The Bible

Ringing through this collections of poems is a great love for the Holy Bible, and a simple theme, that if the Bible is to have any meaning it has to be relevant to our present lives. There are many poems that take the reader to the heart of a Bible story, challenging one to consider the reality of what actually happened, – did Moses see a burning bush that was not consumed, were five thousand really fed from just five loaves and two fishes, was a violent tempest stilled? Were sin, disease and death really overcome? And interwoven with these Biblical accounts in verse or prose are other poems that show a searching out of thought and realisation that can be summarised in the simple knowledge that God is Love.

The earnest expectation is that for any reader any one of these poems may find for them an angel thought that brings comfort and healing, and whispers of God’s love. The lightest touch is all it takes for the gentle kiss of inspiration to overcome the direst circumstance and leave healing, peace and reconciliation.

Zaccheus

Luke 19: 2-10

My name is Zaccheus. I’m small
When I’m with others they’re all tall.
But I’m chief publican so there!
I’ve made my way with lies and flare!
Making money my simple itch,
It seems to work. I’m very rich.
False accusation is my deal:
I don’t care if people squeal.
It’s left a lot in penury
So I can live in luxury.

Although I’m loaded, at the top,
I wonder if my theft will stop.
For this man Jesus makes me squirm,
I may from him have lots to learn.
He’s getting better known than me,
I am intrigued as one can be.
If I perhaps just look at him
I might perceive what makes him swim!
I’ll have to climb into a tree
Where safely hidden I can see.

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw
him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come
down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.”


His look of Love transforms my day;
Divine command I must obey.
With haste I move, forgetting pride,
His love for me my new found guide!
Such love as shown just shook me through:
Its purity was all I knew.
In that one glance I saw new dawn,-
All men are from the one God born!
I found a joy beyond belief,
And deep down felt divine relief.

My life thus changed immediately
Because he knew the God-made me.
Christ Jesus made me see as true
The altogether spiritual view.
Half of my riches to the poor:
I’ll find in God true treasure store.
My ill-got wealth four-times return
It is God’s blessing I will earn.
There is no need to climb a tree:
I’m tall of stature when with Thee.

“And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this
house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
was lost.”

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