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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Walking Closely

From Luke 24:13-15:  “Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them.”

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On life’s Emmaus Road

Walking closely with thee

Grace of Jesus bestowed

Calvary’s path sets us free


Wilderness gathers near

Walking down evil’s road

Christ’s love making it clear

Sinful darkness now implodes


Life’s burdens weighing down

Walking with Christ, our Lord

Mercy begins countdown

Redemption coming on board


Heaven’s kingdom awaits

Walking each faithful path

Salvation opens gate

Jesus bridges judgement’s wrath


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From Philippians 3:20:  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Light Now Free!

From Luke 24:6-7: “Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to the hands of sinners and be crucified and on the third day rise again.”

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Enemy’s motives

Darkness full of fraud

Life spiraling down

Behind his facade


Trapped, with no escape

Caught in evil’s net

Each wave crashing down

Sinking deeper yet


Flowing river’s faith

Never left alone

Christ walks on water

Freed from this millstone


Hearing trumpet sound

Redemption’s surge swells

Blessed assurance

Now soul shall be well


Blood pays any cost

Sins nailed to this tree

Witness empty tomb

Rising, Light now free!

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The hymn “When Peace, Like a River” inspired the writing of this poem.  The lyrics were written by Horatio Gates Spafford in 1873.  The song is sometimes titled from a line in the popular refrain, “It Is Well With My Soul.”


From Psalm 4:8:  “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”

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Lying awake in night’s darkness

Hearing promises from voices

Most too good to really be true

Filled with countless, empty choices


Tackling another stressful day

Witnessing contrasting voices

Thoughts quite overwhelming again

Faltered in making best choices


Retreating into quiet place

Searching, listening to voices

Father’s Word opens mind and heart

Found at last, His trusted choices


Hearing each righteous cry for help

Nurturing Father’s faithful voice

Enemy’s plan reduced to dust

Raised His Son, salvation’s sole choice


Harvesting empty void no more

Walking in step with Savior’s voice

Jesus cries out, journey finished

Saved man with mercy’s final choice


Seeing truth in these promises

Extending Father’s righteous voice

Grace deepens His Son’s love for thee

Accepting Christ, life’s blessed choice


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From John 19:29-30:  “A jar full of sour wine was standing there.  So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to His mouth.  When Jesus had received the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’  Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

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.”

God of Rescue

From Colossians 1:13-14:  “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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Looking down from Heaven

Observing broken world

Father, Son, and Spirit

Designing rescue’s lifeline


Dispatching Son to earth

Walking among sinners

Light’s rescue comes to save

Taking perfect human form


Witnessing Father’s love

Executing rescue

Journey to bloody Cross

Rebuilding faith’s cornerstone


Voiding enemy’s lies

Saving flawed humanity

God’s rescue overcomes

Replacing darkness with light


Paying man’s debts in full

Bearing each transgression

Through Son’s body and blood

Raising salvation’s rescue

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From Acts 2:37-39:  “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’  Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Him.'”

Monday Memories: Living to Give

Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:14:  “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Christ comes to the world

Bringing God’s love to us


Jesus sets the bar high

Higher than we can reach


Christ delivers two true teachings

To a sinful, unsaved world


Love your God, the Father

Love others more than yourself


Jesus does more than preach

He teaches us God’s truth


His hands heal the sick

Later pierced with sharpened nails


He raises up the dead

Just as He will rise


Christ, the Messiah, brings hope

He is Savior to mankind


Wearing a crown of thorns

Humbles himself on the Cross


Rising from a dark tomb

Christ forever defeats our sins


Christ serves His Holy Father

His sacrifice continues to give


He lives

The Resurrection lives

Eternal life lives


Respond to Christ in prayer

Humble, grateful—on our knees

Honor and praise Jesus Christ

Our eternal Savior and protector

His love lights the way

Accepting Jesus as our Savior


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Originally published October, 2019.

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.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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When we view life from God’s perspective, every hardship becomes an opportunity to trust His good purpose, fully depend on Him, and respond in a manner that glorifies and exalts Christ.

From Philippians 1:27-28:  “Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel and in no way frightened by those opposing you.  For them, this is evidence of their destruction but of your salvation.  And this is God’s doing.”