What Really Matters (poem by me)

What really matters
becomes clear at the seashore
Sun rises and sets
All this with no help from me
Only the work of God’s hands.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” —Psalm 19:1

*Submit your essay or poem for consideration https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

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The Morning After (poem by me)

(In memory of Bryan)

Let it be yesterday,
Let me go back in time,
And hug you,
And hold you tight,
And tell you “No,
Don’t do it!”
We will never get over you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”–Jeremiah 29:11

*Do not suffer in silence. Speak out and tell someone if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts. The National Suicide Hotline. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) any time of the day or night.

**One of the aims of Draw Near’s upcoming anthology called Laments is to communicate our struggles instead of wrestling in silence. Please consider submitting an essay that conveys the challenges in your life and the hope you have in Christ.

Death is Coming (poem by me)

Our days are numbered.
Nothing can stop death,
Not…

an ambulance,
a brick building,
a charmed chance,
a dome ceiling,
an escape pod,
a fixed fund,
a greenback wad,
a handgun,
an iPhone,
jewels or gems,
a kind grandmum,
likeable friends,
mating or marriage,
a notable musician,
overprotective parents,
powerful ammunition,
qualified doctors,
radical diets,
service helicopters,
trusted advice,
an unyielding cause,
a vaccination,
a watchdog,
xenogenication,
a youthful appearance,
or a zealous perseverance.

Do you know you need a Savior?
Don’t wait for more inspiration,
Now is the time of God’s favor,
Now is the day of salvation.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” —Revelation 3:20

Baptism (poem by me)

Baptism.
It has eternal relevance in the spiritual realm,
Show your righteous reverence; From the rooftop, tell ’em,
Don’t dip your pinky toe or dangle your feet; dive in,
Don’t delay another day; today is your day,
Baptism.

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” —Acts 22:16

*Are you going through something? Draw Near would love to read your lament in the form of a personal essay, poem, or other writing. Details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

A Poetic Blessing (poem by me)

May the Lord be your rock and your citadel,
May humility be the fork with which you eat,
then honor will be your carousel,
and riches will gather at your feet.

“Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.” —Proverbs 22:4

*Are you going through something? Draw Near would love to read your lament in the form of a personal essay, poem, or other writing. Details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

Yet to Come (poem by me)

What if Grandma’s baking was the best smell ever?
What if baby skin is the softest matter we’ll caress?
What if the first kiss is the last time our hearts’ll flutter?
If this world is all there is for us, then there’s nothing else left.

But if heaven exists, then the best is yet to come,
We have never felt a cloud tuck us in at night,
We still haven’t smelled truly fragrant blossoms!
We haven’t felt the unmitigated love of Christ.

Surely the Lord is there waiting for you and me,
He holds an unimaginable joy for us in eternity.

“…’no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has known.’ God has prepared these things for those who love him.” 2Corinthians 2:9 (NIRV)

Say No (poem by me)

When he advances
Even in subtle ways,
Be ready with your “no.”

Even if it’d help your finances,
Say no to the raise,
When he advances.

When it seems innocent though,
Business travel for a few days,
Be ready with your “no.”

Stand firm and take your chances,
Reject his invitation always,
When he advances.

In your heart you know,
You see it in his gaze,
Be ready with your no.

Regardless of the circumstances,
Don’t delay or tiptoe,
When he advances
Be ready with your “no.”

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”—Ephesians 6:10