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?”

God’s Firm Pathway

From Psalm 37:1-2:  “Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.”

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Another day

One more trial

Kneeling to pray

With God each mile


His way shines bright

Patience fills hope

Holding on tight

God’s faithful rope


Love conquers all

Wicked step back

Hearing His call

God’s steady tack


Temptation folds

Righteousness saves

Crafting hands mold

God quiets waves


Dark times expire

Storms fade away

Sowing faith’s fire

God’s firm pathway

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From Psalm 37:39-40:  “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their refuge in the time of trouble.  The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in Him.”

Hope’s Eyes

Every school year brings challenges to our youngest learners in the classroom.  These struggling children find hope in a teacher, administrator, custodian, instructional assistant, or any other type of mentor.  This is the hope of this poem.

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Fearing tomorrow’s tasks

Dreaming of something more

Probing life’s gloomy path

Failing again to score


Meeting darkness once more

Ignoring teacher’s clues

Bearing sounds of silence

Surrounding failure’s blues


Learning nothing today

Parking in empty space

Sharing with hidden friend

Reaching familiar place


Retreating to safe zone

Boarding life’s empty plane

Watching goals crushed again

Seeing more fire than rain


Entering new classroom

Looking into hope’s eyes

Hearing assuring voice

Launching learning’s sunrise


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Monday Memories: Where is Hope?

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The location of Hope County can’t be found on any maps

Perhaps hope resides in our caring hearts, ready to tap


Last year’s drought

Brings misery and dried-up hope

Optimistic farmers seed spring crops with unwavering hope


A nearby processing plant

Will close soon with vanishing hope

Hurting families look to God for new hope


A nation’s inner fiber

Torn and ripped apart with faltering hope

Martin Luther King proclaims a message of rebuilding hope


A man sits despaired and forlorn

Being laid off with a future that offers spiritless hope

Receiving a new job brings praise to a God of immense hope


A crime-ridden neighborhood

Breathes each day with an absence of hope

Community spirit and love return with true hope


A charred Apollo spacecraft

Dashes an American moon journey with little hope

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon with restored hope


A scorned and forgotten child

Feels left out at school with fading hope

A passionate teacher smiles and brings refreshing hope


A middle-aged woman

Receives news that her body is filled with cancer and no hope

Prayers intercede filled with cancer-free and grace-filled hope


A sin-filled world

Awaits a Savior with never-ending hope

God sends His Son to deliver eternally-filled hope


Our world contains many places

Where hearts are filled with everlasting spirit and hope

Let’s never turn-off for a second our amazing hope


The Bible speaks a great deal about hope.  Search for numerous examples such as from Romans 15:13:  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Future’s Hope

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Stirring in early morn

Feeling approaching tide

Future’s hope now airborne

Flying without clear guide


Standing still at crossing

Waiting for next green light

Future now crisscrossing

Hiding in hopeless night


Looking for place to rest

Stumbling along dark road

Future stalls at hill’s crest

Spilling hope’s heavy load


Waking to darkest gloom

Hoping for one sure thing

Future trying to bloom

Hanging on threadbare string


Seeing fresh hope renewed

Shifting life’s paradigm

Future no longer skewed

Finding success to climb

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Season of Discouragement

From Nehemiah 1:3:  “They replied, ‘The remnant there in the province who escaped captivity are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.'”

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Shining locomotive churning along

Life ascending every mountain peak

Suddenly, trusty light turns to darkness

Disappointment abounds, whom shall we seek?


Loyal tracks of faith, now wrecked and ruined

Trusting walls of protection, now in shambles

Shepherd’s gate to heaven, forever crushed

Life in darkness, attempts to unscramble


Season of discouragement, shrouds small faith

Eyes filling with tears, overwhelming scene

Kneeling below bloody, Golgotha cross

Prayer fills with forgiveness, hope blooms green


God’s attentive ear, mercy listens in

Rebuilding life within Christ, faith’s linchpin

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From Nehemiah 1:11:  “O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name.  Give success to Your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man!”

On Our Way

From Psalm 118:24:  “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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On our way—


Son of God,

Jesus Christ


On our way—


Faithful hope,

Filled with Christ


On our way—


Day’s darkness,

Buoyed by Christ


On our way—


Shattered lives,

Praising Christ


On our way—


Stormy seas,

Christ as work


On our way—


Evil’s foe,

Christ with us


On our way—


Wayward souls,

Christ’s love saves


On our way—


Thankful hearts,

Blessed Christ


On our way—



Within Christ

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From Philippians 4:4:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

The inspiration for this poem comes from the hymn, “On Our Way, Rejoicing.”  Here are the lyrics and music of this beloved song.

Lady Bird Johnson Quotes

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Where flowers bloom so does hope.

My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth.

Claudia Alta Johnson (1912-2007), better know as Lady Bird Johnson, was a former United States first lady from 1963-1969, while her husband Lyndon served as President.  

John Calvin Quote

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We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it 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.”

Richard Ford Quotes

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Find what causes a commotion in your heart.  Find a way to write about that.

If you lose all hope, you can always find it again.

Richard Ford (born 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer.  In 1996, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction from his book, INDEPENDENCE DAY.