Grace Feeding Faith (Haiku Series #109)

Bread of Life

Be glad and rejoice

God’s nourishment sustains us—

Come to His table

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Faithfulness

Run life’s marathon

Strength fused with steadfast patience—

Our Lord’s mighty hand

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Lasting Grace

Behold Christ’s Kingdom

Gratitude for Salvation—

Rescued from our sins

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Monday Memories: America’s Election Night

This poem was originally written in October, 2018.  At the time, it seemed more of a reflective piece, written prior to the elections in November of that year.  The text has been edited to update the overall style, but the original theme remains the same.  In light of the election of 2020, it seems to be an appropriate time to publish this poem again.

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Voting has finally finished for yet another election

Americans have once again made their selections

 

As the election numbers begin to trickle in

People grow anxious to learn who will win

 

The past weeks have bombarded the airwaves with ads

Some of their messages are so negative and very sad

 

Candidates rekindle passions with their positions

Voters seek news outlets with impartial conditions

 

Democratic or Republican, both sides seek votes

Our world seems confused, filling with wild oats

 

Many look back at the past and yearn to return

But so much has changed in taking a wrong turn

 

Any nation steps forward, when citizens rally as one

Coming together, putting country ahead of anyone

 

Falling asleep in his chair, with the television still on

He awakens to see a nation coming together at dawn

 

America is the home of the brave and the land of the free

Let us all make our country as proud as it should really be

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Ultimate Grace

From Romans 5:1-2:  “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.”

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Our sinful nature

Takes Christ to the Cross

God responds with love

Grace reaches across

 

Jesus defeats death

Living cornerstone

Sacred salvation

Grace comes to atone

 

Father’s gift of life

Receive daily bread

Through our faith alone

Grace walking ahead

 

Christ teaches of love

Shares His peace of mind

Hearts and minds now cleansed

Grace saving mankind

 

Never fear again

Look forward to peace

Fate sealed with God’s love

Grace, life’s Holy lease

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When facing painful trials, we may be tempted to doubt God’s love for us.  Remember that God orchestrated the greatest demonstration of love possible–His Son’s death on the cross.”

C. S. Lewis Quote

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Ambition!  We must be careful what we mean by it.  If it means a desire to get ahead of other people–which is what I think it does mean–then it is bad.  If it means simply wanting to do a think well, then it is good.

From Proverbs 13:7:  “Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.”

Endless Images (Haiku Series #108)

Departing

Precious moments live

One fallen leaf at a time—

Autumn passes by

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Waiting 

Barren and quiet

Sleeping during winter’s cold—

Trees rest, chilling out

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Comforting

Heavy, humid air

Wind wringing out the water—

Pleasantness arrives

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Pleasing to God

From Proverbs 13:7:  “Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.”

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Living a life, pleasing only to self

Ignoring God, leaving Him on a shelf

 

Competitive world, craving ambition

Pleasing to God, never this life’s mission

 

High expectations, demanding more time

Living the dream, seeking ladders to climb

 

Mankind commands, chasing full-time career

Pleasing to God, never happens this year

 

Targets set higher, with each passing week

Hustling to scale, another highest peak

 

Life fills with emptiness, something amiss

Pleasing to God, change focus . . . lasting bliss

 

God lights the way, spiritual journey

Coming to Him, forgo the attorney

 

Heart and mind, accept Father’s deepest love

Pleasing to God, eyes now find Him above

 

Daily meditation, filled with God’s Word

Rejoicing in His truth, no longer blurred

 

Priorities flip, following the Lord’s light

Pleasing to God, faithful voyage takes flight

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From Ephesians 5:8-10:  “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light–for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.  Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”

Evening with Family

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Sun sets on another day

Evening calls, wanting its way

 

Family gathers around

Home now, love and peace abound

 

Night sky envelopes the land

Stillness breathes on high command

 

Supper cooking, hunger calls

Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs

 

All hands on deck, helping mom

Frenzy soon returns to calm

 

Television calling out

Favorite show brings a shout

 

Mom crochets, sitting nearby

Dad reads book, about Shanghai

 

Final chores, homework to do

Soon slumber stirs up its brew

 

Before the last light goes out

Prayers praise God, so devout

 

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Mercy and Grace (Haiku Series #107)

Lasting Mercy

Facing all darkness

Living in our wilderness—

Savior’s blood heals us

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Never Forgotten

Listen for His voice

No longer lost, at last found—

Christ, our Good Shepherd

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Eternal Grace

Walk with faith and love

In the Father’s midst and light—

His Kingdom shall reign

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Monday Memories: Pre-Dawn Splendor

This poem was inspired from an early morning walk in a neighborhood.  The walk began in the darkness of the pre-dawn and finished with the rising sun.

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Pre-dawn light slowly brightens the dark sky

Encouraging the night to salute its good-bye

 

Night’s closing remnants offer one concluding look

Winking back, crescent moon appears, like a hook

 

Crisp, cool air reposes its gentle hand

Rising sun will shortly warm the land

 

Morning dew moistens the grassy, green meadows

Frolicking rabbits chase each other in the shadows

 

Pungent odor permeates the pre-dawn air

Marking its territory, a skunk doesn’t care

 

Multitudes of birds announce the coming day

Sending out a chorus of joyful songs of praise

 

Deer graze in lush fields for a moment longer

Eating tender, green shoots to grow stronger

 

No human eyes have awakened quite yet

Sleeping in a cabin, seems like a sure bet

 

Nature wakes up to the arrival of summer daylight

Presenting God’s creation, with abundant delight

 

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Father’s Firm Hand

From Psalm 94:1-2:  “Lord, you God of vengeance, you God of vengeance, shine forth!  Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve!”

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Holy, perfect Father

Bringing justice for all

Earth’s one, ultimate Judge

Love covers, like rainfall

 

Truest God of vengeance

Providing blessed Grace

Living high in Heaven

Father’s firm hand, in place

 

Lives thirst for discipline

Teaching knowledge, His Word

Knowing our hollow thoughts

Empty breath, minds stand blurred

 

Over the roaring seas

On highest mountaintops

Across fertile valleys

Earth’s Judge shall never stop

 

Gracious to believers

God’s goodness and kindness

Through our faith, accept Grace

Love overcomes blindness

 

Judging with righteousness

God’s law rules over all

Vanquishing the wicked

Justice builds righteous walls

 

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From Psalm 98:8-9:  “Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”