Harmony in Creation

This poem is inspired with Creation’s visions from Psalm 104 (the poem’s first 12 verses), and with a response from the hymn “My Life Flows On in Endless Song” (the poem’s final six verses).

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Clothed with Holy majesty and honor

Heavens stretching out to infinity

Our Lord’s masterpiece endures forever

Clouds witness this sacred affinity

 

Earth’s foundation, never to be shaken

Lofty mountaintops look upon it all

Safe refuge waiting in fertile valleys

Creation’s spirit fulfilling each call

 

From flowing springs, animals quenching thirst

Every season following moon’s phases

Birds singing praise from highest tree branches

Rising and setting sun painting praises

 

God’s creation flowing as endless songs

Nothing shall ever shake its inner calm

Echoing across earth’s fruitful valleys

Scaling each mountaintop as joyful Psalms

 

Creation’s fountain forever springing

Beauty of the Lord’s harmony singing

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From Colossians 1:16:  “For in Him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

Here is the melody and lyrics to “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”:

 

 

Serenity’s Rain

Witnessing an early morning rain inspires the visions for this poem.  It is amazing how a view through an open window can bring forth images to write from.

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Replenishing parched, barren land

Serenity’s rain, from God’s hand

 

Quenching desert’s eternal thirst

Nature smiling, joy now disbursed

 

Nourishing life with loving pride

Flora and fauna, at God’s side

 

Touching each leaf, stems from God’s love

Hues of green, colored from above

 

Singing with praise, birds bless this scene

Creation glowing, dazzling sheen

 

Sharing splendor, feeling at peace

Morning rain, grants life a new lease

 

Listening closely, hearing now

God’s serenity, takes a bow

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Witnessing a Foretaste

Looking outside from the kitchen table offers a view each morning of how our Lord presents each day as a precious gift.  Here is a mini sonnet which witnesses a foretaste of the feast to come.

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Viewing the early morning

Welcoming each libation

Peering from kitchen’s window

Witnessing God’s creation

 

Growing greener, grass below

Blooming, flowers spelling love

Witnessing creative hands

Working each day from above

 

Taking in this peaceful scene

Witnessing each day’s foretaste

Blessing each feast, more to come

Tasting moments, without haste

 

Witnessing God’s daily Grace

Making life a happy place

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From Lutheran Communion liturgy, Christ’s people sing:  “Grace our table with Your presence, and give us a foretaste of the Feast to come.”

 

 

Days Grow Longer

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Spring’s annual migration finally arrives

Chasing away winter’s doldrums at long last

Growing longer, days feeling warmer and alive

Returning daily, members rejoining the cast

 

Each sunrise announcement, delightful birds sing

Changing from winter’s drab wardrobe, trees turn green

Gathering on God’s cue, all creatures here below

Awakening nature, sweetness makes a scene

 

Nature’s gardens bloom, flowers smile again

Waking from long winter naps, animals roam

Setting the tone, creation’s quiet rhythm

Living in harmony, all feel quite at home

 

Spring arrives to joyous fanfare and parades

Tasting spring’s feast, nature’s harmony cascades

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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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Pre-Dawn Splendor

 

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Pre-dawn light slowly brightens the dark sky

Encouraging the night to salute its good-bye

 

Night’s closing remnants offer one concluding look

Winking back, crescent moon appears, like a hook

 

Crisp, cool air reposes its gentle hand

Rising sun will shortly warm the land

 

Morning dew moistens the grassy, green meadows

Frolicking rabbits chase each other in the shadows

 

Pungent odor permeates the pre-dawn air

Marking its territory, a skunk doesn’t care

 

Multitudes of birds announce the coming day

Sending out a chorus of joyful songs of praise

 

Deer graze in lush fields for a moment longer

Eating tender, green shoots to grow stronger

 

No human eyes have awakened quite yet

Sleeping in a cabin, seems like a sure bet

 

Nature wakes up to the arrival of summer daylight

Presenting God’s creation, with abundant delight

 

In what ways do you enjoy experiencing God’s awesome creation?  If you desire more of my photography, which features much of nature’s beauty in Montana and Ohio, you will find it my Photo Gallery.

Nature’s Magnificence

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Natural wonders stand in amazement each day

Praising God’s creation each step along the way

 

God’s magnificence forever amazes and astonishes

Leaving all people amazed with all that He promises

 

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef rests beneath the sea

Hosting a vastness of marine life for everyone to see

 

Africa’s Victoria Falls fills visitors with awe and wonder

Creating the unbelievable, “The Smoke That Thunders”

 

Asia’s Mount Everest stands high above the rest

Offering Sir Hillary and others a courageous test

 

Europe’s Black Forest welcomes Germany as its home

Hosting thick, dense evergreens, many and never alone

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North America’s Grand Canyon divides the land

Carving through rock by the Colorado, like sand

 

Middle East lands reach below the level of the sea

Separating Israel and Jordan, the salty Dead Sea

 

Between America and Canada rumbles Niagara Falls

Consisting of three separate falls, many travelers call

 

New Zealanders appreciate a fiord, called Melford Sound

Offering rainforests, waterfalls, towering peaks to astound

 

Europeans travel to the Swiss and Italian Alps for enjoyment

Photographing the Matterhorn brings more for deployment

 

This poem writes about nature for a short review

Inspiring others to describe more of these views

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Nature definitely shows off God’s vast and stunning creation.  There is no doubt that this list could go on and on.  For example, I left out Yellowstone National Park, which I have had the pleasure to visit a few times.   Do you have any natural wonders to add to this list?  If so, let’s have a conversation in the comments.  Best wishes to all of you!

God’s Masterpiece

From Isaiah 65:17: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

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From the beginning of time

God’s creation changes each day

This eternal blueprint conveys mastery

His design takes center stage

 

His earthly canvas presents wonder

Artistic palette of colors astonish

His imaginative mind never ceases

Earth’s treasures continue to impress

 

Traveling around this awesome planet

Breathtaking venues await our call

Majestic mountains loom high above

Immense beauty reaches the clouds

 

Rolling plains shine with beauty

Grasslands thick with green tapestry

Swift rivers travel for months

Mountain-fed water reaches blue seas

 

Dense forests blanket the terrain

Trees of every description stand

Endless oceans bombard distant shores

Continuous tides frolic with beaches

 

Wide canyons stretch above rivers

Featuring amazing sculptures and hue

Desert sands infinitely scatter themselves

Continually sifting from God-inspired winds

 

Days launch with illuminating sunrises

Nights commence when the moon rises

God continues molding and shaping

Praise His incredible creation forevermore

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Rejoice with more from our Lord in these previously published poems: