Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Tresses dancing in the golden light,
Your laughter, His treasure and delight.
Draw close to Him, flee the menacing night,
Alas, your desire, lies in wayward flight.
~ D.F.

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“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!”
~ Luke 13:34

Poor Man

Poor Man

Woe is his lot, how parched is his land,
Teased by the devil, lorded over by man.
Save for sweet grace, The Lord extends His hand,
He who was struck low, again, he shall stand.

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“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him: and saved him out of all his troubles.”
~ Psalm 34:6

“Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
~ Luke 23:43

Lift

Lift

Gentle the lift, by His angel’s wings,
From this windless place, down beneath.
Flowers gathering, skipping over trees,
Rising to the heavens, where clouds roam free.
~ D.F.

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“For He commands His angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”
~ Psalm 91:11-12

Remnant

Remnant

Tested by harsh, uncertain times,
Fruitful in dry forbidding clime.
The remnant, by mercy and design,
His call, to multiply, to thrive.
~ D.F.

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“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down and none shall make them afraid.”
~ Zephaniah 3:13

Daniel

Daniel

A sure death they had plotted,
serpents of men, those beasts,
Jaws and stomachs waiting,
such a tasty little feast.
But the Lord had His eye on him,
no harm would He concede,
Now curled up in the lion’s mane,
Daniel, fast asleep.
~ D.F.

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“Daniel was found to be unharmed because he trusted in his God.”
~ Daniel 6:24

Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor

He thunders not from the pulpit,
His voice, neither rude nor hard.
Words, simple, true and measured,
Safe harbor for the stormy heart.
~ D.F.

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“Jesus woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.”
~ Mark 4:39

Sons of Man

Sons of Man

Linked by blood and common plan,
Two, these greatest sons of man*,
The first came forth to till the land,
The Word sown next, The Lord’s own hand.
~ D.F.

*Jesus and his older cousin, John the Baptist:

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“This is the one about whom scripture says: ‘Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.’

I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
~ Luke 7:27-28