Mercy’s Light (Elfchen Series #154)



Enemy’s darkness

Waves crashing down

Empty tomb’s salvation light


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Eternity Calls


Father’s plan

Love’s ultimate sacrifice

Resurrection’s grace shines forever


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Final Act


Blessed assurance

Light conquers darkness

Every sin forever paid


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Final Quest

From Colossians 1:19-20:  “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.”

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Haunting scene, filled with greed

Darkness shadows with fear

Every path now seems blocked

Cross waiting to appear


Journey of life backs up

Selfishness cuts in front

Noise in streets never dims

Cross waiting to confront


Sorrows keep piling up

Every heart feeling stress

Shattered hope, faith absent

Cross waiting to address


Life refreshed, poured from grace

Compassion fills His heart

Savior’s body and blood

Cross ready to impart


Mountains of sin paid for

Mercy now comes to rest

Blessing of Father’s love

Cross completes final quest

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From 1 Corinthians 1:18:  “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Always Near

From Isaiah 40:10-11:  “See, the Lord God comes with might, and His arm rules for Him; His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him.  He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms and carry them in His bosom and gently lead the mother sheep.”

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Staying close

Mercy knows

Chasing away doubts

God’s hand reaches out


Quiet rest

Hope be blest

Faith’s embers restart

Nestled in God’s heart


Always near

Never fear

Righteous grace arrives

Resurrection thrives


Peaceful place

Light’s embrace

Holy Spirit roams

Redemption comes home

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The hymn “Near to the Heart of God” inspired today’s faith-based poem.  Here is a dynamic video of the hymn with lyrics by Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada.

Jim Cymbala Quote

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Looking back over my life, all I can see is mercy and grace written in large letters everywhere.  May God help me have the same kind of heart toward those who wound or offend me.

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

Jim Cymbala (born 1942) is an American pastor and Christian author.  He firmly believes that God will share His goodness in our lives.

Father’s Love (Elfchen Series #149)



Darkest wilderness

Focusing on Light

Mercy shall be waiting


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Never forsaken

Conversation with God

Faithful trust connects daily


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Frozen outlook

Spirit’s warming presence

Gentle rain of grace


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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.

Releasing Mercy

From John 12:12-13:  “The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!'”

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Son of Man enters city

Making final human walk

Fulfilling Father’s design

Ignoring others who mock


Many celebrate Jesus

Thinking He shall be their king

Throwing off Roman rulers

Ignoring grace, set to spring


Enemy sees victory

Overlooking supreme God

Forgetting Christ’s destiny

Ignoring his evil fraud


Calvary’s lonely Cross weeps

Covering in Savior’s blood

Setting up love to conquer

Releasing mercy to flood


Resurrection breathes forever

Proclaiming lasting Good News

Building bridge to salvation

Raising faith’s redemptive view


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From Ephesians 1:7-9:  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us.  With all wisdom and insight He has made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ.”

Mercy Conquers

From Psalm 69:14:  “Rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.”

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Watching man’s plight

God takes human form

Breathing Scripture’s cues

Mercy conquers storm


Stumbling in faith

God sees lack of trust

Sending His own Son

Evil becomes dust


Breaking sin’s chains

Calvary’s blood flows

Kneeling in prayer

Light enters shadows


Walking through fire

Grace making descent

Pulsing with courage

God always present


Witnessing cross

Spirit opens eyes

Accepting Jesus

God, more than life-size


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From 1 Corinthians 6:11:  “And this is what some of you used to be.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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When you find yourself slumping in shame or giving way to guilt, remind yourself of this:  You have been chosen by the Good Shepherd.  He wants you in His flock.

From John 15:16:  “You did not choose me, but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask Him in My name.”

By Faith Alone

From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “When I’m able, by faith, to sense God’s hand in my situation, my attitude will be right.”

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Giving thanks to God

His mighty deeds

Singing with praises

Spirit shall lead


Seeking God’s wisdom

His steadfast hand

Offering mercy

Across this land


Recalling God’s works

His love transforms

Trusting righteousness

Throughout each storm


Praying before God

His sacred Word

Sharing gratitude

Voice always heard


Walking with God’s grace

By faith alone

Keeping his statutes

Life’s firm backbone


Observing God’s strength

Joy singing out

Shaping attitude

Heart never doubts


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From Psalm 105:4-5:  “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually.  Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles and the judgments He has uttered.”

Always With Us

From Colossians 1:12-14:  “Giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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Life’s challenging journey

Filled with traps of despair

Father always with us

Pulling each from evil’s snare


Life’s tormenting voices

Dragged into darkest seas

Father always with us

Catching mercy’s faithful breeze


Life’s foolish decisions

Swayed by misplaced actions

Father always with us

Forgiving sin’s transactions


Life’s pride overflowing

Drowned amongst false idols

Father always with us

Responding to His bridle


Life’s unforgiving walk

Misguided force’s fraud

Father always with us

Walking with transforming God


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From 1 John 1:8:  “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”