Archive for January, 2012

Sonnet from Romans 8:31-39

January 10, 2012

If God be for us, who against can be?

.     He did not spare His Son, but gave him up,

To ransom all of us and set us free.

.     Will He not let us all partake the cup

Of all His gracious goodness? Who can bring

.     A charge against His chosen vessels? Who?

It’s God who justifies—then who can sting

.     With condemnation? Jesus died, and too

.          Was raised, and intercedes for us above!

.          So what can separate us from His love?

.                 Rough treatment, famine, nakedness or sword?

.                “We’re sheep for slaughter,” says His holy Word.

.                    No! We are more than conquerors in these things.

.                    His love will make us reign eternal kings!

Sonnet from Romans 7:15-25

January 10, 2012

I do not  understand the things I do:

.     I find I do not do the things I want,

.     And what I want to do I find I can’t.

There’s only one conclusion I come to:

By doing what I do not want, I say

.     God’s law is good, and sin’s at work in me

.     To do those things, so I cannot be free;

My sinful nature always runs astray.

 

Though in my inner self I love God’s law,

.     Another law I see at work inside,

.           Waging war and making me a slave.

O wretched man! What place is there to draw

.     The strength to win a vict’ry? None beside

.          Christ Jesus—God be thanked! Yes, He can save!

Psalm 1 Pseudosonnet

January 10, 2012

Blessed is the man who does not walk

.                                In ways of wicked men,

Who does not sit with sinners as they mock;

.                                But meditating in

God’s Word, delighting in it night and day,

.                                And putting down his roots,

Grows tree-strong, prospering every way,

.                                Producing seasoned fruit.

.                                Not so the wicked man!

.                Like chaff the wind blows him away.

Against God’s judgment he could never stand,

.                                Nor with the righteous stay.

.                For God is there to watch their way,

But wicked ones will be forever banned.

Proverbs 31 Acrostic

January 10, 2012

Proverbs 31:10-31 (“Proverbs Woman”)

10           A wife of noble character who can find?

.                     She is worth far more than rubies.

11           Because her husband can trust her completely,

.                     he lacks nothing of value.

12           Consistently she seeks his good, not harm,

.                     all the days of her life.

13           Diligently she works with eager hands,

.                     selecting wool and flax.

14           Even if food is far away

.                     she’ll fetch it like the merchant ships.

15           Faithfully she rises before dawn

.                     to provide food for her family and servant girls.

16           Gauging a field suitable, she buys it,

.                     planting a vineyard out of her earnings.

17           Heartily she pours herself into her work

.                     with arms strong to the task at hand,

18           Insuring that her trading will be profitable,

.                     her lamp burning brightly all night long.

19           Joyfully holding distaff in hand,

.                     she grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20           Kindness flows from her open arms to the poor,

.                     through her outstretched hands to the needy.

21           Let it snow—she has not fear for her household;

.                     she has clothed them in scarlet.

22           Majestic in clothes of purple and fine linen,

.                     she stoops to make her own bedcovers.

23           Noted and respected at the city gate, her husband

.                     takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24           Of linen she makes garments to sell,

.                     supplying the merchants with sashes.

25           Perfectly robed in strength and dignity,

.                     she laughs at the days to come.

26           Quiet wisdom is on her lips,

.                     faithful instruction on her tongue.

27           Religiously watching her household affairs,

.                     she does not eat the bread of idleness,

28           So that her children rise, to call her blessed,

.                     and her husband beams with pride:

29           “Though many women do noble deeds,

.                     you outshine them all!”

30           Understand this: Charm deceives and beauty fades,

.                     but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31           Virtue should be promptly rewarded:

.                     let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Psalm 23 Sonnet

January 10, 2012

The Lord’s my Shepherd—nothing lacks. He makes

Me lie in greenest grass, my soul he takes

Beside the stillest streams, and there restores.

He guides my feet into a righteous course,

And even though I walk within the shade

Of death, I fear no harm, for You have made

My know your Presence, through Your rod and staff;

They comfort me, so I can even laugh,

Though enemies await. You table’s spread

With food for me, and oil to bathe my head,

To heal and honor me. A cup so full

Speaks of a grace that nothing can annul,

Goodness and love must follow all my days,

And in your house I’ll surely dwell always.