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Storms of Life

Life is tough,  We get thrown to and fro.  We feel like giving up,  There’s no place to go.    The storms billow around us,  And water gathers.  But our trust remains in God alone.  He will deliver.    Lean on Jesus, lean on Jesus,  He will get you through.  Turn to Him, keep your […]

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Return of the Prodigal

Awake my soul to thy God,  The restless are exhausted there.   Dive no murky shallow pond,  Though first it glitter, bright and fair.    Heap thyself in single eye,  Complacent once for all to be.  No more tremor from the sty,  But Son-kissed life and beauty see.  

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Seasons

I always thought of seasons as having a distinct beginning and end.  Spring starts. Winter ends.  But maybe I have the wrong idea. Maybe I am not seeing it correctly.    Isn’t today evidence enough?    The snow and bitter cold of winter is pressing into, mingling with, the entrance of spring.  A simple date—a […]

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Seen by Angels

Our Lord was “Seen by angels”, The Apostle Paul has said. I’d love to know the part they played – And could they see ahead? Did they know our Lord of Hosts Before His lowly birth? Were they aware He’d save our souls? Perceive His matchless worth? They’re so much more than messengers! The Bible […]

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Wayward Son 

A father sat with hidden face,  His sobbing shoulders shaking.  Drops from his beard rolled down his robes.  Beneath, his heart fell, breaking.    “My son…my son…” the warrior choked,  Upon the chief of all his woes.  His voice sunk down through hands stained red,  With more blood than his foes.    A spot along […]

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Vigilance

Be ye aware, God’s people  Whether ye be young or old  The devil is out lurking  Of this we have been told.     He creeps into our homes  And we must be aware  He can be oh so sneaky  And destroy us without care!    He is working on each one of us  Through technology […]

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Waiting on God

Waiting for God Easy to say but hard to do. Sinful human nature wants to run. “I need it now,” I am tempted to say. But the Holy Spirit commands me to wait. For His glory and my good, He causes me to follow Him. Obeying my God Even when my own way I want, […]

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Come, Lord Jesus

As we walk our journey here on earth, we yearn and pray
 That thou wilt send thy Son to take us home one day.
 Come, Lord Jesus, come. Oh, come quickly.
 
 We hear the steps of his chariots drawing nigh.
 The whispers growing louder as men seem to grow higher and high.
 Come Lord […]

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Christmas Prayer

Lord give not the joy that centers on passing things But grant to me the joy Thy Holy Spirit brings. Withhold from me the peace that is shattered in a minute. But give me, Lord, the peace that has Thy blessing in it. Do not give me love that is a weak façade, But bless […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Snow-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye. Standing bleak and bare, alone – Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound. Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of sky. […]

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The Quest of the Magi

*This poem was originally published in the December 1970 issue.   The Quest (Matt. 2:1-11) With glowing light the dawn doth break O’er yonder hills; And in its wake Majestically the sun doth rise Casting its rays o’er land and skies.   The city stirs from slumber deep Jerusalem rouses, wakes from sleep And soon […]

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Comfort

Throughout my life and in my death My only comfort is That I belong to Jesus Christ; I praise His name: I’m His!   Therefore no power of man on earth, No might nor force from hell Can change His word omnipotent That with my soul ’tis well,   Though Satan and his hosts attempt […]

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Heaven – Our Hope

The poem I have written to fit the topic “Heaven our Hope” is written in dialogue form. That means, two people – or two groups of people – read the two columns of the poem simultaneously. When a reader’s side has only a blank line, he waits for the other reader to recite the “solo” […]

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Somebody’s Mother

The woman was old and ragged and gray And bent with the chill of the Winter’s day.   The street was wet with a recent snow And the woman’s feet were aged and slow.   She stood at the crossing and waited long, Alone, uncared for, amid the throng   Of human beings who passed […]

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Winter

Snow falls on sere field and chill stream, Icy waters congeal at winter’s blast; White haze shrouds nature in a dream Of platinum blanket bound to last! Snow fallen, woodlands rest in bright array; No human presence intrudes the scene: Deer trails o’er vale and hill lead the way To lonely lake marl’d with beauty’s […]

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God’s Seasons

God sends the winter winds that blow, The ice, the sleet, and drifting snow. He speaks across the frozen plain, And whispers, “I’ll send spring again.” Soon we will feel the southern breeze, And see the birds upon the trees. He sends the summer drought and showers, The growing grass and fragrant flowers. When summer […]

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Morning Melody

Here in the solemn solitude, The glist’ning lake reflects the glory of the morning sun. The moveless mountains’ mighty majesty Is breathed abroad; each strand of breeze is spun With magic mist that swells across the plain. All nature seems to stand serenely awed, As with mute tongue she shouts the strain divine: Here is […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Show-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye.   Standing bleak and bare, alone— Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound.   Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of […]

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God Gave Green

God gave green; And life is green: And grass and plants and trees are green. Life is green.   Grass turns gold and brown And leaves turn gold and crimson: Dying is beautiful.   Withering grass and falling leaves; And bare trunks silhouette the sky: Death is black,   Till whiteness fills the air and […]

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Autumn Anthem

The glowing trees are tinged with flame; The fiery forests with colors blaze. And written there I see His name And hear the silent call to praise.

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His Blood on Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices in a mighty flood: “On us and on our children be His blood.”   The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it […]

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Peace

The sounding surf so surgingly Pounds the sandy shore; The wrathful waves break ceaselessly And ragingly they roar.   The howling, whist’ling, whipping wind Blasts a salty sandy spray. Nature has no peace nor rest As I look up to pray.   And then I see His star-lit heavens; The soft moon shines above, In […]

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In God’s Country

The rolling fields of brown and green Embraced the purple mountains high; The rugged peaks with snowy lips Reached bravely up and kissed the sky.   The azure blue stretched out its hands, Pulled up the eastern shining sphere; The sun with kindly smiling face Gave light and life and warmth and cheer.   The […]

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God Gathers

God spoke and said to those who thronged His throne, “Who will go forth to give My child birth?” And Life replied, “As a gift from Thee alone, I will go down and make him on the earth.”   God spoke again and said, “My child’s lost; Who will find and bring him back to […]

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A Didactic Fantasy

Last night as I lay sleeping on my bed, I dreamed a dream as strange as e’er I’d done. Time had flown by as Satan on the wing Had from Hell’s vaulted cavern swiftly sped Through CHAOS.  And as he betook himself To other worlds, so I did find myself In places new and unconceived […]

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