O Voice, O Word


by John Daniel Raines

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One handful of quietness is better by far
Than two hands beating the wind.
But the time to lie down is hard to discern
From the time to stand and contend.

When I stretched out my hand to the paralyzed man,
I prayed that your hand would reach out instead.
And when I looked for your face to strengthen my spirit,
You were there in the hospital bed.

There’s a pain in my side from running all night
At this pace it’s so hard to breathe in.
Jesus, You must have known when you gave up your ghost
That you had endured to the end
Could you tell me if that’s where I am?

The Lord will renew the face of the earth
The Lord will renew the face of the earth
Creation is groaning, is speaking this word,
“The Lord will renew the face of the earth”

You make all things new

At the supper we shared, I took you aside
For what I could not tell the rest.
Jesus, I’d only hoped for your hand on my head
You pulled my head to your breast, and I wept

You make all things new


released June 15, 2015



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John Daniel Raines Chicago, Illinois

John is a musician living in the suburbs of Chicago. When not making music, he spends much of his time finishing nursing school, writing poetry and contemplative essays, mulling about his church, and smiling at people, or else looking very intently at them. ... more

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