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No More Tears (Revised)

I am posting a revised version of the poem  ‘No More Tears’ as a dedication to my Aunt Linda who passed away last Thursday evening after a horrible battle with lung cancer that had spread to her brain.  The burden of the flesh is no longer hers and she feels no pain or suffering only unimaginable joy.  As we continue to shed our tears because we miss her, we have great comfort in knowing she is now in a much better place!

Calm and secure, safe open gates,
Brilliant beauty for us awaits.
Glory of God, You will endure,
Safe open gates, calm and secure

Most Holy place, all things made new,
Shining city, come into view
We enter through Your throne of Grace,
All things made new, most Holy place.

No more death and no more sorrow.
No more questions for tomorrow!
Enjoying everlasting breath,
No more sorrow, no more death!

The former things are passed away,
No more chaos or disarray!
A myriad of angels sing,
All passed away, those former things.

No aching tears, nor any pain.
A constant Light, You will sustain.
Remember not forgotten years,
Not any pain, or aching tears.

O Prince of Peace, in grace You reign.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!
O Coming One and great High Priest,
In grace You reign, our Prince of Peace.

You go before – You are the Way.
We’re longing for that hopeful day,
To finally walk through open door.
You are the Way, You’ve gone before.

Eternal thirst You satisfy,
Upon the cross, You chose to die.
Jesus, our King – the Last, the First,
You satisfy eternal thirst!


(Linda and Scotti in 1996)

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No More Tears

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.        Revelation 21:4

Eternal thirst You satisfy,
Upon the cross, You chose to die.
Jesus, our King – the Last, the First,
You satisfy eternal thirst!

Water of life, freely given,
Thank You, Lord, that we’re forgiven!
Prepare Your church to stand through strife.
Guide us to Your water of life.

You go before – You are the Way.
We’re longing for that hopeful day,
To finally walk through open door.
You are the Way, You’ve gone before.

No more death and no more sorrow.
No more questions for tomorrow!
Enjoying everlasting breath,
No more sorrow, no more death!

The former things are passed away,
No more chaos or disarray!
A myriad of angels sing,
All passed away, those former things.

No aching tears, nor any pain.
A constant Light, You will sustain.
Remember not forgotten years,
Not any pain, or aching tears.

These words of trust – faithful and true.
Living only to worship You.
Our perfect Rock, so right and just.
Faithful and true – Your Word we Trust.

You beckon, “Come!” We hear Your voice,
With joyful choir, our lips rejoice!
No second thought can take us from,
The voice we hear. You beckon, “Come!”

We worship You, our souls ablaze,
Hope of Glory, receive our praise.
Son of David, pure hearts anew,
Our souls ablaze to worship You.

Bright Morning Star, You took our cup,
Forever death is swallowed up!
Eternal Love is who You are,
You took my cup, Bright Morning Star.

O Prince of Peace, in grace You reign.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!
O Coming One and great High Priest,
In grace You reign, our Prince of Peace.

Most Holy place, all things made new,
Shining city, come into view
We enter through Your throne of Grace,
All things made new, most Holy place.

Calm and secure, safe open gates,
Brilliant beauty for us awaits.
Glory of God, You will endure,
Safe open gates, calm and secure.

Lord Jesus – come! Come quickly Lord!
The faithful sing in one accord,
With joyful dance and beating drum,
Come quickly Lord! Lord Jesus – come!

Scripture References: Revelation 21 & 22

Poetry Type: Swap Quatrain

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Protector

Life can be so turbulant and unpredictable!  Have you ever felt as if you were facing a thundering black funnel cloud speeding in your direction? How can we have peace in our souls while the trials of this life whirl around us? After talking to a friend who was facing tough times, I was inspired to write about God’s protection in the face of a brewing storm.  While I was meditating on scripture, I had this image of clinging to Jesus as He stood firmly in the eye of a massive storm.  I believe He has the power to tame the storm, yet many times, He wants us to experience trials so that we will become more dependent on Him. One of God’s faithful promises is that we can find peace and protection in Him! I pray that you will turn to Him today for protection. Amen!  

My hiding place when darkness falls
Sleep is so sweet within Your walls
Safe in Your arms, under Your grace
When darkness falls, my hiding place

You keep me on the narrow path
Redeem me from eternal wrath
Your light shines brighter each new dawn
The narrow path, You keep me on 

Calling Your name, down on my knees
Protect me from these troubled seas
Cover me while satan takes aim
Down on my knees, calling Your name 

Christ’s victory, I’m trusting in
Lead me from temptation and sin
In righteousness, from evil flee
I’m trusting in Christ’s victory 

You are the way, to You I yield
Mighty armor and faithful shield
Guide me to a hopeful new day
To You I yield, You are the way 

Deliver me, my strong tower
Under wings of divine power
Preserved by Your tender mercy
My strong tower, deliver me 

Protection found, a place so warm
Safety in the eye of the storm
My salvation, my holy ground
A place so warm, protection found  

You are my Rock, whom shall I fear?
When I am weak, draw ever near
Holding on tight, in step we walk
Whom shall I fear?  You are my Rock!

This type of poem is called a swap quatrain. Each stanza must consist of four lines with a rhyming pattern of AABB, CCDD, etc.  The unique challenge of writing this type of poetry is to reverse the first line in the fourth line.

Scripture Meditations (KJV) 

Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 

Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (NIV)

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 

1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  

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