Sunday, November 23, 2014

The winds caught them unawares – v2

Wanting to walk with Jesus
to sit at the Master’s feet
wanting to journey with Him
but also to rest with Him
in time set apart, cloistered;
but they were distracted
caught up in the outside world
the winds caught them unawares
seeking to pull them from Jesus

Knowing how hard it is
to not listen to the wind howling
even the whispers difficult
to ignore, not pay attention
May they not be distracted
by the wind, by the world
issues back home
out of their control


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edited November 23, 2014
The winds caught them unawares – v2

November 23, 2014
The winds caught them unawares
Matthew 14:22-33
edited November 23, 2014
But their eyes were kept from recognizing him
edited November 21, 2014
Given Eyes to See Jesus – v2
(merger of 2 poems)
November 21, 2014
Given Eyes to See Jesus
Luke 24:31
November 21, 2014
unable to see Jesus
November 21, 2014
walking beside Jesus
Luke 24:16
November 21, 2014
hearing the ancient words
November 21, 2014
not knowing what to expect
November 21, 2014
praying in the wee hours
November 21, 2014
listening first - 2
November 21, 2014
gathering in silence
November 21, 2014
praying for them in silence
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,700+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

The winds caught them unawares

Wanting to walk with Jesus
to sit at the Master’s feet
wanting to journey with Him
but also to rest with Him
in time set apart, cloistered;
but they were distracted
caught up in the outside world
the winds caught them unawares
seeking to pull them from Jesus

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November 23, 2014
The winds caught them unawares

Matthew 14:22-33
edited November 23, 2014
But their eyes were kept from recognizing him
edited November 21, 2014
Given Eyes to See Jesus – v2
(merger of 2 poems)
November 21, 2014
Given Eyes to See Jesus
Luke 24:31
November 21, 2014
unable to see Jesus
November 21, 2014
walking beside Jesus
Luke 24:16
November 21, 2014
hearing the ancient words
November 21, 2014
not knowing what to expect
November 21, 2014
praying in the wee hours
November 21, 2014
listening first - 2
November 21, 2014
gathering in silence
November 21, 2014
praying for them in silence
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,700+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Give God Our Bodies

Give God our bodies
our hands and our feet
all that we are, nothing held back
our feet, our voices, our love
to be Christ, the Son,
to continue His ministry
ministers to the whole world
reflecting God’s love
in mission to the earth
being the hands of the Creator,
the feet of the apostles,
the voice of righteousness
for all who are in need
Giving God our bodies
overcoming the darkness
light burning bright,
to the peoples of the world
honoring the Great Commission
the power in those flames,
the Spirit alive within as on Pentecost,
to be God’s image, His reflection
for all mankind, for all who suffer injustice
for all the sinners, estranged from God
in need of healing, of life reborn
deep within each one of us
the stirring of the Spirit
calling us to witness, to testify
to announce, like John before Him
before the Baptism of Christ
that the Day of the Lord
is drawing nigh, that the Kingdom comes
and is already here
if we give God our bodies,
our hands and feet, our all,
and joyfully do His will


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edited November 23, 2014
Give God Our Bodies

edited November 22, 2014
Give God Our Hands – v2
February 28, 2008
Give God Our Hands
edited November 22, 2014
Give God Our Hearts – v2
February 28, 2008
Give God Our Hearts
edited November 22, 2014
Give God Our Minds – v2
February 28, 2008
Give God Our Minds
Walk to Emmaus
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

A Feast of Worship – v3

The pastor, in the makeshift pulpit
at the lectern, far from the vaulted ceilings,
far from the stain glassed sanctuary
but that didn’t stop him, his joy overflowing
Speaking effusively, lovingly of time set apart
of vacation from work; but going on Sundays
A feast of worship, in a distant place
away from daily duty, cares of his own flock
when he could allow the Word, in worship
to rain down on him in a banquet, a feast of worship
drinking in the living water in many churches,
being fed, being nurtured, breathing in what he needed,
many traditions in a single weekend
Able to immerse himself in the healing,
the grace of the time in fellowship,
communion with the saints
gathered in worship
rich and ever new


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edited November 22, 2014
A Feast of Worship – v3

(editing original again)
edited May 30, 2014
A Feast of Worship – v2
February 24, 2008
A Feast of Worship
Walk to Emmaus
Means of Grace talk by
Rev. Mark Monson-Alley
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Coming Before – v2

Before we were aware, conscious
able to see the outstretched hand of God
It was there, from the beginning
Open, welcoming, strong
The hand of God available to us
The love of God seeking
seeking a relationship
loving and complete
with each one of us,
all His children
all over the world


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edited November 22, 2014
Coming Before – v2

February 22, 2008
Coming Before
Walk to Emmaus
Prevenient Grace
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Outstretched Hands – v2

The outstretched hands of the Creator
our loving, caring God
reaching for us, wooing
calling to us,
offering to each of us
His loving grace,
support in times of struggle
a way home, to Him,
to relationship with Him;
His warm embrace
always ready, waiting
for when we are ready
to accept His hand, His love
when we are ready
to say yes to our God


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edited November 22, 2014
Outstretched Hands – v2

February 24, 2008
Outstretched Hands
Walk to Emmaus
Prevenient Grace
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Being Ripples – v3

The love of God, His Spirit,
dropped into the pool, the world
We are to be the ripples,
transformed, moving outward
touching distant shores,
human hearts, some ready
some not yet so, yet hoping;
each washed by the living water
flowing outward, through us.
we are the seeds, the stones
scattered richly, spreading outward
we are the seeds on the wind

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Edited November 22, 2014
Being Ripples – v3

(editing original again)
edited May 30, 2014
Being Ripples – v2
February 22, 2008
Being Ripples
Walk to Emmaus
written on drive to training
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

His Open Hand – v2

Whether we are aware or not
even when we reject God’s offer,
God is still waiting, standing there
as close as our breath, a whisper
His grace seeking us,
His outstretched hand
is ever there, ready
We need but accept
His gift of grace, love
Oh please, take His outstretched hand
and find your rest in Him


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edited November 22, 2014
His Open Hand – v2

February 22, 2008
His Open Hand
Walk to Emmaus
Prevenient Grace
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Wooing Us – v2

Just as a bridegroom,
God is courting us,
wooing us back to Him
to a loving relationship
as the Father to the Prodigal
once more, again
with arms open wide.
No candy, no roses.
Eternity with Him.


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edited November 22, 2014
Wooing Us – v2

February 22, 2008
Wooing Us
Walk to Emmaus
Prevenient Grace
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Prolong His Days – v2

The days of the Lord
the risen and living God
God with us, the Christ,
His offspring, through the generations
Prolong His days, extend,
following in the family business
tending the fields, the fisheries,
the vineyards, watching over
the sheep, the fields
ripe for harvest, ready,
We spread His message of love
to the ends of the earth
Prolong His days, extend,
in the sharing of His life
a libation poured out
to save the whole world


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edited November 22, 2014
Prolong His Days – v2

February 23, 2008
Prolong His Days
Walk to Emmaus
Isaiah 53:1-12
Isaiah 53:10b
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

One Message – v2

While we are many voices
many different individuals
each with gifts, each with flaws
we all are called, we are drawn
to proclaim one holy message
one message of transformation
becoming the body of Christ
not within the buildings
we call the church
but within our lives
We speak one message
as the voice of Christ
building up the church
the body of Christ alive
living within us, Christ’s Spirit,
when we are in fellowship
whether in worship, in prayer,
in study or action.


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edited November 22, 2014
One Message – v2

February 23, 2008
One Message
Walk to Emmaus
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Freeing Us – v2

Freeing us from sin, from death
empowering us to new life in Him
to new life in His grace
living within God
in His loving presence
We are to walk humbly with God
we are to follow His commands
doing His will, His good and righteous will
Living a life worthy
of the name Christian,
because other are watching
and because we love God


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edited November 22, 2014
Freeing Us – v2

February 23, 2008
Freeing Us
Micah 6:8
Walk to Emmaus
&
Prayers for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of New England
Walk to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
grace
love
Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son
Mark 10:17-31
The Parable of the Rich Man
(same template from 11/4/2012)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,810+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.