Just Like Dad

For dads who have lost their dad

This boy was born to be my son, and right now he’s the only one
This Christmas it is bittersweet, to see him playing at my feet
Reminds me of my times with dad, and all the great times that we had
And though he’s absent from us here, this Christmas time God’s peace seems near
The spirit that he formed in me, is the kind of dad I want to be
I’ve walked his footsteps, now I see, that my boy’s doing that to me

In dad’s place now, I have the Lord, I have His love, His truth, His word
Shaping me for my next task, to know His will, I simply ask
To teach my son that God gave His, and that today He truly lives
And wants to live inside of us, and make our lives so joyous
God give me a disciple’s role, I trust in You, please make me whole
And we will live for You alone, to bring You glory, make Your know

By Justin Ogden
Copyright Dec 10, 2017


Losing a Mom

Father God,

May Your presence be felt, may Your Spirit be near, may Your strong hands uphold us, and take away fear

Be unto us like the mother we had, and shelter us under Your wings like our dad

Our mighty protector, provider, You are, so loving and tender, You’re our guiding star

We know that she’s now in a much better place, she’s singing and dancing, and her eyes see Your face

Our mom’s just a picture of Your love for us, relentless, unfailing, she’s one that we trust

Now then we must be relying on You, believe what You say, and trust what You’ll do

You care for us more than our parents ‘ere could, help us to give You our lives like we should

Our future is Yours, to bring glory to You, Your plan is to use us and make us brand new

So touch all the lives around me today, may I love them enough and show them Your way

Like mom did for me, let me share with those, and point them to Jesus through this line of prose

By Justin Ogden

Copyright May 1, 2016

Worship Prayer #2

Oh, Father God, we humbly bow, our sinful hearts before You now

Reward the time we’ve spent this week in pursuit of your holy word

Discovering new insights in Your truth, and holy longings to pursue them

Clear our minds to meditate thoughtfully on Your precepts 

Free us from distraction by earthly things, which always seek to take Your place

Remove our thoughts of self, with its dreams, ambitions and drives 

Give us the space and time to hear Your still small voice

May we concern ourselves with God being glorified, not ourselves being satisfied

Today, may our mouths be opened to bring You praise

May our mouth be opened to bring You confession of our sin

May our eyes be opened to see Your manefest presence moving among us

And as we gather together as Your temple of living stones

May Your Holy Spirit enable us to honor You, love You, and obey Your voice

As You cleanse us with the coals from Your altar, may we go in Your name

And serve in humility and love, following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son

By Justin Ogden

Copyright November 12,2016

Worship Prayer #1

Our holy God, we gather here, our sinful hearts your cleansing need

Confessing we are filled with pride, with evil motives, thoughts and deeds

But You are holy, awesome God, forgiving, Lord, You love us much

You cleanse those who before You bow, humbly request Your loving touch

We will obey Your holy word, turn sinners to your holy ways

Thus purified, with coals of fire, Your name now we lift in praise 

The Son of God exalt today, we lift Your glory high

Make much of You, the risen Lamb, Your soon return is nigh

You reach down here to where we are and walk with us each day

Your mercy’s not what we deserve, but You have made a way

We pray to You for You know all, You have a plan and work all things

Submit ourselves to Your design, Your glory’s what it always brings

Accept our worship, hands held high, we’re trusting in Your name

We trust You Lord, You never change, You’ve always been the same

By Justin Ogden

Copyright November 6,2016