Category Archives: Original poems

Out in the Old Back Yard

The fingers of God at work in the trees are finishing the final touches that will provide privacy in the back yard for the next six months The Japanese elm is about thirty feet across is fully leafed now and this morning heavy … Continue reading

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It’s not a play on words. There really is strength in weakness.

What follows is a poem I wrote about thirty years ago as I was — well, you can read it for yourself. Then about twenty years ago, I printed up most of the poems from thise days and shared them … Continue reading

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Here’s a lie: “Humility should be resisted.”

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I have long agreed with God’s definitions,  descriptions and proposals about humility, and have evidence of that agreement in something I wrote on September 13, 1983: Humility that’s asked by you, O Christ of Galilee, is that which faces you … Continue reading

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Psalm 62: Waiting in Silence

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Psalm 62:5-7  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; the … Continue reading

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What kind of God?

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Only a God of love so high and pure could ask of us so much and seeing that we’ve naught to give reach out and with a touch fill us up with what He asks so we can bring it … Continue reading

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Driftwood Heart

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Do your careful work, my Lord, O Carpenter of hearts, smoothing out the hardest wood to make the strongest parts. Work with splinters, knots and burls imprisoned long within this tree.  O Carpenter of human hearts, press home your work … Continue reading

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Destined For The Throne

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Concerning this salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was … Continue reading

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Boots, Blisters and Locomotives

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Life is a matter of being. It is an ultimately frustrating fallacy to categorize life’s events like so many pieces of clay that must be molded, handled and put away. A locomotive does not get over hills and mountains by … Continue reading

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Transform Me, Lord

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Transform me, Lord, but not just here~~not just that way, not now. Transform me, please, to be like you.  I haven’t worked out how. The present place is far too harsh.  It’s dark and low and dim. But grow me, … Continue reading

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Lord, Stop My Headlong Flight

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Lord, make my walk a measured one and stop my headlong flight. When peace and stillness flee away as I go stumbling through my day~~trip me up, Lord, if you must.  But stop me. Train my heart to know there’s … Continue reading

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Battlefield Jesus

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Always with me, in me,  through me!~~always near and always true, Always loving, kind and gentle, always loving~~Jesus, you, You alone are my salvation, you alone redemption bring, You alone my strength for day’s work, for you alone my song … Continue reading

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Resting In His Shadow

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Psalm 91 Dwelling in Your secret place, looking on Your face, resting in Your shadow, daily learning grace. Grace that saves and covers, grace that shields and calms, resting in the shadow of Your loving arms. Guarded by the angels … Continue reading

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No Rush To Harvest

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Harvest, by definition, always came after a lot of work, after a lot of time, after a lot of growth.  There was no other way to do it. In early spring, the thaw would begin.  Weeks later,  the final snow … Continue reading

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“Lord, When I Need Comfort…..”

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It is not incidental that the word translated comfort in the first chapter of II Corinthians and the word translated exhort in Hebrews 12:5 are the same in the original. It is paraklesis, which means comforter or that which comforts. Exhortation means~~ to incite by … Continue reading

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Philippians 3:10

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“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jesus Christ will not accessorize or complement anyone or anything. I will not see … Continue reading

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As Sgt. Schultz said, “I know noth-ink!”

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Job 38, 39, 40 and 41 is a long and piercing list of questions posed by God to Job~~way into Job’s ordeal of suffering, loss,  sickness and pain. Job was targeted by Satan and he does not yet know that at this … Continue reading

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Consider Jesus

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The good things are just the breezes that delight me~~           never the rocks that I step on to climb higher. They are the sunsets that I love~~           but never the light by which I walk. They are the winds … Continue reading

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The Snowflake Falling Ground

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There is a place behind my mind~~a place where snowflakes fall;  a distant forest with no roads, where none but God can call. A place where only God can speak, and it’s a judgment place for me where I pass judgment … Continue reading

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