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.'”

Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com

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

Photo by Markus Spiske on Pexels.com

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.”

Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

Photo by Maksim Romashkin on Pexels.com

Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm

 

Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves

 

Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray

 

Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding

 

Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach

 

Photo by Dario Fernandez Ruz on Pexels.com

From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

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.”

Photo by Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels.com

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

 

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com

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

Caring from Above

This poem is designed with every three verses using a modified Haiku format (with the first and third verses rhyming).  The verses alternate between God’s exhortations (the odd verses) and our responses (the even verses). 

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We can trust God because He works all things together for His good and just purpose.”

Photo by ANTONI SHKRABA on Pexels.com

Sharing grace-filled love

Crafting His divine message

Caring from above

 

Sowing lasting seeds

Trusting Father’s sacred Word

Following His creeds

 

Blessing through faith’s way

Teaching us His righteousness

Molding lives each day

 

Accepting God’s grace

Believing His Holy way

Living in His space

 

Freeing from sin’s net

Writing life’s newest chapter

Changing heart’s mindset

 

Walking in new light

Stepping onto hope’s worn path

Feeling life take flight

 

Photo by Karol Czinege on Pexels.com

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Holy Trinity’s Blessings (Haiku Series #181)

God Almighty

Father’s grace and peace

Sticking to each hungry soul—

Fed along rocky roads

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com

Immanuel

Dealing with life’s stress

Islands of isolation—

Jesus rescues us

Photo by Asad Photo Maldives on Pexels.com

Comforter

Righteous highway leads

Like river’s gentle current—

Spirit’s guiding hand

Photo by Lukas Rodriguez on Pexels.com

Salvation (Elfchen Series #103)

True Freedom

Dishonored

Broken heart

Sin’s inner chains

Saved by mercy’s key

Forgiven

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Messiah’s Calling

Discouraged

Overwhelming darkness

Sin’s high tide

Grace saves with love

Jesus

Photo by Arun Kr on Pexels.com

Ultimate Grace

Holy

High priest

His precious blood

Pays our sinful debts

Redemption

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Divine Intervention (Elfchen Series #100)

Acceptance

Embracing

His lead

Overcoming our resistance

Changed by God’s persistence

Prayer

Photo by Arina Krasnikova on Pexels.com

Steadfastness

Envisioning

Sharing hope

Acts of generosity

God’s works best revealed

Grace

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

Purification

Rain’s

Early morning

Rinsing our souls

God calling us home

Forgiveness

Photo by Tara Winstead on Pexels.com

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.

Saving Grace

From Romans 5:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

From ancient garden, crying out

Man’s sinful seeds scatter and sprout

 

Father’s wrath consumes with His fire

Suffering journey to hellfire

 

Spiritually dead from God

Lives walk in darkness, always flawed

 

Holy tablets proclaim God’s law

Sin’s frozen nature never thaws

 

Judgement follows life’s trespasses

Sticking like thickest molasses

 

Lord’s saving grace seeks better way

Messiah opens new causeway

 

Jesus steps into this abyss

Unselfish love shall never miss

 

Hopeless man’s eyes can’t turn away

Drawn to grim, cruel cross, Christ pays

 

Jesus offers Himself instead

Faith follows this new Living Bread

 

Father’s amazing grace enters

Salvation breathes life’s new center

 

Photo by Athena on Pexels.com

From Romans 5:18-19:  “Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.  For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Matthew Henry Quote

Photo by Mariana Montrazi on Pexels.com

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary grace.

From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says.”

Holding Us Together

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.”

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.com

Looking to God above

Reading His Holy Book

Holding us together

Opening life’s guidebook

 

Witnessing Father’s hands

Creating and molding

Holding us together

Seeing lives unfolding

 

Abiding in Lord’s faith

Building each step with trust

Holding us together

Escaping evil’s lust

 

Searching for God’s footprints

Discovering His love

Holding us together

Finding mercy above

 

Praying to our Father

Knowing He always hears

Holding us together

Overcoming heart’s fears

 

Following Lord’s teachings

Accepting divine grace

Holding us together

Leading to heaven’s place

 

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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.”