My Divine Defense

My friend Rachel Lulich issued a challenge to write a poem a week based on one of the devotions included in Charles H. Spurgeon’s Faith’s CheckbookI’m always up for a good challenge, and the devotional was only 99 cents for Kindle, so I decided to give it a try.

My first poem is inspired by the April 7 entry entitled “Without Fear of Man.” My favorite line in this short, one-minute devotional is, “God will sooner empty heaven of angels than leave a saint without defense.” 

I decided to write it as a Pantoum because I liked the added challenge of fitting my poem to one of my favorite poetry forms. Here’s what I came up with.

My Divine Defense

I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God
He’ll never leave me without defense
My soul belongs where angels trod
The assurance He promises is no pretense

He’ll never leave me without defense
Naught man can do will I ever fear
The assurance He promises is no pretense
If I need, angel legions will appear

Naught man can do will I ever fear
Though my faith cause the ungodly hatred
If I need, angel legions will appear
My Precious Lord Jesus at their head

Though my faith cause the ungodly hatred
I pray I might turn many to believe
My Precious Lord Jesus at their head
His great truth to perceive

I pray I might turn many to believe
To be braver than lions for the right
His great truth to perceive
Marching forth in His might

To be braver than lions for the right
My soul belongs where angels trod
Marching forth in His might
I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God

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The Shepherd’s Door

The door the Shepherd opened
No one can ever close

The door to His tomb was sealed
How it was opened He knows

By it He made the only way
For us to be redeemed

Though the people thought He died
Things weren’t as they seemed

By His Sunday resurrection
Death He defeated

Now upon His eternal throne
He is rightly seated

He invites all to enter
The door He has opened

The curse once upon mankind
Is now forever broken

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Good Friday Mystery

The thick veil ripped in two
Darkness covered all the land
As the Spirit of God departed
the body of Jesus the man

How it transpired a mystery
Our fragile minds cannot grasp
Sins on the cross all forgiven
When Jesus breathed his last

Satan must have delighted
To think he had finally won
When Jesus cried It is finished
Our salvation was good as done

Though payment was completed
Victory lay still in the grave
In three days he’d rise as he promised
Jesus came our souls to save

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Maundy

He gave a mandate to remember Him
Whenever we eat this wafer thin
We are to ponder His final sup
Whenever we drink from this cup

Symbols of His loving sacrifice
Only our Jesus will suffice
To pay for our sins so great
Trust His promise before it’s too late

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The Light of the World

Even with the Light among them
Many walked in darkness
Refusing to believe
What their own eyes had seen

Others believed in Him
But remained in the shadows
Fearing to be known
As a follower of the true Light

But Mary had no fear
The fragrance of her faith rose
Pouring sweet perfume
To honor the Light of the world

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Resolve

The crowd egged Him on
but He never cracked
Pilate put pressure on
but He didn’t blow His stack

He knew what lay ahead
but never shied away
The hardest cross before Him
but nothing made Him sway

He knew He’d rise another day

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For Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub, where the word of the day is egg.

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Holy Week

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How do You love me
Oh my Lord, my God
Let me look to the cross
Your loving sacrifice

Where would I be without
Emmanuel, my giver of
Eternal life in You
Keeper of the Truth

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