Christmas Candle Desiring God

Christmas Candle The sun had just begun to set And Joseph’s face, filled with regret Appeared again. “We’ll find a place,” Said Mary, full of hope and grace. “I know we will,” she touched his chin And bravely smiled, “Who needs an inn? The sky
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The Innkeeper Desiring God

The Innkeeper Jake’s wife would have been fifty-eight The day that Jesus passed the gate Of Bethlehem, and slowly walked Toward Jacob’s Inn. The people talked With friends, and children played along The paths, and Jesus hummed a song, And smiled at every child he saw. He p
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Advent Beauty Desiring God

Advent Beauty Tilting on her yearly track Advent beauty circles back, Flying faster with the years, Hardly giving time for tears First to dry upon the cheek- Has it been more than a week Since we laid both young and old ?In the ground now winter cold? Has there really been a spring Wh
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Old Anna Desiring God

Old Anna At eighty-four her eyes were dim. In Israel the days were grim. The Roman overlords would spit Upon the temple steps and sit Across the court and watch the priest On duty leave his feast And put a towel on his staff To wipe it up. And then they’d laugh To see the prelat
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Glorified Desiring God

Glorified As far as any eye could see There was no green. But every tree Was cinder black, and all the ground Was grey with ash. The only sound Was arid wind, like spirits’ ghosts, Now gasping for some living hosts In which to dwell, as in the days Of evil men, before the blaze
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Noah Desiring God

Noah Old Noah stroked his beard and sat Among his sons like stone. “What’s that?” They asked. “There in your lap, the bark.” But Noah let the evening dark Grow thick before he said a word. “How can I speak what I have heard!” He thought, and l
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The mother of Moses Desiring God

The mother of Moses “Tonight he will be spared again,” She thought, “And this time it is men Of Egypt, not the infant boys Of Jacob who will choke the joys Of wives and mothers when they die. And they, like us, will wonder why.” The smell of roasted mutton hung
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David Desiring God

David In spring, the time of year when kings Go forth to war, and David sings Of conquest, and the lonely wives At dawn plead for the distant lives Of brown-eyed lovers under oath To Joab, it is known to both That front-line flesh is severed first And valiant men must bear the worst.
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Rahab Desiring God

Rahab Her velvet sleeves lay motionless And limp against the scarlet dress. A half-said word hung still and thin Between her frozen lips, and in The distance she could hear the screams Of men whose adolescent dreams She metamorphosed into sin Converting fantasy to skin. No blinking no
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Justified Desiring God

Justified It was as though a thousand layers Of fraud and murder and affairs, Each wrapped around his shrinking heart, And hard as steel, had come apart. He hung there silent, numb and hoarse From screaming at the pain. The coarse And filthy language of his soul Dried scarlet on the s
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