Reminders that God Is With Us ~ and He Is Coming

Dear Readers, Friends, and Followers:

As we continue in somewhat sequestered and uncertain times, the season of Advent has started. As publisher at Cladach, I am reaching out to share with you a gift of “A Poem A Day for Advent.”

I hope reading and listening to these “down-to-earth” verses will help us focus on Jesus’ coming “down to earth“—and encourage us to wait and watch for Jesus’ return.

The daily poems and readings are from the book BIBLE POEMS FOR REFLECTION AND RESPONSE by Donna Marie Merritt. I think you’ll enjoy hearing Donna read her poems. Each one is inspired by a Bible passage, which will also be included.

May these daily inspirational moments enrich your Advent and Christmas season of waiting and preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.

I invite you to visit the page daily, where a new poem will be posted each day through December 24 at: https://cladach.com/a-poem-a-day-for-advent/

Meanwhile, enjoy these first two entries below. Blessings to you. Remember, we aren’t alone and we aren’t forgotten: “God is with us.” and “Jesus is coming again.”

~Catherine


Day 2

November 30, 2020

Matthew 19:23-30*
START TODAY

We hear it all the time
“You can’t take it with you”
But we continue to value
wealth above people
Why not start on the path
to heaven by giving away?

Buy blankets
for the shelter
Buy extra groceries
for the family on food stamps
Buy a cup of tea
for the friend who is stressed
Buy a case of canned food
for the soup kitchen shelves
Buy extra school supplies
for a teacher to give a child

Give, even if it is a smile
or holding the door open
or calling your mom
Why not start on the path
—your path—
today?

~Donna Marie Merritt

Listen to Donna read START TODAY:

*”Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ Peter answered him, ‘We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.'” (Matt.19:23-30 NIV)

(“START TODAY” is excerpted from BIBLE POEMS For Reflection and Response, © 2020, p.144)


Day 1

November 29, 2020

Matthew 11:28-30*
COME TO ME

Come to me …
An invitation
An invitation
…..to be free from worry
to take a deep breath
…..to learn to be humble
…..to heal hearts with rest

Come to me …
An invitation
An invitation
…..to release all grudges
…..to find our purpose
…..to let Someone guide us
…..to seek greater Love

Come to me …
An invitation
An invitation
…..to follow the good path
…..to ease heavy loads
…..to discover real joy
…..to find lasting peace

I think I’ll RSVP

~Donna Marie Merritt

Listen to Donna read the poem:

*”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt.11:28-30. NIV)


(Poems excerpted from the book BIBLE POEMS For Reflection and Response, © 2020, p.138)

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