Poems and Bible Verses
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Waiting for the shout!
The face of God


The Hidden Line of No Return
Chastisement & Suffering
The Voice and the Words

Waiting for the shout!

1- O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Psalm 71.17-18, 20


3- A cow for my dairy, a dog for my game,
And a purse when a friend wants to borrow;
I'll envy no nabob his riches or fame,
Nor what honors await him tomorrow.

From the bleak northern blast may my cot be completely
Secured by a neighboring hill;
And at night may repose steal upon me more sweetly
By the sound of a murmuring rill:
And while peace and plenty I find at my board,
With a heart free from sickness and sorrow,
With my friends may I share what today may afford,
And let them spread the table tomorrow.

And when I at last must throw off this frail covering
Which I've worn for threescore years and ten,
On the brink of the grave I'll not seek to keep hovering,
Nor my thread wish to spin o'er again:
But my face in the glass I'll serenely survey,
And with smiles count each wrinkle and furrow;
As this old worn-out stuff, which is threadbare today,
Shall become everlasting tomorrow.
"Tomorrow" by J. Collins

2- In the downhill of life, when I find I'm declining,
May my lot no less fortunate be
Than a snug elbow-chair can afford for reclining,
And a cot that o'erlooks the wide sea;
With an ambling pad-pony to pace o'er the lawn,
While I carol away idle sorrow,
And blithe as the lark that each day hails the dawn
Look forward with hope for tomorrow.

With a porch at my door, both for shelter and shade,
As the sunshine or rain may prevail;
And a small spot of ground for the use of the spade,
With a barn for the use of the flail;


The face of God

They say that God lives very high!
But if you look above the pines
You cannot see our God. And why?

And if you dig down in the mines
You never see God in the gold
Though from Him all that's glory shines.

God is so good! He wears a fold
Of heaven and earth across His face --
Like secrets kept, for love untold.


2- But still I feel that God's embrace
Slides down by thrills, through all things made,
Through sight and sound of every place:

As if my tender mother laid
On my shut lids her kisses' pressure,
Half-waking me at night to say,
"Who kissed you in the dark, dear guesser?"
"A Child's Thought of God" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  3- Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."

Jesus replied, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?
He who has seen Me has seen the Father." John 14.8-9a


She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate;

And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us --
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet,

Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late --
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning from Heaven's gate.
"The Watcher -- Mother" by Margaret Widdemer


A woman in labor has pain,
Because her hour has come.
But after she has given birth,
She no longer remembers the anguish,
For joy that her child has been born into the world.
= = =
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all."

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD,
She shall be praised.
John 16.21; Proverbs 31.27-30

The Hidden Line

And the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever..."

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind...

Then they will call on Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me.
Because they hated knowledge & did not choose the fear of the Lord

Gen 6.3a, Rom 1.28a, Prov 1.28-29

There is a time, we know not when,
A point we know not where,
That marks the destiny of men
To glory or despair.

There is a line by us unseen,
That crosses every path;
The hidden boundary between
God's patience and His wrath.

How long may we go on in sin?
How long will God forbear?
Where does hope end, and where begin
The confines of despair?

An answer from the skies is sent;
"Ye that from God depart,
While it is called today, repent,
And harden not your heart."
Dr. J. Addison Alexander

Behold, now is the accepted time!

Behold, now is the day of salvation!
2 Cor 6.2b

Chastisement & Suffering

All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous;
Yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby,
Even the fruit of righteousness.
Heb 12.11, AS

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!
Robert Browning Hamilton

And it was right and proper that God, who made everything for his own glory, should allow Jesus to suffer,
For in doing this He was bringing vast multitudes of God's people to heaven;
For His suffering made Jesus a perfect Leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation.
Heb 2.10, LB

This High Priest (Jesus) of ours understands our weaknesses, since He had the same temptations we do,
Though He never once gave way to them and sinned.
So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there,
To receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.
Heb 4.15-16, LB

Jesus wept.
John 11.35

No pain, no palm
No thorns, no throne
No gall, no glory
No cross, no crown
William Penn

Friendship 4/3/00

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Prov 18.24)

What is a friend? I'll tell you.

A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.
Your soul can go naked with him.

He asks you to put on nothing, only to be who you really are.
When you are with him you don't have to be on your guard.
You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you.

He understands those contradictions in your nature that cause others to misjudge you.

With him you breathe freely.
You can avow your little vanities and envies and absurdities and, in opening them up to him, they are dissolved in the vast ocean of his loyalty.

He understands.
You can weep with him, laugh with him, pray with him.
Through and underneath it all he sees, knows, and loves you.

A Friend, I repeat, is one with whom you dare to be yourself.
Author unknown

The Voice and the Words 4/6/00

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Prov 15.1 & Col 4.6

It's not so much what you say
As the manner in which you say it.
It's not so much the wording you use
As the tone in which you convey it.

"Come here!" I sharply said,
And the child cowered and wept.
"Come here," I gently said --
He looked and smiled
And straight to my lap he crept.

Words may be mild and fair
But the tone may pierce like a dart.
Words may be soft as the summer air
But the tone may break a heart.

For words come from the mind
Grow by study and art --
But tone leaps from the spirit
Revealing the state of one's heart.

So, would you quarrels avoid
And peace and love rejoice?
Keep anger not only out of your words --
Keep it out of your voice.
author unknown


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