Divine Favor

From Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

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Dead from our trespasses

Sin ruling over man

Living outside God’s law

Called to accept His plan

 

God opens grace-filled door

Cooling desires of flesh

Sharing His mercy’s love

Today begins afresh

 

Salvation accepted

Lord’s spring of grace will flow

Tasting divine favor

Mistakes washed white as snow

 

Life christened with God’s joy

Made alive in Jesus

Overcoming weakness

Lord’s divine grace frees us

 

Eternal age to come

Lord’s love shall see us through

Saving us from darkness

Grace through faith comes in view

 

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From 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:  “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

Single Voice (Elfchen Series #77)

Searching

Voices

Too many

Communing with Scripture

Listening to just one

God

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Arriving

Darkness

Surrounding thee

Sin’s guilt heckling

Now hearing mercy’s voice

God

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Blessing

Alone

Competing thoughts

Who truly cares?

One voice offers grace

God

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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.

Among Saints

From Psalm  31:23-24:  “Love the Lord, all you his saints.  The Lord preserves the faithful,  but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Every life thirsts

For eternal love

Some find it, some won’t

Shared from God above

 

Life writes its story

Father values each

Treasured Book of Life

Gospel lessons teach

 

Chapter lengths vary

Some long and filling

Others short and brief

All earn top billing

 

No favorites here

Tranquility’s peace

Resting as equals

Memories won’t cease

 

Walking among saints

Honoring each one

Final resting place

Blessed setting sun

 

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From Psalm 23:6:  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Follow Him (Haiku Series #150)

Daily

Seeking lasting peace

Reverent morning prayer—

Kinship with our Lord

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Any Moment

Take each perfect gift

Coming from our Creator—

Transformed by His grace

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Moved to Action

Respond to His call

Loving hearts serving neighbors—

God of Mercy leads

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Charles Stanley Quote

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When Jesus asks His followers to be like salt, He is reminding us that we are valuable and necessary in bringing out the best–in one another as well as the world–through ordinary acts of service, mercy, love, and humility.

From Mark 9:49-50:  “For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Do You Hear?

From Deuteronomy 6:4-5:  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

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Busy with daily lives

Pausing now, do you hear?

As God listens, we should

Opening minds and ears

 

As God’s chosen, come close

Father waits with patience

Intently, carefully

Despite our impatience

 

Read His Word with earnest

Focus on, meditate

God’s living stone, breathing

Do you hear Him, so great?

 

His mercy chooses us

With never-ending love

Calling us from darkness

Finding God’s grace above

 

Face each hour with new hope

Follow with faithful steps

Lives chosen and precious

God waits at our doorstep

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Big Sky Buckeye Quote

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Our compassionate Lord shows His mercy upon me, a sinner not worthy of His love, through the Cross.

From Titus 3:4-7:  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Saint Augustine Quote

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Two works of mercy set a man free:  forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you shall receive.

From Matthew 5:43-45:  “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”

Mercy Sends Love

From Hebrews 8:18:  “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

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Darkness cannot hide from His light

Our merciful God, filled with might

Walking above His creation, God choreographs

From early morning to eventual nightfall

 

Climbing to mountaintops, above life’s battleground

With every step, God’s always present

Witnessing just how far we’ve come

Every victory is earned through Him

 

We carry scars from numerous struggles

Our hearts always feel God’s presence

Receiving joy-filled Grace, always free

Truly, we never feel left alone

 

Almighty God comes in three persons

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit alive

Pure, perfect, faithful, and with love

God’s creation reflects His Holy plan

 

God sends a champion, His Son

From a cruel Cross, comes love

A dark, empty tomb brings hope

Mercy sends love in Jesus Christ

 

Coming to Christ, dead in sin

Christ’s eternal love washes over us

Releasing us from shackles of sin

We are redeemed, forever set free

 

Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior

Our new life begins through Him

Resurrection’s light, Christ has our backs

His endless love walks with us

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