Shouts of Joy: a #haiku

Even though I’ve been up-to-my-eyeballs with “stuff” of late and not real inspired to write much, I always look forward to Ronovan’s weekly challenge. This week is no exception.  

As I shuffled through my emails this evening after bedtime-story time for my grandson (and there’s a lot of them yet unchecked) I found this week’s words: call and cheer. Of course these prompt words spoke to me; knowing exactly the direction I would go, it only took me a few minutes to decide on their order and exact placement before I had my haiku. 

I hear cheers of joy
when Jesus calls His own home
many will not hear

While the cheers of joy and the thought of that call home are wonderful to me, they also make me shudder; I know from Christ’s own words there will be many shouts and cry of sorrows and grief, not all will be joyous.  

““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I know many will pass by a fair number of my posts; people don’t want to hear about my faith and beliefs if it doesn’t coincide with their lifestyle choices. 

  It is my hope and prayer that perhaps one will read and consider the words and thoughts I convey. The Bible says that each of us must be persuaded in our own minds about what Scripture says (Romans 14:5); it’s the job of the Holy Spirit to convict, not mine. I am not saying you have to think/believe exactly as I do but you do have to make a choice on the matter. Choosing to wait/ignore are a decision: that’s choosing not to believe. 

The Call Home: a #haiku

Okay, I tried. But I couldn’t not write this one; it was the first in my mind.

clearly ringing out
Heavenly harps are sounding
the call to come home

Besides, I imagine that’s more what you expected from me anyway! 🙂

Also linked to Ronovan’s weekly prompt

Home: a poem

I had some free time this afternoon so I decided to see what what today’s prompt at A Prompt Each Day was. I found a “wordle” – a list of words that you try to incorporate at least three of into a piece of writing, any style – that intrigued me. The word list is:

Clouds, Lake, Heads, Glee, Waves; Wishes, Naked, Talk, Rocks and Home.

This is my “weekend wordle”:

Beyond the naked trees of yesteryear,

Below the blue-gray cloudscape back-when,

A lake of memories lays here
Late night talks, hopes, and dreams

Thoughts, musings, and wishes

Waves of glee, fresh they seem
As she rocks in the old chair,

A smile gently wrinkles her face,

Home– in her mind she’s already there

I know, I slightly altered a couple of words but I think I kept them close enough to count; what do you think?


Home: The word has many meanings to each of us, and probably different ones at that. Even though I’m in a very busy period right now, I’m going to try to participate in two blogging classes/events: Blogging 101 and Photo 101, both done by Blogging University at WordPress. 

The first “assignment” for the photo class is “home”. I thought about it all day and came to the conclusion that, while many things represent home to me, family is what home really is. And although we were, I think, supposed to take a photo today to post with this idea I’m using one from Christmas 2014 with my whole family (minus the “fur children”) in it because home really is where they are.   


Birthday: A Haiku About Life and Beyond

This week’s prompt from Haiku Horizons is “birthday “. Having just had mine the thirteenth of last month, getting older and the path that I’m traveling on this side of eternity have been on my mind of late so it’s a very timely prompt for me.

Another year gone
Three hundred sixty five days
Closer to my home

One of these days, and we know not when, we are all going to come to the end of our life’s path and I’m ready to meet my Lord when that day comes. The Bible teaches we will all give an account on that Day of our life and decisions, whether you believe that now or not it is true. The New Testament repeatedly warns us to be ready: Are you ready? Your answer depends on your standing before God and the one question that you’ll be judged by: Did you accept His Son, His grace, by faith, to cover your debt? Nothing else will matter.