Monday Memories: Forevermore

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Standing and lifting eyes upward

Asking for help

But, from where will it come?

 

Reading from a cherished Bible

Finding the words

Of a patient and gracious Lord

 

Humbling images of God’s plan

Creating the heavens

As well as the earth

 

Feeling the grace of God

Providing shade

At one’s right hand

 

Sleeping is never His wish

Watching over

His people at every moment

 

Praying to a compassionate Lord

Listening now

His words bring comfort

 

Protecting us at all times

Witnessing Him

Forevermore

The background for this poem comes from the Bible; see Psalm 121.

Life’s Breakwater

From John 4:13-14:  “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”

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Haunting landscape of needs

Darkness, breathless with fear

Back streets can never hide

Overflowing with tears

 

Facing hunger-filled void

Shadows filled with man’s greed

Overburdened labors

Breathing amongst ragweed

 

Walking with heart of pain

Emptiness without dreams

Thirst waiting to be quenched

Beholding mercy’s stream

 

Hearing sorrowful cries

Clamorous, selfish strife

Voice speaking, Son of God

Rising above each life

 

Flowing freshness of grace

Well of Living Water

Each heart again restored

Forming life’s breakwater

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From John 14:1-2:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place

 

Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace

 

Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges

 

Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free

 

Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

Seeds of Mercy

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Darkest valleys approach

Spirit walks within thee

Holding fast to one’s faith

Quieting stormy seas

 

God’s presence always breathes

Evil’s shadow will flee

Lighting path to follow

Building trust, setting free

 

Truth in Christ’s promises

In heaven and on earth

Hearing His divine Word

Bringing grace, life’s new birth

 

Righteousness dwells in heart

Never be left alone

Blessing seeds of mercy

Reaping what God has sown

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From Matthew 28:20:  “And teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

New Freedom

From Exodus 19:5:  “ Now, therefore, if you obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is Mine.”

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Obeying God’s law

All shall fall short

Darkness consumes

Flesh’s evil tort

 

Sowing falsehood’s seeds

Emptiness reigns

Corruption rules

Flesh’s sinful chains

 

Witnessing Jesus

Calvary’s death

Covenant breaks

Flesh’s final breath

 

Praising Risen Lord

New freedom’s call

Harvest ready

Grace building faith’s wall

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From Galatians 6:14-15:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to Me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything!”

Three in One (Elfchen Series #118)

Most High

Father

Calling out

“Here I am”

Words inviting, opening door

Chosen

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Bread of Life

Sharing

Divine goodness

Accepting His grace

Faithful steps in righteousness

Chosen

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Comforter

Advocate

Eternally present

Touching each believer

Quiet hands at work

Chosen

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Back on Course

From Luke 15:31-32:  “Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'”

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Marking calendar

Making this His day

Back on course with God

Kneeling now to pray

 

Forsaking darkness

Finding blessed light

Immersed in God’s Word

Hearing truth so bright

 

Growing in God’s grace

Worshipping with Him

Each precious moment

Walking in rhythm

 

Returning back home

Living in His peace

Promised Christ’s coming

Bringing life’s new lease

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From 2 Peter 3:17-18:  “You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”

A. W. Tozer Quote

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The deeper into the heart of God I go, the more the Enemy will oppose me, bu the more God will draw me.  The Enemy may be strong, but his strength is limited, whereas God’s grace has no limit.  

From Ephesians 2:8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.”

Salvation’s Grace

From 1 Peter 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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Suffering endless trials

Resulting from earthly sin

Why does God permit such pain?

Allowing His glory to win

 

Testing character by fire

Sharing His perfect design

Dependence grows upon God

Sending redemption’s lifeline

 

Fostering genuine trust

Sowing faithful repentance

Salvation’s grace rises up

Freeing from hell-fired sentence

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Witnessing death’s empty tomb

Now accepting God’s mercy

Saving sinners, new hope blooms

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From 1 Peter 1:8-9:  “Although you have not seen Him, you love Him, and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Most Powerful Name

From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders, and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Single blessed name

Sown in virgin’s womb

Coming to reclaim

Grace leaves empty tomb

 

Name above all names

Crowning Him our Lord

Father’s seed proclaims

Salvation’s accord

 

Most powerful name

Faithful Prince of Peace

Saving from hell’s fire

Mercy’s centerpiece

 

Jesus, be His name

Sharing righteous love

All saints now acclaim

From heavens above

 

Christ, our Savior’s name

Sin’s darkness wiped out

Everlasting claim

Father leaves no doubt

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From Mark 15:37-39:  “Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion who stood facing Him saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'”