Category Archives: poetry

He Maketh No Mistake

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 HE MAKETH NO MISTAKE My Father’s way may twist and turn My heart may throb and ache, But in my soul I’m glad to know, He maketh no […]

I Saw God Wash the World

I saw God wash the World last night with his sweet showers on high, and then, when morning came, I saw Him hang it out to dry. He washed each tiny blade of grass and every trembling tree; He flung his showers against the hill and swept the billowing sea. The white rose is a […]

September 29

Work and Pray

[ This poem was found at an Amish chicken dinner and auction we attended recently here in Virginia. I thought it was good. Author unknown. – JT ] Said farmer Jones, in a whining tone, To his good old neighbor Gray; “I’ve worn my knees through to the bone; But it ain’t no use to […]

September 27

No Enemies

YOU have no enemies, you say? Alas! my friend, the boast is poor; He who has mingled in the fray Of duty, that the brave endure, Must have made foes! If you have none, Small is the work that you have done. You’ve hit no traitor on the hip, You’ve dashed no cup from perjured […]

The Water Cure

Sometime when you’re feeling important, Sometime when your ego’s in bloom, Sometime when you take it for granted, You’re the best qualified in the room. Sometimes when you think that your absence, Would leave an unfillable hole. Just follow this simple instruction And see how it humbles your soul. Take a bucket and fill it […]

God, Give Us Men!

God, give us men! A time like this demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;     Men whom the lust for office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;     Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not lie; Men who […]

Our Lips and Ears

If you your lips would keep from slips,     Five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,     And how and when and where. If you your ears would save from jeers,     These things keep meekly hid: Myself and I, and mine and my,     And how I do […]

On Zion’s Holy Hill

Wherefore do the nations rage    And the people vainly dream That in triumph they can wage    War against the King Supreme? Christ, His Son, a scoff they make,    And the rulers plotting say: ”Their dominion let us break,    Let us cast their yoke away.” But the Lord will scorn them all; […]

Borrowed Feathers

Many good, attractive people spoil the merits they have by trying to be something bigger or showier. It is always best to be one’s self.   A rooster one morning was preening his feathers That glistened so bright in the sun; He admired the tints of the various colors As he laid them in place […]


Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21   They told me that Life could be just what I made it – Life could be fashioned and worn like a gown; I, the designer, mine the decision Whether to […]


America you’re losing your freedom, Most likely it’s already gone. You have rejected the Lord God Jehovah And made pagan gods your own. America whom God has exalted, Whose children in freedom have thrived, We’ve drank from polluted fountains, And now more dead than alive. America, your plains and your mountains With cattle and fruit […]

Read It Through

I supposed I knew the Bible,     reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew,     Now a snatch of Genesis; Certain chapters of Isaiah     certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs,     yet I thought I knew the word. But I found a thorough reading     […]

Poor Lil’ Brack Sheep

I love these old poems. This one reminds us that salvation is of the Lord alone! He seeks us out, and brings home we who were lost and doomed, without hope. ‘Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of […]

Never Mind How He Died

Many a man would die for wife and children, for faith, for country. But would he live for them? That, often, is the more heroic course – and the more sensible. A rich man was hiring a driver for his carriage. He asked each applicant how close he could drive to a precipice without toppling […]

Careless Seems the Great Avenger

  Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word; Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. – James Russell […]

Prayer Answered By Crosses

I ask’d the Lord, that I might grow In faith, and love, and ev’ry grace, Might more of his salvation know, And seek more earnestly his face. ‘Twas he who taught me thus to pray, And he, I trust has answer’d pray’r; But it has been in such a way, As almost drove me to […]

The Church Walking With The World

THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD walked far apart On the changing shores of time, The World was singing a giddy song, And the Church a hymn sublime. "Come, give me your hand," said the merry World "And walk with me this way!" But the good Church hid her snowy hands And solemnly answered "Nay, I […]

The Anvil – God’s Word

“Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door, And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; Then, looking in, I saw upon the floor Old hammers, worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had,” said I, “To wear and batter all these hammers so?” “Just one,” said he, and then, with […]

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