christian poetry

The Lake of Revelation

Flaming wave crests across the Lake,
Damning the shore, lapping with fire;
Heat and despair press high’r and high’r,
Scorched lips silenced, part, crack and ache.

False dawns, tortured minds, wake and break;
Feigned glimpses – a distant city?
Cru’l deserts littered with pity
Stretch too far for mortals to cross;
Curs’d dunes, bearing waves of great loss
Bound the shore for Eternity.

Written following Ronovan’s Decima Challenge on RonovanWrites – “Lake”

Be Blessed #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Upon the mountainside
I listened to the Teacher
. . .
“Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth”
I’m meek as meek as they come, me
I could do with inheriting the earth

. . .
“Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy”
I show mercy when it’s deserved
I certainly deserve some myself

. . .
“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God”
There’s no question, I’m a man of peace
(I dare anyone to say I’m not)

. . .
Whoever has ears let him hear
so to receive the truth
Whoever has eyes let him see
through the lens of his heart
Then blessed are your eyes because they see
and your ears because they hear

“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.”

The challenge for Day 21 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 was to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech.

A Champion Laid Low

Goliath of Gath
The Philistines’ champion
Standing defiant

“Israel, who stands for thee?”

Saul called on David
With his sling and five smooth stones
Standing in God’s name

“Who defies the living God?”

As armies looked on
The boy defeated his foe
Standing in vict’ry

Truly, the Lord was with him

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

How the Mighty have Fallen

Both loved and admired
Lamented by King David
Saul and Jonathan
In life swifter than eagles
Ever stronger than lions

written in response to the daily prompt at The Daily Post, inspired by 2 Samuel 1:23

“How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!”

– 2 Samuel 1:27

Blogospheric Blessings Abound!!!

Thank You

As anyone who may have read today’s earlier posts on this blog might guess, today has not been a good day. Today has been a bad day in a bad week, in a series of bad weeks, that stretch back a long way . . .

As I began my hour-plus journey home from work on the train I was fortunate enough to get a seat, and settled down to catch up on what the blogging community has had to say today. That hour gave me such a lift as recurring themes cropped up in different posts: messages of hope and encouragement; little triggers to the imagination; possible hints at answers to searching prayers.

The links below are a selection of the pieces that spoke straight to my heart, put a smile back on my face, and made me so so grateful for the ways in which God can minister to his children through the blessing of others, regardless of timezones.

If you get time to check the links, please do, and I hope you will be as blessed as I have been today.

A Passionate Writer – ‘Dream on Dreamer’

The Darkest Fairytale – ‘Stand Tall . . .’

Daddy Blitz – ‘The Well-Worn Bone Guitar’

Real as the Streets – ‘(One Too Many)’ by Sayl

christianfictionwritersblog – ‘. . . A Hobby Can Be a Job’

Pure Glory – ‘Your Future not Dependent on the Past’

NewLifePHChurch – ‘Hanging On in Difficult Times’

PrayeWriteGrow – ‘I Know . . .’

No Greater Love for You – ‘You Are Never Too Far Gone’

Susie Stewart – ‘He Hasn’t Left’

Thank you all of the above, and thank you to God above.

#FF @ACOffice Faith Unlocked’s Friday Haiku #ACCLusaka


Shared discipleship
In a world of differences
Be intentional

The 16th Anglican Consultative Council begins today in Lusaka, seeking to engage with issues around the wider Anglican Communion.

Pray with me:
– for God to be at the ever at the centre,
– that He give the delegates wisdom, and
– that were they disagree, that they do so well and with love.