Friday, 11 November 2016

An Unfriendable Sin

Thank God He won't unfriend me
For my soul is black with sin
I've blamed you for the outcome
But the problem lies within

You think you're right but so do I
A rift has taken form
Rather than pray and love
We stand our ground and die within our scorn

But God did not unfriend me and
He's a friend to you as well
And there's a fight we've been distracted from
And it comes up straight from hell

Lay down the guns, take up the sword
And use its double edge
For the Truth is Love and He overcomes
On the cross this was His pledge

To fight this war we cannot see
We can't fight it just as friends
Remember: He has made us family
Brothers and Sisters to the end

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Poem: The Other Side

Trying to understand what it is about your plan that makes all things new
When I'm forced to say goodbye and death seems to win

My eyes see only the pain and my soul searches for your Kingdom here on earth
Is it only when you return that I'll know the mysteries of you?
Or can you open heaven, just once, so I can catch a glimpse of what you are up to?

It will strength my faith, I think, to have it all confirmed
To know the suffering has a purpose
But right now I don't know
And I tremble thinking that it's on the other side of the trial—the part I can't see at all—that the answers all lay waiting.

© 2015 Jordan Hageman

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Poem: Back in Time



For my husband on our 13th wedding anniversary.

It’s been thirteen years
Since we said I do
I look around and breathe
A tired sigh
The house’s a mess
One kid’s undressed
Two more are quiet—that’s never
A good sign

The clock was ticking
But it somehow stopped
One hour before it’s bedtime
Then our time
I look at you
You look at me
I know you’re thinking the same
As me

Could you
Take me back
Back to a place
Where your hand held mine
And my heart began to race

Take me back
Back to a time
When your kiss sunk deep
Sending shivers down my spine
Take me back

We all bow our heads
Around the table
You thank the Lord Almighty
For everything
You say amen
And raise your head
There’s a glint in your blue eyes
I realize

I’m sitting here
Right in that place
The time is now
It’s always been
In just this
Moment of grace
For each other
Is what it takes
To start all over
We take a step forward
Both of us together
A step that will

Take us back
Back to a place
Where your hand held mine
And my heart began to race

Take us back
Back to a time
When your kiss sunk deep
Sending shivers down my spine

We’ve come so far
And we’ll go further
Because we know how to go
Back in time

©2016 Jordan Hageman


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Poem: Who is the Who?

I recently spoke at our church's Women's Night Kick-off on Galatians 5-6:10 - a long passage but it all connected. To help myself keep track of the points I wanted to make, I started writing a little poem and I wove it into my message. It was a lot of fun and I felt a *little* inspired by Dr. Seuss!

Who is the who who ran into you
Who stopped your good race
Who blindsided you?

The who will want more than you were meant to give
The who will bring question to the life you are to live

And beware the who you're trying to find
Because there's a who who's a sneaky kind
The hardest part about finding this who
Is finding this who just happens to be you

So don't be a who who adds to a load
A who who makes burdens wherever she goes
Be a who who is good, a who who is kind
Who lives in the Spirit
Who lives her design


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Poem: Walk With Me

Walk with me
In the garden
Tell me all the things
I need to know
To know you
Is to love you
I want to love you
With everything in me

I will love you with all of my mind
My thoughts are always on you
I will love you with all of my strength
My body broken for you
I will love you with all of my soul
My Spirit whispers to you

Walk with me
In the valley
Press me in
Close to your side
Hold the fear at bay
Help my courage to stay
I want to follow
Wherever you will go

I will love you with all of my mind
No height is too high
I will love you with all of my strength
No depth is too deep
I will love you with all of my soul
No span is too wide for me

Walk with me
In the desert
Lead me to the place
Where the well springs forth
Draw me deeper
Into the river
Give me water
So I thirst no more

I will love you with all of my mind
I breathe my breath into you
I will love you with all of my strength
Dry bones are re-made anew
I will love you with all of my soul
You will know that I AM THE LORD

Walk with me
In the garden
I'll tell you all the things
You need to know

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Poem: The Fool

She wades on the shores
Of a vast and awesome ocean
With depths unimaginable

The horizon above stretches
Into a universe eternally expanding
Its limits unknown

She tells the One
Whose words brought it all into being
That she knows better

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Confessions of a Pastor's Wife: Confession #12 My kids go to public school—and I'm OK with that.

Confession #12: My kids go to public school—and I'm OK with that.

I do admit that when it was time for my first-born to go to school, I really wanted her to attend a private Christian school so she would be “safe.” I spent a lot of time praying for a miracle—that God would provide the funds and open the doors so that she could put on a uniform and get a good Christian education. But the doors never opened and the funds never arrived because God had better miracles in store. Miracles. Plural.


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