Great is the Distance.

Great is the distance from the earth to the sky;

great is the measure of stars to my eye.

Great is the joy when good fellowship abounds;

great is the pain when worry at my soul hounds.

Great is the love that God has for man;

great is the wisdom within every plan.

Great is the care He holds for His own;

great is my shame when I cease to pray, but moan.

How great are all things, when all things

in Him are seen?

Leaving little knowledge of distractions

that may come between.

His death was great; His resurrection greater yet,

and though we sit sometimes and constantly fret,

the pinnacle of regret is when our spirits are met

by the God of all ages, who saves from each threat.

His faithfulness is great, His love is untold

Greater majesty my eyes cannot behold.

He prompts me, with words of praise, write

to display his ineffable glory and might.

Who can search His depths when they exceed the sea?

Who can love more than He does for you and me?

The answer is none, and He is the One

Whom we must turn to and joyfully run.

The rhyme is erratic, yet He constant remains

by our side with gentle words and gentler refrains.

How dark is my heart; He gave me His own.

Where darkness resided, light promptly shone.

Despite all my fears which restrain and lusts that corrupt,

pride that brings death and anger erupt,

He shelters me with His feathers, I take refuge beneath wings

and my soul rises up to Heaven and sings.

Simple songs of praise,

a simple reminding phrase

is all I need to light a fire ablaze.

As I gather my hands to touch the kindled flame,

A touch of sorrow mingled with regret and some shame.

God takes note of me, despite my futility

My pride has crumbled into humility.

How great is the distance from God to man,

yet how close He doth brings us with His loving hand.

How Precious.

How precious are the words of the Beloved

in the ears that hunger with silent love.

How dear are the actions of the Master

to the servant who turns his eyes above.

The beauty and majesty of the Creator

are spoken in a language not known to man.

The wisdom and truth in the eyes of the Maker

are hidden within the fold of His plan.

The trials and tribulations that we all endure

are simply blessings hidden within a shell.

Time prods at this covering, longing for it to break

and for us to discover that all is truly well.

Yet who holds the reins of Time

but the One who existed from the start?

The very same whose motions move men

to create simple pieces of written art.

The heart of such a One must be

pure, holy, without fault.

His mind is indiscernible, remaining

locked like a vault.

Yet why should He make me

a recipient of His eternal will?

So that my heart can be at rest

and my mind and body be still.

A beautiful relationship, which

blossoms like a flower.

As a hungry honeybee,

I come to, for nectar, devour.

Eating His Words each day

as I muse upon His works.

But sadly in this world,

a great deceiver, he lurks.

A demon of strangest guise

who comes in grandeur, in beauty walks.

With outward gentility

it is for me that he stalks.

Yet I cling to my Master,

He will not let me fall.

And in everlasting splendor,

He, my mind, does enthrall.

A superior being who has

won at each turn.

The dastardly foe does for

some victory yearn.

So he starts with me

whispering lies in my soul.

Throwing doubt upon doubt

as my troubles start to roll.

I cry sometimes, though

mostly in fear I do shake.

But my Lord does protect me

through each earthquake.

My vision is blurred, but

one thing is clear:

my Lord stands ahead, protecting

with His heart, He holds me dear.

And though my words are fast dwindling

my wisdom falters, my breath leaves shore

Soft words I say with gratitude

How precious, how precious; Lord, it is You I adore.

2 Sisters, 2 Brothers. 2012.

So. 2012. You’re finally here. We’ve been waiting for you.  Can’t wait to see what new things you bring.

2011. You were rough to me, but towards the end, you became simply fantastic; I’m gonna miss you.

Now, enough talking to years like they are old friends. It’s time to talk about true friends who have not only proven themselves in 2011, but I trust will be closer to me as time passes on.

Sister, you have been an incredible part of my life.  It’s hard to believe that things were so bad between us, but I feel like now they were better than before!  You are a living inspiration for me because you became the answer to a big prayer I had been praying at the time.  I was really depressed at the time; I don’t think you could ever know how low I was feeling.  But when you came back, it was so sweet and precious, especially what you said after my reconciliation text.  You didn’t say you forgave me of yourself, but that you forgave me in God, and I marvel each and every day that I could be your spiritual brother.  I know I’ve already said a lot of really nice things about you, but there just isn’t enough for me to describe how much you mean to me.  Thanks for willingly becoming my Bible buddy for 2012 😛 hope we can grow more together in His Word!  You’ve come such a long way from when we first talked in winter break of 2010 (I believe?) and it has just been an amazing journey with you!

姐姐, you appeared out of nowhere towards the latter part of 2011, it seems! 🙂 You are a light in my life with your sheer radiance and love for anything and everything!  You’ve taught me so much about love and its numerous applications and I am just so thankful that God brought me to you.  I have never regretted a day since we became friends; you came to a church meeting at my church, putting aside your fears of being awkward, and even to my birthday!  I feel like you give up so much for me, but you rarely let me give anything up for you!  I just want you to know to never hesitate to ask if you need something; I wanna be  a good 弟弟! 🙂 Thanks for illuminating my life with your reassuring smile and your wise advice, you are a great 姐姐!

Broski, you’ve been incredible to me since 9th grade man.  Who knew Spanish I H could bring me a brother like you?  It’s truly remarkable what God has done for me by bringing me you as a friend, and I just want you to know that you are one of my closest friends, someone I trust with anything.  Thanks for putting up with my lame jokes and for my childishness at times, and for helping me with generosity.  I promise we will stay close in college.  I’m looking forward to ending 2012 with you man, and I know you are gonna go to big places and do big things.  Thanks for being a true homie through and through, there are few people I trust more than you.

If I wrote your nickname, it would give you away, but man, you’ve been a real inspiration to me.  Despite numerous failures in the young people’s meeting to follow the daily reading schedule, you pulled through man.  Your quietness belies your faithfulness to God, and you serve as a model to me for being determined and consistent in the Word.  Hopefully, I can use the Chronological Bible well this year!  Thanks for being there with me through everything, and for helping me set the world record number of inside jokes.  Without you man, I don’t know if I could have gotten through school as happily.  Stay cool man, and don’t forget me when you cure cancer.

There’s no need for any fancy vocabulary here; the family relationship is free of pretense.  These four people have so impacted my life as to completely change my view of life and even teaching me things that I would never have learned anywhere else.  You are all beautiful people, and I praise God continually for placing you in my life.  Perhaps you don’t know how much of a blessing to me you all are, but I hope I can show it in my own little way.  I’m a loud guy, yeah, but when it comes to this kind of thing, I find myself at a loss for words.  If you remember anything at all from this, remember this: I love you all, thanks for being there for me, and let’s have a great 2012.

– Fearless