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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Finding Goodness

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Finding life’s goodness

Whether great or small

Always filled with praise

Tasting its windfall

 

Finding lasting strength

Wherever it lies

Courage raining down

Silencing our cries

 

Finding peace and hope

Never stop sharing

Everyday people

Witnessing caring

 

Finding clear focus

Love shall overcome

With gentle actions

Blessing life’s outcome

 

Finding better ways

Around life’s gridlock

Perseverance wins

Changing up our walk

 

Finding new vision

With every song

Voices lifting up

Singing “come along”

 

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Inspiration for this poem comes from the words of American writer, Alex Haley:  “Find the good, and praise it.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

There is within human nature an amazing potential for goodness.

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.  A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.  A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for which is true.

William Law Quote

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Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life, meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God’s goodness, as if you had seen it, and  all things new–created upon your account.

From Ezekiel 36:24-27:  “I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.  I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.”

Our Father’s Goodness

From 2 Peter 1:5-7: “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

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Our Father’s goodness

Glory, God and King

Bless and praise His name

Mighty greatness sings

 

Through generations

Honor His great deeds

Infinite goodness

God’s faithful Word leads

 

Glorious splendor

Kingdom never ends

Eternal, Holy

Wondrous works, God sends

 

From Psalm 145:8-9The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”

His greatness declares

Lord everlasting

Praising righteousness

Mercies broadcasting

 

Cries, our Father hears

From darkness, redeemed

He stands, always near

God’s goodness, esteemed

 

Truth, call upon God

Grace, freely given

Love, witness a Cross

Sins, now forgiven

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are ‘God keeps His word.'”

Taste His Goodness

David praises the greatness of God through Scripture found in Psalm 145, and these verses inspire this poem.

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Each day life seems too normal

Monotonous and mundane

Beautiful bundle arrives

Hallmarks of our Lord’s domain

 

Blessing us each precious day

Spontaneous surprises

Praising our Father’s great name

Goodness comes in all sizes

 

Reaching depths of every sea

Loving each generation

Eclipsing highest heavens

Honoring God’s creation

 

Awesome and vast deeds come forth

Witnessing God’s mighty acts

Glorious splendor singing

Filling what life truly lacks

 

God’s everlasting kingdom

Harvesting abundant gifts

Faithful words stir greatest feats

Balancing life’s slips and shifts

 

Singing of God’s righteousness

Showering with compassion

Tasting His Holy goodness

Remembering His passion

 

Blessing His name forever

Amen

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From Psalm 145:8:  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”