Carry Our Burdens

From Matthew 11:28-29:  “[Jesus says] Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

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Walking

With weariness

Life’s heavy burdens

Causing missteps and stumbles

 

Coming

With light

Our Lord shines

Trusting always in Him

 

Casting

Our burdens

Upon His shoulders

Jesus will sustain us

 

Gentle

In spirit

Humble in heart

He will deliver us

 

Righteous

Reigning above

Immovable spirit

Lessens our taxing burdens

 

Jesus

Sending protection

The Good Shepherd

Caring for His flock

 

Sin

Washed away

By Christ’s blood

Our burdens grow lighter

 

Accepting

His Salvation

Following Jesus Christ

Our Lord and Savior

 

Patiently

Jesus waits

We come forward

Bearing one another’s burdens

 

Praying

With devotion

For one another

Reborn again through Christ

 

Christ

We believe

Follow God’s Son

Victory over our sins

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From Psalm 55:22:  “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Haiku Series #36 (With God)

Incredible

Our Lord and Savior

Scorned and cast as a loser—

Witness empty tomb!

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Moment with God

Prayer time at school

Meeting outside at flagpole—

Sharing God’s blessings

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Blessed Morning

Church bells ring with joy

Calling all to worship as one—

Praise God Almighty

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Monday Memories: Guardian of the Range

Welcome to another edition of Monday Memories.  This poem was originally written in January, 2019.  This version has been updated and edited, but it still tells the same story through poetry.

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A tardy, spring snowstorm assaults the grassy range

It provides a local rancher with extra work and pain

 

A newborn calf has lost her way in the heavy snow

She needs to be found soon before the wind blows

 

A solitary cowboy proceeds into the storm on his horse

He prepares to track down the stray calf in due course

 

An oversized winter coat protects him from the bitter cold

He pulls down a worn, black hat and looks ready and bold

 

The horse stands majestic and obeys each command

He and the cowboy will tackle the work hand in hand

 

The courageous pair rides together into the nasty storm

Both will be tested to rescue the lonely calf before morn

 

The snowflakes thankfully hesitate for a moment or two

Now the cowboy follows the calf’s tracks, totally in view

 

The stout horse plows through the snow so white

The lost calf may soon be discovered in their sight

 

The frightened calf huddles near a sheltering Ponderosa pine

She appears weak, cold, exhausted, and running out of time

 

The cowboy gathers the bawling calf in his brawny arms

He places her on the front of his saddle, away from harm

 

The threesome struggle to reach a much warmer place

Everyone looks forward to warm nourishment to taste

 

They journey to the ranch as quickly as possible

The loss of a vigorous calf is no longer probable

 

The cowboy dismounts and allows the calf to sprint free

She hurries to her waiting mother who is pleased to see

 

Mother and daughter stand together, united at long last

The calf nurses and sucks nourishment amazingly fast

 

The trusty and faithful horse is now saddle free

He devours extra oats with tasty hay with glee

 

The range’s guardian has returned home safe and sound

He finds his anxious wife and son, who no longer frown

 

The family of three feel graciously loved and blessed

The faithful shepherd has returned from a stern test

 

Bringing Comfort

From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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Preparing the way of our Holy Lord

Our God brings His comfort toward

 

His sovereignty reigns over all

From the mountains ever tall

 

To the fertile valleys below

His Word, permanently full

 

God’s Word levels life’s bumpy road

Smoothing rough patches, He molds

 

When the Lord speaks, change comes

His creation sings praises of welcome

 

Seasons arrive and fade away each year

God’s Word stands forever, without fear

 

Coming with His outstretched, mighty hands

God nourishes His flock across all the lands

 

We taste the sweetness, without strife

Forever, He delivers His Bread of Life

 

God’s comforting arms lovingly gather all

His rod and staff bring a comforting call

 

As a shepherd, He protects like none other

Caring for His lambs, better than a mother

 

His glory stretches endlessly across the heavens

Covering the earth with His manna, unleavened

 

Calling out each person by his or her name

God’s endless love covers us all the same

 

Our Lord never grows impatient, weary, or tired

His Word proclaims all eternity, never to expire

 

Rising on wings of eagles, nothing less

Sending new strength to the powerless

 

Delivering real power to the faint, indeed

Bringing tender comfort to those in need

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Haiku Series #35 (Life)

Switching

Summer leaves early

Autumn arrives with fanfare—

Glorious colors

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Like None Other

Meeting years ago

Time shared with one’s special mate—

Love for a lifetime

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Alone

Quiet days and nights

Feeling lost and forgotten—

Taken for granted

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Behold Our Creator

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From John 1.1:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  

Before earth ever existed, God was here

There is only one God, He has no peers

 

Out of nothing— absolute darkness, vacant, and cold

God reaches out with His Word, astounding and bold

 

Remaining distinct from His eternal creation

God’s handiwork brings proud, lasting elation

 

God constructs with a purpose, the Heavens declare

His glory reveals absolute knowledge, nothing spared

 

Our sovereign, Holy God creates it all

Later, man will take a backwards fall

 

Creation arrives through God’s Holy prose

“Let there be”—He continues to propose

 

The Holy Trinity, God declares as Three in One

Faithful spirit sits beside God’s redeeming Son

 

Designing visible and invisible, God reigns here

The heavens and earth watch as God stays near

 

Working for six days, all appears good, very good

God feels proud of what He’s done, and He should

 

Following His purpose, His knowledge leads the way

The Glory of God creates with a Holy plan each day

 

God stands as author, at the center of reality

Without God, chaotic darkness makes a place

God’s people enjoy a bursting, creative taste

Worshipping God’s creation for all of eternity

From pastor John Piper:  “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

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Haiku Series #34 (Autumn)

Listen

Sidewalk traveling

Leaves pile higher and higher—

Feet sweep them away

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Bold

Autumn arrives now

Silently, fluttering leaves—

Memories gather

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Done

Rain-filled day arrives

Autumn’s colors descending—

Empty, barren trees

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