I thought you might appreciate reading through the Haiku Cluster that the judges thought were worthy of first place winner in the competition. All of the haiku spring from the Scriptures related as listed.
Appropriate for the Easter season is “To say ‘I love you’ God sent a cross.” The truth that we are co-heirs with the eternal Godhead is incomprehensible, but the Scriptures certainly remind us how rich we are in Christ.
If a haiku or two moves you and you would like to share your thoughts, I would love to meditate on them with you.
A HAIKU CLUSTER
I bequeath to you, Romans 8:17a
every sunrise I’ve painted,
all originals. -God
Adam, while you slept, Genesis 2:21-22
God slipped Eve into your bed,
then he left, smiling.
To say “I love you,” John 19:17-18
we send flowers or a card,
but God sent a cross.
Five little fingers Luke 2:7
squeeze young Mary’s nose and face
as God lies on straw.
Often mothers ’ prayers I Samuel 1:27
mend the broken jars of clay
they molded from birth.
Silent, by a grave, II Corinthians 1:4
arm around a friend, healing
a hole in the heart.
Before life’s bookends Amos 4:12b
squeeze away your last-held breath,
prepare for closure.
Now that credit cards are maxed out, gifts exchanged and/or returned, resolutions vowed to spend less next Christmas on gifts, rethinking the real purpose for exchanging gifts, and shredding Santa’s wish lists, can I take the liberty to share a gift idea?
When faced with a gift for my wife, I asked what can I give she can’t wear, she can’t eat, and she can’t set around the house as a trinket? I awoke one night with The Twelve Days of Christmas on my mind, a song my wife really likes.
Bingo! Why not a play on those words with The Twelve PRAYERS of Christmas?
So I started writing down some of her needs and wants and eventually had a list of twenty. I prayed for wisdom as I reduced them to twelve prayers. I hope you enjoy reading three of them as much as I enjoyed composing them.
On the First Day of Christmas my true love prayed for “more meaningful occasions to fulfil my music needs.” On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love prayed for “me to find more opportunities to socialize and fellowship with my sisters in the Lord,” and On the Ninth Day of Christmas my true love prayed for “me to strengthen my holy habit of daily, personal Bible study.”
I have written this devotional to “stir up in my brothers and sisters in the Lord to love and good works.” It’s something I wanted to share. Maybe it challenges you to come up with a special idea for your loving spouse. Anyway, just enjoy something different from me.
Have you fallen off one of life’s ledges today, having no strength to get up and climb back? Then the Lord has tucked away a promise in the minor prophet Habakkuk just for you. To visualize this truth for his people that “The sovereign Lord is my strength,” the Holy Spirit switched to the imagery of the deer to emphasize that He, the Lord, becomes our powerhouse, our “energizer” that keeps us going and going and going.
The deer’s surefootedness keeps him from slipping or falling as he scales the mountainous ridges and sloping hill ledges. So the Lord prevents our slipping and falling as we endure hardships: the hardship of opposition, the hardship of the loss of a loved one, the hardship of the loss of sexual control, or the hardship of depression or despondency.
Recently, I felt myself slipping off one of life’s ridges. Of losing my emotional stability. An internal fungus had poisoned my digestive and nervous system. I couldn’t sleep at night. I recalled Macbeth’s words, “Long is the night that never finds the day.” His was a guilty conscience, mine, the fungus I’d had for more than a year. During one of my sleepless nights, the Holy Spirit directed me to Habakkuk 3:19: “The Sovereign Lord (Hebrew, Adonai Jehovah) is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
When plagued with that slipping off feeling, I’m learning more each day to take God at his Word and to let him “make my feet like the feet of a deer,” surefooted on any treacherous mountain ridge.
Have you had a slipping off experience where the Sovereign Lord made your “feet like the feet of the deer”? Want to share it for the encouragement of another brother or sister in the Lord?