Love of God

The Nature of Man and God

Again and again
We return to sin
It is our nature
As men

Again and again
God points to the cross
It’s in his nature
To love

The challenge for the final day of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 was to write a poem about something that happens again and again.

Manna and Quail

Manna falls like dew
Quails drift to blanket the ground
The Lord God provides

written in response to The Daily Post prompt – “blanket”, inspired by Exodus 16

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

Futurama Wisdom from Philip J. Fry

When you do things right
Grace makes love seem effortless
People won’t be sure
You’ve done anything at all-
Second nature takes first place

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, drawing inspiration from the ‘Godfellas’ episode of Futurama

“You can’t lose hope when it’s hopeless. You gotta hope more, then put your fingers in your ears and go, “Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!… “
– Philip J. Fry

Never Marduk’s Slaves #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Stolen away from their Promised Land
Yoked in captivity
Israel struggles to keep its faith
In Babylon’s tyranny

Enuma Elish raises up
Marduk: high creator
Their narrative, though, portrays no love:
Just poor mankind’s enslaver

Israel seeks comfort Heaven-sent
God to reveal His face
A designed and ordered universe
Hope for His human race

Hope in His pow’r and sovereignty
Care for every detail
Adoption as God’s family
A love which can never fail

No legion ‘gods’ in skies above –
But Light created at His Word
No ‘spirits’ in the earth below
But nature, with Yahweh as Lord

The Genesis account stands to affirm
Our origin as God said
Never created Marduk’s slaves
Always free men instead

The NapoWriMo.net prompt for day 19 of Na/GloPoWriMo is to write a poem that recounts a creation myth.

The Enûma Eliš is the Babylonian creation myth (named after its opening words). It was recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form) in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq), and published by George Smith in 1876. The Enûma Eliš is one of the most important sources for understanding the Babylonian worldview, centered on the supremacy of Marduk and the creation of humankind for the service of the gods.

Jacob’s Ladder

Climbing the ladder
The thoroughfare of angels
God’s kingdom is near

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

‘He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: ‘I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.’
– Genesis 28:12-13

today’s prompt at The Daily Post

Love and Justice

His love and justice,
Both soft and hard sides of God:
Sacrifice; judgement –
Salvation through faith by grace,
Yet all are held to account

A tanka written in response to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #28 – “Hard” and “Soft”

‘Behold my Son’

A dove descending,
As Heaven opened the skies –
A voice from above:
‘This is my Son, whom I love,
And with him I am well pleased.’

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, inspired by Matthew 3:16-17

Your Promise Preserves #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Do not let me stray
From the steadfast way,
May the path of purity
Steer all my steps,
Let me always accord with
The law of my loving Lord;

Before, I was afflicted –
Arrogant, and accursed;
As a lost sheep, went astray,
I applied my own way –
Your Word admonished me,
Now I adhere to your words;

I rejoices in your riches,
I delight in your decrees,
Your promise preserves my life;
As I persevere to serve,
Let me not be put to shame,
Help me to glorify your name.

Day 12 of the Na/GloPoWriMo2017 challenge, and today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo.net is to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds).

This poem was inspired by the lines of Psalm 119, which employs a lot of alliteration in its original Hebrew text.

Wilberforce #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Politician, philanthropist
Moral champion, abolitionist;
Misspent youth, reformed reformer
Charity founder, anti-slaver;
Wilberforce, humanitarian
William, humble Christian

The NaPoWriMp.net official prompt for Day 10 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 is to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you – I have always found William Wilberforce to be an inspirational historical figure.