” ?
Can you say you’ve left behind your mark ?
Does your platform you’ve left give others the right start ?
When all is said and done.

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Emotional man or spiritual man ?

The emotional man is at the whim
Of circumstantial and deathly sting,
He never seems to see or learn
The emotional way will be short term.

The spiritual man is one who sees
Past the forest and past the trees,
External perspective gives him power
When circumstances tend to sour.

You can always tell an emotional man
His hope will fade like hour-glass sand,
But the spiritual man though has no clue
Is stable and anchored with his top-down view.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…”(Romans 8:5, 6, 9 NKJV)

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Glasgow and Edinburgh

Glasgow and Edinburgh
The Merchant City and the Royal Mile
Two different personalities
But both can make you smile.

One from the ground up
The other from the top down
One, the Scottish brains
The other, the Scottish crown.

Glasgow, the workings man’s gaff
Edinburgh moors the Brittania
While Glasgow sweats with labour
Edinburgh has the royal memorabilia.

Two great cities
With totally different feel
Both with strengths and weakness
If you pull back the orange peel.

What you see is what you get
“Take us or leave us” says Glasgow
Edinburgh invites to world to play
Intellectual and political tango.

In either city there’s a joke
At the expense of every tourist
With bagpipes and kilts ubiquitous
For locals is continually humorous.

So that’s Glasgow and Edinburgh
The Merchant City and the Royal Mile
Two different personalities
But both can make you smile.

Note : Gaff is Scottish slang for “your place”.
Queen Elizabeth’s ship “Brittania” is moored in Edinburgh Harbour

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Firth of Clyde

The cruise ship docks at the Greenock port
As the diamonds dance on the Firth of Clyde
Cotton-wool clouds on a screen of blue
Signal it’s almost summer time.

Taking a walk on a cobblestone street
Two blocks back from the Firth of Clyde
The smell of Scotland is in the air
As “Highland Cathedral” is played on the pipes.

The men in kilts who practice their craft
Provide the soundtrack to the Firth of Clyde
God provides the warmth in the sun
And mother and weans provide the smiles.

You will hear almost every Saturday afternoon
Scottish men who are playing the pipes
The next generation growing to love
The sound of Scotland and Firth of Clyde.

Note: On sunny Saturday afternoons in Scotland, you will hear people practicing their bagpipes. Yesterday, while walking along Watt Street in Greenock, a piper was playing “Highland Cathedral”. The kids were playing in the park on a sunny day. I was definitely in Scotland, 2 blocks back from the “Firth of Clyde”.

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