Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“...He heareth the cry of the afflicted” (Job 34:28, KJV).

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

“Then when you call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you” (Jer 29:12).

“...the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy” (James 5:11, KJV).

“The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made” (Ps 145:9, NIV).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV).

“Now this is the confidence [confidence in approaching] that we have in Him [God the Father], that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14, NKJV). Note also John 16:23.

“But looking at them, Jesus said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible’ ” (Mark 10:27, NKJV).

“How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings” (Ps 36:7, NIV).

“The Lord is good to all, He has compassion on all He has made” (Ps 145:9, NIV).

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear [respect, reverence] Him” (Ps 103:13, KJV).

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38,39).

“...for He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’ ” (Heb 13:5).

“ ‘And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away’ ” (Rev 21:4, NASB).

“The saying is sure: If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim 2:11-13).

“ ‘In My Father’s house [in heaven] are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you [referring to when Christ ascended to heaven after the cross]. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back [the second coming] and [then] take you to be with me that you also may be where I am’ ” (John 14:2,3, NIV).

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak...” (Rom 15:1, NIV).

“ ‘In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets’ ” (Matt 7:12, NASB).

There's One Who'll Help You Through

Have you made a big mistake and are paying a high price?
Could it be that you've acted contrary to sound advice?
Have you committed a crime? Are you facing time in jail?
Could it be that you knew better, yet let folly prevail?

Have your friends forsaken you and left you feeling lonely?
Are you struggling with your plight — replaying, “Oh, if only”?
Are there loved ones that you’ve hurt? Are you feeling all is lost?
Or has a loved one left you, thinking you’re not worth the cost?

If such is so, I feel for you and offer my sympathy,
And because I’ve blundered too, you've also my empathy.
But there’s Someone I know whose empathy even mine exceeds,
Someone who knows far more so what it’s like when one’s heart bleeds.

Yes, all that turmoil in your mind and that knotty stomach pain;
“Will it ever ease?” you ask, “For it’s driving me insane.”
I know it well, friend, but listen, there’s One who’ll help you through,
One who’ll always be around, though I guess you’re thinking “Who?”

Well, let me introduce you to the greatest Friend I’ve had,
For He has always helped me through the good times and the bad.
If it weren’t for His great love I would not have made it through,
And I know He'll help you too if the following you’ll do:

Quickly fall upon your knees, let Him hear your heartfelt cry,
For this God who answers prayer has the answer to your “Why?”
Tell Him that you need His help, that upon Him you’ll rely,
And on seeing your remorse He’ll assuredly reply.

Christ will help you through it all, and on tough days He’s there more,
So, when you find things harder, kneel again upon the floor.
Yes, often you’ll be kneeling 'till those darker days decrease,
However, when they do friend, I wouldn’t let your praying cease.

No, be mindful of the danger when you’re back on your feet
Of feeling less dependant on this One you’re blest to meet,
For every day you’ll need Him lest the past you just repeat,
For only Christ, Christ alone, one's inner demons can defeat.

Yes, I misguidedly tried to do without Him in my youth,
And discovered that misguidedly proved to be the truth.
But the biggest thing I’ve learnt is, that all Christ badly need,
For any path without Him, eventually to loss will lead.

It’s worth it, friend, believe me, for though I sympathize and care,
He’s the best to lean upon, He’s the best with whom to share.
Christ will never let you down, all His promises He’ll keep,
And when you learn to trust Him, so much better you will sleep.

But remember, I care too, hence why such I eagerly share;
And God desires this, that your load be easier to bear.
We’re His human instruments which He uses to reach out,
And that He loves you dearly I don’t have a single doubt.

So, please give God a try, dear friend, for no one cares like He,
 In fact, I’d surrender all to Him while you’ve opportunity.
For the latter will ensure that you'll spend eternity
With this One who’ll see you through, He who hears each heartfelt plea.

By Lance Landall