Month: May 2016

His Banner Yet Waves

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

Blood shed by the Lord
Vict’ry won for the fallen
His banner yet waves

written in response to this week’s prompt in RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge

Remember the Fallen

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

Oh say can you see
The flag of a proud nation
Fallen to half-mast

Star-spangled banner
Fly free again o’er that land
The home of the brave

written in response to this week’s prompt in Ronovan Writes weekly haiku challenge for friends in the USA

Orderly Worship

Building up God’s church
Gift of tongues interpreted
Eager prophecy

written in response the daily prompt at The Daily Post: ‘orderly’, and inspired by 1 Corinthians 14 (ESV)

Further Footprints


Many will be familiar with the prosaic poem, ‘Footprints in the Sand’:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
– Mary Stevenson, 1936

I imagined a continuation . . .

“Further down the beach Lord, once again I see only one set of footprints,
but that was at a time of my life when my faith was strongest – I don’t understand”
The Lord replied, “When you drew nearest to me, was when we walked in step my child:
No longer alongside one another, but with you following the path which I trod,
And every step falling within the footprints I made in leading you.”

Antithesis of Sarcophagi

Antithesis of Sarcophagi 1

Spent the day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show (in London). This was my favourite shot o the day, taken through one of the peepholes in the otherwise impregnable granite cube garden titled, ‘Antithesis of Sarcophagi

‘The Antithesis of Sarcophagi Garden is a representation of a world turned inside out; a garden inside a sculpture; desolation versus nature.’

Chaff from Wheat

His winnowing fork
Sorts the chaff from the wheat grain
One burns, one is saved

written in response to today’s Daily Post daily prompt, inspired by Matthew 3:12

Perfect Tri-Union

A cord of three strands
Without beginning or end
Binding history
Together in creation
The Father broken-hearted
The Son obedient to death
The Spirit yet remaining
Ever-present help
In perfect tri-union
Countless blessings flow

written in response to today’s Daily Post daily prompt, as a conjoined tanka and reversed tanka

Know Him to Show Him: His Undivided Attention

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Know Him to Show Him: His Undivided Attention

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness.”
– Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”
– Psalm 147:11

Out of Death, Abundant Life

Wheat sheafs die to self
Withering, their grain released
To give birth new crops
Kissing the earth’s dark base soil
To bless and burst forth new fruit

written in further response to today’s Daily Post daily prompt, and inspired by John 12:24 (ESV):
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”