Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake?

Jesus' Beatitudes This is the last of the Beatitudes taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:10-12. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It has been interesting studying The Beatitudes taught by Jesus. A pattern immerses throughout them which I have included after this short poem. Beverley... Continue Reading →

Her Fragrant Love for Jesus

INTRO: This poem tells the story of the unnamed woman's extravagant action in pouring a whole jar of expensive perfumed oil over Jesus' head dripping down to His feet found in Luke 7:36-50. Some commentaries say it was Mary Magdalene, some say, Mary, sister of Martha and Lazareth. I am leaving her nameless because the... Continue Reading →

Blessed are the Pure in Heart?

INTRO: This poem is based on the sixth of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 8 'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.' This Beatitude has both a physical and spiritual meaning. On the day when Jesus taught these Beatitudes, he spoke of a future world where the pain and... Continue Reading →

Blessed are the Merciful?

This poem is based on The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:7, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.' INTRO: Mercy reminds me of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, meaning "golden joinery,' which treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to discard or throw away. Kintsugi is the Japanese... Continue Reading →

ANZAC DAY Prayer

On this ANZAC Day, I have recorded the Anglican Church of Australia Prayer Book prayer so we can pray for our defence and police forces at this troubled time of war in Ukraine and fighting around the world. Also in Australia and around the pacific area, our Australian defence force is helping victims recover from... Continue Reading →

A Few Faithful Women – The Easter Story Part 1

INTRO: This Easter weekend we remember what Jesus did out of love for God, His Father and for us, God's creation. This Christian poem is Part one of two Easter poems. It tells the story of the few faithful women, including Mary Magdalene, who cooked, helped, and supported Jesus as He travelled through townships and... Continue Reading →

Why Does the World Need a Saviour?

INTRO: With Easter fast approaching, we take time out of our busy lives to reflect on what Jesus came to earth over 2,000 years ago to achieve. What a time in history to share this poem for the first time publicly. Three years of the pandemic, devastating floods and fires throughout Australia and the world,... Continue Reading →

Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

INTRO: This poem is based on the fourth of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 6 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.' This Beatitude has both a physical and spiritual meaning. Jesus lived on earth at a time when many of the Jews struggled, living in poverty, burdened... Continue Reading →

Blessed Are The Meek?

INTRO: What does it mean to be meek? Does meek mean weak? Why are the meek blessed by God? What did Jesus mean by this Beatitude? This poem is based on the third Beatitude, verse five of The Beatitudes, Matthew Chapter 5:1-12. 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.' In ancient Greek, meek was... Continue Reading →

Her Touch of Simple Faith

INTRO: This poem is based on the story of The Woman with the Bleeding Issue which is found in the Bible in Mark Chapter 5 verses 21-33. Some stories of women in the Bible touch on sensitive women's health issues and this story is one of them. In these modern days, women in the developed... Continue Reading →

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn?

INTRO: Can tears of joy and tears of sadness flow from our eyes at the same time? The last thing we want to hear when we are deeply mourning is "Cheer up, it will be all right." Where is the happiness in mourning? Does Jesus only bless us when we are mourning? Who comforts the... Continue Reading →

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit?

INTRO: What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Why would the poor be happy? What did Jesus mean by this? Does he mean poor financially, poor in health, poorly educated? And why is the kingdom of heaven theirs? This poem is based on the first of... Continue Reading →

A Prayer for These Troubled Times

INTRO: In response to the current flooding weather disaster that has hit my home city of Brisbane and Southeast Queensland and New South Wales this past week and the war in Ukraine, I have recorded prayers from The Anglican Church of Australia A Prayer Book for Australia. I have not been personally impacted by the... Continue Reading →

The Beatitudes of Jesus

INTRO: This poem introduces the Beatitudes, or blessings, found in Matthew chapter 5 verses 1 to 12, one of the well-known passages of the Bible, yet one of the most misunderstood. The Beatitudes is like a multi-faceted diamond. When you pick it up and inspect it closely, it sparkles in its many brilliant facets, each... Continue Reading →

The Busyness Excuse

INTRO: I wrote this poem to reflect a Christian perspective of time management based on the Bible story of Martha and Mary found in the Bible, Luke 10:38-42. We read of the choices Martha and Mary made the day Jesus came to stay at their place as they were close friends. Although this was a... Continue Reading →

LORD, Hear Our Prayer

INTRO: As our lives gather momentum into a New Year, I have republished this Christian poem, which is based on The Lord's Prayer, found in the Bible in Matthew Chapter 6 verses 9 to 13. This is my favourite poem and I believe, an important poem to keep front of mind. When I first wrote... Continue Reading →

What is God’s Will for You?

INTRO: It's the summer holiday session in Australia when most church community activities stop from early December till the end of January when the students go back to school, college or university and the new year gets into full swing again. Like me, you probably make plans and set goals for the new year for... Continue Reading →

Back to the Garden

INTRO: The Story of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, has come full circle. It began in the Garden of Eden and will end in God's new garden. This Feature Image is the same one I used in The Christmas Story in the Garden of Eden Part 1. My interpretation of this image is... Continue Reading →

Quick, Save The Saviour

INTRO: This poem is about the events that followed the visit of the Wise Men, or Magi, to Joseph, Mary and the child King, Jesus. You can read the story in Matthew chapter 2 verses 13 to 23. The ruler of that region, King Herod, who was known to murder anyone he thought was a... Continue Reading →

Gifts Fit For A King

INTRO: Would Jesus the future Jewish king rise to challenge Herod's rule? I have kept this episode of the Christmas Story until now as it is uncertain exactly when the Wise Men, or Magi, visited Jesus, but it certainly wasn't at the same time as when the shepherds visited him, at his birth in the... Continue Reading →

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