8-26-15 Give and Give

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Give to him that asketh thee,

and from him that would borrow of thee

turn not thou away.

Matthew 5:42 KJV

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There is this spark of giving in the saved,

A constant pouring out of love to life,

Not born of duty or of laws enslaved,

Not subject to a custom, stale and rife.

The heart of Christ provides to all that needs

Without a thought of getting something back.

The hand of Christ is busy doing deeds,

For what He has He gives to those who lack.

To those who ask deliver what you can;

To those who wish to borrow, them you lend.

The grace that you exhibit once began

With God whose love we cannot comprehend.

Don’t turn away the beggar, but recall

Christ died for that man, too; He gave His all.

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sonnet #448

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5-8-15 Watch

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35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh,

at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Mark 13:35-37 KJV

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My sister, wake! The Master’s coming soon!

My brother, keep a vigil by the door!

We must be ready under sun or moon!

He’s coming back! Wake up! No time to snore!

Our Savior said that He will come again,

And all that He has said, He’s kept His word.

The ones who treat this promise with disdain

Will wish upon His coming they had heard.

Now scour the earth with haste to save the lost!

Your neighbors, friends and family, save them too!

And while you work keep watch at any cost,

For Jesus will return, this much is true!

            Keep watch both day and night! Don’t go to sleep!

            Those dozing when He comes will surely weep!

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sonnet #354

1-2-15 Take Refuge

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If life has thrown you down to trample on,

If everything you do just makes things worse,

If you are at your end and hope is gone,

Take refuge in the Lord, He’s not adverse.

If peace and plenty seem so far away,

If others beat you up and tear you down,

If trouble follows you both night and day,

Take refuge in the Lord, He holds your crown.

If all your worries follow you around,

If you are lost and don’t know what to do,

If all you wish is simply to be found,

Take refuge in the Lord, He’ll see you through.

If you are so oppressed and you need aid,

Take refuge in the Lord, don’t be afraid.

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The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,

a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 9:9 KJV

10-23-14 The Shoe Fits

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The news each day is filled with hate and greed;

The leaders of the land evade and lie;

No matter where you go they all have need

To reach into your pocket, slick and sly.

And worst of all, you too have joined the crowd;

Your anger’s like a cloud around your head.

The wish for more and more is clear and loud;

You lie and cheat and steal your way ahead.

O friend! Repent right now and turn away!

This world of flesh and sin will bring you down!

Get on your knees this second, start to pray,

And give your life to Christ before you drown!

To separate yourself from sin and death

You must cede all to Jesus with each breath.

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For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them

every one is given to covetousness;

and from the prophet even unto the priest

every one dealeth falsely.

Jeremiah 6:13 KJV

7-3-14 Delight (a Sonnet)

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Your will is my delight, O Lord above!

Each waking is a trek through Your desire!

I stroll through the sweet garden of Your love

And feel Your spirit’s power draw me higher.

Dear Abba, Your instruction rests within

The inner sanctum of my eager heart.

I see at once the way I should begin

And move with confidence right from the start.

I surely know Your voice and heed Your call

Because I long to please Your ev’ry wish.

My God! This child of Yours does give my all,

And with Your happiness will come my bliss!

This ecstasy can’t help but overflow

Into the world around me with Your glow.

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I delight to do Your will, my God;

Your instruction lives within me.

Psalm 40:8 HCS

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