Focus on Jesus (Elfchen Series #129)

Son of God


God’s truth

Feeding faith’s hunger

Mercy saving another soul



Savior’s Actions


Emptiness fading

Nourished with mercy

Living Water quenches thirst


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Unselfish Love


Righteous expectations

Swallowed by sin

Mercy arrives at Calvary


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Our Father’s World

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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Waking up each morning

Running to look outside

Father’s world always waits

His purpose never hides


Listening, nature sings

Filling creation’s peace

Father’s world shares our hope

His labors never cease


Walking in His presence

Feeling trust ever grow

Father’s world honors life

His living water flows


Witnessing earthly wrongs

Perplexing sadness builds

Father’s world reaches out

His hands mold to rebuild


Praising God high above

Renewing faith’s wellspring

Father’s world reigns beyond

His Word forever rings

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This poem was influenced by the beloved hymn, “This is My Father’s World.”  Inspired by the scenery of upper state New York’s Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls, American pastor and Christian writer, Maltbie D. Babcock, wrote a poem.  Following his death, his wife published the poem which later became the lyrics for this well-known hymn.

Comfort’s Spring

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

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Holy, living water

Flowing from Father’s hand

Deliverance blesses

Saving from sinking sand


Comfort’s spring renewing

Proclaiming Father’s love

Selfless with compassion

Sending grace from above


Tragedy reaches out

Hearing each heartfelt cry

Spirit guiding prayer

Bringing forth hope from high


Actions follow His light

Sharing words of support

Father’s eternal spring

Returning ship to port


Oaks of righteousness call

Comforting life like rain

His mercy never ends

Trusting Father again


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From Psalm 72:12-13:  “For He delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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There are many things vying for our attention, and we often choose the quick task over investment in a relationship.  Unfortunately, we can do the same thing with God.

From Psalm 42:1-2:  “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and behold the face of God?

Garden’s Fountain

From Song of Solomon 4:12:  “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a garden locked, a fountain sealed.”

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Heavenly garden, locked and closed

Eternal fountain, sealed and dry

Searching, Salvation’s hidden key

Faithless works, blinding sinful eyes


Body, soul, spirit in despair

Soul without spirit, dead to sin

Body without soul, starkest death

Life’s spirit, missing God’s linchpin


Holy Spirit, always at work

Lasting, heart-filled renovations

Infused into life’s coldest heart

Building restored soul’s foundation


Christ choreographs love-filled hearts

Breathing life into each saved soul

Lighting our way to Salvation

Father’s love leads to Christ’s patrol


Arriving at Heaven’s garden

Receiving its eternal key

Fountain flows with living water

Come rest under Salvation’s tree


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From Song of Solomon 4:16:  “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind!  Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.  Let my beloved come to His garden, and eat its choicest fruits.”

Living Water

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What dark depths dwell in our lives?

Sinful nature, lost like sheep

Hearts fill with lasting troubles

Seeing life’s well, much too deep


Returning without promise

Jacob’s well cannot quench thirst

Our parched lips, where’s our relief?

Sinful souls, ready to burst


God’s Grace, in living water

Blessing in truth and spirit

Gushing with eternal life

Drink deeply, never fear it


Who will bring us this water?

We look, but the well is deep

Jesus draws living water

Saving His lost, thirsty sheep

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From John 4:11-15:  “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’  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.’  The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.'”

Thirsty for Living Water


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Like deer at a flowing stream

I wake thirsty from a dream

Tears feed me, night and day

“Where is your God?” people say


My spirit is cast down low

God’s faithful, trusty love, He shows

Nightly, Psalms sing to my heart

Praying for my life to restart


My flesh cries out in thirst

God’s love will always arrive first

In the middle of dry land

His love extends from His well


Sometimes life brings bitterness to drink

Thirsty like parched land, I think

The Gospel brings forward good news

Living water quenches, like morning dew


The Enemy taunts me once more

“Where is your God?” he implores

He has left and forsaken you

Your tiny life should be through


Glory of God fills the streams

Desert sands become pools, no dream

Grass thickens across the vast plains

Springs arise, thirst never to wane


Jesus, the Lamb, shepherds me now

Providing living water, kneel and bow

Come, take this water of life

Receiving God’s Grace, without any strife


Waking in the darkness of night

Thirsty for God’s message of might

Making water flow from a stone

Split open by God’s blessed tone


The Enemy’s spirit no longer swarms

Thirst for righteousness, defeats any storms

All who thirst, seek God’s waters

Holy Spirit’s living water, never falters


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