Monday Memories: Capturing Courage

Written and published in June, 2019, this poem witnesses acts of courage through Scripture and history.   Each and every day, people from all walks of life exhibit unwavering courage in the face of overwhelming odds . . . and they succeed through the convictions found in their hearts.

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Appreciate the substance and strength of courage

Witnessing acts of bravery that always encourage

 

History and the Bible endorse many courageous acts

Honoring men and women from these truthful facts

 

A lost and sinful world moves without direction

God offers a living sacrifice with His only Son

Witnessing mockery, death, and Resurrection

 

Dutch people step out from safe location

During a horrible world war’s persecution

Hiding people from arrest and deportation

 

God listens to His people in Egypt under bondage

Choosing Moses, He dispatches this man to deliver

Bravely leading Israel to freedom and a new age

 

In America, runaway slaves flee to seek new lives

A network of collaborators facilitate their escape

Following the Underground Railroad, they survive

 

The Philistines prepare Israel’s army for defeat

A young boy’s valor and faith astonishes everyone

With God, David brings down Goliath, at his feet

 

A young boy faces serious and critical circumstances

Cancer ravages and impairs his brain and small body

Facing pain-filled treatments, he accepts his chances

 

Saul persecutes Christians, constant and persistent

Jesus transforms him on the lonely road to Damascus

Apostle Paul moves forward as God’s faithful assistant

 

American soldiers confront an overwhelming fate

Fighting their way out at Korea’s Chosin Reservoir

Legendary deeds of bravery, they no longer wait

 

Jesus models the Spirit of God in humble, human form

He faithfully obeys His Father, toward a bloody Cross

Bringing Salvation to a world filled with endless storms

 

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Making a Difference

From 1 Corinthians 1:8-9:  “He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful; by Him you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Responsible actions

Stir God’s amazing grace

Making a difference

Foundation’s caring base

 

Lord, master, creator

From heaven to this earth

Making a difference

Anchors ships at His berth

 

Inviting each of us

Share His Word with others

Making a difference

Love sisters and brothers

 

Lord calling us to serve

Caring for those in need

Making a difference

Loving each tender reed

 

Blessed with Father’s goodness

Fortunate with enough

Making a difference

For others, do enough

 

Our Lord reaches deeply

Into souls, hearts, and minds

Making a difference

Servant’s gifts will He find

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From 1 Peter 4:8-10:  “ Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

Christian Guideposts (Elfchen Series #48)

Growing

Actions

Strengthen faith

Praise in worship

Bible study and prayer

Maturity

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Reshaping

Love

None greater

Taught by Jesus

Transforming us today . . . and

Forever

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Living

Beginnings

Life’s quest

Dust we are

Dust we shall return

Endings

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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.

Grace Taking Root

From John 1:16-17:  “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

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Best and worst of times

God’s grace always chimes

 

Loving and caring

Promises bearing

 

God remains at hand

Faith and hope shall stand

 

Seeking empty hearts

Molding time’s restart

 

Life’s melody plays

Offer Him our praise

 

God’s grace taking root

Peace filling love’s flute

 

Gloom and doom appear

Allow Him to steer

 

God’s love shows He cares

Guiding day’s affairs

 

Hope’s beacon awaits

In His hands, our fate

 

Witness as His child

Life no longer wild

 

Forgiveness and love

Shared from God above

 

God’s grace shapes life’s frame

Praise His Holy name 

 

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From Lamentations 3:22-23:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This poem is inspired from some past entries in my “Take-Aways” journal.  Each entry is based upon something read and studied in a morning devotional.

Spring Calls

Winter’s snow blankets central Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park.

Winds no longer blow

From cold Arctic ice

Snow stays far to north

Winter pays her price

 

Days growing longer

Nature now smiling

Winter’s time shall pass

Spring begins dialing

 

Nature’s busy tone

Some days, springtime halts

Hibernation plays

Winter’s final waltz

 

Trees wait with patience

Soon nature will green

Sun replacing clouds

Spring’s finest cuisine

 

Seasons come and go

Nature makes her call

Time for winter’s end

Spring’s voice now enthralls

 

Early spring flowers brighten the landscape at central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

Our Lord’s Promises (Haiku Series #124)

Each Day

Daily decisions

God, teach us to trust and love—

Walking in balance

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Follow

Grasp His Salvation

Can you hear the Lord calling?

Accepting His grace

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Fulfillment

Father Abraham

Trusting God with faithfulness—

Promises answered

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Monday Memories: Love Conquers

This re-edited poem, written in July, 2019, features an effortless style.   The verses are structured with simplicity because this should be how love exists . . . simple and pure!

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Love Conquers

Finding its way

With words to say

Boundless and rich

 

Love conquers

Despite distances great

Unlocking its fate

With faithful hope

 

Love conquers

Awakens each morn

Feels like being reborn

Lasts and lasts

 

Love conquers

Between two hearts

Eager for new start

Together at last

 

Love conquers

Each special day

Adventure comes our way

Exciting and endless

 

Love conquers

Thoughts to savor

Bringing each a favor

As sunrise arrives

 

Love conquers

Arriving without sound

Loving actions abound

Every special moment

 

Love conquers

Forgetting life’s past

Bringing smiles to last

Faithful and forgiving

 

Love conquers

God’s at hand

Footprints in the sand

Reigns into Eternity

 

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Dwelling Within

From John 14:10-11:  “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does His works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.”

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Lord’s tree of life, saving us

Son of Man, bearing our flesh

Each morning, rising with us

Faith, hope, and love shall refresh

 

In His death, life be reborn

Like faithful rivers, love flows

Christ’s awesome mystery breathes

From darkened tomb, Jesus rose

 

Heavenly truth speaks, let’s hear

Love transforms through acts and words

Both mirror journey of Christ

His message, no longer blurred

 

Christ leading, we will follow

Always near, dwelling within

His hand steadies stumbling steps

Salvation forgiving sin

 

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Much of this poem is inspired by the hymn “Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery,” which is part of a morning devotional I regularly read and study. 

Single Timeless Moment

From Psalm 90:1-2:  “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

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Life’s amazing blessings

God’s Book of Life unfolds

Single timeless moment

Richer than any gold

 

Man and woman find love

Fragile lives share restart

Single timeless moment

Merging into one heart

 

Forsaken child needs home

Foster parents reach out

Single timeless moment

Love sows, ready to sprout

 

Student facing failure

Here comes love’s helping hand

Single timeless moment

Teacher pulls from quicksand

 

Family in crisis

Unemployed, dreams stand cold

Single timeless moment

Job opens, God beholds

 

Disaster strikes city

Many answer God’s call

Single timeless moment

Kindness stands ever tall

 

Sin’s temptation knocking

Christian brother steps up

Single timeless moment

Christ refills empty cup

 

Darkening, hopeless world

Father’s infinite grace

Single timeless moment

Love reaches out, embrace

 

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From Genesis 9:11-13:  “‘I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’  God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'”

Walking With Him (Elfchen Series #47)

Focused

Promises

Taking root

Hearing God’s Word

Overcoming life’s stressful times

Trusting

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Worthy

Persecution

Apostles imprisoned

Freed by angels

Teaching and proclaiming Jesus

Fearless

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Beholding

Praise

Jesus Christ

Always the same

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Rejoice

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