Ashes Devotional Poem For Lent Ash Wednesday

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The fire blazed
and in the flames I gazed
upon the fuel - 
the false self feeding this renewal.
It is awareness that strikes the match
and dispatches the light
roaring into the darkness.
Though this heat is intense,
it only speaks of how immense
your glory and goodness truly are.
I fed myself to the flames
of your love,
resigned to the reality of
how fragile, how weak, how lost
I am without the gift of your grace.
It is only when we're burnt to ashes
that like the phoenix who hatches
beneath the layers of what was
do we get to experience the resurrection
of what is
and taste the sweetness 
of what is still to come.

Justin Farley

Hello, everyone! I have recently published my first chapbook of Christian poems titled “A Voice in the Wilderness – A Chapbook of Poems about God”. This has been developed and polished over the past six months or so. I am happy with the final product and hope you find encouragement in the poems but also a validation that the spiritual life is not all sunshine and rainbows. We all struggle. We all have periods of questions and/or doubt. But it is the yearning that keeps us coming back for more and allows us to experience joy.
You can purchase either on Amazon or on my own bookstore (it is cheaper and has free shipping on my store) and is available on the Kindle and in paperback.
Amazon: Kindle Paperback
Inkspiration Books (my bookstore): Paperback

Thank you for your support!

I AM – A Christian Poem About God

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I AM – A Christian Poem About God

I have painted a masterpiece for you
And inscribed my name upon every branch,
Every blade of grass,
Every rising sun,
Each shimmering star,
Each full moon,
And the trunk of every tree
So that your eyes may look upon my creation
And see me
And know that I AM.

I am the wind at your back –
The breath that breathes life
And remains invisible,
Yet detectable.

I am the warmth of the noon sun –
The hand that caresses your face,
The giver of light,
The guide that leads in the darkness.

I am the bright morning star –
The keeper of creation,
The initiator of dreams,
The great cosmic wonder.

I am the electrifying thunderstorm
That dances in bolts of lightning across the sky,
Able to be witnessed and experienced,
While remaining distant and mysterious.

I am the innovator of progress,
The wielder of inspiration,
The potter who takes great pleasure in his art,
The forger of the past, present, and future.

I am the shapeless who became shape,
The limitless who became limited,
The intangible who became tangible,
The immortal who became mortal.

I am the master who became a servant,
The writer who became the WORD,
The one who shackled himself
So that you may know my name.

I am the bearer of iniquity –
Sin’s hunted trophy,
Strung up to drain in the backyard,
The Lamb, bled and broken for you.

“I AM WHO I AM”
And I speak to you.
I offer you my abundant mercy
And whisper to your heart
In a language only comparable
Of a mother to her newborn child.
My majestic glory radiates from within
The fabric of every new day.
Hear my voice roar from the mountaintops.
I AM yesterday, today, and forevermore.
My existence is undeniable to the humble heart.
I AM.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

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The Roadblock to Faith – A Christian Lent Poem

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The Roadblock to Faith – A Christian Lent Poem 

What Am I searching for,
Riding on this merry-go-round,
Spinning past the same old places
And making the same old mistakes
Over….
And Over…
And Over…
And Over…
And Over Again?

Am I really looking for answers,
Seeking out the pivotal, hidden clue
That will turn this investigation upside down?
Or am I in the habit of searching
To permit being found –
To have an excuse to resist change
And to keep from hearing a verdict on the case?

For as long as the case is open,
My ego, the guilty party, can run around
Sentence free.
I don’t have to accept the truth
Or put chains around my selfishness and pride.

We often dismiss faith
From lack of evidence.
We search every nook and cranny
For the last piece of proof
That will finally tip the scales
And make us believe.
But even when we find it,
it still just isn’t quite enough is it?
So we continue to pursue the evidence
That we’ve already found.

The true roadblock to faith
Is the fear of a verdict.
As long as we stand on the sidelines
We can argue that we haven’t rejected anything,
While never having to deny our selfish impulses.
The true roadblock to faith
Is the darkness of our hearts.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

If you enjoyed this post, I would greatly appreciate it if you like, share, or comment on it. Follow my blog to receive notifications when new posts are published. You can find my other Christian poems, Lent poems, or inspirational poems at https://alongthebarrenroad.com/category/poetry/


 

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The Journey – A Christian Poem for the Lenten Season

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The Journey – A Christian Poem for the Lenten Season

Give my heart feet
So that it may walk towards you.
Give me the motivation to arise,
And the drive to see your will through.

When I am idle
Put my body back into gear –
To continue to put one foot in front of the other
In the presence of doubt and fear.

You are my shield that protects me
When the trumpets blare and bows are strung.
But you can only protect me
When I march mightily – not when I turn and run.

The journey looks impossible
When I measure the miles.
But one foot in front of the other
And your love endures endless trials.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

If you enjoyed this post, I would greatly appreciate it if you like, share, or comment on it. Follow my blog to receive notifications when new posts are published. You can find my other Christian poems, Lent poems, or inspirational poems at https://alongthebarrenroad.com/category/poetry/

Hello, everyone! I have recently published my first chapbook of Christian poems titled “A Voice in the Wilderness – A Chapbook of Poems about God”. This has been developed and polished over the past six months or so. I am happy with the final product and hope you find encouragement in the poems but also a validation that the spiritual life is not all sunshine and rainbows. We all struggle. We all have periods of questions and/or doubt. But it is the yearning that keeps us coming back for more and allows us to experience joy.
You can purchase either on Amazon or on my own bookstore (it is cheaper and has free shipping on my store) and is available on the Kindle and in paperback.
Amazon: Kindle Paperback
Inkspiration Books (my bookstore): Paperback

Thank you for your support!

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