Certainty of Hope

Certainty of hope
Expectation of judgement
Thankfulness for grace

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

The Morning Star

The Light of God’s love
Endures as the Morning Star
Shining forever

written in response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #135 – “Love” and “Light”

‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’
– Revelation 22:16

Lukewarm Faith

I know of your deeds,
you are neither cold nor hot;
you are just lukewarm
– neither hot, nor cold –
surely I shall spit you out

‘O salt of the earth
if you lose your saltiness
– retain no longer –
you are then good for nothing
except to be cast aside

You say, “I am rich”
but you are wretched, poor, blind
pitiful and naked;
buy gold refined in the fire
white clothes to cover your shame

put salve on your eyes
so you may once again see;
as those whom God loves
he rebukes and disciplines –
So be earnest and repent

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Revelation 3:14-22 and Matthew 5:13-16Matthew 5:13-16

Be Aware and Beware

Be aware, brothers and sisters,
Be aware.

Be aware of the hungry:
Give them something to eat;
Be aware of the thirsty:
Give the something to drink:
Be aware of those in prison:
Visit, and share with them;
Be aware of the stranger:
Invite them into your home;
Clothe the needy, care for the ill,
Look after orphans and widows in their distress;
Keep yourselves from being polluted by the world.

For “Truly I tell you,
Whatever you did for one of the least of these
Brothers and sisters of mine,
You did for me”

Be aware, brothers and sisters,
And beware.

written in response to the state of our world, prompted by today’s Daily Post; and inspired by Matthew 25:31-46 and James 1:19-27

Justice in the Courts – a lament

Hate evil, love good;
Maintain justice in the courts.

There are those who turn justice into bitterness,
And cast righteousness to the ground;
There are those who hate those who uphold honour and justice,
And detest the one who tells the truth;
There are those who oppress the innocent, take bribes,
And obstruct the poor from justice in the courts.

Though you have built stone mansions,
You shall not live in them;
Though you have planted lush vineyards,
You shall not drink their wine;
And there will be wailing in all the streets,
And cries of anguish in every public square.

Hate evil, love good;
Maintain justice in the courts.

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Amos 5:1-17, a lament and call to repentance.

Faith Unlocked’s Friday Haiku – inspired by @TearfundLife #showthelove

I lift up my eyes
Searching where my help comes from?
It comes from the Lord

from Psalm 21

inspired by this article on Tearfund Lifestyle: How do you survive when you see injustice every day?

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Exodus 22:21-24

‘Do not ill-treat or oppress a foreigner,
for you were foreigners in Egypt.
‘Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.
If you do and they cry out to me,
I will certainly hear their cry.
My anger will be aroused,
and I will kill you with the sword;
your wives will become widows
and your children fatherless.’

– Exodus 22:21-24

Since Ancient Times

No eye has yet seen,
Nor ear ever truly heard,
Nor mind understood –
Save by the Holy Spirit –
The full glory of the Lord

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Isaiah 64:4 and 1 Corinthians 2:9

Fear and Trembling

as always, obey
work out of your salvation
with fear and trembling
with the faith of Abraham
willing to offer Isaac

written in response to the Daily Post prompt – “tremble” – and inspired by Philippians 2:12Philippians 2:12