In The Image

We are in the image of God above

Body, mind, and spirit – made thereof

In our nature united – three-in-one

Not just Christians, but everyone

There is a mission set by Him above

That our actions be driven by

Faith, hope, and love

And as we let this guide us – we will grow

And our godly image – to the world will show


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Thank you Pastor Vince for a thought provoking message

When Things Seem Dark

There are many – who embark

On a downward journey into the dark

Letting fears and doubts lead to despair

Thinking there’s no comfort anywhere

But there is a light that a new way can show

Where hope eclipses the feelings low

For love and compassion are quite real

No matter what at the moment you feel

For God offered you His ultimate gift

Because He loves you

And He desires above all – you to uplift


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Trepidation

Is trepidation really a thing;

The fear of things, as yet unseen?

Do we let these worries haunt us;

And control or minds until they’ve got us?

Are we of hope so unsure;

That we concede defeat rather than endure?

There is an anchor in which we can trust

Who promises good things to us

And if we in Him we put our trust

All our fears He shall bust


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Thank you Brother James for your message of overcoming doubt and fear today.

Rise From The Ashes

Sunrise, Beach, Ocean, Sea, Seascape

Rise with me from ashes

To build and start again

Putting reliance in the Saviour

And not in mortal men

Politicians they shall fail us

The rich seek but there own

But those of faith shall prosper

And achieve an eternal home

While this world seems bleak –

Full of darkness

And troubles seem immense

He will bear His children’s burdens

And true justice He will dispense


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Tincture

Medical, Bottle, Pharmacy, Health, Drug
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Through obstacles and roadblocks,

Backtrackings and steep stairs

Facing disappointment and heartache

The feeling nobody cares

When disease and disorder

Seem to have won

Remember to still hope

And by thus – overcome

For hope is the tincture

Brewed to relieve

All of these troubles

If in it you believe


I don’t not know if this form has a proper name. It is however my default poetic form using cadence and rhyme to drive it. I don’t know if I ever matured beyond Dr Seuss, but there is something in it that speaks to the inner me.

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Colleen’s last poetry challenge of 2020, is to write a poem about hope, using our favourite poetry form (and on this occasion, it doesn’t have to be syllabic). She asks that we make these poems inspirational to others.

She stipulates that we should avoid negativity and politics.

We are to also tell us why the specific form we chose is our favourite.

Better Times Ahead

Forest, Trees, Sunbeams, Snow, Ice, Wintry, Winter
Pixabay

In the bleakest of midwinters

On the coldest of cold days

The sun still keeps its promise

And light will have its way

No matter how drear the prospects

Or the forecasts doom and dread

Look for the light at the end of the tunnel

There are better times ahead


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Reflections On A Star

Holy Three Kings, Holy, Kings
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The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has just passed after an absence of hundreds of years. Some call this the Christmas Star or the Bethlehem Star. In this year of fires, floods, racial and social unrest, and a world-wide pandemic it is perhaps a time to take stock and to reflect on the story not of this planetary alignment, but of the star of the Gospel account. It was a harbinger of the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. It marked a transition in our relationship with the divine. The age of the Fall of Adam was coming to an end, and a promised saviour, the Messiah had come.

That did not mean that wars and rumours of wars, or fires, floods, and misfortune were coming to an end – 2020 surely shows us that. What it does say is there is a hope that is greater than those trials that is opened to us.

As I was reflecting on this I picked three YouTube videos to share which capture some of my thoughts. The first speaks of the coming of Emmanuel. The other two of the stresses and strains that Mary, the mother of Jesus may have faced in her obedience to God’s call. That obedience in the face of uncertainty and surely fears is a telling example for us all.

I wish all of you a happy Christmas, and pray that what ever the future holds for us, that we might cling to the Emmanuel – God with us.


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No Sickness, No Toil, Nor Danger

Version from Cold Mountain


The traditional spiritual song Wayfaring Stranger is a great use of the negative phrase used as a prompt by Jim Adams’ for today’s challenge. The song speaks of a heavenly rest where “no” problems of this life will be found. The song has been released by Johnny Cash (whose version I have posted the lyrics), and by Jack White in a version used in the Civil War film Cold Mountain. There is just something haunting about White’s version that makes me prefer it.

Lyrics

I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world below
There is no sickness, no toil, nor danger
In that bright land to which I goI’m going there to see my Father
And all my loved ones who’ve gone on
I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going over homeI know dark clouds will gather ’round me
I know my way is hard and steep
But beauteous fields arise before me
Where God’s redeemed, their vigils keep
I’m going there to see my Mother
She said she’d meet me when I comeSo, I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going over home
I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going over home

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Traditional


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