Calming Our Fears

From the words of Dr. Martin Luther King:  “Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.  Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.”

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Worry arrives with concerns never to come

Building upon past fears, stoking future ones

Life’s landscape fills with looming mountains

Instead of gentle molehills, fear gathers and stuns

 

Concerns about future challenges come forth

Transforming into worries, fueling more fear

Darkest clouds come together and gather

Who will grab the wheel and start to steer?

 

Waiting for our Lord, He renews our strength

Living by faith, His Word restores our soul

Rejoicing in hope, patient in suffering

Renewed by the Spirit, we feel more whole

 

God always walks with us, seek Him in prayer

Darkest valleys ahead, His love casts out fears

With compassion for our sufferings, hear His Word

Comforted by His rod and staff, God never veers

 

Asking of our Father, seeking His counsel

Bringing clearer witness, through His precise scope

His guidance renews our hearts, calming fears

His wisdom touches minds, filled with Gospel hope

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From Mark 5:35-36:  “While He was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.'”

Hope Overcomes Fear (Haiku Series #83)

Fear

Stormy clouds approach

Life’s storms threaten with darkness—

Christ quiets the wind

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With Us

Jesus promises

Another Advocate comes—

The Holy Spirit

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Hope

Jesus walks ahead

Emmanuel, God with us—

Coming to save us

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Embracing His Hope

Gleaned from some recent entries in my journal, this poem serves as a reflection of life as seen through many of the blog posts which I have recently read.  

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Our lost, troubled world

Rocked by oppression

Arriving overhead

Dark skies ask questions

 

God’s living Word shouts

Straighten our actions

Fueling empty faith

Healing infractions

 

Our Father shares His peace

Do you now feel it?

Discouraged hearts climb

Do you now see it?

 

From lofty heavens

God’s work perseveres

Lasting hope dries up

Years of tear-filled fears

 

Reminded daily

Our Lord’s grace-filled truth

His presence proclaims

Lasting light of truth

 

Navigating storms

Embracing His hope

Never stop dreaming

Through God’s telescope

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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, never alone

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.”

Suffering No More

Reading from Psalm 38, one finds David’s words as he asks for God’s healing.  This poem’s verses bring to the forefront an active voice with feeling, praying, finding, healing, praising, and seeing.

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Feeling darkness

Feeling unknown

Feeling empty

Feeling alone

 

Praying with faith

Praying this Psalm

Praying for hope

Praying for calm

 

Finding God’s love

Finding what’s heard

Finding new life

Finding His Word

 

Healing these wounds

Healing this soul

Healing my heart

Healing me whole

 

Praising Father

Praising accords

Praising heavens

Praising my Lord

 

Seeing the Cross

Seeing the light

Seeing Christ’s love

Seeing God’s might

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From Psalm 38:15:  “But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.”

Failing Once Again

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Failing once again

Life’s troubles bomb away

 

Whom shall I turn to?

 

Failing once again

Darkness moves ever closer

 

Where is the light?

 

Failing once again

Shame swallows me up

 

How can my spirit be restored?

 

Failing once again

Life’s torments engulf me

 

Why . . . why?

 

Failing once again

Loneliness surrounds my heart

 

What recourse do I have?

 

Failing once again

Life’s hour glass, now nearly empty

 

When will I be free?

 

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Failing once again . . .

 

Turning to my Heavenly Father

Never thinking of me as a bother

 

From a Cross, Salvation’s light sheds hope

Pulled up from the Pit by a Holy rope

 

Kneeling before the Savior, sins and all

Humbling following Him will be my call

 

Through a broken body and shed blood

By Grace alone, escaping life’s flash flood

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The structure of this poem features dual parts.  In the beginning verses, the reader is taken to a much darker place.  Using themes of sorrow, darkness, and hopelessness presents a challenge to both the reader and the writer.  In answering the questions found in the poem, the ending verses are structured around common Christian themes of hope, joy, light, and rebirth.

Called to Persevere

From Hebrews 10:19-20:  “Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh).”

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Sharing these words of eternal hope

Living with hope-filling optimism

Gathering with positive people

Persevering through God’s bold prism

 

Living as faithful children of God

Hearing our Father’s message of hope

Realizing now, hope springs from our Lord

Praising His Word, helping us to cope

 

Joining into a New Covenant

Filling with assurance from His Creed

Approaching with hearts, clean from evil

Washing with His pure water, indeed

 

Recalling our earlier struggles

Showing compassion through hopeful hearts

Maintaining endurance, life’s ahead

Remaining faithful, as life restarts

 

Holding fast to God’s blessings of hope

Encouraging daily, each other

Blessing with our love and gracious deeds

Standing with our sisters and brothers

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “We urgently need people who encourage and inspire us to move toward God.”

Never Alone

I keep a daily journal of “take-aways” from my devotional readings.  This poem was crafted from some of my February entries.

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Sitting alone and hopeless

Our Lord never deserts us

He awakens mind and soul

In His Spirit, words bring trust

 

Turning to God, always there

His footprints walking ahead

Through life’s hefty challenges

Our Lord brings our daily bread

 

Reading from His Holy Word

Always giving thanks and praise

Marvelous things, God has done

Our hope alive and ablaze

 

Growing in faith, from our woes

Therefore, pray . . . listen . . . follow

Righteous life following Christ

Savior’s hope, never hollow

 

Facing temptation each day

Alignment with Son of God

Blood and body shed for us

Boldly fleeing evil’s fraud

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From Galatians 6:1-2:  “My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.  Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Deliverance from Troubles

The Bible offers a rich source of thanksgiving, hope, and deliverance as Psalm 107 inspires the text for this poem. 

From Psalm 107:1-2:  “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those He redeemed from trouble.”

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Thanking our Lord above

Seeing His wondrous deeds

His Holy, steadfast love

All humankind, He leads

 

Overwhelming distress

Crying out to the Lord

Discovering His light

Living by His accord

 

Bringing us from darkness

Satisfying our thirst

Saving us with His light

Loving us, always first

 

Filling endless hunger

Breaking these sinful chains

Reaching out to His light

Trusting God, with the reins

 

Halting all wickedness

Calming all stormy winds

Healing us with His light

Forgiving dark-filled sins

 

Praising our Redeemer

Hearing cries, not ignored

Delivering His light

Giving thanks to our Lord

 

Thanking our Lord above

Seeing His wondrous deeds

His Holy, steadfast love

All humankind, He leads

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “Circumstances occur that could easily crush us.  We can hand the circumstances to God and ask Him to take control or we can roll up our mental sleeves and slug it out.”

Haiku Series #77 (With God)

Following

God tells Joshua

Meditating on His Word—

Still crucial today

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His Grace

Being born of God

Overcoming life’s trials—

By our faith alone

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Eternal Hope

Tough times approaching

Trusting, now and forever—

Depending on God

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