A prayer for community

6 11 2016

“You’ve heard of missing persons. Have you ever thought about missing prayers, prayer requests that God ought to hear regularly but that we scarcely speak? The prayer for spiritual discovery ought frequently to grace our lips.

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you,
we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding”
(Colossians 1:9).

candle prayerFrom SAFE IN HIS SANCTUARY, by Robert Rasmussen (Multnomah 1999), p161.

Look Anew (poem)

1 08 2016

Day after day he had seen it in its case,

gazing on its pristine beauty.

Until one day he freed it from its place

to view it in the sunlight clearly.

And when he did, the beam pierced through;

with eyes awakened did he see.

O friend, do take a look anew

for that same jeweler you can be.

Robert E. Rasmussen, Imagine Meeting Him

Comfort in my hurt

18 06 2016

When I listen to my soul and let it speak for itself,

I realize I have been wounded.


My confidence in myself has sustained injury.

A bruise remains.

Then I hear in my mind a melody from my boyhood,

often sung, seldom pondered,

but now of comfort.

So I nudge near to the one in the song —

the one with the wounded, bleeding side,

where my wound is in excellent company.

Mary’s Song

16 11 2015

The oil lamp flickered well into the night. Martha and Lazarus were asleep, and the house was quiet as Mary took up her stylus and poured out her thoughts to the Lord. What flowed onto the page was a conversation that set her free…

O Lord, it greatly heartens me to think upon your words, for you told me you enjoyed my presence more than noble works. But I must tell you honestly, I find it very hard to know I’ve really chosen what you call “the better part.”
I envy the accomplishments, the good that others do; I don’t have much to offer to prove my love for you. The looks I get from others, my feeling of fatigue–could it be I’m not the person you think you see in me?

Child, I tell you now in stillness what I said among the din–the only thing I look for is a longing heart within. I’m not looking for performance. I don’t care if you’re the best. I desire your companionship. I want to give you rest.

That you could want my company, though I struggle so, is a greater gift of comfort than you could ever know. O Savior, take my sadness, my ever-wand’ring heart, and forever reassure me that it is the better part.

The turmoil of your inner life will rarely settle down; chaos and confusion will always come around. But you can learn to rest while striving, sit while standing tall. I promise I’ll be listening, no matter when you call. So come aside and learn of me; there’s room here at my feet. Your tender heart’s desire is the only thing I need. I tell you now in stillness what I said among the din–the only thing I look for is a longing heart within.

Luke 10:38-42

woman contemplationFOR REFLECTION: Do I give myself permission to receive Christ’s compliments even though I still struggle in my walk with Him?

[excerpt from Imagine Meeting Him, by Robert Rasmussen, 1998 Multnomah Publishers, p.57-58]

Walls to Preserve. Walls to Destroy.

12 10 2013

Walls to Preserve. Walls to Destroy.


There should be a wall

Which protects unborn life

From surgical vacuum and killing pill

Which shields a young boy or girl

from the fist of a father

or the lust of an uncle.


These broken walls bring shame on us

A human community called to be humane


There should be a wall

Which encourages a man to express his passion in holy ways

Not man with neighbor’s wife

Not man with other man

But man with his own wife


Walls such as these are Architecturally assigned

To preserve humanity through self-restraint

To protect society from self-destruction


Even animals know to respect such walls.


But bad walls have been wrongly built

Walls that weaken who we are

as those given life to share together

these walls should be destroyed


When a black man feels hatred for a white man

Or the white feels disdain for the black,

When native American longs to steal back what was stolen from him

Land, dignity, opportunity, culture


When those who own more call lazy those who own less

When skin of darker hue senses hubris in lighter tone

When the house of privilege moves further away

from the house without a yard


Bad walls are wrongly built

And weaken who we are

Walls are built on two sides

And two sides must bring them down.


When victim burns with hate

And victor gloats with pride

Only grace from Him can beat the wall

Only the cross offers a pathway through


He took down divisive walls

Brought together one new man

Walls are rebuilt on two sides

Both sides must bring them down again.


-Robert E Rasmussen, 2013