I Looked all Through the Forests Deep

I looked all through the forests deep
Over hills through rushing streams
Until sunset I searched on
For peace I’d glimpsed in dreams

Till in complete exhaustion
I sat down to catch my breath
Just then I heard the gentle voice
Of Christ calling me to rest

And when I turned to look at Him
He showed His hands with wounds
And invited me to touch those scars
Where nails had pierced Him through

Then in worship I fell down
For suddenly I knew
That His peace for which I’d searched
 He would give me all night through

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 NIV

I Looked All Through the Forests Deep
by Peter Caligiuri
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Footsteps of Faith

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV

Take one step on the road where our Savior leads
Take hold of that hand that can set you free
Follow His voice and choose to believe
These are faith’s footsteps to Calvary

With each step as we follow our Master’s feet
While close by His side we choose to keep 
On faith’s path to a place where God’s grace we meet
There He’ll open our eyes and His face we’ll see!

Footsteps of Faith by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022
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My Little Boat

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” Mark 4:35

Once a year my wife and I pack our bags and prepare for vacation. In the weeks leading up to our trip we buy a few things, get our suitcases out and make arrangements for everything we can think of. Our excitement builds as we imagine weeks of unfettered schedules and new experiences. Jesus is inviting each of us to prepare, and to be ready for new things. But His challenge contains a phrase we may have missed, Jesus said “Let’s!”  That single word makes all the difference in our lives when we launch out to points unknown.

The “Let’s,” invitation of Jesus reminds me of a song we used to sing in Portuguese at our Brazilian church called, “Meu Barquinho,”. That title means “My Little Boat”, and my favorite part of the lyrics say, “Sail away with faith in Jesus, because this is the way we will see what beautiful things He will do, because with Him we will be secure.”

So, if your horizon seems forbidding and your boat seems so very small, remember that in your little boat travels the King of kings and the Captain of all ships. No matter the distance we have to travel or what storms we have to face, Jesus say’s “Let’s go!” because He plans to travel with us! Our Lord will never abandon our little boat and with Him we will be secure, and He will show us what beautiful things He can do!