I love writing poetry for worship. I hope you like these poems to be read in worship or to be used at home or in those quiet moments when you find yourself alone and needing a bit of inspiration...
Light One Candle - HOPE
Here at the table we gather together
We take the time, no matter the weather
To light our first candle, to bring on the light
'Cause a world filled with darkness,
Needs something quite bright!
It starts with a candle,
And spreads through the people,
And they begin shining
From barnyard to steeple.
And though some are sleeping,
And some have lost hope,
Lighting a candle is one way to cope.
So we wake from our sleep and sit at the table
Turn off the cell phone and shut off the cable
We pray together and worship in song
So the nights of this Winter,
Won't seem quite as long. (Light one candle)
Refugees coming to Minnesota could be the title of a publication in the mid 1800s in regard to people coming to Minnesota from Sweden, Norway, or Germany looking for a better life. Refugees on their way to Egypt could be the title of an article from the time of Jesus about Jesus and his parents headed to Egypt to avoid Herod and his political maneuvers to stay in power.
And in our present culture, it is the title of many articles, Facebook posts, and newspaper headlines about whether or not we should accept the wave of new refugees coming to Minnesota from Syria. Well, if you ask me, we must do this! We must welcome those who are seeking refuge and hoping for a better life - even a life at all!
Watch for details on how you can help! Many donations of in kind items are needed as well as financial donations. The International Institute of Minnesota is collecting items and donations for the newest refugees coming and we are going to help. We will be collecting items in December. Check it out!
There are refugees (from all over the world) on their way to MN as we speak!
Check out the list and see what you can donate, then we'll gather them at First Lutheran, St. Paul, on the Sundays before Christmas and we'll make deliveries! Or you can bring it to the address below!
The International Institute of Minnesota is helping to coordinate their arrival and gathering items that will make it a tiny bit easier. If you're here in the Twin Cities and you're interested in helping, here's what they need:
ONLY THE ITEMS BELOW CAN BE DONATED AT THIS TIME:
Diapers (Only New), Wipes (Only New), Baby clothes
Coats, Boots, Gloves, Hats, Scarves
Dishes, Glassware, Silverware, Tea kettles, Garbage cans (Only New)
Garbage bags, Bed linens (laundered), Blankets (laundered)
Towels (laundered), Dish towels (laundered), Vacuums, Laundry baskets
Pencils, Calculators, Pens, Notebooks, Folders, Crayons, Backpacks
Maps of the City, Gift Cards (only to Cub Foods, Target, Goodwill)
ADDRESS: International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Drop off times: 8:45am - 5pm Monday-Friday