Welcoming Savior

From Luke 2:10-11:  “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.'”

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Fling wide each window

Open every gate

God walks among us

Welcoming Savior

 

Choir of angels sing

From heavens above

City of David

Salvation’s bright light

 

Answer to prayers

Shepherds witness birth

Praise this King of Kings

Called Emmanuel

 

Trust God’s divine plan

Faith’s most Holy Rock

Fill hearts with gladness

Redemption paid for

 

Father’s act of grace

Eternity’s gift

Hope, peace, joy, and love

Welcoming Savior

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From Galatians 5:22-24:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Gracious and Merciful

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Always remember

Recounting gracious deeds

Breathing trust into faith

Life’s every tender reed

 

Lord fulfills great acts

Praising each, filled with love

Witnessing mighty hand

Angels sing from above

 

Never-ending grace

Sending His Son to build

Lasting bond with Father

Redemption shall be filled

 

Merciful journey

Gathering at one cross

Shedding His blood for all

Evil swallows his loss

 

New covenant calls

Forgiving sinful ways

Creating hope’s new life

Salvation’s hands now raise

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Gospel-Driven

From 2 Corinthians 5:17-18:  “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

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God’s living grace

Bends earthly lives

Word’s special place

Righteousness thrives

 

Forgiveness gifts

Mercy for all

Spirit uplifts

One man named Saul

 

Undeserved grace

Transforming hearts

Joy shall embrace

Life’s hope restarts

 

Redemption shared

Walking with Christ

Because God cared

Evil’s plan iced

 

Grace reconciled

Sins forgiven

Darkness exiled

Gospel-driven

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Experiencing the forgiveness God offers will transform every part of life.”

John Calvin Quote

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Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.

From Psalm 55:22:  “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.”

Seeking Christian Soldiers

From 1 Samuel 18:14-16:  “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.  When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.  But all Israel and Judah loved David, for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.”

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Marching upright, heaven’s sacred drum

Accepting His will, faithfully come

 

Shattering evil’s empty façade

Navigating from darkness, with God

 

Trusting His hands, molding every heart

Following Spirit, renewing start

 

Searching heavens, finding lasting peace

Living in righteousness, never cease

 

Leaving sinful ways, Jesus leading

Steering life’s mission, now proceeding

 

Heeding His call, taking faith’s high road

Promising light, Lord’s mercy bestowed

 

Looking past Bethlehem, blood-stained cross

Seeing empty tomb, enemy’s loss

 

Building up redemption’s faithful walls

Touching another soul, God’s grace calls

 

Seeking Christian soldiers, through His Word

Lasting victory, no longer blurred

 

Stepping on ashes, filled with untruth

Marching with Christ, believing His truth

 

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From 2 Timothy 2:2-3:  “What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.  Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

Monday Memories: Countless Blessings

Psalm 106:1:  “Praise the Lord!  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Life’s journey hurries along

Blessing with joy and her song

 

Remembering His blessings each day

Our mighty God molds us like clay

 

God crafts His creation with love

Offering His blessings from above

 

Rising from cold, darkened tomb

Christ restores light to every room

 

Filling with Spirit, no more strife

Savior extends His bread of life

 Hiding, dark enemy ready to harm and take

Christ’s way conquers, with love He makes

 

Son of Man submits to our Holy Lord

Paying for sin’s ransom, so climb aboard

 

Being gracious for everything that shines

God, Savior, family, home, and love so fine

 

Life’s possessions are meager, they are

Blessings from God will carry us, truly far

 

Pause and consider, dropping to knees and bow

Praising God for infinite blessings, do it now

 

 Psalm 29:11:  May the Lord give strength to His people!  May the Lord bless His people with peace.”

Originally published August, 2019 with revisions December, 2022.

Love’s Goodness

From Ephesians 1:4-5:  “Just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love.  He destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

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Father’s divine design

Anchored in His love

Through our Lord Jesus Christ

Grace shines from above

 

Father showing mercy

Love’s eternal gift

Patient kindness sending

Life-changing airlift

 

Father guiding all things

Built around His love

Sending His only Son

Hope reigns from above

 

Father always believes

Love’s goodness in man

Rejoicing in His truth

Redemption’s firm plan

 

Father’s forgiving act

Filled with lasting love

His wisdom and insight

Praise His glory above

 

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From 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.”

Transforming Journey (Elfchen Series #126)

Unburdened

Merciful

Steadfast love

Restoring heart’s spirit

Christ’s blood cleansing sin

Redemption

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Unruffled

Enduring

Human trials

Believing in God

Trusting always without fear

Obedience

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Untroubled

Worshipping

With gladness

Praising Spirit’s goodness

Tasting genuine, faithful love

Peace

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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.

Redeemer Almighty

From Job 19:25:  “For I know that my vindicator lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.”

From Psalm 19:14:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

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Living in weakness

Walking this barren land

Redeemer Almighty

Searching for His hand

 

Feeling emptiness

Finding Gospel’s password

Redeemer Almighty

Feeding on His Word

 

Wandering journey

Hungering for His peace

Redeemer Almighty

Unlocking life’s lease

 

Accepting His grace

Hearing hallowed Good News

Redeemer Almighty

Stepping up to choose

 

Lasting faithfulness

Scaling redemption’s ridge

Redeemer Almighty

Building Heaven’s bridge

 

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Welsh-born Methodist preacher William Williams (1717-1791) wrote the inspiring lyrics of the hymn, “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer.”  When one hears the verses, it is easy to appreciate his nickname, “Watts of Wales.”  Some translations of the hymn are titled “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” 

Counting Stars

From Psalm 40:11:  “Do not, O Lord, withhold Your mercy from me; let Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness keep me safe forever.”

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Looking to heavens

Counting tiny stars

Vast universe speaks

Lifting faith’s crossbar

 

Seeking God’s mercy

Searching for one sign

Bethlehem stable

Trusting His design

 

Unleashing His plan

Placing feet on rock

Saved from sinking sand

Joining Savior’s flock

 

Praying every hour

Walking toward grace

Calvary’s cross weeps

Darkening hope’s place

 

Counting just one star

Praising light from God

Empty tomb proclaims

Filling faith’s seedpod

 

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From Psalm 40:16:  “But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!‘”