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the Cross.....A testimony..
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Author:  Revles [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:36 pm ]
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Joy has been very poory again and I'm afraid i slipped into my angry and bitter stage for a while..........but had a real experience this morning early. Some years ago i made a wooden cross for Joy to put in our front porch so that all who called would see it and hopefully be moved..and as a witness to our faith.
I stood outside early this morning and the sun was up...it seemed to light the cross and it drew my attention in a way as never before.......I came straight in and sat down and wrote a few verses..which I would like to share...okay ..never be a great poet...but this came from my heart and when I shared it later with Joy she told me she knew I was angry and that she believed this was God speaking to me

As I gazed upon the cross
and empty leafless tree I saw
where He had died, and God had cried
an empty cross....I stood in awe
and wonder how He could have loved
in such a way to give His all
to save a wretched man like me
from sins dread curse, from mankinds fall
the tears flowed free...I cannot tell
how long I stood there in that place
but this I know that on the cross
He took my sin and gave me grace
As thunder rent the heavens apart
as God Himself with broken heart
shut out His Son to hide my sin
and cleanse this heart of mine within
how can I understand such love
how can I understand such grace
that Jesus died to wash me clean
that one day I will see His face
The glory of the risen Christ
the wonder of His victory won
that God should love me in this way
to give.....for me...His only Son.

Author:  Robbie [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:52 pm ]
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I wanted to say something to respond to this, but right now I find myself speechless.

Author:  lawrence [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:43 pm ]
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God bless you, Les. We're praying for you and Joy.

Author:  IrishLass [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:00 pm ]
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What a beautiful poem, Les. Thank you for sharing it with us. I have been blessed by it today. We will continue to pray for you and Joy.

Carolyn

Author:  mack [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:42 pm ]
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Dear Les,
Poetry and crosses: they are how to say
So much in such a simple way.

All of God's anger at sin He distilled in the Cross.
Our anger can be dispelled in a poem.

The Psalmists often opened their verses with anger
But always seem to have ended them with praise.

Yours is so well spoken and it touches us so much!
Mack

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:33 pm ]
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Your poem came at a good time on this end, Les. God's been drawing me lately--to the cross. Thanks for posting it--God uses you greatly these days.

You and Joy are in my prayers too.

-Connie

Author:  Kingfisher [ Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:11 am ]
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Thank You , Les ! Such a wonderful thought to share and such a blessing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Joy. God Bless !!

God Bless and Keep You !!

Author:  Judy K [ Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:16 am ]
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We are gifted with some wonderful poets on this board. While I appreciate every poem each have shared .... this touches me in the deepest recesses of my soul. Like Robbie, the right words are failing me here...

Thank you, Les -- for all you have shared --the verse, the wisdom, the anger, the fears ... the Joy.

God Bless!

Judy

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:06 pm ]
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Judy K wrote:
We are gifted with some wonderful poets on this board. While I appreciate every poem each have shared .... this touches me in the deepest recesses of my soul. Like Robbie, the right words are failing me here...

Thank you, Les -- for all you have shared --the verse, the wisdom, the anger, the fears ... the Joy.

God Bless!

Judy


Here here!

Author:  Debbie [ Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:36 pm ]
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Amen to what Judy said! The poem is beautiful and truly reaches deep within the heart. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for giving us glimpses of your special Joy as well. You both continue to be in my daily prayers.

Debbie

Author:  Collin [ Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:11 pm ]
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That is simply beautiful!

If someone could compile all the poems written by members of PWA and make a book or something, that would be so cool!!!

Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:01 am ]
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Beautiful poem, Les, thanks for sharing. I continue to keep you and Joy in prayer constantly.

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