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

Big Night

Big Night

Host of angels in garments white,
The heavens awake, dazzling light.
Focus now, pray, get the notes right,
A few days more, the LORD’s big night!
~ D.F.

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And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
~ Luke 2:13-14

Morning Star

Morning Star

The dark hours, ever deepening,
Winter chill, heart gripping,
Yet shiny orb, gently warming,
The Morning Star, dawn awaking.
~ D.F.

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“I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
~ Revelation 22:16

Photo:
I have been informed by a young botany enthusiast that this flower is a Pigeon Orchid (Dendrobium crumenatum). Thanks, Isaac!

In the Making

The Making

With patient love, watchful, guarding,
The Eden within her being,
For the Tree of Life, at last flowering,
God-is-with-Us, in the making.
~ D.F.

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“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
~ Matthew 1:23

Mene Tekel Peres

The Visitation

 

Slow may be His writing,
But its meaning is clear,
“MENE, TEKEL, PERES!”
Your visitation draws near.

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Regarding Belshazzar, the Chaldean king:

“MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

~ Daniel 5:25-28

Ruin

The Host

His gaze drawing,
Bewitching, his prose.
His creed, beguiling,
This dark and gentle host.
Yet, his desire is your falling,
Warming him most,
The smile now withers,
Ruined, the rose.
~ D.F.

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“For some have already turned away to follow Satan.”

~ 1 Timothy 5:15