The Relaxing Trees (poem by me)

There is a hammock
swinging in a wild meadow,
It’s tied to two trees
One tree is called “Trust in God”
The other is called “Firm Hope.”

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

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Renewed Hope (poem by me)

(Dedicated to the youth in my Community Bible Study)

For our youth, I had lost all of my hope,
They didn’t know God and didn’t want to,
As for teen Christians, I knew a few,
Were they on fire for the one true God?….. Nope!

They were ashamed of Jesus’ great Name,
Quoting lyrical blasphemy,
Idolizing every celebrity,
Their Goal: praising money and chasing fame.

Then God Almighty led me here to CBS,
My hope is renewed and restored,
These kids have Jesus and call Him “Lord,”
They are slow to sin and quick to confess.

They quote and memorize Bible verses,
beloved and beautiful in my sight,
Shining God’s light so brilliantly bright,
Our future preachers, teachers, and nurses.

God, You are still on Your high holy throne,
You lift up the Lamb sent to the slaughter,
Lord, You came by blood and by water,
You saved us, a remnant to call Your own.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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The Meaning of Life (poem by me)

Love is the true meaning of life
So do not let your heart delay,
Let it be evident in everything
you do and each word you say.

Love will never cease to fulfill you,
It will extend overseas like an embassy,
Like a chauffeur, hope will drive you,
Like a memoir, it will be your legacy.

“…God is love.”—1John 4:8

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Potential (poem by me)

I look at you and admire 
the great stuff you could do
if only you'd aspire.
 
If you had more confidence, 
you could be more prominent;
If you had less reluctance,
you'd have more abundance;
If you had more hope
and found better ways to cope.
 
I wish you could see you
the way that I do
Then God would give wings
to all the things you dream. 
 
"....Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will
move. Nothing will be impossible for you.' " —Matthew 17:20

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Learning to Hope (poem by me)

I thought hope was too emotive,
I noticed how much time it wasted,
Worse yet—when it fails, it’s corrosive,
But hope is something God created,
To be risked and to be tasted,
I put my faith in You, oh Lord,
To show my heart the unexplored.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love… 1 Corinthians 13:13

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Unlived Things (poem by me)

In the repository of unlived things,
I find unquenched love,
A tarnished wedding ring,
An old baseball glove,
A half-sketched dream.

The sore sight fills my eye,
An oil-soaked cloth of faith,
Restraint against sin piled high,
A picture of Jesus laid to waste,
So much regret, I begin to cry.

Behold, I see a new start,
An infant’s wiggling toes,
A chest of breath and beating heart,
Courage clamors and fresh breath bellows.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. —Ecclesiastes 9:10

*This sonnet explores the repository mentioned in Rainer Maria Rilke’s brilliant poem called “No One Lives His Life.”

©2015 Kim Bond

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