Journey of Forgiveness (Elfchen Series #119)



Greatest commandment

Energizing lasting forgiveness

Humbly walking with Jesus


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Sharing love

Giving and receiving

Building faith’s long road


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Refurbishing each

Righteousness over transgressions

Following Father’s guiding Word


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Coming Ashore


Sailing stormy seas

Harbor welcomes home


Each victory won

Drifting back ashore


Future never waits

Grasping dreams today


Breathing youthful pride

Joy running ashore


Dropping life’s anchor

Haven’s quiet place


Yesterday’s wishes

Bringing each ashore


Recalling each step

Gifts for tomorrow


Fading memories

Past stepping ashore


Love shining brightly

Embracing new life


Fulfilling journey

Life coming ashore


Maturing spirit

Quest’s uplifting star


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Voyage Home

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Sailing planet’s seven seas

Searching for home, life be free


Scouting horizon’s distance

Globetrotting with persistence


Navigating stormy seas

Crossing without gentle breeze


Tasting bitterness each day

Observing clouds, gloomy gray


Spending endless hours at sea

Scouting for home’s hidden key


Fleeing long-forgotten goals

Looking out one more porthole


Haunting, longest nights at sea

Racing in sailing’s grand prix


Losing track of endless time

Enduring life’s wintertime


Dreaming of home, never free

Waking up, always at sea


Knowing this quest just might end

Finding home, let’s not pretend

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Monday Memories: A Writer’s Way

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Discovering words with something to say

Penning poems and stories every day


Draining cups of coffee, right on cue

Feeling emptiness, like singing the blues


Holding on to thoughts, waiting to give birth

Sailing onward, words waiting to unearth


Painting with dazzling textures, shapes, and hues

Viewing sketches, filling these eyes with clues


Searching for future poems, like twinkling stars

Linking verses while traveling to Mars


Crafting words, really not science you see

Navigating this writer’s mind, feeling free


Seeking prose, lost deep in this writer’s soul

Uncovering a few, making each day full


Looking for stories, over each rainbow

Finding inspiring words, eager to flow


Drinking more coffee, than one should consume

Creating endless text, now ready to bloom


Grasping this pen, creating one more tune

Drafting a masterpiece, ready by Noon


Writing encounters monumental quests

Hoping these words will always pass all tests


Honoring these writing moments, so sweet

Dreaming of fashioning each splendid treat

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Journey in Prayer (Elfchen Series #114)



For neighbors

Spreading Good News

Christ walks with us


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Holy Father

Hearing His wisdom

Spirit’s light ends darkness


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For adversaries

Sharing Christ’s love

Division begins to soften



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.

Father’s Way (Elfchen Series #113)

Shepherd Calling


Narrow gate

Road appears hard

But, leads to new


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Righteous Journey


With Jesus

Truth’s unshakable hand

Faith defines our future


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Salvation’s Light


Lord’s grace

Steadfast in faith

Blessed gift of eternal


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Gift of Faith

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

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Daily news fills with darkness

Wilderness, eternal home

Future forever empty

Trials continue to roam


Standing alone, Father speaks

Hearing His goodness in Word

Building life’s new foundation

Walking to His light’s watchword


Steps marching with assurance

Trust in Father grows each day

Hope strengthened in His mercy

Steadfast love charting faith’s way


Receiving this gift of faith

Praising Father’s divine lease

Fulfilling every promise

Inheriting grace-filled peace

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From Psalm 33:20-22:  “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield.  Our heart is glad in Him because we trust in His holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

Eugene Peterson Quote

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The life of faith isn’t meant for tourists.  It’s meant for pilgrims.

From Genesis 12:1-2:  “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.'”

Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.

Endurance is patience concentrated.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a Scottish historian and philosopher.  His prolific writings earned him the title of “the undoubted head of English letters” in the 19th century.