Hope’s Redemptive Peace (Elfchen Series #105)

Faith Believes

Sharing

God’s glory

Accepting His grace

Boasting in our sufferings

Hope

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Salvation Purchased

Jesus

Unselfish grace

Justified by faith

Lasting peace with Father

Redemption

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Life Awakens

Spirit

Filling heart

With hope-filled peace

Strengthening endurance molding character

Everlasting

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All of the above verses are inspired from Romans 5:1-5:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Monday Memories: Quietness Speaks

[From March, 2020] I took a recent neighborhood walk, and the surroundings were definitely not the norm.  Quiet streets and hardly anyone outside on a gloomy, spring afternoon.  I crossed a busy road, without the usual volume of traffic.  The entire experience brought many thoughts to mind, some of which found their way into this poem.

grayscale photography of waiting shed near open road at night

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Morning rush traffic, missing in action

Downtown streets resemble empty ghost towns

All of this, most unusual for many

Life experiencing major breakdowns

 

Atmosphere of dark, winter gloom arrives

Quiet neighborhood lanes, filled with stillness

Sheltered-in-place covers the entire land

Fear and panic, with visions of illness

 

Households, overflowing with family

Quite unique for a midweek afternoon

Only essential employees at work

Life differs from a “Charlie Brown” cartoon

 

Spring’s portraits and sounds, arriving on schedule

Trees bud out, grass turning green, robins sing

God’s creation reminds us, He is near

His steadfast, faithful hope shall always ring

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From Lamentations 3:21-23:  “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

John Calvin Quote

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We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when its is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.

From Psalm 62:5-6:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Max Lucado Quote

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Teach us to set our hopes on Heaven, to hold firmly to the promise of eternal life, so that we can withstand the struggles and storms of this world.

From Colossians 1:5-6:  The faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.  In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”

Hope’s Flame

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Hearing hope-filled words

Again and again

 

Different story

Always same message

 

Better tomorrow’s

Waiting in the wings

 

Whatever issue

Life’s hollow words sting

 

Today’s hope searching

Empty souls stare out

 

Yesterday shattered

Future dreams snuffed out

 

Confidence shaken

Sunrise uncertain

 

Starving for action

Grieving voices weep

 

Life struggles onward

Energy waning

 

From smallest ember

Hope’s flame still glowing

 

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Pursuing Christ

From Psalm 119:1-3:  “Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LordHappy are those who keep His decrees, who seek Him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong but walk in His ways.”

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Happiness comes to those

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Walking in righteousness

His grace brings us on board

 

Heart’s treasured devotion

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Following His teachings

Peace sings harmony’s chords

 

Soul’s consuming passion

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Hearing His sacred Word

Faith breathes, fully restored

 

Future hope lights each day

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Praying darkness shall fade

Trust grows, mercy’s accord

 

Empty tomb now proclaims

Pursuing Christ, our Lord

Opening heaven’s gate

Resurrection awards

 

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From Psalm 119:159-160:  “Consider how I love Your precepts; be gracious to me according to Your steadfast love.  The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances endures forever.”

Lasting Presence (Elfchen Series #102)

Hope’s Spirit

Voice

Blessing us

God sharing peace

Awakening quietness in our

Hearts

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Faith’s Spirit

Source

Daily strength

God’s steadfast love

His wisdom shall always

Guide

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Truth’s Spirit

Experiencing

God’s presence

His Creation breathes

Divine, righteous Word speaks

Life

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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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Stand Firm

From 1 Peter 1:3-4:  “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 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

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Evil’s darkness surrounds

Encroaching with its sin

Life looks to turn around

Wolf hiding in sheepskin

 

Fraud’s light leads some astray

Moving away from God

Grace opens its doorway

Christ shatters hell’s facade

 

Resurrection’s new hope

Building faith’s foundation

Salvation, Christ’s tow rope

Father’s promised station

 

Word speaks of Lord’s power

Calling all to stand firm

Each and every hour

Holy Spirit confirms

 

Faith anchored in His care

Wearing God’s armored vest

All times, kneeling in prayer

Mercy braves each test

  

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From Ephesians 6:13:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.”

E. E. Cummings Quotes

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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite of fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness:  the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.