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“Write to Sardis,” saith the Lord,
And write what he declares,
He whose Spirit and whose word,
Upholds the seven stars:
“All thy works and ways I search,
Find thy zeal and love decayed:
Thou art called a living church,
But thou art cold and dead.”

“Watch, remember, seek, and strive,
Exert thy former pains;
Let thy timely care revive,
And strengthen what remains:
Cleanse thine heart, thy works amend,
Former times to mind recall,
Lest my sudden stroke descend,
And smite thee once for all.” 

“Yet I remember now in thee
A few that are upright:
these my Father’s face shall see,
And walk with me in white,
When in judgment I appear,
They for mine shall be confessed;
Let my faithful servants hear;
And woe be to the rest!”

(Rev.3:1-6)

 

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Dear God, I’m caused to worship Thee
Not by the great things made by man
But what I see ‘twas made by Thee
And that includes Your glorious tree. 

Dear God, that I might worship Thee,
I do not need the chapel’s wall,
But only what you made, the tree.
And underneath, I’ll worship Thee. 

Dear God, I’m free to worship Thee
Not by the goodness of my hands
But only by the love in Thee
That gave your Son upon a tree.

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photo by Agnes Scholiers at
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/2dk0Gxl/Chapel

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.

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In calm and cool and silence, once again
I find my old accustomed place among
My brethren, where, perchance, no human tongue
Shall utter words; where never hymn is sung,
Nor deep-toned organ blown, nor censer swung,
Nor dim light falling through the pictured pane!
There, syllabled by silence, let me hear
The still small voice which reached the prophet’s ear;
Read in my heart a still diviner law
Than Israel’s leader on his tables saw!
There, let me strive with each besetting sin,
Recall my wandering fancies, and restrain
The sore disquiet of a restless brain;
And, as the path of duty is made plain,
May grace be given that I may walk therein,
Not like the hireling, for his selfish gain,
With backward glances and reluctant tread,
Making a merit of his coward dread,
But, cheerful, in the light around me thrown,
Walking as one to pleasant service led;
Doing God’s will as if it were my own,
Yet trusting not in mine, but in his strength alone!

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A Necessity This Close

Nice kitty!
You better be a
Nice kitty!

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Picture Window 

A circle,
Island in the sea –
All rock framed.

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In And Out 

A spired church.
Inside, worshiper
Is inspired.

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Necessity – photo by Michal Zacharzewski at
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mhijgZw/Black+Jaguar

Window – photo by kkitsos at
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mi02nLe/view+from+Parga%27s+castel

In And Out – photo by Adrian van Leen at
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mSqQdVq/spired+architecture

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* The haiku I write are lines of 3-5-3 syllables instead of 5-7-5.

See Haiku article here for explanation, if needed:
https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/haiku/

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2015.

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