Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

These poems might be off target for the theme of this blog but they are appropriate for the weekend. I wrote one of them back in 2007. the other was written today after seeing a video posted about a friend's son who was killed in Afghanistan just three weeks after Memorial Day, 2013.


Stand still.
A soldier has fallen to the ground today
The battlefield has had its way
He will not fight another day
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still.
Stand still and pray for those at home
And for soldiers while they roam
On foreign soil’s combat zone
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still.
That soul has now gone to beyond
To heaven’s glories or to hell’s real horrors
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still.
Stand still and thank God for His grace
You did not die in his place
That image could have born your face
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still.
Stand still and look this once more
To a far off hill on a distant shore
One there did His Father’s will
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still
Stand still and see Him on the cross
Giving all there was to give
That you and I might get to live
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still
Stand still and view that empty tomb
In it He found there was not room
So up He rose from that space
And left our sins in His place
Stand still. Stand still.

Stand still.
Stand still if you would have Him win
For you a victory from sin
You cannot earn a home on high
By grace through faith is the Father’s cry
Stand still

Stand still
Stand still come this solemn Day
You owe him that much won’t you say?
A soldier’s fallen to the ground today
Stand still. Stand still.

Marvin McKenzie
For Memorial Day Weekend


For You On This Memorial Day

To all the widows, moms and dads
Darling daughters and strapping lads
Who on this weekend more than most
Remember those whose lives were lost

On foreign fields and combat zones
Protecting those – still at home
My thoughts are for you and my care
My knees are bended to God in prayer

I cannot say I understand
I simply offer to you my hand
And say to you here and now
I will remember them, I vow

The loss of life that they did pay
For you still lingers day by day
Their sacrifice didn’t go away
When in the ground their body lay

Your pain, your heartache and your tears
They have not fallen on deaf ears
I will remember and I will pray
For you on this Memorial Day

Marvin McKenzie

May 23, 2015

The God of the Word

2 Corinthians 3:13-16 KJV
And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

There is a shroud that covers the eyes of the general population concerning the Word of God.
·       Though they are able to read its words and dissect its sentences.
·       Though they may critique its construction and offer higher criticism concerning its authorship
they have, as it were, a vail upon their heart. It prevents them from seeing the message that is behind the words.

Truth is, the vail can never be removed through
·       education,
·       sentence dissection or
·       advanced forms of higher criticism.
The vail is only removed from the heart when that heart turns to the Lord.

No one understands the Word of God until they personally know and love the God of the Word.