Tangled Up With Me – a poem

Tangled Up With MeThe Total Inability (or Total Depravity) of graceless human nature should not be difficult for us to grasp.  One glance at the nightly news plainly reveals that all human beings – from Hollywood to Afghanistan – struggle unsuccessfully to find spiritual meaning and satisfaction.  As the Preacher in Ecclesiastes makes clear, the heart of every person is filled with a desire for “eternity” (Ecc 3:11) and yet, if God should leave us in our graceless Continue reading

I Descend into the Beauty – a video poem

I wrote the following poem from the perspective of a dying maple leaf. Several years ago I was driving along Interstate 81 heading toward Roanoke, Virginia. It was autumn and the leaves were absolutely gorgeous. I pulled my car over to the side of the road to enjoy a breathtaking view that overlooked a valley filled with white farmhouses and green pastures. The surrounding trees were brilliantly splotched with every color that autumn could possibly render. As I stood there drinking in the scene, I noticed a maple tree on the side of the ridge beside me. Its head was stretching in the wind. The tree grew out sideways over the valley and as a result it had lost almost all of its leaves. I took special note of one bright yellow leaf that hung on tight, shivering all alone in the wind. That leaf held fast when almost every other leaf had given way, falling hundreds of feet into the valley below.  I wrote this poem with that leaf in mind. I cling to life.  Just like that little leaf. I hang on with the vain hope that I will live forever, scared to death of the “undiscover’d country, from whose bourn no traveler returns.”  Yet, a day will come, sooner than I realize, when the Autumn Daystar (the beloved Savior – Jesus Christ) will call me to let go of that which was never mine.  As that day moves closer, I am learning how to die – how to bear the Cross, how to die to myself, how to die to sin, idolatry, selfishness, and anger. I am learning to surrender to the call of Christ’s sacrificial love.  I am learning to surrender to the music that will one day sound my departure from this life.  Until then, may Christ prepare me for that day, so that I may release my grip with joy and worship, singing “Autumn Daystar, bid me come.”

Wishes and Dreams – a poem by Tim Melton

Have you ever thought about the words to the Walt Disney theme song?  ‘When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are.  When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.’  I believe that those who trust in Jesus have set their faith in a dream that will come true.  When we, with tiny ‘mustard seed’ faith, set our hope in Christ, we will continually be amazed at the overwhelming response of our God.  In the end, I don’t believe that wishes start with us at all.  Even faith is a gift that comes from God.  It is God’s faith/wish that germinates in our hearts, at first a small seed that, almost without our knowing it, slowly grows into a huge tree of life, reminding us that there is something more.    When Christ takes residence in our lives, His work is so subtle, yet it is forceful.  He plants Himself in the middle of our barren lives, and over and over, almost out of nowhere, when all hope seems lost, He proclaims that our faith/wish in Him has not been in vain.  He is with us!  Saving us from sin.  Plucking us from despair.  Cheering our hearts.  Filling us with love.  And the power of this inviolable faith/wish endures – filling us with hope, encouraging us to keep trusting in Christ, knowing that He will rescue us again and again until we finally behold Him face to face.  This grand moment – when our faith becomes sight – is a wish that will one day be gloriously realized…

and so, we never stop dreaming.


Benediction (Tim Melton, May 2011)

I will Bless you, I will
We can do this easy,
Or we can do this hard
Either way, I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you

If you come unto me,
I will wash you and dress you,
I will hug you and kiss you,
I will put a ring on your finger
and I will wrap you in a fine, white Robe of linen,
For I will bless you. I will
I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you

If you should leave me, I will come after you
and If you try to run from me, I will tackle you
and I will break your legs, so that you are unable to walk

For, I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you
and If you should try to crawl away from me,
I will break your arms and I’ll wrap my arms around you
And throw you around my neck, and carry you where you have no wish to go
For, I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you

And if you struggle against my grip of loving grace
I will break your stiff-necked pride and lift your chin to see my face
For I will Bless you
And If you curse me and revile me,
I will overwhelm you with singing
and I will Bless you

If your heart should despise me
I will melt that heart of stone with the Cross, with my grace, with my heavenly tears
I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you and give you peace

Hear me.  Listen to me.
We can do this easy,
or we can do this hard
But know this truly –

I will Bless you
I will Bless you
I will Bless you, and Keep you, and I will make my face to shine upon you
For you are mine

“May the LORD bless you and keep you,
May He make His face to shine radiantly upon you and be gracious to you
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

Valley of Vision – “God: The Everything in everything”

God: The Everything in everything
The Valley of Vision, “God The All” – Pg. 4 (my paraphrase)

Listen to the audio by clicking the play button below:
Christ You are My Everything – Valley of Vision, p.4

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Made to Fly – A Poem by Callie Melton

This is a poem written by my daughter – Callie Melton.  She calls it “Made to Fly”.  Whenever I read it, it makes me think of heaven.  My heart yearns to dwell in that place where earth and sky are one, where the curse has been removed, where our doubts no longer master us,…where our faith has become sight and we dwell together with our God in the garden that he has prepared for us.

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I Descend Into the Beauty – A Poem by Tim Melton

I’m feeling pretty pensive today.  I thought it might be a good day to repost my poem – I Descend into the Beauty.  This time, I have included effects and music in the recording. If I had to put a scripture reference underneath this poem it would be “Matthew 16:25 – For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  I am finding that spiritual maturity in the Christian life is gained through learning how to die – dying to selfishness, dying to anger, dying to idolatrous dreams, dying to sin – that we might gain Christ.  In the poem, I am the yellow maple leaf, weak with fear, dying to the blows that life delivers.  Until I finally release my grip, I cannot know the joy of Christ’s Song nor dance in his arms.  How thankful I am that the Autumn Daystar reveals himself to me and pries my fingers away from my idolatrous life.

The music in the background is from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth – which by the way, is also about dying, overcoming fear, and selfless love.  It is a beautiful picture of the gospel.  But that’s another blog entry.  Enjoy.

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Click “Read the rest of this entry” to read the lyrics to the poem.

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