Encountering His Wisdom (Elfchen Series #137)



Seeking help

Father never forsakes

Faith carries us through


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Each morning

Day’s agenda reset

Grace sustains another soul


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Daily prayers

Mercy brings patience

Father’s glory shall shine


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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.

Uplifting Mercy (Elfchen Series #136)



Blessed dialogue

God and self

Listening to His love


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Christ’s light

Leading one’s journey

Along His chosen path


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Lasting insight

Through free-flowing grace

Timing of life’s seasons


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Darkness Overcome

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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Walking without light

Actions filled with sin

False gods and idols

Faith absent within


Living in darkness

Gloom filled with torment

God’s conquered people

Called now to repent


Hearing prophet’s call

Shadows hidden theft

Nation’s ember glows

God has never left


Seeing promised grace

Filled with renewed hope

Evil crawls away

Faith grasps mercy’s rope


Easing life’s burdens

True light’s beating drum

Fear replaced with joy

Darkness overcome

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From Isaiah 9:4:  “For the yoke of their burden and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, You have broken as on the day of Midian.”

God’s Embrace

From Psalm 85:5-6:  “Will you be angry with us forever?  Will you prolong your anger to all generations?  Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?”

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Searching to find peace

Hidden by dark winds

Discomfort arrives

For mankind hath sinned


Touched by God’s embrace

Peace steps into light

Feeling His comfort

Grace washes flesh white


Praying to Father

Hope now reaches out

Finding peace at last

His Word carries clout


Steps walking in faith

God’s love shall not cease

Replacing darkness

Sharing endless peace

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From Luke 2:12-14:  “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors!'”

Praising His Light

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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From Bethlehem, arrives light

Lying in stable’s manger

Humble birth of hope’s Savior

Grace no longer man’s stranger


Shepherds witness God’s glory

Kneeling and praising His light

Justice shall cover this land

Mercy’s, one eternal flight


Christ answers His Father’s call

Saving every tender reed

Light pushes away darkness

Evil shall never impede


Righteousness shall mark all days

Opening each heart and mind

Jesus shall never waver

His light, perfectly aligned

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From Isaiah 42:6-7:  “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Monday Memories: Infinite God

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From 1 Peter 5:6-7:  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time.  Cast all our anxiety oh Him, because He cares for you.”

God, our Creator

In Heaven above

Standing powerful

Sends infinite love


Father in Heaven

Promises fulfill

Support and courage

His infinite skill


Read God’s Holy Word

Be bold, life begins

His love filled with care

Grace overcomes sin


Walking with our Lord

His strong hands extend

Trust always in Him

Whatever contends


Miraculous brings

Infinite outcomes

Filled with sacred love

Like a beating drum


Our finite minds weep

Lack of faith descends

Our infinite God

Holds, never to bend


Our Lord’s specialty

Impossible makes

Genuine and true

His love, no mistake


Rely on God’s ways

Hopeless turns to hope

Prayer lifts worry

Walking life’s tightrope


God’s eternal love

Endures forever

He holds on to us

With faith, whenever

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Originally published January, 2020.

Welcoming Savior

From Luke 2:10-11:  “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.'”

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Fling wide each window

Open every gate

God walks among us

Welcoming Savior


Choir of angels sing

From heavens above

City of David

Salvation’s bright light


Answer to prayers

Shepherds witness birth

Praise this King of Kings

Called Emmanuel


Trust God’s divine plan

Faith’s most Holy Rock

Fill hearts with gladness

Redemption paid for


Father’s act of grace

Eternity’s gift

Hope, peace, joy, and love

Welcoming Savior

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From Galatians 5:22-24:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Gracious and Merciful

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Always remember

Recounting gracious deeds

Breathing trust into faith

Life’s every tender reed


Lord fulfills great acts

Praising each, filled with love

Witnessing mighty hand

Angels sing from above


Never-ending grace

Sending His Son to build

Lasting bond with Father

Redemption shall be filled


Merciful journey

Gathering at one cross

Shedding His blood for all

Evil swallows his loss


New covenant calls

Forgiving sinful ways

Creating hope’s new life

Salvation’s hands now raise

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From 2 Corinthians 5:17-18:  “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

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God’s living grace

Bends earthly lives

Word’s special place

Righteousness thrives


Forgiveness gifts

Mercy for all

Spirit uplifts

One man named Saul


Undeserved grace

Transforming hearts

Joy shall embrace

Life’s hope restarts


Redemption shared

Walking with Christ

Because God cared

Evil’s plan iced


Grace reconciled

Sins forgiven

Darkness exiled



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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Experiencing the forgiveness God offers will transform every part of life.”

Harry Ironside Quote

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The flame of testimony burns brightly when fed with the oil of grace.

From Psalm 23:5-6:  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Harry Ironside (1876-1951) was a Canadian-born pastor, theologian, and Christian author.  This renowned Bible teacher wrote over 100 books, booklets, and pamphlets.