Spreading Wings of Hope

What if I fall?
What if I fail?

Will I bounce back
then later prevail?

Try as I might
in my own power
failure is all I find

Yet I have faith,
hopeful reliance on a power
much greater than mine

I will fly


It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub again. De wants us to write a 44-word poem that includes her word for the year: bounce. I decided to also include my word for the year: reliance. Head on over and read how other poets are bouncing around in 44-words.

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Wolf Moon

The wolf moon hung high in the clear winter sky as we drove home after a long New Year’s Day of visiting family. I glanced at it several times, but its brightness, coupled with the glare of headlights of oncoming cars and streetlights overhead, were too much for my photophobic eyes to bear. Even the reflection of the full moon on the Columbia River, shimmering its loveliness, made my head hurt. I made most of the trip with my eyes closed.

I felt thankful, though, that it didn’t shine off of snow and ice on the roadway. Clear, dry pavement stretched out before us. Plus, I didn’t have to drive. Good thing, or we may not have made it home.

Crisp cold winter air
tailwind blowing from the east
God sees us home safe


It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets Pub and Victoria is calling for poems about Fuyu No Tsuki, the winter moon. Head over and see what the other poets have to say.

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This Is the Day

There is a famous and oft-quoted verse in Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” We quote this verse on good days and bad, and it is a great verse standing on its own.

But as I read through Psalm 118 in its entirety, I like to meditate on the verses immediately preceding verse 24:

 19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

 20 This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.

In John 10:9, Jesus says: “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” He is the gate of the Lord spoken of in Psalm 118:19-20, through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

Here the Psalmist says that God has answered him and become his salvation. Through the incarnation of Jesus — when ” the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) — God became our salvation.

 22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;

This verse is the only Old Testament verse that is quoted in all four Gospels and in Acts. Jesus quotes it in reference to Himself. He was rejected, and though He is the capstone of our faith in God, He has become a stumbling block for many. To become the capstone, He had to be crucified and resurrected.

 23 the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

It is God who made Jesus the capstone of our faith, and God who planned and executed His crucifixion and resurrection for our salvation. Some blame the Jews or the Romans, others blame Satan, and still others blame the sinfulness of mankind generally for Christ’s suffering and death. But God decided it was necessary and the right thing to do to reconcile His erring children to Himself. If we are not in awe of this wondrous thing, if it is not “marvelous in our eyes,” then we have missed something crucial in our lives and in the Gospel.

 24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

So now we come to the famous verse, and what day is it referring to? The day on which Christ died is the day the Lord has made. It is a day we are to rejoice and be glad in.

And also today is a day that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice and be glad in it no matter what might happen. If the day on which the Word who became flesh suffered and died a horrible death is a day to rejoice and be glad — because of the salvation it produced — then surely we can rejoice and be glad today, whatever God brings our way in it.

 25 O LORD, save us;
O LORD, grant us success.

 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.

Jesus came in the name of the Lord, and on Palm Sunday the people all shouted “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.” Matthew 29:9. He is blessed indeed, and so are we because of Him.

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Me and Dem free-falling!

Sometimes it develops slowly
in hard times when
the Lord has seen us through
and evidence mounts
supporting a comfortable
quiet sinking into a faith that saves
a faith that sustains
as again and again
He is faithful

Other times it takes a leap


I almost missed the first Quadrille Monday of the year at dVerse Poets Pub, but I’m leaping in with all forty-four words just in time for the fun. Head on over and check out where and how the other poets are leaping today.

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A New Fearless Year

Today begins a new year. What will 2018 bring? Who knows, but I’m ready for whatever adventure God has in store for me.

It will be yet another fearless year as I remember the promise of God, given through the prophet Isaiah:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).

Whatever scary things I might face—and I’m sure there will be many—will not stop me from living the abundant life God has in store for me.

My goals in 2018 are to continue to encourage others, to be a light in a dark world, and to rely more on the Spirit of God to help me in each venture that is set before me.

My word for the year in 2017 was Patience. I was mindfully patient with myself as I worked toward my goal of polishing my memoir. My word for 2018 is Reliance.

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Sweet refrain of the Psalms
Enveloping my soul in grace
Lightening my load with peace
Anointed One my place of rest
Hear, O God, my prayer

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Awaiting Our King

Advent is a time to seek
the coming of our mighty King
once born into a stable meek
while angelic choirs did sing

He will return once again
at a time we can’t predict
while the angels sing amen
to rescue hearts He has picked

He has promised light to come
and overtake the looming dark
free us from under Satan’s thumb
our magnificent, glorious Monarch

On Christmas we will celebrate
the first time He came in flesh
as in anticipation we await
His kingly steed in place of the creche


I thought I’d write a little Advent/Christmas poem today for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night, as we celebrate not only this holiday season and the coming of longer days, but also the release of Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light: Voices from poets – dVerse Anthology, now available on Amazon. (Use promo code Bookgift17 for a little savings today). Two of my poems are included in this anthology, along with the poems of many other dVerse poets

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