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Poems and Edifying sayings

By Larry Hodges

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        During the 1980's, while going through a period of severe trials and tribulation, the Lord gave me the following poems. I had never written poems before, and I have not written any since that time.

        I once heard a story about how the hawk of a certain country would impale its prey upon one of the large thorns, so prevalent in that part of the world, until he was hungry enough to eat it.  It was not uncommon to see these little sparrows lying impaled on a thorn.  Upon seeing one such sparrow thus haplessly impaled and yet still singing heartily, a certain poet was heard to say, "No song is so sweet as that which comes from a heart sore pressed by a thorn."  I have forgotten who the man was who said this, but the principle holds as true today as ever.

        We should never disdain the fiery trials that beset us, for it is out of such adverse conditions that our faith is forged and our understanding and reliance upon our loving heavenly Father deepened.  During the period in which these poems came, my life was a complete shambles.  It seemed that everything I had ever held dear was stripped from me, and at the time I had no assurance that it would ever be otherwise.  But, as it always is, a new day dawned and with it came the long awaited joy that comes with the morning.

Wrote the apostle James:

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
James 1:1-4.

        Though these poems have lain in almost forgotten file folders now for these many years, it is our hope that they may at last serve to strengthen any who are going through trials and afflictions.


Golden Oil Unclean Blessed Hope
Little Lives Religious Knowledge Love Calls
Grace Unbounded Faith Matters of the Heart
Love Crucified The Call of Love The Kiss of a Friend
Take Up Thy Cross The Drama of the Ages Reflections
Our God Delay Is Not Denial The Way of Love
The Questioner It Matters Not A Planting of the Lord
Loving Heart I Find In Him No Fault At All My Prayer
Cumquat Worship Thou, God, Seest Me The Bride's Beauty


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