Carry Our Burdens

From Matthew 11:28-29:  “[Jesus says] Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

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With weariness

Life’s heavy burdens

Causing missteps and stumbles



With light

Our Lord shines

Trusting always in Him



Our burdens

Upon His shoulders

Jesus will sustain us



In spirit

Humble in heart

He will deliver us



Reigning above

Immovable spirit

Lessens our taxing burdens



Sending protection

The Good Shepherd

Caring for His flock



Washed away

By Christ’s blood

Our burdens grow lighter



His Salvation

Following Jesus Christ

Our Lord and Savior



Jesus waits

We come forward

Bearing one another’s burdens



With devotion

For one another

Reborn again through Christ



We believe

Follow God’s Son

Victory over our sins


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From Psalm 55:22:  “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Haiku Series #36 (With God)


Our Lord and Savior

Scorned and cast as a loser—

Witness empty tomb!

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Moment with God

Prayer time at school

Meeting outside at flagpole—

Sharing God’s blessings

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Blessed Morning

Church bells ring with joy

Calling all to worship as one—

Praise God Almighty

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Monday Memories: Guardian of the Range

Welcome to another edition of Monday Memories.  This poem was originally written in January, 2019.  This version has been updated and edited, but it still tells the same story through poetry.

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A tardy, spring snowstorm assaults the grassy range

It provides a local rancher with extra work and pain


A newborn calf has lost her way in the heavy snow

She needs to be found soon before the wind blows


A solitary cowboy proceeds into the storm on his horse

He prepares to track down the stray calf in due course


An oversized winter coat protects him from the bitter cold

He pulls down a worn, black hat and looks ready and bold


The horse stands majestic and obeys each command

He and the cowboy will tackle the work hand in hand


The courageous pair rides together into the nasty storm

Both will be tested to rescue the lonely calf before morn


The snowflakes thankfully hesitate for a moment or two

Now the cowboy follows the calf’s tracks, totally in view


The stout horse plows through the snow so white

The lost calf may soon be discovered in their sight


The frightened calf huddles near a sheltering Ponderosa pine

She appears weak, cold, exhausted, and running out of time


The cowboy gathers the bawling calf in his brawny arms

He places her on the front of his saddle, away from harm


The threesome struggle to reach a much warmer place

Everyone looks forward to warm nourishment to taste


They journey to the ranch as quickly as possible

The loss of a vigorous calf is no longer probable


The cowboy dismounts and allows the calf to sprint free

She hurries to her waiting mother who is pleased to see


Mother and daughter stand together, united at long last

The calf nurses and sucks nourishment amazingly fast


The trusty and faithful horse is now saddle free

He devours extra oats with tasty hay with glee


The range’s guardian has returned home safe and sound

He finds his anxious wife and son, who no longer frown


The family of three feel graciously loved and blessed

The faithful shepherd has returned from a stern test


Bringing Comfort

From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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Preparing the way of our Holy Lord

Our God brings His comfort toward


His sovereignty reigns over all

From the mountains ever tall


To the fertile valleys below

His Word, permanently full


God’s Word levels life’s bumpy road

Smoothing rough patches, He molds


When the Lord speaks, change comes

His creation sings praises of welcome


Seasons arrive and fade away each year

God’s Word stands forever, without fear


Coming with His outstretched, mighty hands

God nourishes His flock across all the lands


We taste the sweetness, without strife

Forever, He delivers His Bread of Life


God’s comforting arms lovingly gather all

His rod and staff bring a comforting call


As a shepherd, He protects like none other

Caring for His lambs, better than a mother


His glory stretches endlessly across the heavens

Covering the earth with His manna, unleavened


Calling out each person by his or her name

God’s endless love covers us all the same


Our Lord never grows impatient, weary, or tired

His Word proclaims all eternity, never to expire


Rising on wings of eagles, nothing less

Sending new strength to the powerless


Delivering real power to the faint, indeed

Bringing tender comfort to those in need

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Haiku Series #35 (Life)


Summer leaves early

Autumn arrives with fanfare—

Glorious colors


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Like None Other

Meeting years ago

Time shared with one’s special mate—

Love for a lifetime

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Quiet days and nights

Feeling lost and forgotten—

Taken for granted

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Behold Our Creator

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From John 1.1:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  

Before earth ever existed, God was here

There is only one God, He has no peers


Out of nothing— absolute darkness, vacant, and cold

God reaches out with His Word, astounding and bold


Remaining distinct from His eternal creation

God’s handiwork brings proud, lasting elation


God constructs with a purpose, the Heavens declare

His glory reveals absolute knowledge, nothing spared


Our sovereign, Holy God creates it all

Later, man will take a backwards fall


Creation arrives through God’s Holy prose

“Let there be”—He continues to propose


The Holy Trinity, God declares as Three in One

Faithful spirit sits beside God’s redeeming Son


Designing visible and invisible, God reigns here

The heavens and earth watch as God stays near


Working for six days, all appears good, very good

God feels proud of what He’s done, and He should


Following His purpose, His knowledge leads the way

The Glory of God creates with a Holy plan each day


God stands as author, at the center of reality

Without God, chaotic darkness makes a place

God’s people enjoy a bursting, creative taste

Worshipping God’s creation for all of eternity

From pastor John Piper:  “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

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Haiku Series #34 (Autumn)


Sidewalk traveling

Leaves pile higher and higher—

Feet sweep them away


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Autumn arrives now

Silently, fluttering leaves—

Memories gather


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Rain-filled day arrives

Autumn’s colors descending—

Empty, barren trees

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