Matthew Henry Quote

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It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:  “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.”

Sprinting to Daylight

From Psalm 97:10-11:  “You who love the Lord, hate evil; He guards the lives of His faithful; He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.  Light dawns for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart.”

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Surrounding darkness

Evil’s world abounds

Life’s hesitation

Sinful, barking sounds

 

Playing with evil

Like kitchen’s hot stove

Waiting to burn us

Consuming faith’s grove

 

Hearing Father’s Word

Explicit warning

Hate evil, love God

Righteous good morning

 

Evil’s deception

Ignore its calling

Turning from darkness

Sinful flesh falling

 

Life’s new page opens

His goodness unfolds

Sprinting to daylight

Safe in God’s stronghold

  

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From the words of  American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When we learn to hate evil, we learn to love what God loves.”

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.”

Life’s Winter Darkness

From Psalm 31:9-10:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.”

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Feeling earth’s numbing cold

Facing each new trial

Life’s winter darkness stirs

Filling another mile

 

Witnessing grief and loss

Traversing heavy snow

Life’s winter darkness stands

Causing impulse to slow

 

Prowling disease and strife

Reading storm’s latest news

Life’s winter darkness shouts

Raging snow sings the blues

 

Plodding in Arctic’s chill

Crushing social unrest

Life’s winter darkness tests

Failing every quest

 

Viewing world’s upheaval

Blinding blizzard’s whiteout

Life’s winter darkness runs

Bulldozing faith with doubt

 

Guiding light now arrives

Accepting Father’s grace

Life’s winter darkness fades

Walking in Spirit’s place

 

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From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

Sans Hope

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Clouds of war, envelope life

Humanity’s endless strife

 

Fog of war, shrouding landscape

Breathing despair, no escape

 

Darkness of war, days collapse

Lost in night’s maze, without maps

 

Scars of war, covering earth

Global peace missing its berth

 

Children of war, empty hope

Tender hands without faith’s rope

 

Wounds of war, shall never heal

Hope travels on broken wheels

 

Horrors of war, drained faces

Exhausted lives, gloom races

 

Refugees of war, wonder

Dreams, hopes, and lives plowed under

 

Terror of war, raging on

Tomorrow’s forgotten dawn

 

Faces of war, children grieve

Life robbed by battlefield’s thieves

 

Future of war, never ends

Talks of peace, no dividends

 

Hopelessness of war, cries out

When will blossoms of peace sprout?

 

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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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