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.”

Desmond Tutu Quote

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) was a South African Anglican bishop and Christian theologian.  He was perhaps best known for his efforts as a human rights activist in dismantling his nation’s system of apartheid.  

Pearl S. Buck Quotes

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Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased.  It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.

American writer and novelist, Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), spent much of her early life in China as a missionary.  She was widely heralded for her book, THE GOOD EARTH, which was published in 1931.  She garnered the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and later the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

God of Salvation

From Psalm 25:4-5:  “Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all day long.”

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God of Creation

Filling life with hope

Divine promised land

Future grasps His rope

 

God of Salvation

Teaching with His Word

Holy righteousness

Grace freely conferred

 

God of Faithfulness

Sending steadfast love

Mercy walks ahead

Truth shines from above

 

God of Redemption

Erasing stumbles

Lives forever changed

Faith never crumbles

 

God of Blessedness

Praising our goodwill

Acts of compassion

Life never stands still

 

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From Psalm 25:20-21:  “O guard my life and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.  May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.”

Journey’s Lessons (Haiku Series #180)

Secrets Revealed

Looking and searching

Sometimes life’s obvious waits—

Right in front of us

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Compassion Shown

Life’s interactions

Seeing goodness in people—

Help them to blossom

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Integrity Counts

Out of life’s darkness

Human character rising—

Overcoming all

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Perfect and Holy

From Psalm 100:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

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Child learning of God’s kindness

Unaware of its vastness

Praise His eternal goodwill

Laboring with steadfastness

 

Goodness, perfect and Holy

From righteousness, living water

Worship always with gladness

Crafting hands, grace-filled potter

 

God’s blessings, never-ending

His mercy flows from above

Lives rescued with divine hand

Transforming with endless love

 

Lost sheep, needing daily grace

Good Shepherd’s assisting hand

Heaven’s gate, darkness scattered

Lifting eyes to God’s homeland

  

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “At times when we’re struggling to trust God, we should remember all the ways He is good to us.”

Hope Calling (Elfchen Series #78)

Rudderless

Drifting

Compass forsaken

Man’s stubbornness reigns

Hope’s light reaches out

Jesus

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Engagement

Facing

World’s infections

Physical, social, spiritual

Will Hope pursue Christ?

Faith

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Solidarity

Community

Faithfully building

Using Hope’s hands

For God’s lasting goodness

Welcoming

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Among Saints

From Psalm  31:23-24:  “Love the Lord, all you his saints.  The Lord preserves the faithful,  but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Every life thirsts

For eternal love

Some find it, some won’t

Shared from God above

 

Life writes its story

Father values each

Treasured Book of Life

Gospel lessons teach

 

Chapter lengths vary

Some long and filling

Others short and brief

All earn top billing

 

No favorites here

Tranquility’s peace

Resting as equals

Memories won’t cease

 

Walking among saints

Honoring each one

Final resting place

Blessed setting sun

 

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From Psalm 23:6:  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Filled with Dreams (Haiku Series #151)

Tasting Goodness

Dreaming of fresh dough

To grocery store for yeast—

Bread shall rise again

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Fulfilling Life

Eighty-two years young

Earning high school diploma—

Ageless dreams blossom

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Sowing Faith

Golden harvest waits

Farmer’s efforts rewarded—

Blessed field of dreams

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