Poems and Bible Verses
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Light Shining Out of Darkness
The Open Door

Happiness contrasted with Joy
God With You!

Out in the Fields With God
I Know Something Good About You!

Light Shining Out of Darkness

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.


Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
William Cowper, 1731-1800


Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things,
To whom be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11.33-36

The Open Door

Who is at my window? Who? Who?
Go from my window! Go! Go!
Who calls there, like a stranger?
Go from my window! Go!

--Lord, I am here, a wretched mortal,
That for Thy mercy doth cry and plead
Unto Thee, my Lord celestial,
'Tis me at Thy window, me--

Remember thy sin. Remember thy sort.
And also for thee remember my part,
Remember the spear that sundered my heart,
And in at my Door thou shalt go.


I ask no thing of thee therefore,
But love for love, to lay in store.
Give me thy heart; I ask no more,
And in at my Door thou shalt go.

Who is at my window? Who?
Go from my window! Go!
Cry no more there, like a stranger,
But in at my Door thou go!


(Jesus said...) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10.9


Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me."
John 14.6

Happiness may come and go, but...

Happiness is like a crystal,
Fair and exquisite and clear,
Broken in a million pieces,
Shattered, scattered, far and near.

Now and then along life's pathway,
Lo! some shining fragments fall;
But there are so many pieces
No one ever finds them all.

You may find a bit of beauty,
Or an honest share of wealth,
While another just beside you
Gathers honor, love, or health.


Vain to choose or grasp unduly,
Broken is the perfect ball,
And there are so many pieces,
No one ever finds them all.

Yet the wise as on they journey
Treasure every fragment clear,
Fit them as they may together,
Imaging the shattered sphere.

Learning ever to be thankful,
Though their share of it is small;
For it has so many pieces
No on ever finds them all.
"Happiness" by Priscilla Leonard

...the joy of the Lord is FOREVER!

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.
Isa 61.10a


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men.
The Lord is at hand!
Be anxious for nothing,
But in everything by prayer & supplication, with thanksgiving,
Let your requests be made known to God;
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
Will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philipp 4.4-7

God With You!

Lo, I have opened unto You the gates of my being,
And like a tide, you have flowed into me.
The innermost recesses of my spirit are filled by You
And all the channels of my soul
Are grown sweet by Your presence,
For You have brought me peace.

I am utterly content.
In all my being is no ripple of unrest
For I have opened unto You
The wide gates of my being
And like a tide,
You have flowed into me.


May God grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
To be strengthened with might
Through God's Spirit in you,
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

That you, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all the saints
What is the width and length and depth and height
Of the love of Christ which passes knowledge;
That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Eph 3.16-19

Out in the Fields With God

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing birds,
The humming of the bees.

The fears of what may come to pass,
I cast them all away,
Among the clover scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;
Among the husking of the corn,
Where the drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born,
Out in the fields with God.
"A Song from Sylvan" by Louise Imogen Guiney


And Jesus said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.'' Mk 6.31a

Then the hand of the Lord was upon me there, and He said to me, "Arise, go out into the plain, and there I shall talk with you.''
Ezek 3.22

Jesus Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Lk 5.16

Because God is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Ps 16.8b


"Keep this for me."
What child has not said this,
And placed a treasure in his Mother's hand
With strict injunction she should keep it safe
Till he return?
He knows with her it will be safe;
No troubled thought or anxious fear besets his mind,
And off he runs light-hearted to his play.

If children can so trust, why cannot we,
And place our treasures, too, in God's safe hand?
Our hopes, ambitions, needs, and those we love
(Just place them, in His all-embracing care)
And say with joyous heart, "They are with Thee."
Author Unknown


For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
2 Tim 1.12b

(Jesus said to the Father...) "Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are."
John 17.11b

I Know Something Good About You!

Wouldn't this old world be better
If the folks we meet would say --
"I know something good about you!"
And treat us just that way?

Wouldn't it be fine and dandy
If each handclasp, fond and true,
Carried with it this assurance --
"I know something good about you!"

Wouldn't life be lots more happy
If the good that's in us all
Were the only things about us
That folks bothered to recall?

Wouldn't life be lots more happy
If we praised the good we see?
For there's such a lot of goodness
In the worst of you and me!

Wouldn't it be nice to practice
That fine way of thinking, too?
You know something good about me;
I know something good about you.
Author unknown


Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend
Psalm 15.1, 3

Anxious hearts are very heavy,
But a word of encouragement does wonders!
Prov 12.25, LB

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak a word in season,
To him who is weary.
Isa 50.4a

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
But only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
That it may benefit those who listen.
Eph 4.29


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