A Chapbook of Christian Poems
by Kim Bond
Copyright © 2016 is held, all rights reserved, by Kim Bond.
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This poetry collection is dedicated to our Lord.
The works contained within this publication are an expression of artistic devotion to God, commentary on society and life, and conventional entertainment. This publication is not intended to be autobiographical in nature or to teach Christian theology or doctrine. Names, characters, and places are fictional and are used in a fictitious manner.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.www.zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Is sugar cane less sweet when it grows in a field?
Is a cloud more majestic on a cloudy day?
Is a daisy less dainty in a pasture?
Nor are you less valued when there is no…
God thinks you are extraordinary.
Just as you are.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered….” —Luke 12:7
I wanted to travel around the world,
And smuggle Bibles across borders,
Or maybe care for disabled children
In an Asian village orphanage.
I wanted to do something big for God,
No order was too tall,
But the Lord said to me,
“Can you do something small?”
“Can you raise a family?
And work hard at your job?
Can you love your neighbor?
How about adopt a stray dog?”
After all these years, I say it with a wink,
“Lord, these little things are harder than you think.”
A rowboat ferried me to the Isle of the Dead,
Upon arrival, I could almost smell the dread,
The inhabitants did not look as one might think,
Their flesh appeared vigorous and pink,
Some of them had once drifted off course,
Others willed themselves there with force,
Their bodies never die but continue to live on
It is their souls that are now dead and wholly gone.
You say you don’t know God
Haven’t seen or heard Him
But you have a good friend
And he’s a faithful Christian.
Here’s the honest truth,
if you’ll take the time to hear it,
The awesomeness in your friend
is God’s Holy Spirit.
In your mind you do not know Him,
But Your heart has grown to love Him,
And your friend who has been so true
is God’s Spirit loving you.
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”—Galatians 5:22-23
It hangs in the room like a big glowing ball,
Everyone is mesmerized,
but fear keeps them from touching it;
People die without ever coming close—
Afraid it might sting their hearts in the end,
The glowing ball is pure and simple joy.
I take hold of some.
I tie a string to it
and march right to the door of your heart.
I am surprised to find guards
with spears standing by.
I reach past them and knock.
I boldly knock ‘til nightfall.
Then I sleep there
at the door of your heart.
At morning, I knock some more.
Finally, you answer the door
and I see your face.
I reach out to give you the joy on a string.
And you order the guards to…
“Take her away.”
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” —Revelation 3:20
Pastors say this generation does not ask,
Statistics show they do not seek,
They escape their problems with a flask,
They maintain their friendships with a streak.
Maybe one day they will start to speak,
And make knowing God their ultimate goal,
They’ll dive ALL IN with their heart, mind, and soul.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Adults taught me it’s impolite
to discuss thoughts on religion;
They said it could start a fight
or cause a friendship to end.
Even if I duct-taped my mouth,
My eyes would scream and shout,
For every Christian has a mission
to fulfill the Great Commission.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19-20
I yearn for outmoded ways of bygone days,
Modern world, spin without me,
I will sit and be still.
You were so genuine when you shared your soul,
I wish there were more like you,
Instead there is one less.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” —John 5:24
Father, we know You are there,
We ask You to hear our prayer,
Heal us from shame, fear, and rejection,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.
Help us to exalt Your opinion of us,
To You, we are positively priceless,
Help us to disregard any objection,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.
With Your blood, make us clean,
Deliver us from our sinful routine,
Forgive our every transgression,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.
^ “^In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us….”—Ephesians 1:7-8
After I give a public speech,
I find lettuce in my teeth;
My body was never fit for a bikini,
and my car isn’t exactly a Lamborghini;
I’ve learned not to rethink my words and dwell,
but to clear my mind and say, “Oh well!”
Impressing people is an exercise in futility
because God is teaching me the virtue of humility;
He is making me more humble like His Son;
I only wish it wasn’t such a hard lesson.
“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” —Proverbs 15:33
You are a flourishing calla lily plant
that grows in a vibrant clay pot;
Your leaves perfectly enchant
Your bloom is a yellow love knot.
When you paint yourself in a positive light,
your view makes you thrive.
When you throw shade on every blight,
your thoughts cause you to die.
Remind yourself you’re a beauty
And tell other thoughts to hush
It’s your own choice and duty
To squash the underbrush.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”—Psalm 139:14
My feelings made me care,
They went with me everywhere,
I was afraid people would see
just how they embarrassed me,
So I somehow put them on a shelf,
In that way I numbed myself.
One day I invited Jesus in,
And let Him cover all my sin,
He told me feelings are a gift,
Heavy ones — He would lift,
Now I let them come and go,
He never lets me lose control.
Life is short from beginning to end,
It’s not too late to begin again,
Put fear of feeling on delay,
And let some emotion show today.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” —Matthew 11:29-30
If only my body had no need of sleep,
Unceasingly, I would write poetry
The fragrance of my words like potpourri,
Stirring the angels to weep.
Why do I waste my time?
Arranging words in symmetry,
Guaranteeing poverty and obscurity,
On such a trivial pastime.
I will stop writing today alas,
No wait, I’ll stop tomorrow,
First let me express my sorrow,
In a touching epitaph.
Faith is not an intellectual pursuit,
It’s not what natural senses perceive,
It does not require scientific proof,
It is what our hearts and souls believe.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”—Hebrews 11:1
It’s the story that goes untold,
In you builds an unquenchable fire,
For inappropriate desire,
Lust is the sin that has taken hold.
You are a chosen daughter or son,
And that truth can’t be undone,
Reach for healing without hesitation,
Make chastity the focus of your meditation.
Your soul believes it’s disgusting,
And the thought gives your waist its shape,
Finding solace in chips and cake,
It’s the deadly sin of gluttony.
Take heed, you beautiful soul,
Let abstinence fill your bowl,
You’re accepted and beloved,
by a forgiving Father above.
You’ll never have all the stuff you need
to make you feel completely safe
but it just feels good to take, take, take
This is the deadly sin of greed.
Trusting people makes you feel queasy,
Put your trust in God—that’s easy,
The only way to learn to live
is to open your hand and give.
It would seem your soul has no boss
All day you sit and slouch
Watching TV on the couch
It’s the wicked sin of sloth.
Feel alive, you empowered soul,
Let diligence be your goal,
God’s right there by your side,
He will be your faithful guide.
You defend yourself from pain,
with slams, fists, and fights,
If your life is filled with strife,
Anger is the sin to blame.
Trust Almighty God to fix,
All the pain mere man can inflict,
Take hold of peace and don’t let go,
Embrace charity to make it so.
It’s maddening to see
good things come to a friend
without a little criticism
It’s the ugly sin of envy.
Since the time of your birth
No one has noticed your worth
You may feel deprived
but God is on your side.
“I” is how all your sentences begin,
Bragging is the way you hide
all the shame you feel inside
Pride is the name of your sin.
God pronounces you clean
That’s a promise you now redeem
Make your soul behave
by serving the lowly slave.
Oh my soul, learn from the…
…intricate rose that you were created,
…tall sunflower to reach up high,
…daylily that time is short,
…crushed wheat kernel that you were born of sacrifice.
^ “^Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” —John 12:24
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