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)

Blessing

Baptismal

Mountainside spring

Filled with healing

Thirsty heart now restored

Waters

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Caring 

Receiving

Christ’s love

Following faithful steps

Paying forward to others

Compassion

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Saving

Brokenness

Jesus builds

Redemption’s eternal bridge

Between sin and God

Living

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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

Accepting

God’s plan

Setting aside worries

Walking with His blessings

Obedience

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Transcending Grace

Revealing

Our weaknesses

Relationship with Jesus

Transforming each into strength

Healing

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Steady Anchor

Beholding

Faithful lifeline

With heavenly Father

Anytime, anywhere  . . . He’s there!

Prayer

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Healing

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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)

Gathering

Anticipation

Weekly worship

Word and Sacrament

Community response to God

Empowerment

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Rescuing

Quest

Righteous justice

Transforming unruly sheep

Father dispatches Good Shepherd

Deliverance

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Blessing

Creator

Inviting us

Come to Him

Receive compassion, teaching, healing

Everlasting

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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.”