Hope of Heaven

“We who have turned to Him can have great comfort knowing that He will do what He has promised. This hope is a safe anchor for our souls. It will never move. This hope goes into the Holiest Place of All behind the curtain of heaven. Jesus has already gone there.”  Hebrews 6:18-20 (NLV)

Through chronic pain and prolonged death
or stark fatality
each one will take a final breath
life’s only guarantee.
Go peacefully, God’s in control
no longer torn by flesh and soul
Go peacefully
Go peacefully
to suffer not and be made whole.

The Shepherd’s voice will lead you home
beyond the dying night.
For His Name’s sake, now bid shalom
empowered by His might.
Unfailing love through Christ adore
He is The Way forevermore
Unfailing love
Unfailing love
a place prepared with grace in store.

Darkest valley, we dread you not
because our God is near.
Unending life our Savior bought
the tomb we will not fear.
Beyond the grave, go safe and free
your King awaits to comfort thee
Beyond the grave
Beyond the grave
He’ll guide you to eternity.

Poetry Type: Trijan Refrain

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Mighty To Save

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

God is with you,
He is mighty to save!

Imparting life
from His very Spirit,
His love is
bolder
than your sins of youth;
broader than the sea;
deeper than the grave.

His gallant love
transforms the meek
to brave;
it’s always longer
than the broken road
and much stronger than
the nails
that held Him.

God is with you,
He is mighty to save!

Like ethereal footprints
on a wave,
love cannot be measured
but is still known.
Fuller and brighter than a starlit sky;
broader than the sea;
deeper than the grave.

God is with you,
He is mighty to save!

His love for you is
higher than heaven,
broader than the sea;
deeper than the grave.

Poetry Type: (Modified) Villonet
For a more structured villonnet click here. (This is a personal favorite.)

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Umbra

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  2 Timothy 4:3-4

Desire to know and understand needs no apology
big eyes look to mystic things and itching ears keep searching
by reading stars with charts and codes and numerology
potent snakes await by night to snare the one whose lurching.

Disguised as blazing angels, they will keep you seeing red
hypnotizing venom sucks the life out of tomorrow,
eclipsed by outer darkness valid questions go unsaid.

Ambushed soul becomes entrenched in discontent and sorrow
so deep into deception now the serpent makes your bed
who are you but one poor soul now hidden in the shadow?

The search for Truth will satisfy your curiosity
peace and grace for restless minds; the dragon He will trample,
abide in God, be strong in Christ, the devil he must flee,
step among the Light of Hope whose Love is always ample.

Poetry Type: Sonnet (Written as a “Stress Checkerboard Sonnet” – invented by Luke Prater )

I was inspired to try my hand at this very difficult poetic form by prolific poet –  Beth Winter

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Unseen

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?   Romans 8:24

A rejoicing heart no man can take away
likewise, a young day blushing in the sunrise
pays no mind to the dark nights of yesterday.

Love revealed to the soul is blind to the eyes
as unseen thoughts transformed these empty pages
with hope more tangible than a world of lies.

Freedom is possible from these Earth-bound cages
when the mind soaks up the fullness of the Son
and is flooded with wisdom for the ages.

Logic salutes the unseen in due season
where experience surpasses mere knowledge
and true faith lives along side higher reason.

Seek His joy beyond the empirical edge;
Let the soul feast on God’s everlasting pledge.

Poetry Type:  Terza Rima Sonnet

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Song In The Night

Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:19-20

Young life ripped apart,
one more shattered heart,
everything around us fails.
Then God makes a way
by Mercy’s new day;
His Love is in the details.

Through times of peril
dark days feel sterile –
the beginning of sorrow.
Twilight entangles,
evil sin mangles,
and grief plunders tomorrow.

Afflicted and torn,
we know how to mourn,
yet comfort is sown in tears,
stored up in God’s palms,
yielding endless psalms
despite these arduous years.

Wars, rumors of war,
crying “How much more?”
Witnessing the end of days,
with faith like a child
on whom God has smiled,
we must watch and pray always.

Famine of the soul,
doubt has paid its toll,
leaving all hope unspoken.
But strum chords of praise
with an upward gaze
and sing lyrics unbroken.

Seek out His true Light
in the darkest night,
God loves to share His guidance.
Faith resounds through strife,
bubbling up to life
trading places with silence.

Pure song in the night,
notes we didn’t write,
God’s melody makes us whole.
Perfect above all,
answering our call,
sweet words whispered to the soul.

Poetry Type: alouette

It is such a beautiful thought that God gives us His song in the night. I certainly have had this experience in times of both joy and adversity where God brings His Word to my remembrance in the form of a scripture, a song or a poem. It is such a comforting moment of peace and I pray that you have experienced God’s Word in this way.

Paraphrasing Proverbs 6:22, we learn that God’s Word “will guide us when we walk, protect us when we sleep, and talk to us when we are awake.” Charles Spurgeon expounded on this scripture in one of his sermons, saying that God’s Word has three purposes: 1) to guide us 2) to be the guardian of our days and 3) to be our sweet companion.

God’s Word is always personal no matter what state of mind we are in – whether it be happiness or sadness – peacefulness or fearfulness. When you embrace the Word of God, the Word of God embraces you. As we look at the world around us today, we see so much pain and suffering that now more than ever, we need God’s Word as our sweet companion.

My prayer is that no matter what challenges you are facing, that God will give you His song in the night.

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Stand Firm

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:12-16

Still standing,
Still standing strong.
Though the enemy will shake us,
He cannot silence our song.
Still standing,
Still standing strong.
The storms still come,
the seas are rough,
Keep holding course,
it won’t be long.
Still standing,
Still standing strong.
And
when all is said and done
Stand.

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Bewildering Grace

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men. Titus 2:11

Seeing dimly now
but soon face-to-face
take up Light’s armor –
stand firm and stand free.
Love and peace await
within His embrace
seeing dimly now
but soon face-to-face.
Father God has found
a reason for grace
yet His great mercy
still bewilders me!
Seeing dimly now
but soon face-to-face,
take up Light’s armor –
stand firm and stand free!

Poetry Type:  Triolet

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