Returning from Exile

From Jeremiah 31:8:  “See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.”

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Filling life with darkness

Wandering, defeated

Residing in exile

Forfeiting, depleted

 

Hearing distant trumpet

Sending invitations

Proclaiming Good News

Gathering each nation

 

Calling to faithfulness

Extending Holy hand

Leading us with promise

Witnessing God’s command

 

Sustaining light ahead

Proclaiming Father’s might

Returning from exile

Forsaking former plight

 

Accepting Lord’s mercy

Praising His love and grace

Walking in step with God

Tasting life’s Holy place

 

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From Jeremiah 31:7:  “For thus says the LordSing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.'”

Generations Wait

From Isaiah 3:8:  “For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying His glorious presence.”

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Searching for answers

World filled with darkness

Swirling anarchy

Life’s empty starkness

 

Finding false answers

Faith in God grows cold

Lost in wilderness

Sin captures foothold

 

Forsaking Father

Evil’s invitation

Follow sin’s idols

Life’s new fixation

 

Fearing discipline

Israel hiding

No place now to turn

God’s wrath deciding

 

Marching Israel

Away from its land

Generations wait

For Messiah’s hand

 

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From Isaiah 7:13-14:  “Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David!  Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name Him Immanuel.'”

Testing Our Faith

From Proverbs 11:8:  “The righteous are delivered from trouble, and the wicked get into it instead.”

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Life encountering trouble

Feeling faith shriveling up

Surrounded, total darkness

God calling, drink from My cup

 

Life’s trials testing our faith

Walking path filled with hardship

Shadowed by prowling darkness

God calling, He rights our ship

 

Life challenges fragile faith

Hungering for something more

Shrouded by empty darkness

God calling, enter My door

 

Life summons Abraham’s faith

Overcoming our miscues

Illuminated in light

God calling, walk in Christ’s shoes

 

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From Isaiah 33:2:  “Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.  Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.”

Monday Memories: Midnight Walk

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Stirring from my deep sleep at midnight

Seeing someone moving in the dim light

 

Hearing a gentle voice whispering my name

Calling out, “Missing you has been a shame”

 

Recognizing that her gentle voice is familiar, not new

Appearing now, my beloved Grandma comes into view

 

Walking towards me, she carries no fear

Listening to a voice so true and very dear

 

Saying again that I’ve been deeply missed

Bowing down, my forehead receives a kiss

 

Remembering previous days with her brings a smile

Telling me kindly, let’s walk together now for awhile

 

Asking her a question, “Is it now my time?”

Replying back, “No, but you must climb”

 

Facing a wall that records each of my sins

Condemning me, comes Darkness again

 

Reaching down comes a firm, strong hand

Grabbing hold, my feet flee sinking sand

 

Gazing upward, my Grandma has departed and left

Taking her place arrives Christ, raised from death

 

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Adrift

From James 4:1:  “Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from?  Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?”

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Walking their own path

Adrift and alone

Lost in time’s darkness

Hearing nightly groans

 

Ignoring each cry

All tribes go their way

Survival fading

Feeling life betray

 

Following nothing

Pride discolors trust

Tomorrow grows cold

Breathing tasteless dust

 

Speaking harshest words

Tattoo’s lasting sting

Evil for evil

Crashing without wings

 

Blaming each other

Lost in stormy seas

Tribes now divided

Dropping to their knees

 

Praying to Father

Seeking direction

Finding His compass

Making corrections

 

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From James 4:7-8:  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Monday Memories: Nocturnal Beauty

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A magnificent oak tree stands center in a park

Waiting with quiet majesty in the solitary dark

 

The blackness of night only adds to the scene

Bringing tranquility and peace, free and clean

 

Trees with fruit blossoms, in full view even at night

Sending forth a fragrance, invigorating and right

 

Tiny green leaves are growing out on the tall trees

Waving from a gentle breath of the wind with ease

 

In the distance, glowing lights enhance a background

Providing a reverent atmosphere without any sound

 

A bit of shining moonlight fashions extra to see

Moving and playful shadows amongst the trees

 

Even at night, God’s creation sparkles all new

Painting for each evening, a breathtaking view

 

The eastern light rises to create the dawn

Crooning birds welcome a newborn fawn

 

The stillness begins to wake-up from its rest

Leaving its nocturnal beauty, always the best!

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Night

From Colossians 1:13-14 “He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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From the Creator, comes the day’s light

Why then, is there perpetual night?

 

Sin-filled darkness, traverses borders

Nations breathing endless disorders

 

Not a single country shall be spared

Few if any, seem ready . . . prepared

 

Partisan turmoil ignites unrest

Another sleepless night, minus rest

 

Social illness parks at each corner

Past ills, leaving many a mourner

 

Violence, injustice never pause

Out of this gloom, marches a new cause

 

Shroud of night’s blackness, tearing apart

Light conquers night, crashing our Lord’s heart

 

Blood-stained Cross, now-empty tomb proclaim

Son of Man, Son of God lights new flame 

 

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From Revelation 22:5:  “And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

Monday Memories: Lights Out!

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On a deserted, darkened street

Halloween arrives with its treats

 

The two of us, walking down the lane

Scared and excited, looking for fame

 

An empty house breathes, coming alive

Energy awakens and desires to thrive

 

An electrifying party is set for tonight

The ancient house turns up its lights

 

A full moon illuminates the night sky

Just as witches in black, prepare to fly

 

Special guests add to the scary fun

Arriving from their past, one by one

 

Escaping from his creator’s famous lab

Frankenstein stumbles in, frightfully fab

 

Waking up from sleeping in a coffin bed

Dracula flies over, with a thirst for “red”

 

Howling eerily, over sighting a rare full moon

Wolfman pounces in, not a moment too soon

 

Sitting like unsuspecting flowers on a wall

The two of us don’t want this to end at all

 

Music and spirits fill the old, rundown place

This Halloween returns with a familiar taste

 

The impromptu party doesn’t last long

Finishing the night with one final song

 

Precisely tapping ruby-colored shoes three times

A young girl requests to return home before Nine

 

Walking past the darkened, empty house

You and I cannot even hear a tiny mouse

 

Realizing again, it’s time for lights out

Planning to return in a year, no doubt

 

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Nocturnal Beauty

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A magnificent oak tree stands center in a park

Waiting with quiet majesty in the solitary dark

The blackness of night only adds to the scene

Bringing tranquility and peace, free and clean

Trees with fruit blossoms, in full view even at night

Sending forth a fragrance, invigorating and right

Tiny green leaves are growing out on the tall trees

Waving from a gentle breath of the wind with ease

In the distance, glowing lights enhance a background

Providing a reverent atmosphere without any sound

A bit of shining moonlight fashions extra to see

Moving and playful shadows amongst the trees

Even at night, God’s creation sparkles all new

Painting for each evening, a breathtaking view

The eastern light rises to create the dawn

Crooning birds welcome a newborn fawn

The stillness begins to wake-up from its rest

Leaving its nocturnal beauty, always the best!