Monday Memories: Expressions of Hope

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Expressions of hope are written throughout the Old Testament.  At times, the people of Israel lost hope, but God always found ways to restore their trust and hope to believe in Him.  

From Psalm 65:5:  “By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas.

Broken faith with God

Flicker of hope remains

Have hope, seek God

Hopeful in His deeds

 

Place our Living God

Above all other gods

 

Light turns into darkness

Hiding in the shadows

Yet, God remains close

Hope grows once again

 

Living tree of hope

Will live into eternity

New buds always sprout

Strength from the Father

 

There is always hope

Even in darkest times

 

Life’s trials uproot hope

Adversaries line up against

God hears our cries

Intervenes when hope’s weak

 

Ancestors of Jacob witness

Their hope in God

The God of Jacob

Always God of Hope

 

God keeps His decrees

Believe, look to God

 

God remains always faithful

Our Lord reigns forever

For God’s righteous believers

Hope ends in gladness

 

Way of the Lord

Offers refuge with wisdom

Follow God with hope

Always in our hearts

 

Tree of Life endures

Ready to sustain us

 

Hope shows the light

Steady on life’s course

When spirit is dried

Hope quenches our thirst

 

God opens hope’s door

Inviting us to enter

 

 

Path of Life

From Psalm 16:1-2:  “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'”

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Seeing foolishness

Walking darkest roads

Life’s journey of faith

Coming to crossroads

 

To whom shall we choose?

Evil’s empty book

Filled with deception

Flesh becomes his hook

 

Wilderness calls out

God’s refuge protects

Love filled with goodness

Earning our respect

 

Boundary lines set

Marching in God’s trust

Chosen path of life

Faith removes our lust

 

Always before us

God’s daily support

His right hand’s guidance

Grace never falls short

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Summer’s Sweetness

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Life no longer singing wintertime blues

Summer’s sweetness rocks around timeless clock

Easy life, driving nature’s express lane

Planning fun times on each neighborhood block

 

Fresh-cut wood pile, next to backyard fire pit

Little granddaughter’s eyes, poised to light up

Marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate

Making sweet S’mores, summer’s perfect line-up

 

Nighttime fun never really wants to end

New memories flicker around fire’s glow

Please, please . . . let us stay for another hour

Darkening fire gracefully ends night’s show

 

On my, another blessed summer night

Dreaming later, tomorrow taking flight

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Our Rock, Our Refuge (Elfchen Series #106)

Invincible

Searching

Life’s wilderness

Where’s stability found?

Nothing shall shake God’s

Cornerstone

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Proven

Faith

Deeply challenged

Whom to trust?

Christ’s love builds His

Cornerstone

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Everlasting

Waiting

No longer

Finding empty tomb

Jesus fulfills faith’s empowering

Cornerstone

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Menu of Choices

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Life comes at us every day

Today’s choices have much to say

 

Right now, Option A looks quite good

Wishing for luck, knocking on wood

 

Infinite possibilities

Some become liabilities

 

One choice navigates life forward

Life seems so straightforward

 

Another turns life upside-down

Flipping plans into dark ghost town

 

Daily question:  What choice to make?

Tomorrow’s answer now at stake

 

Opportunities from choices

Watch out for temptation’s voices

 

Making choices, powerful tool

Please just one, become a jewel

 

Life’s mistakes searching for feedback

Answers help to keep us on track

 

Menu of choices fills desires

Lighting up our inherent fires

 

Near life’s hot stove, always aware

Certain choices may burn, beware

 

Searching with hands, hearts, and minds

Our next choice, what will it now find?

  

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To Whom Shall We Turn?

From Isaiah 65:1:  “I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me.  I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name.”

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Life’s stormy tribulations

Landscape filling with despair

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s love coming forth, He cares

 

Darkness waits at each doorstep

Evil tramples tender reeds

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s caring, sows fertile seeds

 

With each day, doing our best

Failure waiting once again

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s seeds, breaking chains

 

Persecution waits nearby

Enemy lines up to strike

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s breaking bread, fills life’s dike

 

Passing years taking their toll

Burdens never seem to leave

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s life plan, always believe

 

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American Methodist preacher and gospel hymn composer, Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” in 1905.  Gospel singer Marvin Williams adds his own interpretation to this beloved hymn.

Soul-Searching (Haiku Series #183)

Edge of Darkness

Harsh rhetoric harms

Angry political camps—

Nation tears apart

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Stepping Forward

Division falls back

Country must always come first—

Democracy breathes

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Time for Compromise

Conflict’s stormy waves

Navigating nation’s course—

Finding common ground

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Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

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Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm

 

Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves

 

Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray

 

Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding

 

Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach

 

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From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

Fatherhood’s Journey

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Growing up, young lad’s treasured dreams

Playing on big league baseball team

 

Fun-filled adventure marks most days

Journey’s actions conquer life’s maze

 

Thoughts of family seem remote

Happy to fish from Dad’s new boat

 

Learning life’s lessons on God’s watch

Scripture’s heroes always topnotch

 

Far too soon, years advance along

Melodies of love, life’s new song

 

Marriage joins young man with his bride

Sons and daughters, soon at their side

 

God’s fatherly lessons made clear

Maturity quiets each fear

 

Fatherhood blesses this Dad’s soul

Making him feel alive and whole

 

Collecting lifetime of keepsakes

Children love his homemade milkshakes

 

Years move quickly, home’s empty nest

Dad’s wisdom guides each child’s quest

 

Creating humbleness of heart

Fatherhood ignites life’s jumpstart

 

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Hope’s Redemptive Peace (Elfchen Series #105)

Faith Believes

Sharing

God’s glory

Accepting His grace

Boasting in our sufferings

Hope

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Salvation Purchased

Jesus

Unselfish grace

Justified by faith

Lasting peace with Father

Redemption

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Life Awakens

Spirit

Filling heart

With hope-filled peace

Strengthening endurance molding character

Everlasting

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All of the above verses are inspired from Romans 5:1-5:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”