Midnight Walk

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Nightly dream

Taking midnight walk

Quiet time

Whispering thoughts talk

 

Nightly peace

Wakening clouds part

Moon shining

Warming lonely heart

 

Nightly quest

Peeling away soul

Light traces

Filling spirit whole

 

Nightly view

Crossing distant bridge

Darkness looms

Scaling lofty ridge

 

Nightly dream

Finishing each ride

Silence tames

Rising sunrise hides

 

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Scripture’s Truth

From 1 Corinthians 2:4-5:  “My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.”

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World full of deception

Most lack understanding

Man lives with blind spirit

God’s Word seeks soft landing

 

Father’s knowledge revealed

Prepared with divine love

Shared through Holy Spirit

From heaven’s depths above

 

Man’s spirit lacks vision

Missing truth of God’s Word

Pride hinders man’s access

Spirit’s teachings transferred

 

Filling man’s hungry mind

Scripture’s truth, Spirit brings

Living in mind of Christ

God’s wisdom always clings

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From 1 Corinthians 2:12-13:  “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.  And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.”

Stepping Forward (Haiku Series #170)

Halting Steps

Worries and fears grow

Never-ending appetite—

Consuming spirit

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Courageous Steps

In darkest of times

Winning race with final push—

Running with boldness

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Harmony’s Steps

Day’s delightful pause

Joyous memories drop in—

Dancing in one’s heart

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Monday Memories: Waiting and Ready

From Chicago, Illinois (courtesy of Pinterest)

Sitting eerily silent after these forgotten years

The abandoned firehouse rests without fears

 

Remaining alive, vivid memories reign again

Quietly remembering all that had once been

 

Rising above a busy street, the firehouse stands

Firefighters arrive on deck, with powerful hands

 

Living quarters on the second floor make due

Firefighters’ labors never seem quite through

 

Recalling a flawless safety record that shines

Teamwork and training work together just fine

 

Feeling safe, homes and merchants live nearby

They all witness courage as every day races by

 

Filling the ground floor, two red engines wait

The ensuing alarm will signal their next fate

 

Waiting side by side . . . shiny, clean, and bright

Pumper and ladder engines, eager to take flight

 

Providing basic firefighting is the pumper’s place

While the ladder reaches high floors, just in case

 

Visiting a nearby grade school one October day

The ladder engine shows off in a marvelous way

 

Encouraging children ask the ladder to go high

Accommodating firefighters look prepared to fly

 

Returning to the firehouse, a calm and inviting sight

An alarm goes out, both engines prepare for the fight

 

Sliding down a pole, firefighters destined for action

Their special clothing assembled, ready in a fraction

 

Rolling out to the street, piercing sirens wail

These seasoned warriors intend never to fail

 

Weaving through traffic, the engines arrive in time

Quick response calms the fire before it can climb

 

Remembering the past, the excitement is long done

The old firehouse stands ready for one final, fire run

 

The fire house in the photograph is the former fire department headquarters in Cambridge, Maryland (my wife’s hometown).  It sits empty today, waiting for its next assignment.

Glorifying God

From 1 Peter 2:2-3:  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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Believers searching

Seeking Father’s plan

Bible revealing

Spirit touches man

 

God’s blessed children

Salvation growing

Tasting His goodness

Spirit’s gifts showing

 

Breathing righteousness

Man’s actions molded

In likeness of Christ

Spirit’s tasks unfolded

 

Holy and treasured

Chosen cornerstone

Glorifying God

Spirit in Christ sown

 

Long ago searching

Heeding sovereign will

Now finding God’s plan

Spirit flows downhill

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Scanning News Headlines

The inspiration for these verses comes from recent headlines in the newspaper.  When a reader ventures away from the front page, there is a treasure of life’s stories waiting.

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 Weather vanes invented with single aim

Adding visual symbolism’s acclaim

 

Wandering away from life’s busy streets

Nature offers solitude’s finest seats

 

Rescuing two lives in one single day

Sixth grader’s actions blaze this hero’s way

 

Local diner evolves, now town’s flagship

Coffee and donuts to full menu trip

 

Treetop’s aerial gliders taking flight

Flying squirrels airborne, astounding sight

 

“Fiddler on the Roof” shares fabled story

Cultural icon relives its glory 

 

Simplify cooking steps for more success

Start early and share duties, with less stress

 

Democracy threatened by world’s neglect

Time to promote common good’s architect

 

Embracing its increasing attendance

Art museum’s lasting independence

 

Heartbreaking storms, compassion now descends

Neighbors’ lasting love bringing help to mend

 

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Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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Day Ahead

Whether you are retired or looking forward to its arrival, these verses are written especially for you.  Enjoy life while taking in retirement’s ride.

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Waking in darkness

Morning’s warm greeting

Day ahead calling

Night’s sleep retreating

 

Challenges waiting

Agenda sleeps for now

Coffee sends greetings

Where’s this morning’s chow?

 

Sunrise glows outside

Nature’s verses sing

Kitchen fills with warmth

Time’s melody swings

 

Decisions to make

Day moves by itself

Life in retirement

Tasks wait for oneself

 

Life now transitions

Driving slower lane

Each day’s gentle pace

Always entertains

 

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Prayer’s Focus

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Jesus teaches what to focus on in our prayers and encourages us to approach God with a humble heart.”

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Praying with humble heart

Focusing on God

His name, kingdom, and will

Comforting, His rod

 

Lauding His Holiness

Kneeling at Lord’s feet

“Hallowed be your name” rings

Praying on His beat

 

Praying in reverence

Submitting to God

“Your kingdom come” proclaims

Lifting sin’s facade

 

Knowing God’s way is best

Trusting faithfulness

“Your will be done” shares grace

Praying, God shall bless

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From Matthew 6:9-10:  “Pray then in this way:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Life Shifts (Haiku Series #169)

Celebrating

This moment in time

Our story turns to new page—

Another year comes

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Swapping

Trading snow shovels

Absent Ohio winter—

Time for umbrellas

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Anticipating

Each worthy surprise

Life’s unique blessings waiting—

Around each corner

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