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Reflection on Receiving Christ

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Lord, I will never forget that day on bended knee

I go forward to accept Your love for me

Our pastor asks of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem

“Are you riding the horse in victory or defeat?”

I feel that soul-searching question directed at me

Darkness shouts at me, “Who are you a sinner to receive God’s love?”

I say to the darkness, “Yes, oh yes, that’s me!

Today you will lose the victory over me!”

A force not of my own propels me to the mercy-seat

Where I kneel my wounded spirit before Christ’s feet

Memories of darkness from my schizophrenic father call to me

A failure you always were and always will be

Your brother is smarter than you’ll ever be

He’ll be richer than you’ll ever be!

I say in reply, “To be a servant of my Lord is what I’m called to be

Now, depart evil spirit. Get away from me!

Here I am, Lord. This is me.

Thanks for never giving up on me.

For winning the victory for me

I will love and serve You now into eternity.”

A counselor is there that bitter cold day in March 1982

Kneeling  with me

Praying for my soul

Fighting for me through the darkness into light

Giving of himself with all his might

Tears transform into touches of Your love

When I receive a love I can never get enough of

Thank you for loving a sinner like me

For having Your Son’s blood set my spirit free

Crimson blood at Calvary did flow

That we would have a gift that never lets us go

The present of a life that’s changed

Priorities that become rearranged

Caring more for that searching other

To treat everyone as our brother

How, Father, could I ever repay

That glorious day You turned my night to day?

Oh, God, I love you more than words could ever say!

Kevin Osborne is training to become a psychotherapist, priest and chaplain through St. James the Elder University in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife, Karen, plan to open a counselling practice. Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking additional graduate studies there. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada.

Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.