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.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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We can never fathom the agony . . . Gethsemane and Calvary stand for something unique; they are the gateway into Life for us.

From Matthew 26:36-38:  “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’  He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated.  Then He said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.'”

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.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Harmonious partnerships are the result of hard work; they never “just happen.”  The “hard work” also includes giving just as much as taking.  In one word it means being “unselfish.”

From 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.”

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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Martin Luther Quote

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A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.  A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

From 1 Corinthians 9:19:  “For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.”

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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James A. Baldwin Quotes

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Not everything that is faced can be changed.  But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.

American-born James A. Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote a variety of works in novels, essays, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

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.