Alive

“Why look for the living among the dead?”

“He is not here!” the pulsing voice said.

Drawn to the tomb in the early hour

The women saw proof of God’s glorious power.

 

The temple rebuilt at the end of three days?

How could they fathom a dead man would raise?

His followers knew when they met Him again

With the Scripture fulfilled for the sake of all men.

 

Agonized, tortured, mocked till the last

Christ bore our burden, our sin; cleared our past

He asks from us now our devotion to Him

To His Father and ours, until our days dim.

 

Part of the Three in One comforts and stays

With our spirit, the Spirit will number our days

We need to reiterate words that were said

Two millennia past: “He is not dead!”

 

He lives!  He’s here!  He’ll never depart

From the indigent soul in the core of the heart

Jesus rose, is not deadand never will be

Lives always, again — forever, in me!

 

Copyright 2016 margaretportergriffin

 

 

 

 

 

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Where David Hid

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Oasis.  A cave, a place to hide

A man maneuvers far inside

To save himself from hunters.

 

Chased by 3,000, his shield is God

He waits for those who want his blood

To depart.

 

They also require rest

And find the same place suits a guest

Of the highest mortal rank.

 

Saul, oblivious of his foe

Enters now and does not know

How near death he is.

 

So close a cut of garment made

The hunted has a chance to raid

His enemy.

 

The king goes free, knowing naught

Until the hunted gives it thought

And cries out to his lord.

 

“My hand will not against you be!”

Though your life could have by me

Been ended.

 

Saul weeps because knows

What has transpired: David chose

To honor him.

 

“You repaid my evil with good!”

The king finally understood

Why David would be Israel’s leader.

 

But David, much later, tried to hide

An indiscreetness with his bride

Before their marriage.

 

He betrayed Uriah, his close friend

Devising for him a violent end

To cover up the circumstances.

 

This time David had no redress

God, of course, had known the mess

Evil repaid for good.

 

This time there was no place to go

For Yahweh knew, will always know

What His servants do.

 

On both occasions David hid

We see consequences of what he did

And learn the lesson.

 

Copyright 2016 margaretportergriffin

 

Photo: En Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul

All in All

1 Corinthians 15: 20-28

Jesus was the first fruits
Of those who have fallen asleep
He will reign over them until He puts
His enemies under His feet.

When He hands over the kingdom,
The enemy, death, will fall
We will be alive again and
God will be All in All.

Praise the name of the Father
Who will be the All in All
His Son will rise one more time
And death, at last, will fall.

Death came to us through a man
Resurrection, the same
Son will be subject to Father
And we will praise the name

Of the All in All.

I admit I would like to be
In that place with Him right now
With the Father, Son, and Spirit
And the ones before.  I vow

To praise the name of the Father
Who will be the All in All
His Son will rise one more time
And death, at last, will fall.

Praise the name of the Father
Who will be the All in All
His Son will rise one more time
And death, at last, will fall.

 

Copyright 2016 margaretportergriffin

Messengers

1 Corinthians 15

We are messengers of reality.

Can’t follow the way the world moves
When it contradicts the truth
Have to be careful of what we approve
Especially for those in their youth.

Reality doesn’t change
Though some people tell you it will
With the times, and to rearrange
Your convictions. But still

There remains just one God and one Message
We know that He owns His Word.
His Book, in each verse and each page
Shows how human ideas are absurd.

Consider the things that don’t change
Not to would be a disaster
For it takes just one generation
To forget the teachings of the Master.

Our children must learn what is real.

We are messengers of reality.

 

Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin