These are some of the attempts at verse that I have made over the years. I trust that they are to the glory of the Lord Jesus - and that putting them here is to His glory too.
I have now posted most that I have written at least once but continue in case a new audience finds new blessing. Occasionally I throw in some other verse.
Comment are welcome.
Not words only; for his Master's spirit imbued Him, a man in the twentieth century since Christ With the same Spirit; his hands consecrated, filled. As a member of Christ's body it seemed He was a hand: a giver, a helper, a blesser.
Not words only: last gestures, Last images fix in the mind. A Man, in flesh and bone, risen Out of Death's harsh manacles, Stood, surrounded by admirers; Expressing a dispensation His final action, even ascending, He blessed, He lifted His hands.
Last words are often famous ‑ The ruling trait being prominent At the time of death. "Father, Forgive them" epitomises The spirit of the Lord Jesus: "It is finished" obedience Of all that His hands had done. But I cannot consider last words Without remembering my father's: "Jesus Christ is the Same, yesterday And today, and to the ages to come."
Until one Man, at the fulcrum of history, Lifted His words in obedience to God ‑ Not words only: His hands operated Diligently in healing ‑ as commanded to heal; Blessing ‑ as commanded by God to bless; Breaking the bread ‑ at His Father's word. And His hands will never let slip The entrusted sheep; while the Father's hand Clasps them too. Even the disciples' feet Were washed by these dutiful hands And dried with the linen towel ‑ for refreshment And for comfort. Such was the Father's delight He gave all things to be in those hands.
Since Adam lifted his sinless hand to steal All men have used their hands as tools of ill: Adam began to use his for deceit, Sewing a flimsy cover because of sin. And Cain continued to plunge to greater evil, Staining his hands with Abel's righteous blood: Building a city to house the unbelieving, Making the origin of our warped world. Jubal was father of those who use the harp, Whose hands are skilled to charm our thoughts from God; Tubal‑Cain first forged tools of iron and brass ‑ Technology for lawlessness and war. Against the love of God and His commands, From then till now Man lifts his words and hands.
Not words only: come, He used His hands To convey compassion and power. Lepers He handled ‑ though no leper could emerge from His touch. Jairus's daughter awoke to feel Her cold hand in a warm strong one. Mud He fingered, and the dull eyes soon to begin To see. The softness of the children's hair His palms sensed as He blessed them; for how often Were those hands God prepared lifted blessing? Yet the hands that healed even His captor Were restrained by His enemies bonds.
Not words only ‑ He used His hand For laying earth's foundations, spreading The heavens. In its hollow He measured The oceans; He balanced the mountains, Grasped the world's dust. His span Meted out the constellations, fixing For each its own trajectory. Man Issues from His hand, potter's clay, Supple, with no right to demand, "What makest Thou?" And towards Man All the day He has stretched out both His hands; to a rebellious people.
"I was founded in Edinburgh In 1612, By the care of William Blackwood, Bailie of Dunblane, And stayed so in my exercise Till 1657, When I was broken by The unskilful direction and handling Of some men; And by the care and expense Of Henri Blackwood, son of William, I am found again at Brimin, 1660."
The Lord is glad to see His people gather Emerging from their homes to come within His own guest chamber, showing they choose rather The suffering pathway than the way of sin; In their desire to please Him they are led To pay allegiance to their absent Head.
And they, assembled, see in one another The Spirit's work, which cannot be denied, Esteeming well each sister and each brother As one for whom their Lord and Saviour died; While they appreciate that every one Is given by the Father to the Son.
They own Christ's claim acknowledging that whether In life or death they are the Lord's; for He To whom they raise their heart and voice together Has operated that they might be free; Since His great love had bound Him to fulfil, Despite the depths of sorrow, all God's will.
When Christ came in each problem was resolved ‑ When he touched Simon's distraught mother‑in‑law The fever left and she could serve the Lord; When at the feast the hosts were at a loss With circumstances becoming untoward The Lord instructed to fill the water pots: Immediately best wine brimmed to the top. Or, when He went into the house of God And saw the merchandise that filled its halls, He carefully prepared a scourge of cords And angrily drove out each sheep and ox In righteous fury with men, who warped God's laws.
In every step His love to man was proved; Each action showed compassion for the poor While every case caused mercy to exude: His active grace left man without excuse When in each problem God's love was introduced. Lepers whom men were anxious to exclude His mercy touched and quickly they were cured; The blind were given sight, the bound were loosed, Limbs that were maimed regained their proper use. In every circumstance there was the proof Of mighty power ‑ but still His heart was moved. His spirit bore all that His power removed.
Under the tutelage of John the Baptist The first two came by influence and attraction. Simon was next, found by his brother Andrew, Following Christ and owning Him as "Rabbi". But soon they came because of His commandment Acknowledging He was their Lord and Master: Upon His call they left their ships and tackle, With James and John called even from their father. Without regret they left abundant catches To be with Christ and learn of greater matters. As firstfruits of the precious seed He scattered They quickly found to be with Him was grandeur.
Luke loves to note the details of that day: The town of Nazareth to which He came, His holy custom and the devoted ways In which He stood or sat or found the place. He passed the verses that spoke of Him as great And ones that told of all He was to bear But stopped before the treading of the grapes. He chose the words which demonstrated grace, Which He could say were all fulfilled "today". But when He spoke of Gentiles who were saved All in the synagogue were filled with rage: Through murderous attempts He went His way.
He went the way in which the Spirit led, Although Mark writes, stressing His holiness, "The Spirit drives Him ...into the wilderness." There He endured not only heat and dearth But Satan's vain essays to try and test. These bitter trials allowed Him to express Perfect dependence ‑ not speaking from Himself: "By God's word men shall live, not just by bread". Despite His might He owned He would not tempt The Lord His God, nor worship someone else: Against such worth, Satan, defeated, fled ‑ The strong man bound, the Stronger raids his wealth.
The Baptist preached of Him that was to come Acknowledging the Christ's superior worth; "Repent! Repent!" he vehemently urged, Striving to smooth the places that were rough. John owned the Lamb by whom all would be done To take away the evil of the world; He learned the grace of the incarnate Word Who saw baptism as not superfluous Identifying with those in whom God worked. And John beheld the Spirit, as a dove, Gladly descend upon the holy One Whom God extolled as His beloved Son.
We have few glimpses of the ensuing time In what evangelists were moved to write: We see the day when as the holy Child Within the temple Jesus was proved to find His Father's business the motive of His life; We know His growth was normal, yet sublime; We know His deeds were normal, yet divine; The prophet shows He learned to choose the right While in obedience spurning the vile. God loved to see a manhood undefiled And loved to feel His perfect ways entice The open heavens to tell of God's delight.