WHAT WE TOOK FOR GRANTED

Before we went to India, God loved us.

Before we said “yes”, the same.

Before we were saved His stamp was on us.

Before birth, he knew my name!

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Before I cursed Him, He knew about it!

When I took His Name in vain.

But He bore me up when my legs failed me,

Carried me when I went lame.

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Too independent I recognized Him not,

Thought God was my will, thought I knew

That I could live, thrive, without His care,

Never knew what I would go through.

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Perpendicular the cliff that I clung to,

God got me down, protected me,

Bullets whizzing by, shell fragments missing,

Protection clear, I could not see.

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But now, in retrospect, I see all clearly

His Hand so gently leading on!

I long now to thank Him and to worship!

Stay at His feet through heaven’s song.

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No need to wait till then, I now bow humbly

And worship at His mercy seat!

And when I do, I now can see them clearly,

In worship, nail scars in His feet!

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I saw His Hands, they too bore the nail scars.

I felt Him place them on my head!

“I could never let you go,” He said.  “I promised

Because of you, my blood was shed.”

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Sam Cox 03.29.04

BELIEVE – ACCEPT

The chopping block, the guillotine,

The noose, electric chair,

The burning at the stake.  There

Was nothing to compare—

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To the torture of the cross, with

Its nails, its constant pain.

Six hours plus, of torture, like,

Over and over again.

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Did he have to take the punishment?

Or die on strangling breath?

(The consequence of death, of course,

“Sin’s wages,” you know, death!)

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Of course He had to die (in sin)

Not His but yours and mine! (*)

The substitutionary work

Could only be Divine!

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Deity, the cross of shame, (**)

What more could any ask?

He took the torture and the shame.

Now we can have a blast?

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No!  Believe on Him!  Requirement!

What more could man desire?

Well, Satan too, believes on Him

And he is consigned to fire!

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Believe and accept!  Rejoice in Him!

You cannot less acclaim!

How can you not rejoice, be glad?

He took your sin and shame!

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Cool!

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(*)  He was sinless!

(**) Not just the pain, the shame!

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Sam Cox 03.10.04

JUST GRATEFUL

Considering the normal, I am poor!

Except for God’s rich blessings!

Oh yes, He blesses daily with

Fine treasures I am confessing.

The need for more each day as I

Reach out for His Presence.

That Presence that He visits now

It is His very essence!

My mind He fills with thoughts each day!

Of course, I will do His bidding!

I wish to write them down to share

Thoughts humble confiding.

What God has called you to do, do it!

Without expecting blessings!

Remuneration eventually

Up there! In white robe dressing!

What better payment can be had?

Hear His kind voice saying,

“Enter now the joys of heaven

These treasures you have been laying…”

‘It is life Eternal now, all yours!’

What more can this sinner ask

To be with God forever more!

And in His presence bask!

Gratefully, Sam Cox 4.20.05

I HAVE SEEN HIM

I have seen Him in His glory,

Without diadem.

Filled the horizon, He came

Down not to condemn.

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Face grew smaller as He came,

Silently so clear!

Clearer still as face to face,

Smiled!  I felt no fear!

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Uncommon, sure, Son of God!

The Face!  Then He smiled!

Jesus!  And His countenance

Seeing me undefiled!

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Determining a passion for children,

Children that He made!

A sheer joy exuding from His

Face, not stiff nor staid!

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Joyful!  Glad!  Near like a child!

Like, want to play a game?

Not like One crucified,

Not like one crucified in shame!

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But then as though recalling

A saddened look compiled

And sorrowing, expressing, despairing,

As though by sin defiled.

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Remembering the sins of all

The world called to bare.

Heavy laden so sorrowful!

Tempted to despair!

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I must!  This!  All the sins of all

This world contained

In this body, heart of mine,

By Father disdained!

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Foreordained as I die!

Most hideous!  Inspired

By doomed enemy of my soul,

Who from the start desired–

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Doom of all and me, His worst

Foe, once Arc Angel

Over all the Angelic Host

Cannot untangle!

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the tangled Sam (day after Christmas)

AND YET HE LOVES ME

Jesus, the very thought of you eliminates all fear!

Fact that I can call Your name and I am drawn ever near!

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Draw me much nearer now I pray.

Let me abide in You!

But now can this be possible?

Sure, there’s nothing You cannot do!

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Came to us a tiny baby.  Grew-up with hammer and nails.

A carpenter in learning daily to fix and make a trail.

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Only trail to Heaven and home,

Maker of stars and worlds!

One way to go and not alone!

Believing it all unfurls!

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Believe accepting God as King!

And can this ever be?

Creator of everything that is!

Worlds and eternity!

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Tiny snail, house on its back.

Limitless space  out there!

Never ending.  On forever!

With countless flowers so fair!

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Yet You came baby Bethlehem!

Spurned, kicked, about healed all.

Raised a dead man!  Will raise many more!

All who ‘on Your name call’!

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Planets, stars just try counting them,

Impossible numberless!

Endless continuing and time:  no end!

True:  speechless I confess!

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And I call Him friend and I am living still!

Creator, lover of souls.

Maker of worlds, Maker my God!

Everything He controls!

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Yes, He loves even me!  the Sam

12.07.11

HEAVENLY THE DREAMS

Daydreaming of heaven, sure that is what I do.

True confession so then, what else is new?

My ninety-three years tells me that I am so close!

And ever so often there comes along a much bigger dose–

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Of longing for God’s abode!  Sure, what is it like?

Will God preach to us?  Wonder, will He require a mike?

Then will angels take us to all orbs around?

Until we are accustomed to sights and sounds!

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Endless space and time, of course, always forever!

Limiting walls surrounding us.  Of course not!  Never!

Sure, He was speaking, creating for us,

Even though we were once nothing but dust!

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His creation, of course, we are important!

Actions, though times of evil deportment!

But forgiveness avails!  Look up and see!

On that hill far away, sure, it is  Calvary!

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But then, how can we ever hope to compare?

What is up there against what we have down here!

Imagination so boundless, but, sure, just give it up!

Cannot compare to what is in that cup!

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Until we pull ourselves up to behold!

That City of God, sure, compare it to gold!

Rubies and diamonds, we will just wait and see!

No, there’s something special waiting for me!

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And something special for you, as looking out

Over those hills, soon you will hear a loud shout!

The King is coming, the shout surely you hear!

Distinctly rapturously, yes, He will appear!

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the Sam 01.06.12

FROM FEAR TO LOVE

When we finally learn to love Him as we fear Him,

When we recognize the fatherhood of God,

A Father who taught fathers how to cherish

The children reaching up to be adored.

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When we graduate from fearing Him to loving,

The fearing turns to awe of His great power,

We never lose the sense of His provision

His awesome love and grace we have each hour!

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Who, just who can have this confidence within him?

He whose sins have all been nailed up to that cross!

We who placed our sins upon the Savior dying

Believing that for all He suffered loss!

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Believing that the all is whosoever,

The whosoever includes even me!

That all my sins were taken by the Savior

To be forever transferered to that tree.

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I cannot deny the work that He did for me.

I cannot deny the changes made within!

Nor can I ever doubt the promise given

Of forgiveness and pardon from my sin!

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Another promise also He has given

I need not fear sins wages anymore! (1)

The gift of everlasting life is given

The promise of sheer joy on heaven’s shore.

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Oh God, I know that you know I am not worthy,

But because of love You had to die!

Even though the ones You loved all got together

To hate You and reject then crucify! (2)

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(1) Romans 6:23

(2) John 1:11

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Sam Cox 04.09.03