Forrest Flurries

Encouragement for a poet who should work on his writing more

My rhyming lines might sound just great, and I don’t always concatenate
But poems come through your hand too, no rhyme required for you to do
Beauty is in the words you choose, not if they rhyme with other lines
The song is still as beautiful as what you see in vacant eyes
So let the poet’s words fill you, and through your pen the ink will tell
Like windows to the ocean deep, we see the things we cannot know
No rhyme required to hear this song, it’s meaning blossoms in the night
We come today to give our ear, we come today to lend our sight
It rides upon the mountain peaks, it’s beauty hidden where it lay
The lock is shut, you have the key, now loose the poem, make it free

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright Jan 6, 2018

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The Magi Meet the Maker

Christmas from the wise man’s perspective – from Matthew 2

We watch the stars, we know them well, we know their path and what they tell
The prophet spoke of Jacob’s star, His scepter rose and here we are
The stars they speak, in their own tongue, they tell about the Holy One
We read the story in the sky, we trek to find Him by and by
Though rich in treasure, we’re poor in love, the One we seek is from above
Each day our excitement grows, to meet this King that we don’t know

The story that we’ve heard is true, this King has come for me and you
To shine the light just like the star, to show us what and where we are
And draw us to the Holy Child, Who leads us onward, meek and mild
Our eyes of faith have brought us far, through many lands to where we are
And now it is obscured from view, where will we go, what will we do?
This King is great, this King is strong, His home’s a castle, can that be wrong?

Behold a city now appears, it’s fortified, is His castle here?
Do people know, have these folks seen, this King, the Lord of everything?
King Herod is still the king here, sir, the people say, in frightened words
Alas, they have not heard the news, they cannot seen the star in view
They have not seen His holy light, they do not seek the King tonight
Let’s check in with King Herod now, perhaps he’s heard the news somehow

Now Herod asks where we are from, we’ve come to seek the Holy One
From lands afar and kingdoms east, we’ve come to worship at His feet
Where is the King Whose star is bright, and do you know His name tonight?
It seems Herod’s on shaky ground, asks his advisors where He’s found
The prophets say in Bethlehem, is born to you the great I Am
So go and seek, and then when you, have found Him, tell me, I’ll come too

Outside the city, oh joyous sight, we once again beheld His light
Our course is set upon that star, we once again know where we are
Our next stop is the great I Am, Whose humble home is Bethlehem
We slow, and approach haltingly, to compose ourselves for what will be
Prepare our gift, prepare our heart, that is the most important part
We humbly toward His presence go, worship the One we want to know

Almighty Maker of the star, has come to dwell here where we are
The universe’s Creator soul, has come to seek and make us whole
With words of truth and gentle touch, He shows us that God loves us much
Creator, Judge of all the earth, is here to serve and give us worth
As children of the great high King, we gather here His praise to sing
And those who seek Him in this place, will come to know Him face to face

As we came before Him there, the gifts we brought could not compare
Expecting less, receiving more, from this Child that we adore
No horse, or throne, nor even crown, no fortress with His guards around
His royal presence, displayed full view, outshined all of the kings we knew
This child did not presume this role, this King’s authentic in His soul
Earthly kings their treasure hold, but this King loves, His gifts unfold

Although we’re regal in attire, His royalty trumped us by a mile
Though in a humble home He is, He’s born to rule, wherever He lives
The gold we gave was what we were, the richest men upon the earth
The resin tears of frankincense, used on the altar as insense
And Myrrh, the aromatic spice, for health and healing, sacrifice
Though we gave gifts, He gave us more, a purpose worth living for

Transfixed, our gaze upon His face, no child before has had such grace
His knowing eyes revealed my soul, how sinful choices took their toll
Mistakes I’d made and then forgot, alas, they were forgiven not
We asked for His forgiveness there, our voices trembling in despair
And then it washed up over me, cleared my mind, His peace I see
Redeemed my heart, so I could say, I know my life was changed today

Although we came to give a crown, the peace He gave us still abounds
It overflows our hearts with grace, it heals us right here in this place
Our joy is full, our hearts are light, we will talk about this King all night
And share this news with all we meet, so they can worship at His feet
As we prepared to then depart, God spoke in visions to our heart
We will not go to Herod’s house, return home by another route

Our hearts were changed by worship true, true worship will change your life too
This invitation is good for one, each one must come to meet God’s Son
If you’re seeking, come today, let nothing stop you or delay
Your greatest treasure is here to find, commune each day and with Him dine
Ambassadors to speak His name, His love to share, we tell His fame,
Our faith in God now ever sure, His loving care makes us secure

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright December 17, 2017

Just Like Dad

For dads who have lost their dad

This boy was born to be my son, and right now he’s the only one
This Christmas it is bittersweet, to see him playing at my feet
Reminds me of my times with dad, and all the great times that we had
And though he’s absent from us here, this Christmas time God’s peace seems near
The spirit that he formed in me, is the kind of dad I want to be
I’ve walked his footsteps, now I see, that my boy’s doing that to me

In dad’s place now, I have the Lord, I have His love, His truth, His word
Shaping me for my next task, to know His will, I simply ask
To teach my son that God gave His, and that today He truly lives
And wants to live inside of us, and make our lives so joyous
God give me a disciple’s role, I trust in You, please make me whole
And we will live for You alone, to bring You glory, make Your know

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright Dec 10, 2017

Craving God’s Word

God’s word works in powerful ways

The word it fills our craving hearts, we see our need, that’s where it starts
It’s the antiseptic to our sin, that we apply to wounds within
The power that can change us all, from trembling souls to saints like Paul
God’s truth, His essence, penned in words, communicates what we have heard
That word applied to all our lives, directs His body far and wide
God’s word, with skill like surgeon’s knife, will cleanse and heal our hearts tonight
God’s word will deal with us in truth, though we be aged or just a youth
O God, our minds with wisdom fill, to lead and guide, protect us still
God’s word was spoken to endure, protect us from the Devil’s lure
God’s word with wisdom fills our minds, to keep our lives between the lines
The straight and narrow we must walk, of God’s truth our mouths will talk
To God’s truth we will respond, to suffer as He leads us on

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright October 19, 2017

My Blessed Sin

Feeling blessed by God is no substitute for putting our faith in God

O joyous heart, to Christ I’m lent, to the One who’s heaven sent
It’s just my pride, it’s not so bad, it keeps my heart from feeling sad
This blessed life I have right now, keeps me from seeing sin somehow
If God has blessed me evermore, why should I grovel on the floor?
Ask Him, forgive me my mistake? it’s no big deal, my heart won’t break
Don’t search for sin now, anymore, just wanting God to bless me more
God loves me so, why would I fret, for things I’ve not forsaken yet
Love myself more than my God? I think that’s me, I’d give a nod
He should forgive and make me whole, can cleanse my heart, restore my soul
Why would He let me fall away, and miss His coming, glorious day
If everyone is saved, it must be, that He would surely include me
My blessed sin, it keeps me here, believing that God still is near

O My child, you are deceived, see, you’re not saved ’cause you believe
The devils tremble and believe, and they are lost, be not deceived

God’s word is true, make it your guide, don’t trust the thoughts you have inside
You’re never good, although you try, to act like God, just choose to die
Jesus paid the price for you, to come to know the God who’s true
Your faith in Christ will make the switch, will lift your life up from the ditch
Trust in Him for all your days, and I will be your Friend always
Reject your sin to clearly see, you worship and and will live in Me,
To shape your life to My design, yes, this is what I have in mind
A useful tool that I can hold, through you the lives of others mold
All those I love I do chastise, thus I show their sin can’t hide
The sins that I have wiped away, won’t keep you from My glorious day
All those I call will persevere, and one day they’ll all gather here
Before My throne, in My own house, be loved as My eternal spouse

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright September 2, 2017

The Launch

Oh Lord, today we launch our child, for years You’ve loaned this gift from You

The joy he’s brought into our hearts, a blessing to our lives, it’s true

We launch him now into the world, You set his course upon Your word

You shaped his life from long ago, the gospel message he has heard

Years he’s spent within our nest, soaking in his parent’s best

A strong example we have been, to help him to forsake his sin

And be the man he longs to be, serving You eternally

Now he mounts upon the wing, to seek God’s will in everything

My son, we’re proud of you today, we’ve seen you walking in God’s ways

And now he goes to do Your will, his heart is what we have in view

Your Spirit leads and guides him there, to the place where he’ll serve You

Prepare the woman that You have, that he will know makes him complete

And godly wisdom let him bring, where at the gate he’ll take his seat

The launching pad is empty now, but at Your throne we humbly bow

To thank You for this awesome treat, to launch Your child here at Your feet

To impact others with Your word, and shape them with the truth we’ve heard

So now, we launch ourselves anew, together fly, our course is true

Walk with God in paths of light, showing others what is right

Cleanse our lives and use us Lord, touching lives beyond our reach

Drawing them into the fold, all the ones You bring we’ll teach

Serving all those You elect, infuse them with Your joy divine

Bearing with our frailties, one day with God we will dine

Your truth will guide our hearts to You, it always will, Your word is truth

It seeks us out in our distress, and changes all our Nos to Yes

You’ve made us all Your merry band, leading us by Your strong hand

To follow in the path You’ve set, to follow the God we can’t see yet

Our future is at Your command, be in Your glory, at Your right hand

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 29, 2017

The Altar

The altar’s wide and open space, is filled with love and lots of grace

It’s open anytime to you, to seek God’s help to pull you through

For there is no judgment here, unload your doubt and all your fear

His voice, it bids us closer now, to be with Him, before Him bow

In His light we can see, our failings and who we should be

Cleansed by Him, we’ve come so far, He tells us who we really are

Warriors of the mighty King, to fight, we just begin to sing

Our praise will rise from me and you, restore our vision, clear our view

But victory is in His hand, our enemies will never stand

Before Him we surrender all, before Him all our kingdoms fall

Direct those seeking, where to fall, on their knees to give Him all

He’s so patient when we fuss, yet glorifies Himself through us

At the altar, here we learn, to seek Him daily, for Him yearn

To listen for His still, small voice, and in praise, we make some noise

Rely upon His mighty power, that moves in us this very hour

His will to do, His glory bring, He works His will in everything

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 23, 2017

On Heaven

One day soon from earth you’ll go, where you’ll be, I hope you know

Spend a moment now with me, to see the place I hope you see

You don’t want the other place, where pain and darkness fill the space

See the light that’s from above, filled and flowing with God’s love

Ought you should go there instead, make the choice inside your head

Free from sin, your eyes will rise, behold His glory in the skies

To see the One who loves you so, who gave His life so you could go

His home to share up in the sky, and one day learn the reason why

His love He chose to give us here, that freed us from the grip of fear

We don’t deserve to even see, what by His power we can be

His smiling face to us He shows, and all His grace on us bestows

We the angels do behold, hear our stories now unfold

What the angels see always, heaven functions as God says

Walking through the pearl gates, three each way they open face

God upon the throne up high, Jesus seated by His side

Holy, holy ’round the throne, praises go to You alone

Cherubim with wings that fly, while covered, lift Your name up high

And we, like Ezekiel, comprehend what words can’t tell

Dark forces now will spend their might, deceiving folks with their fake light

But their time is running down, with every soul that’s saved they frown

Serving God is our reward, with the chance to use our sword

We await the word of God, at His beckon call we nod

Accomplishing our given task, in His glory now we bask

God inhabits everything, all His people join to sing

Salvation’s song they loud proclaim, loudly singing Jesus’ name

How we were redeemed from sin, God sent His son to save us then

Celebrate the mystery of how the church has come to be

Free from sin we now will stand, in heaven holding Jesus’ hand

Rewards await for earthly loss, things we gave up for the boss

Introducing those we’ve brought, whom Jesus’ blood has fully bought

God has jobs for you and me, working in eternity

Wondrous things await us now, low before His throne we bow

Knowledge of the higher things, the mind of Christ to us now brings

God’s revealed plan now complete, what’s next? hold on to your seat

By Justin Ogden

http://www.TheWordInRhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright October 1, 2015

Your Life Song

For one who is struggling

My friend, I send this word to you, to give you strength and pull you through

Discouragement, it holds you tight, although I pull with all my might

You need a stronger hand than mine, not of this world, something divine

The help you need is in God’s word, God spoke it and you’ve also heard

It’s written here, inside this book, now all you need to do is look

And so I now encourage you, to trust in God, His word is true

Though life is full of hurt, dismay, we’re looking for a better day

We point our souls up to the sky, where we will never ask, But Why

Our brief experience on this sod, prepares us for our life with God

So here and now, are sufferings, trials, but your reward be glory, smiles

So may these words, both true, divine, free you from the ties that bind

And may the song He’s put in you, carry you your whole life through

Continue the fight, trust God’s Son, He’ll lead you through till the victory’s won

Watch Him work your whole life long, you’ll praise Him through your own Life Song

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.comjustwords@videomemoriespro.com Copyright August 3, 2017

The Webb Effect

For FBC Richmond youth group reunion

The bus was green, the note was blue, the driver is good, his heart is true

The man was called, he brought his wife, they served the church with their whole life

The youth retreats, with orders sealed, helped us grow, our hearts were healed

The Bible taught, they showed their love, thus we learned of God above

Others joined them in the fray, to teach the youth how they should pray

These brave adults who taught us truth, they cared for every single youth

And in their footsteps, we then walked, and often listened as they talked

Of how our lives could closer be, walk with God in intimacy

Now the days have turned to years, we’ve had some smiles, and yes, some tears

But God is still here, by our side, His grace is deep, His love is wide

We have become the leaders who, these leaders saw in me and you

Our turn to teach the younger crowd, to reach their hearts with music loud

The gift that God has given true, by those who’ve gone ahead of you

The gift of faith that you can share, with other people, everywhere

Are you engaged? Does your faith work? You’re not like those who often shirk

Our time is short, our mission grave, to win the fight we must be brave

To care for folks and reach the lost, we sacrifice and count the cost

For God has given much to us, and we give back without a fuss

Our love to give, our gift to show, with humble hearts, we bow down low

We serve the risen, mighty King, He is the Lord of everything

Your life He always will direct, so walk before Him circumspect

One day soon, we’re going home, to revel in His kingdom come

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright July 28, 2017