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Light – An Elfje

White
Savior’s Light
Piercing the darkness
Exposing my heart’s sin
Forgiveness

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I decided to share this today for the dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night. Head over there to read some other great poetry.

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From Grace Comes Hope – A Quintet of Cinquains

Without
the grace of God
I would be lost, alone
life itself quite impossible
hopeless

Without
the love of God
I would be unloving
my life so self-centered and me
unkind

Without
the light of Christ
I would be in darkness
unable to see my blessings
forlorn

Without
the peace of Christ
I would be most fearful
worrying about little things
timid

With all
God’s grace and love
His incredible light
peace from the heart of a Savior
comes hope

 

I shared this today for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub, where Grace talks about punctuation in poetry.

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I’d Rather Be the Moon

Many people desire fame. They want to shine brightly like a star and they will do almost anything to chase the lure of fame. Just look at “reality TV” and you will see the ridiculous things some people will do for fame. Movie stars, sports figures, politicians, scientists, and novelists all seek fame and the fortune that sometimes accompanies it.

But it takes a lot of energy for a star to shine brightly and eventually every star will use up its available fuel and die out. For human “stars” the length they will shine varies. For some fame lasts a lifetime, but it is a lifetime of stress and misery being hounded by paparazzi and fans. For others it amounts to only the proverbial “15 minutes of fame” before they fade into oblivion.

Last weekend on our drive down the Columbia River Gorge to visit family for a belated Christmas celebration, the full moon shone brightly in front of us in the night sky. Occasionally it would go behind a dark cloud but would always emerge on the other side still shining brightly and beautifully. I realized as I gazed up at it that I’d rather be the moon than a star, even a star as bright as our sun. The moon doesn’t use energy to generate light, but rather reflects the light generated by the sun. This is most evident during a full moon, but even during a new moon when we cannot see it, the moon is reflecting the light of the sun on the opposite side.

Rather than have fame of my own, I’d rather reflect the glory and light of the Son of God. If my name be known, I want it to be known as one devoted to Christ, one who reflects His love and mercy into this dark world. His is a light source that will never die and I will be able to reflect that light for much longer than 15 minutes—I can reflect His light for an eternity.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist,to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:4-9 (NLT).

This is my goal for 2013—to reflect the Light of the Son of God into the world, believing that the darkness can never extinguish it.

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That the Blind Might See

My church is putting together an Advent devotional for this coming Advent season. I was asked to write two of the devotions for the booklet. I am really looking forward to seeing what the other contributors wrote. I always like reading through a devotional for Advent and I think it will be extra special this year because I know all of the people who are writing them.

I finished one of my two assigned devotions yesterday. It is based on Isaiah 35:3-7 and Luke 7:18-30. I was limited to 250 words for the devotion section and the assignment called for also including a thought to ponder or Challenge, and a prayer. It was really hard for me to only write 250 words. I had to go back and cut some, but the final devotion was 249 words. I decided I wanted to share what I wrote here, but add back in some of the thoughts I didn’t have room for.

Devotion

Isaiah gave us many prophecies of the first Advent of our Lord Jesus. Many of those prophecies serve also as a promise of Jesus coming into the life of each believer as well as of His Second Coming. Isaiah admonishes us to not be afraid because we know the Lord will bring forth His promised blessings of sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and youthful agility to the lame.

John the Baptist continued the prophetic message of Isaiah, but unlike Isaiah he saw the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus. Not only did he hear his disciples’ recounting of the great healing work of Jesus, John saw it with his own eyes. What John witnessed was that the blind could see, the deaf could hear, the lame walked, the sick were made well, and the Good News was real.

Today Jesus continues to fulfill the prophecies about Him as He give spiritual sight to those who believe in Him and are baptized in His name. The Holy Spirit gives wisdom and hope to those who trust in Jesus as their promised savior.

But like the Pharisees and experts in the law, many people today reject God’s purpose in their lives because they have not believed in the saving grace of Jesus. They try to do what is right in their own eyes and by their own power. They try to live by the letter of the law, but they do not see the truth of God’s love and the wonder of His mercy. These people are spiritually blind.

We must not forget that we were once spiritually blind, too. Our place is not to judge, but to remember that Jesus came to give sight to such as these. He came to save the whole world if only they will believe. He came to remind us of our purpose, which is to be in relationship with our Creator. He came that we would have no need to fear.

Thought to ponder/challenge

Just as John the Baptist was a messenger paving the way for the first Advent of Jesus, we are called to share the Good News of how Jesus gives sight to the spiritually blind and purpose to everyone. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV). How will you share the Good News today?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, bring to final fulfillment Your promise to bring spiritual sight to all who are still blinded by this world and who reject Your purpose for their lives. Give us wisdom to be as John the Baptist, preparing Your way into the hearts and lives of those around us.

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Have You Seen the Light?

Yesterday was Round Up Sunday at my church. We weren’t roundin’ up doggies, we were roundin’ up volunteers for the various ministries in the church. In keeping with the country western theme, many in the congregation were dressed in their western attire and we sang some great old-time songs.

One of my favorites that we sang was I Saw the Light by Hank Williams Sr. This song reminds me of when I was a kid because Hank Williams was always one of my dad’s favorites, along with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ernest Tubb, and Johnny Cash, and we heard them all a lot growing up.

Although it was great to sing this song as a church yesterday, I couldn’t help but hear the original Hank Williams version in my head. I found this awesome “video” of it on YouTube and decided I wanted to share it with you all for Music Monday.

As a bonus, I found this Hank Williams Sr. version of I’ll Fly Away, which was our closing song for our Round Up Sunday service. The first time I heard this song was at my husband’s Grandma Ruth’s memorial service, and I have loved it ever since.

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Confession – A Villanelle

Several months ago (or maybe longer) the Form for All lesson at dVerse Poets Pub was on the villanelle form. At the time is seemed too hard and so I didn’t try writing one. But my poetry knowledge and skill has come a long way since then. I’ve written triolets and pantoums, other challenging forms that are characterized by repetitive patterns.

Last week I posted my pantoum Psalm for My Savior at Broken Believers blog, and Bryan Lowe added a link to the Wikipedia article on pantoums. I clicked the link to read the article, and from there I clicked a link to an article on villanelles. As I read about this intriguing form, I decided I wanted to try it. I wrote my first one, Wedding Bells, for last Saturday in celebration of my nephew’s wedding. This poem is my second attempt on a topic that has been on my mind lately.

I decided to offer this poem for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. If you haven’t been to dVerse before, I urge you to check out all the wonderful poetry offered there.

Confession

Light shines in the darkness
Faintly I see His light
My need I will confess

Toward the light I press
Keeping hope in my sight
Light shines in the darkness

Despair my soul’s distress
Entangled in the night
My need I will confess

His grace I will profess
Giving me strength to fight
Light shines in the darkness

I feel anguish oppress
Crushing with all its might
My need I will confess

Feeling His love’s caress
Compassion burning bright
Light shines in the darkness
My need I will confess

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Light – A Poem

Pondering how thankful I am that Jesus is the true Light that shines into the darkness and shows me the way to life.

Light

The Light of life
Piercing the darkness
Illuminating truth
Clearing away strife

The Light of the world
Displacing hopelessness
Radiating pure grace
His majesty unfurled

The one true Light
Savior of the lost
Shining in the darkness
To the blind giving sight

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV).

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Jesus Is the Light of the World

One of my favorite chapters in all of the Bible is John 1, which is not surprising since John is my favorite book of the Bible as well as my favorite of the apostles.

This week I’ve been listening to my Trevor Morgan CD “The Blessed and the Broken” in my car in preparation for the Third Day concert in May, because Trevor is opening for Third Day. It was actually at Fish Fest last summer that I first heard him when he played just a few songs at the beginning of Third Day’s set.

One of my favorite songs on this CD is Light of the World because it is based on John 1. It starts out just as John’s Gospel does: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This song is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the Light of the world, and the darkness will never overcome His beautiful Light.

I hope you enjoy and are blessed by this beautiful song as much as I have been. I truly hope Trevor sings this one at the concert in May.

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Hope in the Darkness – A Poem

As the winter days get shorter and colder, and darkness seems to overtake the light, I am thankful for the Light of Christ to give me hope. I am thankful for the faithfulness of God. I am thankful that He brings the sun up each morning, even if it is behind a cloud or only for a short while. I am thankful for the promise of spring and summer to follow the long dark winter, seasons in their turn without fail.

Last night as I was getting ready to bed, the idea for a poem came into my mind. Rather than hope it would still be there in the morning (as I often do), I got out my prayer notebook and wrote down the opening line and then the rest came. This poem has a bit more structure than many of my poems, with alternating 4 and 5 iambs per line and a rhyme scheme. What, you might be asking, is an “iamb”? Well, it is a two-syllable foot in poetry, where a short syllable is followed by a long syllable. I’m not sure if I got the short and long part right, but I do know I ended up with alternating 8 and 10 syllable lines.

Anyway, I hope you like my ode to God’s promise of hope and light that stands firm even in the darkness.

Hope in the Darkness

Sun sinks below the horizon
Darkness envelopes all life in my view
Each night the darkness comes sooner
Each morning the sun arises anew

This season, winter, brings darkness
It seems to engulf the light of my soul
Sometimes the darkness is deeper
And blacker than the blackest mine of coal

But winter does not last forever
Spring and summer bring sun ever near
Hope of a Light everlasting
Is all that my darkened soul needs to hear

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 (NIV).

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Outside the Darkness Is Color – A Poem

I wasn’t sure what to write today, so I decided to check out the dVerse Poets Pub writing prompt for today. The Saturday prompt has led me to a few good poems in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try again.

The prompt today is to write a poem that has something to do with color, to Play with Color. One part of Victoria’s post caught my attention: “Color depends on light, because it is made of light. In the absence of light, we do not see color.”

Outside the Darkness Is Color

Living in darkness
no color I see
a hint of deep blue
maybe red
but no, only blackness

Tears flood the darkness
trying to wash away
the blackness
to reveal the color
I know must be near

I’ve heard stories
of vibrant yellow sunshine
smiling green trees
happiness in rainbows
streaming across
a pale blue sky

But in the darkness
these colors
are but myths
draped in blackness
obscured by
the pain I feel

Then suddenly
the Light comes
dim colors
revealed to my eyes
for my heart to see

The Light
drawn by my tears
came to wash away
the blackness
tears alone
could never heal

The colors of
my world brighten
day by day
as the Light illuminates
the truth of colors
that were always
just outside the darkness

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
   the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
   Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
   have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
   a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:15-16 (NIV).

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