God’s Steady Hand (Haiku Series #146)

Always

Beware of idols

Turning away, seeking truth—

Placing faith in God

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Everlasting

Love abides in God

Seeking lost and wayward sheep—

Welcoming each home

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Forever

Father, be gracious

Faithful promises leading—

Hearing each prayer

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Monday Memories: Lonely Road

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Sometimes life resembles a lonely road

Walking endless miles, filling with shame

Surrounded by darkness, bearing life’s load

Feeling mixed up, never into the game

 

God’s Word and Spirit bring transformation

Empty, spiritual desert . . . leaving now

Bringing dramatic change, new foundation

An oasis of faith becomes a vow

 

Discovering new hope, suffering ends

God’s light shines ahead of our faithful steps

Stumbling and failing, no longer contend

God’s Glory reigns supreme, without missteps

 

Old ways transforming to a better life

Exchanging total control with our Lord

God’s Grace gives, without cutting like a knife

His everlasting love, brings rich accord

 

God’s army of angels, walking ahead

Lonely road left . . . following Christ instead

 

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Awesome Mystery

From Genesis 1:1-2:  “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”

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God nurtures His creation

Sharing its ageless treasures

Rising with life’s morning sun

Earth boldly sings with pleasure

 

Love passed with each spoken word

Flowing through God’s gentle hands

Breathing newness with each day

Earth remembers where He stands

 

Unsurpassed beauty looks up

Praising God’s own perfection

Shining from Heaven’s mirror

Earth glows in His reflection

 

Awesome mystery to touch

Inheriting Master’s aim

Setting sun applauds each day

Earth salutes His Holy name

 

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From 1 Timothy 4:4-5:  “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.”

Defining Moments (Elfchen Series #69)

Endearing

Appreciate

Day’s treasures

Each precious minute

Fleeting moments pass by

Photographs

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Persevering

Freedom’s

Challenging task

Brick by brick

Renewing democracy’s fragile road

Courage

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Celebrating

Legendary

Life journey

Childhood’s early dreams

Maturing into life’s amazing

Accomplishments

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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.

Trumpeting His Greatness

From Psalm 145:2-3:  “Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable.”

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God’s worthy promises

Remembering always

Encouraging Word leads

Gratitude stirs our praise

 

Our God of Israel

Sharing thoughts in prayer

Trumpeting His greatness

Father’s Holy Word cares

 

Daily meditation

Worshipping His glory

Confessing transgressions

Faithful Gospel story

 

God’s firmness offers hope

Praising His blessed name

Infusing daily routines

His love lights brightest flame

 

To each generation

Walking with God’s mindset

Facing Calvary’s cross

Son of God pays our debts

 

Everlasting kingdom

Receiving gifts of grace

Hearing God’s steadfast truth

Heaven’s Spirit in place

 

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From Psalm 145:8-9:  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”

Summer Fun

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Boyhood memories

From summers long past

Adventures waiting

Hot weather forecast

 

Sandlot invites fun

Baseball games on tap

No umpires needed

Wearing well-worn caps

 

Bike hike across town

Returning back home

Pedaling with haste

Where’s slowpoke Jerome?

 

Backyard sleepover

Under heavens’ stars

Awake at midnight

Sharing candy bars

 

Afternoon calling

Under cloudless sky

Swimming pool waiting

Diving board banzai

 

Waiting for darkness

Nighttime doorbell fun

Hiding in shadows

Ditch ‘em on the run

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Believe (Haiku Series #145)

Vindication

Christ’s own humble acts

Open eyes to witness God—

Awash with wonder

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Perseverance

Life’s jigsaw puzzle

Searching through God’s Holy Word—

Find our missing peace

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Faithfulness

Asleep in our boat

Approaching dark, stormy clouds—

Christ fully aware

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Monday Memories: Do You Ever Wonder?

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Receiving as a birthday gift a FitBit

Does it really get used or just sit?

 

Spending millions on ceaseless health care television ads

Why do rising drug prices make me feel like I’ve been had?

 

Eating at a restaurant that advertises a menu of “real good” food

Will someone explain the meaning of “good” to change my mood?

 

Hearing “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas” again on the radio

Did I really see singer Burl Ives caroling out in the snow?

 

Watching commercials with animals who talk

When is enough really enough before I walk?

 

Viewing yet another rerun television show

Would anyone care if I played my banjo?

 

Finding tiny pill box in my small travel bag

Why does a missing pill want to play tag?

 

Seeing country music stars dressed up with extra glamorous glitz

Does anyone remember “Hee-Haw” and Roy Clark’s guitar blitz?

 

Reading a label on the side effects of my newest meds

How would I really know about being allergic instead?

 

Standing below the mistletoe on a freezing winter night

When was the last time anyone was kissed in its sight?

 

Hiding quietly in corner of hodgepodge clutter’s garage

Why is new bicycle hiding behind junk’s camouflage?

 

Frustrating political ads, insulting my common sense

Honestly, do I need to feel that dimwitted and dense?

 

Assembling an “easy to build” children’s playground

Do the leftover parts mean that my work is sound?

 

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Filled with Wonder

From John 6:51:  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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Around this treasured sea

Come five thousand and more

Hungry crowd gathering

Miles from food’s nearest store

 

From boy’s meager knapsack

Two fish and loaves of bread

Filled with wonder, eyes see

All satisfied and fed

 

Looking later for Him

Finding Jesus onshore

Hungering for His Word

Bread of Life offers more

 

Coming from His Father

Through Jesus’ wondrous deeds

All should hunger no more

Filling every need

 

Nourished from Heaven’s bread

Salvation never earned

Filled with wonder again

Jesus’ love now returned

 

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From John 6:40:  “This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in Him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

Positive Affirmations

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Sharing affirmation

Bringing life tender smiles

Instilling confidence

Overcoming trials

 

Echoing words of praise

Focusing on kindness

Speaking positive words

Removing fear’s blindness

 

Spreading more peace and joy

Helping each other out

Expressing happiness

Casting away life’s doubts

 

Watching out for darkness

Lighting up someone’s day

Affirming yet again

Sweetening life’s sorbet

 

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In writing this poem, my creative juices challenged my poetic pen to quickly craft meaningful prose filled with positivity.  Today, may your thoughts and actions toward others share plenty of positive affirmation.