A Kingdom of Priests

A kingdom of priests
Meant to proclaim
The glory of God
The power of His name

His wonders they live
His care they enjoy
Yet each trial brings fear
And they tremble at His voice

His holy nation
God calls them to be
That all of the world
Through them might believe

Obeying His law
Seeking Him first
His special people
From all of the earth

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Now we are called
His people to be
A royal priesthood
From darkness set free

Let us proclaim
His marvelous deeds
Let our lives be holy
Let our lives be as seeds

Patricia Burlison
©2008

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A Gift Surprising

I found a gift surprising in its depth of love.
I found a love amazing in its gift of hope.

A love that seeks the outcast
A love that humbles kings
A love that gave up glory
A love the angels sing.

This love is ever near us, yet sometimes it isn’t clear.
Ours are often clouded, by desires and by fears.

God’s love is truly gentle
God’s love is truly strong
His love is in our living
His love is in our song.

A love so freely given, but we can see the cost
When we look upon this child and see the shadow of the cross.

A love that’s not for one day,
One people or one land,
A love that’s known within us
As it’s flowing from our hand.

I found a gift surprising, in its depth of love.
I found a love amazing, in its gift of hope.

Patricia Burlison
©2002

A Child’s Heart

A child’s heart
Takes in words
Too hard to bear.
A parent’s heart
Feels the sword,
Sees it tear,
A double stroke.
No! Even more.
This death strikes
Too large a chord.
Wrap yours arms
Around the child,
Surround with love
So strong and wild,
While grief and fear
Will play their part,
Still healing, slow
And sure will start.

Patricia Burlison
©2003

I Am the One

In a world where nothing seems secure;
In a world where nothing’s truly pure;
Plans are made and dreams are torn
And nothing stands for long;
Is there nowhere, nothing, no one,
That is safe and strong?

Come and find Me,
Come and try Me –
So much more
Than everything you’ve known.
Here beside you,
Here inside you,
This is where
I long to make My home.

In a world where dark and light
Seem oftentimes confused;
In a world where someone’s promise
Leaves you feeling used;
Is there nowhere, nothing, no one,
Who will show you truth?

Come and find Me,
Come and try Me –
So much more
Than everything you’ve known.
Here beside you,
Here inside you,
This is where
I long to make My home.

I am the One who carved the seas,
Who set the stars to shine.
I am the One who bears all things,
You have no need to hide.
I am the One who will restore you,
I will make you Mine.

Patricia Burlison
©2012