war no more

winds of war blowing

fear mongers grab for power

all men are as grass

someday every knee will bow

before Jesus, King of kings


This past week Russia invaded Ukraine. Posting for CDHK time challenge here

quote worth its salt

Quote taken from Matthew 5:13. A quadrille linked to dVerse Poets.

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Jesus said to his followers…

       his words should pique our imagination

“You are the salt of the earth.”

       necessary for culture’s preservation

“But if salt loses its savor…”

       to enhance flavor without reservation

Can it be salty again?

       without salt, rot is final destination.

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state of the world (2)

do not be afraid

we cannot see whole picture

love shall overcome

we must look beyond ourselves

Jesus Christ offers us HOPE!

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destination: jubilation

You have shown me the path of life;
in your presence is fullness of joy,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps. 16:11

 

 

Jesus, JESUS
you are my JOY!
fountain of Life,
Lover of my soul
you shine the Way
as Alpha and Omega
(Beginning to End) of
my earthly JOURNEY…

…another Year past is
yet a Day closer to
Father and YOU!
Speed us on with
your Spirit, protect
us by your Angels,
and bring us safely
home, FREE at last!

 

 


“Free at last” phrase from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

power of presence

Quadrille (44 words) on Lisa’s “abide” theme for dVerse. Based on Mark 4:35-41. (Background is Moseley Waves blue wallpaper)

Yesterday, Pastor John Lee preached on this text and reminded us that although God might not calm the storm outside, or quiet the storm inside us, Jesus always remains with us “in the boat”.

look up

A photo and quadrille of 44 words for dVerse poets on “sky” theme…

i desire to be
a prisoner of hope
captivated by love

learning to surrender
to ultimate good will;

transformed, renewed,
impassioned and freed

to serve, unreservedly, as
we await full redemption


when Jesus, our glorious
hope, returns in blazing
sky with power to reign!


“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. “

(Romans 5:1 & 2 NIV)

love divine

 

dear Jesus, son of Father God above
Spirit confirms you are my one true love

for you created me in mother’s womb
you chose me from the start as own true love

Father, you are attentive to my prayers
the details of my life blessed by true love

my Savior, you gave up your life for mine
high ransom paid, you claim me as true love

you have forgiven my unfaithfulness
and will remain forever first true love

sweet Spirit gently speak to weary heart
to reassure Lynn you’re her best true love!

 

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This is my attempt at writing a ghazal. A ghazal is usually about love, either romantic or divine. It is written in couplets with a repeating refrain. In English, the meter is natural, like iambic pentameter. The final line includes the author’s name. Gay Reiser Cannon shares samples of the ghazal form at dVerse Poets pub…

to citizens of secret kingdom

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   – Jesus  (John 16:33)

 

what have you to fear?

suffering betrayal and injustice by ones you trusted

evil gaining power to wreak havoc and violence

 

what have you to cheer?

love, grace, forgiveness…received and given

good stands stronger than evil and will overcome

 

peace has your back!

 


A quadrille with the word “cheer” and something secret…linking to dVerse poets pub!

 

love’s thorns

 

Rose of Sharon

wore crown of thorns

as he stretched out arms to die

…for me

 

 

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A Rose Amongst the Thorns by Reaper xxiv

 

none quick enough

De hosts “quick” quadrille at dVerse and I remembered the line from Apostles’ Creed. “Quick” may be archaic for “living” (which we use now) but still fits.


 

“He will come to judge the quick and the dead.”

who appoints us
to be another’s judge?

who designates our
high court as supreme?

who dares to live
as law unto himself?

Someday each one will tremble
on holy ground in Judge Jesus’ presence.

 

 

personal notes on 23rd psalm

 

The Lord is my shepherd,

i admit to sheepishness; like a foolish, fearful, lost lamb

 

I shall not be in want.

Jesus is all i really want, all i’ll ever need

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.

my provider sustains and renews me with peace for body and soul

 

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

he leads me on the right path for my good and his honor

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

the world is a dangerous place but i need not fear evil’s threats

 

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me

my shepherd is ready to protect, defend, and rescue me

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

i will sit at the king’s table and enjoy his triumphal feast

 

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

you raise me up to all i can be; my life spills your joy

 

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

you are the Lover who pursues me… relentlessly

 

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

abiding in his presence is my true forever home

 


– Inspired by summer sermon series by Dr. Justin Bailey 

crowds follow

logo-napowrimoLillian “gathers” poets to write quadrilles at dVerse this week…

 

Gather
for instruction
in synagogue
teacher sits down,
unrolls scripture scroll
“I have come”

Gather
for confrontation
in street
demon-possessed boy
falls, foams, rolls on ground
“Evil be gone.”

Gather
for healing
in home
lame man stands, rolls up mat
“You’re made whole.”

 

 

way of Christ’s triumphal entry (beggar)

photo by lynn

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