Monday Memories: Expressions of Hope

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Expressions of hope are written throughout the Old Testament.  At times, the people of Israel lost hope, but God always found ways to restore their trust and hope to believe in Him.  

From Psalm 65:5:  “By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas.

Broken faith with God

Flicker of hope remains

Have hope, seek God

Hopeful in His deeds

 

Place our Living God

Above all other gods

 

Light turns into darkness

Hiding in the shadows

Yet, God remains close

Hope grows once again

 

Living tree of hope

Will live into eternity

New buds always sprout

Strength from the Father

 

There is always hope

Even in darkest times

 

Life’s trials uproot hope

Adversaries line up against

God hears our cries

Intervenes when hope’s weak

 

Ancestors of Jacob witness

Their hope in God

The God of Jacob

Always God of Hope

 

God keeps His decrees

Believe, look to God

 

God remains always faithful

Our Lord reigns forever

For God’s righteous believers

Hope ends in gladness

 

Way of the Lord

Offers refuge with wisdom

Follow God with hope

Always in our hearts

 

Tree of Life endures

Ready to sustain us

 

Hope shows the light

Steady on life’s course

When spirit is dried

Hope quenches our thirst

 

God opens hope’s door

Inviting us to enter

 

 

Path of Life

From Psalm 16:1-2:  “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'”

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Seeing foolishness

Walking darkest roads

Life’s journey of faith

Coming to crossroads

 

To whom shall we choose?

Evil’s empty book

Filled with deception

Flesh becomes his hook

 

Wilderness calls out

God’s refuge protects

Love filled with goodness

Earning our respect

 

Boundary lines set

Marching in God’s trust

Chosen path of life

Faith removes our lust

 

Always before us

God’s daily support

His right hand’s guidance

Grace never falls short

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Taken From a Church Sign

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Worry ends where faith begins.

From Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our Rock, Our Refuge (Elfchen Series #106)

Invincible

Searching

Life’s wilderness

Where’s stability found?

Nothing shall shake God’s

Cornerstone

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Proven

Faith

Deeply challenged

Whom to trust?

Christ’s love builds His

Cornerstone

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Everlasting

Waiting

No longer

Finding empty tomb

Jesus fulfills faith’s empowering

Cornerstone

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

To Whom Shall We Turn?

From Isaiah 65:1:  “I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me.  I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name.”

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Life’s stormy tribulations

Landscape filling with despair

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s love coming forth, He cares

 

Darkness waits at each doorstep

Evil tramples tender reeds

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s caring, sows fertile seeds

 

With each day, doing our best

Failure waiting once again

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s seeds, breaking chains

 

Persecution waits nearby

Enemy lines up to strike

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s breaking bread, fills life’s dike

 

Passing years taking their toll

Burdens never seem to leave

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s life plan, always believe

 

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American Methodist preacher and gospel hymn composer, Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” in 1905.  Gospel singer Marvin Williams adds his own interpretation to this beloved hymn.

Charles Spurgeon Quote

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God alone can give us songs in the night.

From Mark 5:35-36:  “While He was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead.  Why trouble the teacher any further?’  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.'”

Monday Memories: Quietness Speaks

[From March, 2020] I took a recent neighborhood walk, and the surroundings were definitely not the norm.  Quiet streets and hardly anyone outside on a gloomy, spring afternoon.  I crossed a busy road, without the usual volume of traffic.  The entire experience brought many thoughts to mind, some of which found their way into this poem.

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Morning rush traffic, missing in action

Downtown streets resemble empty ghost towns

All of this, most unusual for many

Life experiencing major breakdowns

 

Atmosphere of dark, winter gloom arrives

Quiet neighborhood lanes, filled with stillness

Sheltered-in-place covers the entire land

Fear and panic, with visions of illness

 

Households, overflowing with family

Quite unique for a midweek afternoon

Only essential employees at work

Life differs from a “Charlie Brown” cartoon

 

Spring’s portraits and sounds, arriving on schedule

Trees bud out, grass turning green, robins sing

God’s creation reminds us, He is near

His steadfast, faithful hope shall always ring

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From Lamentations 3:21-23:  “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

John Calvin Quote

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We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when its is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.

From Psalm 62:5-6:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Pursuing Christ

From Psalm 119:1-3:  “Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LordHappy are those who keep His decrees, who seek Him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong but walk in His ways.”

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Happiness comes to those

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Walking in righteousness

His grace brings us on board

 

Heart’s treasured devotion

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Following His teachings

Peace sings harmony’s chords

 

Soul’s consuming passion

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Hearing His sacred Word

Faith breathes, fully restored

 

Future hope lights each day

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Praying darkness shall fade

Trust grows, mercy’s accord

 

Empty tomb now proclaims

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Opening heaven’s gate

Resurrection awards

 

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From Psalm 119:159-160:  “Consider how I love Your precepts; be gracious to me according to Your steadfast love.  The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances endures forever.”

Rick Warren Quote

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Prayer is the most important tool for your mission to the world.  People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”