BURIED TREASURE The man in overalls travels out to the field Finds a hole With tenderness places it in The ground closes around Thought about every now and again Unseen at first Out of the shell As it absorbs water Takes root Painstakingly shifting through the dirt The stem grows strong To appear from the ground Reaching for the sun Knows is there But hasn't seen Higher and higher climb The seed money Begins to grow Matthew 25:14-30 ABC Defeat Appetite Begins in the mind Consequences insignificant Dwelling on it Everyone is doing it Fulfilling appearance Gradual change Harmless it seems Inch closer Just this once Keeping on Lookout for yourself Missing out No one will know Obsessed Proceeds from the mouth Question what He really said Refuse to change Self is most important The distance traveled Unashamed actions Vows broken Wisdom gone X marks the spot You see the opportunity Zap! WORD POWER Stole the words But not the word Lost the tracts But not the way The sword was taken But not the blade The words of truth removed But not the truth The planner snatched But not the plan The words of life pinched But not the life The bread grabbed one day But not the Bread of life The water of life lifted But not the fountain His word will not return void. X Down He came Up I go For my disobedience He became low The Prince trades With the Pauper places The quite different Personalities and faces For I was angry Yet upon me found Stumbling in darkness Circling round and round Opened my eyes With the truth of love Patiently continuing The flying of a dove Without Him Coming down I would continue on On a path bound THE TRADER Shuffling over Standing by waiting Intrigued once noticed Cheap Ornate Offered for a price Seems reasonable Bargain the low price Agreeing the exchange Only later The trinket discovered The gold plated Fool's gold The eternal swapped For the temporal CONFIRMED AS KING Does the bouncing ball mean more Than the one twirling in space? Is the tube more important Than the one saving lives? Does the textbook have priority Over the one with the words of life? Is counting sheep more valuable Than seeking to follow the Shepherd? Does earning the next pay raise rate higher Over the one who rose and conquered death? Is experiencing a "love story" lovelier Over the Unconditional Lover? T Horn Piercing cries The notes pour forth The only way To sing the song At a high level To be heard Attention grabber Darkness fades into light Pure and distinct The metal sounds silent As the flower stands up Out of the earth It is finished-Love's Symphony Matthew 6:26 MUST Wafting on a current Higher and hither Further and farther Difficult to ignore For it grows worse than before Required to keep clean and new Grows tiresome to you? Worth taking the time To prevent the grime? Does the meat Take a backseat? Sitting in a room Dusty with gloom? The state of the bread With you unfed Will be your state Till consistently eating from the plate Ephesians 5:1-2 IN TUNE You heard the metal Hit the metal Ringing in your ears Searing through your flesh You heard the soldiers Draw back Snapping it with fury Slicing through your body You heard the heart Beating a drum Pumping the blood Thumping through your head You heard the screams Pitch shrilly Hissing the hate Spewing in your eyes You heard the anguish Voice sighing Alone dying Out crying ABILITY? Not about the strokes Left by a pen Nor creating a smile On a child's face Isn't about the fingers Moving to the right beat Forget the rolling of the tongue Creating the necessary sounds Nope to the capacity of the mind Storing all the knowledge Doesn't relate to athletic Agility and speed Uses us best Surprises most Not through what we do But what He does Tried to show No avail EMBARK Why only looking up wrecks Your neck The strain causes you to lie down Must decide to scale Arm over arm Finding footholds takes hours The muscles stretching power Dirty and scratched become the hands Zealous to continue The adventure more thrilling The limbs shake with every gain Sooner the time for Him to reign Be careful of looking below For the evil one reminds of the ground Playing the fall's dreadful sound But with Jesus the victory--imagine! Envelop yourself with His Word Branch out from the shadows Take in the spectacular view Beaming only by the sun Climb to discover His might Can't when the ground's still in sight Step up to a new height See how your trust takes flight!