Saturday, December 31, 2011


'Therefore, since we have this ministry... we do not give up... For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ'. 2 Cor. 4:1, 6. 

Do not give up in this new year, even though you may feel overwhelmed by the many unknowns you are facing. God will shine His light on 2012!

In the next couple of days, I will be posting further thoughts on the light that God provides for the path set before us.

Friday, December 23, 2011

His Gift

His Gift

Eternity rang
As God delivered His gift
From heaven’s splendor
To earth’s clay:
Demons trembled
Angels sang
A mother smiled
A baby cried out.

Eternity quaked
As God delivered His gift
From heaven’s mercy
To earth’s cross:
Angels trembled
Demons smiled
The Father turned away
A mother cried out. 

Eternity thundered
As God delivered His gift
From earth’s tomb
To heaven’s victory:
A mother trembled
The Father smiled
Angels sang
Demons cried out.

Eternity resounded
As God delivered His gift
From earth’s mortality
To heaven’s glory:
Demons trembled
Angels sang
The Son smiled
Man cried out.

God delivered man
His gift.

© Words: Avril VanderMerwe 2004
Photograph: Avril VanderMerwe 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011



Easily captivated
By a Glory
Whose radiance washes
All other worlds sallow,
And swallows my sight,
And strikes a sound
That sets my heart
Afire with hunger,
And ravishes my breath
And rends my speech
With worship that words
Serve but wanly to express;
All Your own: I surrender –
But oh!
To be consumed!

© 2011 Avril VanderMerwe