Life’s New Page

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

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Life’s battered bucket sometimes overflows

Facing daily challenges, too immense

One challenge standing apart from the rest

Using forgiveness seems much too intense


Our righteous Father teaches forgiveness

Extending forgiveness with earnest hearts

Breathe in every word in its entirety

Receiving forgiveness with humble hearts


Take in God’s Word, His Holy Commandments

Burying bitterness, it sours the heart

Always best to forgive, forget, move on

Hanging on to the past, weighs down the heart


As humans, reacting much too quickly

Expressing heated anger, fixing blame

Slow to forgive, even more to forget

Stepping now with humbleness, drowns the flames


No longer in the enemy’s darkness

Praying the sun to not set on our rage

With our Lord’s truth, filling with righteousness

Following God’s way, life writes a new page

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “Looking back over my life, all I can see is mercy and grace written in large letters everywhere.  May God help me have the same kind of heart toward those who wound or offend me.”

Arthur Wing Pinero Quote

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In this life, if you have anything to pardon, pardon quickly.  Slow forgiveness is little better than no forgiveness.

From James 3:17-18:  “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”

Max Lucado Quote

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What makes a Christian a Christian is not perfection but forgiveness.

From Matthew 18:21-22:  “Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy times seven.'”

Renewing Rain

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From Isaiah 45:8:  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness t sprout up also; I the Lord have created it.”

Rain showers continuously hydrate the lands

Sending restoring moisture from God’s hands


Perhaps God’s design will deliver to rinse off me

Washing away transgressions that affix on thee


Flowers, grass, and trees experience joy now

Smiling as additional raindrops take their bow


This errant life feels God’s restoring spirit of the rain

Helping me to reconcile and move away from pain


The clouds hang low, soon rain comes again

Witnessing Christ’s love, forgiving all our sin


Temperatures remain cool, clouds shroud the light

Feeling God’s lasting affection, realizing His might


My disposition cools, harsh feelings evaporate

Praying to my Lord, as the darkness grows late


God continually watches over His creation

Looking down from above, smiles of elation


For me, a blood-stained cross forever stands near

Thanking Jesus for bringing Salvation, without fear


Nature comes alive as the rains abate

Growing with God’s love, will be its fate


An imperfect man such as me, steps from sin’s shadows

Kneeling before God, forgiven for my disobedient travels

The Forgiving Wind

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God has used the wind for His purposes since the very beginning of time.  From Genesis 1:2-3:  “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, ‘Let there be be light.'” 

The wind chimes sing this morning with so much to say

Playing inspiring music that turns calmness aside today

The music brings warm comfort to one’s heart

Reminding at dawn of past memories to restart

These rich images from the past arrive so clear

Blessing one’s spirit with nothing ever to fear

With a renewing spirit bursting from God’s mighty fame

Sending forth meaningful counsel in His glorious name

The day’s agenda stands ready to roll out once again

Traveling faithfully forward with no desire to ever sin

Yet, this blessed life may again stumble today

Asking for God’s forgiveness with little to say

The old rugged Cross comes forward into one’s sight

Witnessing Christ’s red blood brings courage to fight

Just as the wind chimes tell again of God’s loving soul

Walking with Christ refurbishes a life that is now full