Refuge – A Found Poem

Where you go I will go,
and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people
and your God my God.

The Lord is my refuge.

May the Lord repay you
for what you have done.

The Lord is my refuge.

May you be richly rewarded
by the Lord, the God of Israel,
under whose wings you have come
to take refuge.

The Lord is my refuge.

He has not stopped showing
his kindness to the living and the dead.

The Lord is my refuge.

Praise be to the Lord,
who this day has not left you
without a guardian-redeemer.

The Lord is my refuge.

May he become famous throughout Israel!
He will renew your life
and sustain you in your old age.

The Lord is my refuge and my redeemer.

This found poem is from various verses throughout the book of Ruth, which we just started studying this week in my Bible study class.

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. I’m so glad you shared this. What a gorgeous piece-together of scripture.

    Praise be to the Lord,
    who this day has not left you
    without a guardian-redeemer

    That’s beautiful.

    • Thanks! I think this is my favorite of the found poems I’ve written. It was very much Spirit-led at a time when I had no idea what to write. Peace, Linda

    • Charles, I am pleasantly surprised by how many readers have said Ruth is one of their favorite books! It is a great story and I love how it fits into the bigger story of the Bible. Peace, Linda

  2. I love the book of Ruth too and how you kick started your study with this beautiful poem. It so encourages me! Thank you and God bless you!

    • Deb, I’m glad you liked this. When I write found poems it always feels a bit like I’m stealing, but they are always a blessing to someone especially if they are from scripture. This one was even a blessing to me when I reread it today. 🙂 Peace, Linda

    • Thank you. The refrain was actually added a day after I originally wrote and scheduled this, so I’m glad it turned out to be a good addition. Peace, Linda

  3. I absolutely adore the story of Ruth the Moabitess – a foreigner, a forbidden outsider who found her way into the family tree of the Saviour. God does amazing things His way, not ours.

    • I know the story, but am excited about studying it in depth over the next 5 weeks. It is amazing how God works in ways we would never plan or suspect. Peace, Linda

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