Hope in Darkness

From Daniel 12:1-3:  “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise.  There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.  But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

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Darkness invades man’s world

Painful times filled with loss

Perilous tragedies

Yet, hope calls from one Cross

 

Shattering brokenness

Heartache knowing no end

Grieving trauma scalds hearts

Yet, hope shall never bend

 

Prophets carry message

Few bothering to hear

Lasting shame and contempt

Yet, hope’s time coming near

 

God’s promises hold truth

Times of anguish shall fade

Deliverance knocking

Hope in darkness, now paid

 

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From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Divine Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Father reigns from above

Revealing divine love

Heaven’s whispering dove

 

God’s love never changes

Spanning earth’s vast ranges

Blessed interchanges

 

Mankind living in sin

Loving Christ, life begins

Cross becomes faith’s linchpin

 

Lasting love, none greater

Needing no translator

Grace shines, from Creator

 

Love’s divine foundation

Nurturing salvation

Life’s eternal station

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We didn’t earn the love God has for us, and that’s why we can never lose it.”

Life’s Linchpin

From Isaiah 53:7:  “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”

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From Eden’s lush garden

Man’s sin corrupting all

God sees Calvary’s cross

Jesus accepts His call

 

God comes to earth as Christ

Son of God walks in light

Fallen world can’t crush Him

Darkness loses this fight

 

Jesus never wavers

Father’s plan never rests

World quakes under evil

His Son conquers each test

 

Like sheep, man has strayed

Lost in darkness and sin

Wheels of life falling off

Cross restores life’s linchpin

 

Do you truly believe?

Righteous Son pours self out

Sin’s death now defeated

Step forward, never doubt

 

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From Isaiah 53:11:  “Out of His anguish He shall see light; He shall find satisfaction through His knowledge.  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.”

Searching for Father

From Amos 5:4:  “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:  Seek Me and live.”

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Searching for Father

Walking stark valleys

Running through darkness

Checking back alleys

 

Seeking divine Lord

Wandering each day

Sinking, lost again

Retreating to pray

 

Finding Calvary

Kneeling at sin’s cross

Seeing scarlet stains

Witnessing God’s loss

 

Feeling Christ’s Spirit

Scanning empty tomb

Understanding now

Reaching Father’s room

 

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From Amos 5:14:  “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said.”

Christian Affirmations (Haiku Series #152)

Believing

Curious and ask

Just what is a Messiah?

Calvary’s cross speaks

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Anchoring

Searching endless roads

Lord offering righteous route—

Built on trusted rock

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Finishing

Days fill with trials

Life’s journey walks with Jesus—

Promised Land ahead

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Charles Swindoll Quote

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All of history looks back at that moment–to the tragedy and triumph of that cross.  First the crucifixion, then the resurrection of the Son of God.

From Romans 5:8:  “God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.”

Redemption (Elfchen Series #72)

Humble Walk

Works

Never enough

Come to Jesus

Accept His unearned grace

Salvation

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Zeroed Out

Underwater

Sin’s soaring balance

Witness Calvary’s cross

Jesus pays our debts

Salvation

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Whitest White

Sin

Evil’s tattoo

Life’s red stain

Jesus transforms to white

Salvation

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Believe

From John 14:6-7:  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”

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Jesus, Son of Man

Healing and teaching

But, He’s so much more

God’s love, far-reaching

 

Believe and accept

Jesus, Son of God

Lamb, without blemish

Sinless and unflawed

 

Primary mission

Save this fallen world

Holy and divine

Savior’s love unfurled

 

Born in Bethlehem

Calvary’s cross waits

Unselfish journey

Christ accepts His fate

 

Father, Son, Spirit

Trinity in One

Path to truth and life

Darkness on the run

 

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From John 10:29-30:  “What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

One

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“One” standing up, life’s lonesome number

Rising today, waking from slumber

 

One single digit, filled with courage

Stepping up, ready to encourage

 

One man standing with boldness, alone

Moving against tyranny’s dark throne

 

One tiny seed maturing to grow

Spawning thick forest, nature’s chateau

 

One last try remains, taking a chance

Advancing to championship’s dance

 

One more war, aiming to end all war

Proving to be mankind’s hopeless chore

 

One single journey, will never do

Touring Yellowstone’s picturesque views

 

One small voice, singing with gentle praise

Joining life’s chorus, hearts now ablaze

 

One yummy taste, frozen now in time

Savoring home cooking at mealtime

 

One kind act, paying forward life’s grace

Sharing love, lighting up darkest place

 

One heart knocks, opening couple’s door

Adopting this daughter, love cares for

 

One righteous Son of God, boldly walks

Bearing our sins, Cross forever talks

 

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Love of Christ (Elfchen Series #63)

Redeeming

Carrying

Life’s transgressions

Savior’s mercy saves

Jesus bearing our debts

Cross

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Awakening

Witness

Solid rock

Faith’s living cornerstone

Savior’s righteousness and blessing

Jesus

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Following

Seeking

Holy Messiah

Accepting His grace

Faithfully walking with Jesus

Eternity

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