Poems and Bible Verses
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Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus!
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Light or Dark?

God's *senior citizen*

The eyes of love

Friends & enemies
As unto God... Just DO it!

Let your light shine

Here's how YOU can say,
"Happy birthday, Lord Jesus!"

1- Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people.

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name!

Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Psalm 105.1-4

2- Life can hold such lovely things!
Apple-blossum-scented springs;
Purple mist of haze and heather;
Books to read in stormy weather.

Common as a cookie jar,
Things I hold the dearest are:
A small white house, a small brown dog;
Sunlight breaking through a fog;
And as sweet as summer rain,
Understanding after pain.

Life holds all these lovely things.
Thank you God for all it brings.
"Thank You, God" by Nina Stiles

4- He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And God will pay back what he has given.
Proverbs 19.17

3- Art thou lonely, O my brother?
Share thy little with another.
Stretch your hand to one unfriended,
And thy loneliness is ended!
"Art Thou Lonely?" by John Oxenham

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I think God seeks this house, serenely white,
Upon this hushed, elm-bordered street, as one
With many mansions seeks, in calm delight,
A boyhood cottage intimate with sun.

I think God feels Himself the Owner here,
Not just rich Host to some self-seeking throng,
But Friend of village folk who want Him near
And offer Him simplicity and song.

No stained-glass windows hide the world from view,
And it is well. The world is lovely there,
Beyond clear panes, where branch-scrolled skies look through,
And field and hills, in morning hours of prayer.

God spent His youth with field and hill and tree,
And Christ grew up in rural Galilee.
"A Country Church" by Violet Alleyn Storey


Thus says the LORD:
"Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist," Says the LORD.
"But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word."
Isaiah 66.1-2

On the Sabbath day
We went out of the city to the riverside,
Where prayer was customarily made.
There we sat down
And spoke to the women who met there.
Acts 16.13

Light or Dark?

O Star that led the Wise Men from the East,
Shine on our revels -- sanctify our feast!

They sought the Prince of Peace. We seek Him, too:
But not with myrrh and frankincense -- with rue,

The Flower of Repentance, meet for those
Who saw the Light and yet the Darkness chose.

Though sometimes it may wax and sometimes wane,
Yet beams that Star -- yet beckons us again;

Eternal challenge to the mystic Quest
For Peace, which, till he find, man may not rest.

And it shall shine until its task be done,
With all men Brothers, and all nations One.

Shine on our revels -- sanctify our feast,
O Star that led the Wise Men from the East!
"Star of Bethlehem" by Florence Van Cleve


Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
"I AM the Light of the world.
He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
But have the Light of Life."

He who says he is in the Light,
But hates his brother,
Is in darkness until now.

He who loves his brother abides in the Light,
And there is no cause for stumbling in him.

But he who hates his brother is in darkness
And walks in darkness,
And does not know where he is going,
Because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
John 8.12; 1 John 2.9-11

God's *senior citizen*

1- Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow,
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.

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Yes Jesus loves me. Yes Jesus loves me.
Yes Jesus loves ME!
God's Bible tells me so.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go,
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.

Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He's begun.
Let me serve Him with a smile,
Go with Jesus every mile.

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."


2- When my work on earth is done,
And life's battles have been won.
He will take me home above,
Joy eternal in His love!

You love Jesus? Does He know?
Have you ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear you say,
That you love Him every day.


3- O God, You have taught me from my youth,
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Psalm 71.17-18

The eyes of love

1- I wear a cloak of laughter
Lest anyone should see
My dress of sorrow underneath
And stop to pity me.

I wear a cloak of laughter
Lest anyone should guess
That what is hid beneath it
Is less than happiness . . .

But, ah, what does it matter
To you who are so wise?
My cloak falls tattered at my feet
Before your tender eyes.

For cloaks to cover sorrow
Are meant for stranger folk;
One cannot hide away from friends
Beneath a laughing cloak.


2- Oh, futile cloak of laughter,
How frail you are and thin!
Love looks through you so easily
And sees the grief within.
"Cloak of Laughter" by Abigail Cresson


3- All of you be of one mind,
Have compassion for one another.
Love as brothers. Be tenderhearted. Be humble.
1 Pet 3.8

Rejoice with those who rejoice.
Weep with those who weep.
Rom 12.15

Bear one another's burdens,
And so fulfill the law of Christ.
Gal 6.2


Friends & enemies

If you have a thousand friends,
You've not a friend to spare;
But if you have one enemy,
You meet him everywhere.


Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Prov 27.6

As unto God... Just DO it!

Let me today do something that will take
A little sadness from the world's vast store,
And may I be so favored as to make
Of joy's too scanty sum a little more.

Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend.
Nor would I pass unseeing worthy need,
Or sin by silence when I should defend.

However meager be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid my kind --
A word of courage, or a thought of health
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

Let me tonight look back across the span
'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say --
Because of some good act to beast or man --
"The world is better that I lived today."
"A Morning Prayer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


We are God's workmanship,
Created in Christ Jesus for good works,
Which God prepared beforehand
That we should walk in them.

Eph 2.10

Let your light so shine before men,
That they may see your good works
And glorify your Father in heaven.
Words of Lord Jesus, Matthew 5.16

Whatever you do in word or deed,
Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
Giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Col 3.17

Let your light shine

Let your light shine like a candle lit in a dark room,
Never to be put out by hatred or gloom,
Though it may flicker from time to time
Don't let it bother the general shine.

To let others see the truth is your candle's purpose.
Even when the enemy blows out the flame,
Let the wick smoulder within you and exclaim
That all the candles in the room
Are working to change the fate of sinners...
Which is doom.

Always remember that one candle can start a chain
To light the others,
And save them from eternal pain.
"Light" - Copyright 2003 by Mallory. All rights reserved.


You are the light of the world!

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, But on a lampstand,
And it gives light to all who are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men,
That they may see your good works
And glorify your Father in heaven.
Words of Lord Jesus, Matthew 5.14-16


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