Lifting Us Up

From Psalm 37:5:  “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.”

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Life’s stumbles and missteps

Seeing failure once more

Judging ourselves harshly

Father brings us ashore

 

Agony breathes again

Grabbing mercy’s lifeline

Lifting us up with grace

Anchored to Father’s vine

 

Evil tells us, stay down

Pushing through, comes His love

Pulling always forward

Father’s glory above

 

Faith feeds on righteousness

Taking up Savior’s cross

Believing in His Word

Father’s love comes across

 

Justice removes darkness

Marching to heaven’s beat

Singing hymns of praises

Joy sails with Father’s fleet

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From Psalm 37:23-24:  “Our steps are made firm by the Lord when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.”

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?”

Seeds of Mercy

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Darkest valleys approach

Spirit walks within thee

Holding fast to one’s faith

Quieting stormy seas

 

God’s presence always breathes

Evil’s shadow will flee

Lighting path to follow

Building trust, setting free

 

Truth in Christ’s promises

In heaven and on earth

Hearing His divine Word

Bringing grace, life’s new birth

 

Righteousness dwells in heart

Never be left alone

Blessing seeds of mercy

Reaping what God has sown

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From Matthew 28:20:  “And teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Salvation’s Grace

From 1 Peter 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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Suffering endless trials

Resulting from earthly sin

Why does God permit such pain?

Allowing His glory to win

 

Testing character by fire

Sharing His perfect design

Dependence grows upon God

Sending redemption’s lifeline

 

Fostering genuine trust

Sowing faithful repentance

Salvation’s grace rises up

Freeing from hell-fired sentence

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Witnessing death’s empty tomb

Now accepting God’s mercy

Saving sinners, new hope blooms

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From 1 Peter 1:8-9:  “Although you have not seen Him, you love Him, and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Most Powerful Name

From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders, and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Single blessed name

Sown in virgin’s womb

Coming to reclaim

Grace leaves empty tomb

 

Name above all names

Crowning Him our Lord

Father’s seed proclaims

Salvation’s accord

 

Most powerful name

Faithful Prince of Peace

Saving from hell’s fire

Mercy’s centerpiece

 

Jesus, be His name

Sharing righteous love

All saints now acclaim

From heavens above

 

Christ, our Savior’s name

Sin’s darkness wiped out

Everlasting claim

Father leaves no doubt

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From Mark 15:37-39:  “Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion who stood facing Him saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'”

Filling Life’s Void

From Isaiah 55:3:  “Incline your ear, and come to Me; listen, so that you may live.  I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast, sure love for David.”

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Searching, still searching

Wanting something more

Living unfulfilled

Looking past life’s door

 

Listening to heart

Searching deep within

Thirsting for mercy

Crashing, life’s tailspin

 

Surrounding darkness

Running from its lies

Escaping away

Searching in His eyes

 

Inclining each ear

Hearing hope-filled voice

Kneeling at one cross

Searching, now rejoice

 

Satisfying peace

Feeling much stronger

Finding Jesus Christ

Searching no longer

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If your soul feels depleted, make unhurried time with Jesus a priority.”

Timeless Blessings (Elfchen Series #97)

Mercy

Affirmation

Risen Christ

Faithfulness now rewarded

Praises sing with hope

Hallelujah!

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Love

Relationship

With Almighty

Grace and peace

Lord’s Alpha and Omega

Jesus!

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Faith

Shepherd

Earnestly searching

Each lose sheep

Inspired by Lord’s love

Rejoice!

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Perfect and Holy

From Psalm 100:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

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Child learning of God’s kindness

Unaware of its vastness

Praise His eternal goodwill

Laboring with steadfastness

 

Goodness, perfect and Holy

From righteousness, living water

Worship always with gladness

Crafting hands, grace-filled potter

 

God’s blessings, never-ending

His mercy flows from above

Lives rescued with divine hand

Transforming with endless love

 

Lost sheep, needing daily grace

Good Shepherd’s assisting hand

Heaven’s gate, darkness scattered

Lifting eyes to God’s homeland

  

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “At times when we’re struggling to trust God, we should remember all the ways He is good to us.”

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.