Faith’s Confidence (Elfchen Series #155)



Unimaginable contrasts

Journey of paradox

Contentment as God intended


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Gospel’s vision

Nurturing healthy outlook

Spirit’s hand at work


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Challenging times

Tsunami of darkness

Firm foundation’s pilot light


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Dawn’s New Arrival

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Nature wakening

Early morning hour

Dawn’s new arrival

Whispering stillness


Nature witnessing

Unique day ahead

Heavens’ face brightens

Breathing peacefulness


Nature prevailing

Sunrise lifts her shade

Nighttime put to rest

Stirring each creature


Nature conceiving

Life breathes easily

Blossoms swell upward

Seeking tender warmth


Nature gathering

World founded from light

Rhythms now salute

Beaming melodies

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Come, Follow Me

From Luke 9:23:  “Then He said to them all, ‘If any wish to come after Me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.'”

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Walking road of solitude

Every step heading somewhere

Today, meeting one stranger

“Come, follow me”—He declares


Hearing His witness of grace

Darkness transitions to light

Stranger’s Word sinking deeper

Rendezvous sealed with Spirit bright


Sharing His comfort of peace

Truth serving as Scripture’s guide

Stranger’s righteous heart affirms

Mercy’s breath comes alongside


Traveling as one each day

Faith’s journey follows high road

Stranger’s compass always true

Love unlocks atonement’s code


Seeing life’s purpose at last

Redemption at Heaven’s door

Stranger no more, Jesus Christ

Eternity comes ashore

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From John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

Timeless Transitions (Haiku Series #232)

Shifting Paradigm

Beyond one’s normal

New, exciting perspective—

Trusted lens focused

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Planning for Success

Remembering TEAM

Life’s “Together Everyone—

Accomplishes More”

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Leaving Past Behind

Boarding faithful train

Departing from dark despair—

Riding fate’s bright light

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Monday Memories: Melody in the Woods

bright daylight environment forest

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Music permeates through the woods

Listen closely, can you hear it?

This melody brings a sense of calm

Nature witnesses a new hit


Calmness radiates from a banjo

Listen again, can you feel it?

Life pauses, taking in this song

Appreciate this moment, let’s sit


Even in darker times, comes light

Listen now, can you feel its blitz?

Calming tune filling every heart

Playing a banjo, without the glitz


People reaching out to others

Living as sisters and brothers


Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player, and he shares a message of calmness and peace from the woods with his own self-video performance.   This video inspired the writing of this poem.

Originally published March, 2020.

Sustaining Refuge

From Psalm 31:1-2:  “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in Your righteousness deliver me.  Incline Your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”

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Facing life’s overwhelming odds

Darkness invades, hope crashing down

Searching for sustaining refuge

Forsaking another showdown


Emptiness penetrates deeply

Faith weakening, now feeling mocked

Each empty promise calling out

Distant future forever locked


Calling to Father above

Reaching for His righteous-filled hand

Praying for heavenly rescue

Grasping mercy, fleeing quicksand


Light overcomes evil’s doomsday

God’s promises, always to trust

Mighty fortress restoring faith

Distant future looking robust

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From Psalm 31:14-15:  “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’  My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.”

Mercy’s Light (Elfchen Series #154)



Enemy’s darkness

Waves crashing down

Empty tomb’s salvation light


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Eternity Calls


Father’s plan

Love’s ultimate sacrifice

Resurrection’s grace shines forever


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Final Act


Blessed assurance

Light conquers darkness

Every sin forever paid


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Tasting Life

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Looking into nearby trees

Visualizing every leaf

Moving with another breeze

Viewing each artist’s motif


Reminding of blessed life

Molding self, with every hour

Breathing in peace, without strife

Seasoning days, never sour


Touching greenest blades of grass

Remembering every step

Topping off another glass

Sitting at nature’s doorstep


Exploring depths of these woods

Imagining what’s waiting

Delivering timeless goods

Tasting life, captivating

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Faith’s Hope

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

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Faith fills assurance

Light brightens day’s hope

What’s seen and unseen?

Love viewed through God’s scope


Faith moves through Scripture

Testaments make clear

Witness Abraham

Hope waits, then appears


Faith grows, trusting God

Hope’s great centerpiece

Foundations built strong

Life of blessed peace


Faith matures with time

God’s perfection reigns

His Word guides with truth

Hope makes lifelong gains


Faith’s hope, joined as one

Journey’s promised land

God forever praised

Mercy’s steady hand

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From the words of American pastor and Christian writer, Warren Wiersbe:  “Love increases our faith, and when we have faith and love, we will have hope.”

Precious Witnesses (Haiku Series #231)

Fast Forward

Winter to summer

Life’s annual rendezvous—

Fleeting taste of spring

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Smiling Prayers

Rainy clouds arrive

Farmers waited with patience—

Harvest time’s sunshine

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Silent Citadel

Majestic white pines

Sharing Creator’s presence—

Faithful guardians

Ohio’s Walnut Woods shares its white pines.