Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Before Abraham was, I am.

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. John 8:48-59

In the chaos and in stillness I am
in the silvery light at morning's edge
I am breathing life for those lost wretched
I am singing for those who have forgotten
I am dancing for the lame and I am.

From feeble relationships to mighty nations I am
guiding and instructing patient I am
floods and hurricanes and miracle babies I am
children rushing unwilling to hold back
love I am.

For beauty and folly, for inky nights I am
bright days and twisted smiles laughing I am
creating and recreating love new mornings I am.

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