The evening was an amazing time with the Lord as each one shared and brought their gifts (including a new original song by Linnea Massoglia). The theme of drawing close to the Lord in this season and not giving into fear were evident. And there was a theme of mountain imagery.
April 17, 2020

When the Israelites were brought out of Egypt, God led them by a cloud by day and fire by night... He fed them - gave them what 

they craved. Yet, they still scoffed “can God set a them a table in the wilderness?” I felt like the Lord was saying. “I have set you table, all you have to do is take my hand and follow me... don't be distracted by the dense wilderness, don't be distracted by the fog in the air or the muck that tries to keep you stuck in the path .... don't be afraid of the tall brush that limits your view, hidden deep inside the wilderness is a feast set for us... if we would dare to go deeper into the wilderness rather than turn around and try

to find our way out we would come to a clearing where he is awaiting us at the banqueting table.

-Alyson

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat & go before him to the other side... He went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, the boat was far from land, beaten by the waves & the wind was against them. In the 4th watch, He came to them, walking on the sea. The disciples saw him & were terrified, “It is a ghost!” immediately Jesus spoke, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, & began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus reached out his hand & took hold of him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. They worshiped him, “Truly you are the Son of God.” -Matt 14:22-33

- Esther 

Isaiah 40- prepare the way of the Lord, proclaim who He is to the nations.

- Bekah

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The Mountain Calls

(Psalm 24 Reflection)

It says, “come by here”

It says, “My way is carefully hewn”

“But not well travelled”

For the way is hard

And the path is steep

Its course will not give way

To the faint of heart

Nor are its secrets 

Revealed To the weak.

There is no mercy in its stony face 

Its crags pierce all that seek passage.

What do its peaks hold,

That I should take this way;

When it cuts at my flesh

And requires blood?

Yet with every step 

My heart grows fonder

And my spirit stronger.

I know this way

Though I have never traveled it.

I know the marks 

On this path

That point the way.

These wounds I have taken

That the mountain requires

Are not wounds unto death,

But unto life.

With each step my resolve grows

To discover this mountains secrets

Its terrible majesty 

Fills my view

And it treasures now my heart.

- Hans

When Truth Comes

 

Haunting whispers linger in my soul

The past still echoes here in this valley 

I’ve camped here, settled for the familiar 

I believed this is what I deserved, 

Where I belonged 

 

But, the truth is - Truth reigns

 

Pain kept me blinded with an illusion 

Fear and shame were my tent pegs, but 

I wasn’t meant to dwell in these shadows of death

I was meant to pass through this valley 

This crucible of becoming 

Unto the highway of holiness 

 

Because the truth is Truth reigns 

 

Truth is the remedy

Yield to your pride no more

He has chosen you

Redemption is found

On the other side of falling

Truth brings you through 

 

Truth is the remedy 

Yield to your fears no more

He has chosen you 

Restoration is found

On the journey of following 

Truth brings you through 

 

The truth is - Truth reigns 

The truth is - Truth rains

In refining fire

You lead me perfectly 

 

When Truth comes - 

    All lies shatter at your voice 

    Depression and anxiety bow 

    All my objections fall at your feet

When Truth comes - 

    My heart is pierced with your love

    My breath comes back to life 

    And I’m so thankful for your blood

 

The truth is - Truth reigns 

The truth is - Truth rains

 

In refining fire

You’re leading me home

 

- Rebekah Bye

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