Greatest Love Story

From Genesis 1:1-5:  “When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was complete chaos, 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 light,’ and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”

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Scripture’s Holy verses

Breathing with His sacred love

Even before Creation acts

Father’s grace looks down from above

 

Planet’s vast emptiness

Moving from darkness to light

Eternity wakens with love

Father’s mercy always in flight

 

Favored, luscious garden

Inviting twosome to walk

Sinfulness spreading life’s darkness

Yet, Father’s love becomes faith’s rock

 

Harsh wilderness called home

Searching for His promised land

Israel waiting in exile

Father’s love forges plan so grand

 

Divine patience shares gift

Choosing Bethlehem stable

Greatest love story now proclaimed

Father’s peace sets Heaven’s table

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From 1 John 4:9-12:  “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.  Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.”

A Special Gift

Today’s poem is a very special guest post and gift from Mrs. Buckeye.  My talented wife, Colleen, adds her voice to this Advent season as we both await the birth of our Savior.

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A special gift arrived for us!

 It came so quietly . . .

 . . . perhaps you did not know.

 There was no fancy wrapping,

 not even a pretty bow,

 no ornate frills or glitter,

 no festive party mood . . .

  . . . Just a tiny, baby boy

 born in a stable crude.

 He was our Savior King.

 He came to earth to bring

 God’s gift of love.

      

 God’s greatest gift was giv’n to us.

 It was His only Son . . .

 . . . perhaps you did not know.

 He left a throne in heaven

 to come to our world below.

 His birth was without grandeur;

 a star His only crown;

 Just a precious little babe;

 our God, to earth came down.

 He is our Savior King

 To Him all Praises sing

 God’s gift, great love.

 

     So, turn your eyes from glittering scenes

 with Santa’s presents bright . . .

 . . . perhaps you need to know.

 Just turn from worldly glitter,

 and gaze on that glorious night.

 Look there upon the baby

 in God’s own Holy light.

 Now, look past the party crowds

 past shopping to be done.

 Look past all worldly things.

 Look at the baby king,

 God’s Gift has come!

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From 2 Corinthians 9:15:  “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

Love’s Goodness

From Ephesians 1:4-5:  “Just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love.  He destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

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Father’s divine design

Anchored in His love

Through our Lord Jesus Christ

Grace shines from above

 

Father showing mercy

Love’s eternal gift

Patient kindness sending

Life-changing airlift

 

Father guiding all things

Built around His love

Sending His only Son

Hope reigns from above

 

Father always believes

Love’s goodness in man

Rejoicing in His truth

Redemption’s firm plan

 

Father’s forgiving act

Filled with lasting love

His wisdom and insight

Praise His glory above

 

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From 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Because God love us, we can trust how He wants to shape our lives.

From Isaiah 45:9:  “Woe to those who strive with their Maker, earthen vessels with the potter!  Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, ‘What are you making’? or ‘Your work has no handles’?”

Saint Augustine Quote

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I love you, Lord, not doubtingly, but with absolute certainty.  Your Word beat upon my heart until I fell in love with you, and now the universe and everything in it tells me to love you.

From Ephesians 1:3-4:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love.”

Hungry and Thirsty

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Only a believer of God can experience full satisfaction and a yearning love for Him.”

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Wilderness in one’s heart

Seeking mankind’s rewards

Shivering emptiness

Chasing promised awards

 

Dry, desolate landscape

Running this futile race

Clinging to sinful ways

Chasing hollow, false grace

 

Life comes to its crossroads

Starving for daily bread

Craving living water

Searching highway ahead

 

God intercedes with love

Filling body and soul

Sharing mercy and grace

Believing, life made whole

 

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From Psalm 63:5:  “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.”

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.”

Thomas a Kempis Quote

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To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love.

From 1 John 4:15-16:  “God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.  So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”

Bill Bright Quote

stack of love wooden blocks

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Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.

From 1 John 4:7:  “Little children, let no one deceive you.  Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.”