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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE ARTIST AND THE CLAY

THE ARTIST AND THE CLAY

I am a piece of clay,
Still fresh and easily pliable.
And the work of those who shape me,
Will be judged and they will be liable.

For on a person’s potting wheel,
I can be punched and pounded.
My being may become distorted,
And I will not be well rounded.

I can be molded beautifully when,
On the Master’s wheel I am poured.
A flaw may appear or a total collapse,
But I can be restored.

Over time a pattern is formed,
It is never just a straight line.
Each person I’ve ever known,
Will add to the design.

Each acquaintance will add a mark.
Motive will inspire each spot.
Let’s just hope the ones who destroy,
Will only leave a dot.

All are owned by the Master Potter;
We are dust formed into clay.
Each us has his own potter’s wheel,
And our work will be judged someday.

Pressure must be applied in the process,
And “the pot” will be tested by fire.
But for those who spent time in the Master’s hands,
A true work of art will transpire.

Becky Overturf Wall 

RIDING THE WAVES OF DISCOURAGEMENT

RIDING THE WAVES OF DISCOURAGEMENT
(Ezra)

The Israelites were captives in Babylon,
Where God was punishing them.
When Cyrus, the king, inspired by God,
Let them go to Jerusalem.

He returned the golden vessels,
Carried off by a former king.
So 50,000 returned to their homeland,
Two hundred of them could sing.

The foundations were laid in the second year;
They were dedicated with joy.
But then their adversaries,
Made it their job to annoy.

Their enemies offered their help while saying,
They seek God and they sacrifice.
But the people were wise to their lies;
They knew they were not making nice.

Others discouraged the workers;
They said things to make them afraid.
They hired counselors to work against them,
As the stones were being laid.

They tried to frustrate their plans;
Accusations were made against them.
Then they took their case to the king,
And managed to deceive him.

God's people had to wait for a new king,
Then the situation was repeated.
This time the king found Cyrus’s decree,
So they were no longer mistreated.

He decreed they must not be disturbed,
And exempted them from tributes.
He supplied all their needs for offerings,
For the people to distribute.

God is a God of forgiveness;
He offers hope and restoration.
When remorse and repentance are shown,
He responds to the man or the nation.

Becky Wall

MISERY FROM A - Z

Jeremiah used the 22 Hebrew letters to shape the first four chapters but not the 5th chapter. It compares to using our alphabet from A-Z to express the extent of his misery.

MISERY FROM A to Z
(Based on Lamentations)

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet,
Had reason to be melancholy;
He foretold Jerusalem’s demise,
A result of the people’s folly.

He warned and warned the people,
Though to them he was an outcast.
Mistreated, despised and rejected,
Before the Lord he stood fast.

His warnings lasted for 40 years,
But now it was too late.
The Babylonians conquered them;
Jerusalem had met its fate.

God’s remnant became rebellious,
And their sins God needed to purge,
So the prophet Jeremiah wrote five laments,
As for a funeral dirge.

He wrote of their suffering from A to Z,
For themselves and their ruined city.
Though they had behaved very wickedly,
He still had sorrow and pity.

Seventy years in captivity,
For the covenant they did not keep.
The city would rise and fall again,
But this time Jesus would weep.


Friday, April 21, 2017

IDOL MINDS BRING WRATH




IDOL MINDS BRING WRATH

Moses was up on Mt. Sinai,
With two tablets made of stone.
On them the 10 Commandments were written,
By the finger of God alone.

He was on the mountain 40 days,
Meanwhile the people grew restless.
They pressured Aaron, brother to Moses,
To make gods, to which he said “Yes.”

Aaron asked the Hebrew people,
For the jewelry they had worn.
All of the people complied,
And a golden calf was born.

Aaron took a tool,
And cast the idol into a calf.
He called the calf their rescuing idols,
But the idol would bring God’s wrath.

He built an altar in front of the calf,
On which people could sacrifice.
It was all done in the name of the Lord,
But their sin would cost a great price.

The next day was to be a festival day;
It began with a round of offerings,
Then came eating and drinking and revelry,
Which would end in a series of sufferings.

The Lord sent Moses down from the mountain,
When he saw what the people had done.
He told Moses to leave Him be,
He was about to spoil their fun.

His anger burned against the people,
He was ready to destroy them all.
But Moses appealed to the Lord to relent,
For the sake of the fathers of Israel.

The Lord relented, and Moses descended,
And when he reached Joshua’s stand,
He was told about the sound of war.
While holding the law of the land.

Moses responded to Joshua,
It’s not the sound of victory near,
It is also not the sound of defeat;
It is the sound of singing I hear.”

When Moses approached the camp,
And saw the calf and the people’s lewd dancing, 
His anger burned and he threw down the tablets,
Which resulted in the laws breaking.

He burned the calf in the fire; 
Ground the idol into powder with a stink.
He scattered the gold dust on the water,
Which he made the Israelites drink.

He said to Aaron, “What did people do to you, 
That you led them into such sin?
Aaron began by telling the truth,
But it became a half truth then.

“I asked for gold and they gave it to me,
I threw the gold into the fire, 
Miraculously, out came this calf!”
At that point he became a liar.

Moses stood at the entrance to the camp and said, 
“Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.” 
All the Levites rallied to him.
Those who didn’t were a thousand times three.

Each Levite was to strap a sword to his side. 
And Go back and forth through the campsite,
Killing even those they loved;
The Levites did right in God’s sight.

Moses commended the Levites for this,
And their quick obedience spared them.
Though God’s anger had dwindled,
Others he would condemn.

God expects obedience,
For obedience is an act of love.
When flagrant sin runs out of control,
He will punish the sinners thereof.


Becky Wall

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PLAGUES & PANDEMICS




PLAGUES & PANDEMICS
(Exodus 7:14-11:9)

Moses went to Pharoah,
And said, “Let my people go.”
Pharoah refused and so God sent,
Ten different kinds of woe.

First, water was turned to blood;
The Nile became a red river.
For Egypt worshiped water gods,
Instead of the true Life Giver.

Next came the plague of frogs,
On a frog-goddess Egypt relied.
Since frogs were a sign of fertility,
God made sure they multiplied.

Third came the plague of gnats,
The first not repeated by a magician.
Since none was able to mimic it,
 God’s finger got recognition.

The fourth plague inflicted was flies,
The fly-god and ours were compared.
All of Egypt was afflicted,
But the Israelite people were spared.

The death of livestock was the fifth plague,
They could truly say “Where’s the beef?”
The people were made vegetarians,
Which still didn’t cause enough grief.

Painful boils was the sixth plague;
Even the magicians had boils.
The goddess of epidemics and the gods of healing,
Couldn’t help the lowly or the royals.


The seventh plague was hail,
Not weather they would commonly find.
Pharoah confessed his sin with this plague,
But he later changed his mind.

When God sent a plague of locusts,
Pharoah tried to negotiate.
His offer was rejected and once again,
He repented but then would negate.

Plague number nine was darkness.
Sent to scare the stubborn monarch.
God’s people had light in Goshen,
But Egypt was left in the dark.

The tenth and worst of the plagues,
Was the death of each firstborn son.
This is the plague that broke Pharoah down,
For Pharoah himself lost one.

Most of the plagues had to do with gods;
The true God made fools of them.
He displayed His power over all their gods,
And left Egypt in total mayhem.

Pharoah finally relented.
And his people begged them to go.
They gave the Jews anything they desired;
They were tired of suffering woe.

‘Tho Pharoah saw punishing miracles,
Which he thought that he could outsmart,
God had given him over,
To the hardness of his heart.

Becky Wall

Saturday, April 8, 2017

EVERY SILVER LINING HAS A CLOUD

EVERY SILVER LINING HAS A CLOUD
(Genesis 39)

Joseph’s life took a positive turn,
While working as Potiphar’s slave.
He won the respect of his master,
For the faithful service he gave.

But his silver lining still had a cloud,
For eventually things got worse.
His master’s wife told a lie on him,
Then at Joseph her husband would curse.

She said he forced himself on her,
Tho’ it was the other way ‘round.
Joseph was totally innocent,
Yet “Guilty” he was found.

He was put in a prisoner’s cell,
With several other men.
There he was treated terribly,
Though he was without sin.

Joseph began to interpret the dreams,
Of Pharoah’s employees in jail.
He asked the freed men to mention his gift,
They promised they would without fail.

But promises are only words,
And tho’ this one they could fulfill.
There was nothing in it for them,
So Pharoah’s employees kept still.

When Pharoah himself dreamed dreams,
The employees had sudden recall.
Joseph’s knowledge impressed the ruler,
Who then made him second o’er all.

Becky Wall

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PROMISES FROM HEAVEN

PROMISES FROM HEAVEN
(Genesis 28)

Jacob deceived his brother,
For fear, his home he fled.
When the sun had set for the night,
Jacob made his bed.

Using a stone for a pillow,
Jacob slept on the ground.
He must have really been tired,
Because his sleep was so sound.

While fast asleep, he had a dream,
In it he saw a stairway.
It rested upon the earth,
And the top reached heaven’s fairway.

The ladder had lots of traffic;
Up and down it angels traveled.
Above the ladder stood the Lord,
When He spoke, His plan unraveled.

He reminded Jacob who He was,
From high up in the sky,
Then God told Jacob he would one day have,
The land upon which he lie.

The Lord promised to fill the earth,
From north, south, east and west,
With Jacob’s many descendants,
And they would all be blessed.

God vowed He would watch over Jacob,
No matter where he went,
And that He would never leave Jacob,
Until all promises were spent.

When Jacob awakened, he thought,
“The Lord is in this place.”
He was gripped with fear at the awesomeness,
And honored because of God’s grace.

He took the stone upon which he slept,
And anointed it with oil.
He set it up as a marker,
For it stood on holy soil.

Jacob promised God a tenth,
Of all that he was given.
But he would also pay for his ways,
And the lies that he had been livin’.

God can use a sinner,
If he turns his life around.
Though earthly punishment will remain,
He can still be heaven-bound.

Becky Wall