Service – A Triolet

This poem started as just the first three lines as I was preparing to head off to my small group meeting to discuss our Christian tool of “service.” Then I decided to turn it into a triolet. The meter isn’t perfect for a triolet, but it seemed to flow right to me anyway.

In the sermon at church on Sunday, our Youth Minister Colie talked about how we have to be filled with God’s love before we can pour it out in service to others. She used the illustration of a watering can that can only be used to water flowers and plants after it has been filled with water. The difference between water in a watering can and us as a vessel of God’s love is that when we pour out the love God has filled us with we are still full because of His endless love.


Your love fills me to the brim
I pour it out again and again
I find I’m still full in the end
Your love fills me to the brim

A helping hand I want to lend
To those who need You now
Your love fills me to the brim
I pour it out again and again


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I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


21 Responses

  1. Ooh, it’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a triolet.
    I really liked this one. Made me smile.
    There are surprisingly many people who need some extra love in their lives.
    Nice work =)

    • A few weeks ago the FormForAll lesson at dVerse Poets Pub was on triolets, and quite a few people wrote one and linked there. You can check it out here: FormForAll – Triolets. I have also posted 3 other triolets over the past few weeks. I really like the form. Peace, Linda

  2. Loved this Linda! I’m so blessed you can get these poems written with all you are doing. God bless you as you pour out for others, in His love!

  3. I love the comparison of Christ’s love to a watering can full of water. That visual will stay with me well beyond this post.

    Also, thanks for sharing the writing process as it unfolds in your heart and on the page. I learn from that, too. : )

    • Linda, I so glad you said you like to read about my writing process. Sometimes I grapple with whether to include it or just post the poem. I tend to end up deciding to include it and it’s good to know someone likes to read that part. 🙂

      In Colie’s sermon, she also talked about how we are all different types of vessels for God’s love. Some are like stationary sprinklers, some are like those garden hoses that ooze water out all the way along, others are like a watering can, and some are like a power hose. We don’t need to try to be like some other vessel, but let God’s love pour or ooze or sprinkle out in just the way He made us. Peace, Linda

    • Kellie, Yes, it was good to get to the point of feeling this poem was done. Though as I’m sure you have experienced, it wasn’t long before the pen is back in my hand to write something else. 🙂 Peace, Linda

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