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You’re the only one

*a little poem inspired during my silent retreat last weekend

You’re the only one i can tell everything to
You’re the only one i can go to with every desire underneath my desires
You’re the only one who always keeps their word
You’re the only one who never leaves me
You’re the only one who knows my every brokeness and still loves me daily
You’re the only one that becomes more lovely to me in the knowing
You’re the only one from whom i can never ask too much
You’re the only one in whose love i am so filled i want to love others better


all i see is a desert /
thirsty no water no response /
where youth are the walking dead /
sweat and tears no gain /
put out my heart to have it rejected /
again and again /
i long to see new life /
youth hungry for eternity /
not falling to what the haters say /
stepping up in courage /
going after what God came after us for /
feel His rain in my soul /
Jesus, if you can, please bring us life!

“if you can? anything is possible for the one who believes!”

one saturday morning in january /
God rains down /
Your intimate music opens up ears /
Your word cuts to the quick /
opening up the father wound /
revealing how we’ve put our baggage on You /
our Heavenly Father can’t be put in a box /
His love breaks through every boundary /
He calls His angels over to rejoice over us /
there’s a river coming that you can’t stop /
a new generation full of the Spirit of the Son of God /
inviting all who’re open to a turnt party for eternity /
where the wine only gets better and better /

prayer poem

in the last couple years i have reached the limits of my own strength.  i can not do life without God.  with that realization comes a theme in this past year or so in my life: God’s invitation to prayer.

prayer – the place for our hearts to admit we need Him, and where He can unleash His power on behalf of those who ask.

the theme of prayer cannot be missed in the book of Luke, which my intern team has been studying.  it is amazing how the prayers mentioned in this historical account cascade into one another and that even our prayers at this moment join into the unfolding of His kingdom here on earth, until that day when all prayers are answered and words are no longer necessary…when we see Him face to face.  every reference to the word “prayer”, and its variants, in the first nine chapters has inspired this poem.



Your people were praying outside Your temple,

not knowing that You were setting Your forerunner in motion

to prepare the way for them to come inside Your temple

by entering into us and making us Your temple

as Your servant was lifting up incense to You

in the most holy place

You sent a messenger to let him know You had heard his prayers

for a son

who would be a messenger for the Redeemer of israel

the one the prophetess had been praying to night and day,

recognizing He had been born to a poor married couple

whose son, Your son in whom You were well pleased,

grew to be baptized by this messenger of You,

praying when Your spirit descended upon Him

empowering Him for His ministry, Your ministry

a ministry that came with such impact no one could stop it from spreading,

so much so that Your son had to steal away

to be alone to pray

to reconnect when people wanted to lift up a worldly king,

lift up the traditions and rituals of men

instead of You the True King

who had much bigger plans that came in such humble form

passed down through 12 simple men

Your son chose through an entire night of prayer,

teaching them to pray even for their enemies

to prove they were Your adopted sons

but they were still trying to figure out who Your son was

and when they understood

Your son knew it because You had revealed it to Him through prayer

that You revealed it to them

so Your son took His inner circle again up the mountain

to see You pray again

and for them to see You revealed in all Your glory…


Los Angeles from Lincoln Heights, 1/25, 4:22pm

day 22: lover king

Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 1:1; Revelation 22:16-21

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” – Jeremiah 23:5-6

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” – Matthew 1:1

“‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’  The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” – Revelation 22:16-17


david.  shepherd.  poet.  adulterer.  murderer.  temporal king.  beloved.

Jesus.  ShepherdCreatorRoot (Source).  Branch (Effect).  Eternal King.  Lover.

me.  sheep.  poem.  sinner.  saint.  heir.  beloved.


how can we embrace and live out of the fact that “The LORD is our righteousness”?   God showed faithful love to david, now Christ invites us into The Kingdom; will we receive and reign with Him or refuse and be reigned over?  will we drink the water of life without price or will we drink from broken cisterns that can hold no water?

thank you Lord that you are Loving King