Poetry

How Quiet It Is by Mark Edmonds

Who could have guessed death would be quiet,

But this is a stillness that feels like early morning.

I had a dream, life after death.

A person that looks – well – like me. (Gen 1:26)

“Do you know me,” He asks?

“God,” I say kneeling. “I am,” He says.

He puts out His hand and lifts me to my feet.

His hair is long, resembling a water fall with comets above.

I see eagles in His eyes; when He speaks I hear music & laughter.

He says, “Take this cup, son, drink, you thirst.” I drink.

He says, “I have a gift for you.”

God brushed back my hair with His left hand on my chest.

With His right hand He then hands me a new heart that is unbroken. (Psa 119)

 

Deep In Thought by Noah Hogan

Deep sleep as I lay with my eyes

Rolling around under my eyelids.

God’s trying to get through to me.

The homies trying to disturb my peace.

Deep sleep that I’m in, dreams with evil and good.

My Lord is my soul, my Lord, my Father,

The Lord is my shepherd.

I’ve done lots of things not to be proud of.

Please Lord Jesus forgive me

And let me move on forward.

As I’m deep in thought in sleep

Evaluating the old demons that are knocking at my door.

God please help me from Satan crashing on new life.

It began with My Lord, Jesus Christ.

I wake up to a new revelation of reality check.

 

God’s Age by David Martinez

We were all made by the beat of God’s heart

Blessed by Eternal God,

Here’s a tip

God sent Jesus to save, bless and surpass

All medications and all miracles

Won’t get you sent to Paradise in Heaven,

So please chase the best, give offerings

And tithe and let God give you a good and great life

And be made on the church on solid rock

Lasting long like a pyramid

And when the end of days comes in God’s age

Don’t stay afraid

Just pray and be protected by God the creator of us all

 

My Companion by Jonathan Miller

God spoke to me, He said, “Son you don’t know

What’s in your future, forks in the road.”

He told me advice on which way to go

Do I stay straight? Of course, fast or slow.

I’ll get there eventually, He said it’s up to me

If I get off course then lost I will be

He said He is the Light so come look, see!

It’s a bumpy road, it won’t be easy.

I’m 38 years, almost over the hill.

Where am I going from here seeking His will.

At times I see things hard to believe are real.

He told me, “Son, some will be lost but keep on still.”

The road it is one way, it has bends and turns

But I stay straight, it’s best I have learned.

He told me, “Son, don’t deny a man what he’s earned.”

He said do the right thing and in the Word stand firm.

The road’s going to bring some that will listen,

Some in the end you will see their remission.

It’s a one shot race, no second edition.

If you see life as vacation, son, go fishin’.

Be a fisher of men like Peter and Paul.

I know you wish I could save them all.

It will sadden your heart but, son, stand tall

And get up, don’t stay down, that’s if you fall.

“My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Carry my burden and bare it right.

Victory, it came when I rose in sight,

Said what I had to say, then a cloud through the sky.

He said it’s our work, a job we can do.

When He comes as He left then work is through.

He said make good decisions and, son, speak the truth.

Keep hope in your heart of a day brand new.

The road that I’m traveling is the road of life.

We only live once unless we don’t die twice.

It could be hard to travel if you don’t have Christ.

My Battle by Leonard Rush

A man is tempted when he’s led away

By his own desire.

Even though it’s not it can seem like

An unquenchable fire.

But there’s always a way left

For me to escape.

A way for this clay to let the

Potter determine my shape.

My battles are hard fought

But not always won.

I always have a clear shot but just don’t

Always wanna use my gun.

There’s no need to explain why

I’m sure you already know.

I’m just like any other guy,

Sometimes I’m high sometimes I’m low

But I’m not gonna beat myself up over it.

And even if I slip it doesn’t mean

I’m gonna up and quit.

I’ve come way too far

To just give up now.

And this is the last trip to prison

That I’m going to allow!

 

At Times by Jerome Pittman

At times the walls seem to get close to me

Maybe because of the place so long I be

At times it seems no one cares, I am all alone

But the Word tells me otherwise, the thought is wrong.

At times it seems I’m in a need of something

But my supplier of provision is not a thing

At times my emotions can seek to get the best

But I remember is faith in Him do I rest

At times I ask my God, God, Why Me?

He, through his Words says, read and see

At times my prayer, study, and fellowship is hungry

Because I’ve allowed my location and people to get the best of me.

At times I need someone at hand to talk to me

Those days, no one, then pen and paper to D. O. C.

 

Lost and Found by Larry Sage

Lost and found, is that the sound of your voice upon the winds?

Memories of better times come to mind, I welcome them like long lost friends.

This life of mine, even with the time I’ve lost, it hasn’t been all bad.

I’ve crossed some lines and paid the cost, it’s thanks to grace that I’m not sad.

It’s hard sometimes to separate the wrong from the right and take the pain out of the fun.

I did the crimes, this I know as I listen to the lonesome song of the night.

There is a price to pay for the things I’ve done.

The past is as confusing to me as my future is unknown.

The more I try, I realize that I can’t make sense of it on my own.

I’m like the guy pushing the rock up the hill and then I become the rolling stone.

When I start rolling I can’t stop until I end up back in this house that’s not a home.

Lucky for me this time I landed in the house of the Lord, and in His house

We don’t worry about the troubles of tomorrow.

And when I come out it will be with shield and sword.

Even darkness will be light around us, and joy overcomes all sorrow.

For I was lost and now I’m found, the seed’s been planted and because of Him it’s grown.

The voice upon the wind belongs to Jesus, my best friend, and He is with me in everything

I do. Never again will I be alone…for His house is my home.

 

 

His Banner Over Me Is Love

       Song by Norman Stottmeister

D-G-D-B7-E-A-D

D

Sometimes the storms of life can overwhelm me.

I’m tossed about upon an angry sea.

G                                   D      B7

But Jesus is my hope and all my comfort.

E                                     A

He can calm the tempest for me.

(Chorus)

D

Jesus is the rock of my salvation.

His peace descends upon me like a dove.

G

And His banner over me-

D                   B7

His banner over me—

E           A     D

His banner over me is love!

When I am in Death’s Shadowed Valley

And if I tire along the way, I know that He
Will bear all of my burdens for me. (Chorus)

The times when God seems fit to purge or prune me,
I find I must rely upon His care.

And though the time of testing may bring me some pain,
Through pruning much more fruit I will bear. (Chorus)

And God has promised not to over tempt us.
He’ll never give us more than we can hold.
And all the tribulation burns the dross away,

And we’ll come through the fire as gold. (Chorus)

(Bridge)
G                      D

Through the fire! Through the flood!

A                                 D

Through great trials; but by His blood! 2x

 

 

 

 

(Bridge)

G                      D

Through the fire! Through the flood!

A                                 D

Through great trials; but by His blood! 2x

D

Jesus is the rock of my salvation.

His peace descends upon me like a dove.

G

And His banner over me-

D                   B7

His banner over me—

E           A     D

His banner over me is love!

 

 

 

In tribulation, Jesus is beside me.

When I am in Death’s Shadowed Valley

And if I tire along the way, I know that He
Will bear all of my burdens for me. (Chorus)

The times when God seems fit to purge or prune me,
I find I must rely upon His care.

And though the time of testing may bring me some pain,
Through pruning much more fruit I will bear. (Chorus)

And God has promised not to over tempt us.
He’ll never give us more than we can hold.
And all the tribulation burns the dross away,

And we’ll come through the fire as gold. (Chorus)

 

 

 

(Bridge)

                G                      D

Through the fire! Through the flood!

A                                 D

Through great trials; but by His blood! 2x

 



D

Jesus is the rock of my salvation.

His peace descends upon me like a dove.

G

And His banner over me-

D                   B7

His banner over me—

E           A     D

His banner over me is love!

 

 

 

In tribulation, Jesus is beside me.

When I am in Death’s Shadowed Valley

And if I tire along the way, I know that He
Will bear all of my burdens for me. (Chorus)

The times when God seems fit to purge or prune me,
I find I must rely upon His care.

And though the time of testing may bring me some pain,
Through pruning much more fruit I will bear. (Chorus)

And God has promised not to over tempt us.
He’ll never give us more than we can hold.
And all the tribulation burns the dross away,

And we’ll come through the fire as gold. (Chorus)

 

 

 

(Bridge)

                G                      D

Through the fire! Through the flood!

A                                 D

Through great trials; but by His blood! 2x

 

Not Alone by Robert Yancey

Don’t think when you have troubles that your neighbor goes Scott free

Because he shows a smiling front and battles cheerfully

No man! He, too has troubles, but herein the difference lies

While you go idly moping round the other fellow tries.

Don’t envy other people; maybe, if the truth you knew

You’d find their burdens heavier for than is the case with you.

Because a fellow, rain or shine, can show a smiling face

Don’t think you’d have an easier time if you could take his place.

Tis hope and cheery courage that incite one to retrieve

One’s past mistakes to start afresh, to dare to achieve.

So smile and if perchance you light the spark of hope anew

In some poor sad and burdened heart, all honor be to you.

Amen.

 

 

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