Never Alone

I keep a daily journal of “take-aways” from my devotional readings.  This poem was crafted from some of my February entries.

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Sitting alone and hopeless

Our Lord never deserts us

He awakens mind and soul

In His Spirit, words bring trust

 

Turning to God, always there

His footprints walking ahead

Through life’s hefty challenges

Our Lord brings our daily bread

 

Reading from His Holy Word

Always giving thanks and praise

Marvelous things, God has done

Our hope alive and ablaze

 

Growing in faith, from our woes

Therefore, pray . . . listen . . . follow

Righteous life following Christ

Savior’s hope, never hollow

 

Facing temptation each day

Alignment with Son of God

Blood and body shed for us

Boldly fleeing evil’s fraud

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From Galatians 6:1-2:  “My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.  Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Opportunity Knocks

From Psalm 23:1-3:  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.”

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Walking lost in the still darkness of night

Realizing the Lord delivers His might

 

Knocking at the door of life, He arrives

Granting a safe place, helps us to survive

 

Finding lasting peace in His Holy verse

Quenching our parched thirst, like a caring nurse

 

Coming with righteousness, Christ our Shepherd

Refueling us today, always treasured

 

Re-energizing empty hearts and souls

Blowing away blackest clouds, God controls

 

Lighting our way, God’s eternal love shines

Breathing His Word, offering faithful signs

 

Facing life’s challenges, Christ walks with us

Giving Grace, His way never brings a fuss

 

Guiding us to the Promised Land, Christ leads

Saving us from sin, from a Cross which bleeds

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Jesus Comes Near

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Life’s wilderness breathes a dark, lonely place

Falling away with sin, feeling disgraced

Searching for the light, weary of darkness

Shame and guilt unmask tracks, never erased

 

Coming to a place, filled with prickly thorns

Plowing straight through, left bloody and battered

Searching for new hope, never forgotten

This harsh life’s future, forever shattered

 

Ominous clouds loom on the horizon

Lightning strikes, temple curtain torn in two

Searching for a fresh start, to be reborn

Plodding into darkness, without a clue

 

Deserving life’s worst, approaching the Pit

End of time arrives, stop and surrender

Searching for God’s Grace, feeling forsaken

Heavens brighten up, with newfound splendor

 

Stumbling steps make haste, Eternity waits

Through a bloody Cross, hope springs from a tomb

Searching and accepting, come near the Cross

Salvation through Christ, our Father’s heirloom

 

Jesus beckons, come forward, take a knee

Bring sin’s burdens to the Cross, forever free

 

From Titus 2:11-13:  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives hat are self-controlled, upright,and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 

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Receiving Peace

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From John 14:25-27:  “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

With us, peace covering far and near

Generating from God’s genuine love

Peace be within us, God blessing our souls

Through God’s love, we receive His Grace as heirs

 

Peace and goodwill resting, among God’s flock

God forever standing, as the Lord of Peace

Surpassing all of our understanding

Jesus comes, delivering a new lease

 

Rely on Christ, seeking His inner peace

Through our Lord Jesus, guarding hearts and minds

With faith, accepting Jesus as Savior

Teach us to follow, Salvation we find

 

Live by the Spirit, be guided by God

Bringing Jesus’ love, joy, and peace from God

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God’s Team

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Jesus gathers up His apostles from humble ground

Making up God’s team, their witness shall abound

 

God’s Word oversees the performance of this team

Standing as chief executive, actions Holy and clean

 

The Holy Spirit earmarks the hearts and brains

Serving as the binding glue, better than chains

 

Returning to the beginning of God’s creative time

Transforming a land, His Word continues to bind

 

The Creator conceives of a perfect place for man

Placing Adam and Eve in Eden, always His plan

 

But, Adam and Eve journey on a sin-filled path

Leaving the ample garden, under God’s wrath

 

From this moment, God’s team stumbles and wanders

Facing estrangement from God, His people squander

 

Jesus comes to bridge what separates us from God

Sitting at the right hand, coaching a humbled squad

 

God establishes His expectations, perfectly high

Faltering and imperfect mortals, will never satisfy

 

The team continues to collapse over and over again

Forgetting God’s Commandments, sin seems to win

 

Many teams measure success by the flashy show

Works by themselves, will never add much glow

 

But, Jesus shepherds His team on a brand new track

Following by faith alone, Jesus always has their back

 

He reminds us to always love our God in Heaven’s seat

Loving each other as you have loved Me, always repeat

A bloody, criminal’s Cross summons all to take a knee

Accepting Jesus as Savior, teammates look up to see

 

Our Father orchestrates, with infinite patience and love

Creating and molding, the Great I Am looks from above

 

Jesus remains alert at the Creator’s side

Carrying keys to eternal life, all bona fide

 

As team members, we must trust, follow, and abide

Playing for Jesus, His coaching is forever our guide

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Angel’s Message

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Summer’s radiant warmth fills the morning air

Playing children scamper, filling simple cares

 

Park trees flowing with lively hues, a bounty of greens

Dancing shadows flow beneath, moving like a stream

 

People come and go, a few stay for more

Singing above, summer birds fly and soar

 

Empty benches welcome many, resting a spell

Inviting a gray-haired man to sit now and dwell

 

Images scurry around him, some only in his mind

Remembering yesteryears, when all seemed fine

 

Career, money, and power once meeting his needs

Sitting all alone now, like an ancient dried-up reed

 

One detail has been missing in his life

Leaving God has wounded like a knife

 

Alone, feeling forsaken, helpless at times

Living a life, not much richer than a dime

 

Laughing and carefree, small children bring him joy

Filling his empty heart, much like a brand new toy

 

At God’s chosen bench, now sharing with a stranger

Smiling, a lady shares about a stable’s Holy manger

 

She notices him here quite often, sitting all alone

Inspired by God’s love, now enters his quiet zone

 

This visit and chat create a sweet treasure

Sharing God’s Word, true by any measure

 

Jesus’ message of Salvation brings honest light

Kneeling, the old man accepts God’s Holy might

 

A worn bench brings God to a lonely heart

Allowing this man, a fresh and bold restart

 

Her assignment being fulfilled, now time to travel on

Replenishing this man’s heart with Grace and a song

 

Many others arrive at this park every day

Missing out on what this angel has to say

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Redeeming Hope

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From 2 Peter 3:8-10, 13:  “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done will be disclosed.  But, in accordance with His promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.”

Bringing hope to Abraham to witness and see

Blessings arrive from His Holy Father above

Abraham’s hopes soaking up spirit, only for thee

“So numerous shall your descendants be” with love

 

Rejoicing in hope, while persevering in prayer

Marks of a true Christian, travel through hope

Being patient with suffering, God does care

Allowing His Word to appear on our radar scope

 

Christ’s Resurrection delivers hope, so rich

Without hope, all feeling shamed and pitied

Setting our hope on Christ, forever a cinch

Living for Christ’s Glory, every town and city

 

All called to Christ, as the early Christians were

Teaching from the Apostles, encouraging our faith

We are all gathered by Christ, this is for sure

Inheriting a glorious-filled hope, step up to taste

 

Remaining forever steadfast in faith and love

Hope travels by way of Jesus Christ’s Salvation

Accepting Jesus as Savior, He reigns from above

The hope of His glory, will be our eternal station

 

With unwavering hope, encourage one another

Delivering a Resurrection, a living hope awaits

God is pure, Christ is pure—like none other

Hoping in Christ; enriching, enduring faith

 

Hope and joy will witness Christ’s coming

A cunning Satan cannot block the way

Waiting with hope, the angels drumming

Christ’s final promise will come some day

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