All Things

From Psalm 25:5:  “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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Living in God’s Kingdom

Providing all things

Sharing His steadfast peace

Grace forever springs


Healing our tattered souls

Witnessing our plight

Stirring up lasting faith

Eternity’s light


Filling hearts with mercy

Kindling each sunrise

Soaring on eagle’s wings

Glory in God’s eyes


Casting darkness aside

Saving every heart

Loving each child of God

New life now restarts


Blessing with His goodness

Hearing our sad cries

Raising us up in Christ

Salvation’s franchise


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From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Testament’s Witness (Elfchen Series #120)



Mountainside spring

Filled with healing

Thirsty heart now restored


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Christ’s love

Following faithful steps

Paying forward to others


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Jesus builds

Redemption’s eternal bridge

Between sin and God


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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.

Walking in Faith (Elfchen Series #115)

Worthy Journey


God’s plan

Setting aside worries

Walking with His blessings


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Transcending Grace


Our weaknesses

Relationship with Jesus

Transforming each into strength


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Steady Anchor


Faithful lifeline

With heavenly Father

Anytime, anywhere  . . . He’s there!


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Turning life upside down

Darkness fuels discontent

Grief fills daily breakdowns

Hopelessness speeds descent


Reaching out to others

Care arrives through their grace

Like words from grandmother

Life moves to better place


Breathing, moving forward

Journey begins to smile

Ship now sails straightforward

Life transitions, each mile


Healing day by day

Sunshine now reappears

Precious words stop to say

Tender thoughts, always near


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His Healing Power

From Psalm 147:3:  “He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.”

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Challenges overwhelm

Accidents, poor health

Seeking God’s divine grace

His healing power


Come to gracious Father

Binding up these wounds

Through abundant mercy

Life restored again


Road of recovery

God strengthens, blesses

Built upon living Word

Peace offers comfort


Healing brokenhearted

Buoyant life returns

Praise Father’s compassion

Trust His mighty hand


Life filled with confidence

Praying back to God

Thankfulness to Father

His mercies abound


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From Psalm 147:7:  “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.”

Kingdom Calling (Elfchen Series #68)



Weekly worship

Word and Sacrament

Community response to God


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Righteous justice

Transforming unruly sheep

Father dispatches Good Shepherd


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Inviting us

Come to Him

Receive compassion, teaching, healing


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Healing Brokenness

From Psalm 103:1-5:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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Scattered by earth’s hopeless winds

Relationships, bodies, hearts

Life filling with brokenness

Divine healing, God imparts


Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Healing comes from purest source

Balm of hope offers treatment

Mind, body, and soul endorse


Amazing grace saves sinners

Hope now strengthens and rebounds

Mercy and love rebuild faith

Forgiveness heals and surrounds


Healing balm making us whole

Caring for lifetime of scars

Miracle restores fullness

God’s Glory shining from stars


Finding places and people

Savior Jesus leads our way

Bearing our burdens as well

Healing brokenness this day


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A traditional African-American spritual, “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” serves as an inspiring complement to this poem.  You are invited to take a moment to listen.

Healing Our Divisions

This poem is written as a traditional Sonnet, but it can certainly be read as a prayer.  God’s peace!

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Lives pretending to follow a Holy God

Being of the flesh, greater than the spirit

Living as infants in our Lord Jesus Christ

Thirsty for our Father’s love, we shall fear it


Life filled with jealousy and quarrelsome times

Behaving outside of our Father’s design

Belonging to the Left, beholding the Right

Only walking with Jesus, should lives align


Sowing life’s seeds for a bountiful harvest

Thirsty for true living water and care

This world’s Master Builder brings His hope-filled Grace

Humbling kneeling at the Cross, hear our prayers


Only through our Lord Jesus, rests our foundation

Unifying voices throughout this nation

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From 1 Corinthians 3:21-23:  “So let no one boast about human leaders.  For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”

Hand in Hand

From Matthew 14:25:27:  “And early in the morning He [Jesus] came walking toward them on the sea.  But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'”

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Dreaded Covid arrives, knocking at her door

Daughter takes refuge on a hospital floor


Fear challenges faith during this trying hour

Daughter and mother seek God’s love and power


Through their journey of faith, walking together

God steps forward, quieting stormy weather


Hand in hand with God, crossing scary tightrope

His love sustains their faith, resurrecting hope


Mother and daughter’s prayers, faithfully roam

This hellish scourge flees at last, sending her home


Singing praises of thanksgiving, with glad hearts

Walking hand in hand, their life journey restarts


Kneeling before a Holy, mighty Father

Feeling the Lord’s love, like a great grandfather

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From Psalm 92:1-2:  “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.”