Thursday, November 21, 2013


This week's poems about Thanksgiving and Chanukah are being posted today because I am spending Thanksgiving & Chanukah with my family. The next posting will be on Sunday, December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving & Chanukah to one and all. Blessings in Yeshua, Joel



This is a message about Thanksgiving and Chanukah
It’s a rare occurrence that they fall on the same day
Both holidays have the message giving thanks to God
Who makes all this possible lifting Him up as we pray

Most people know why we celebrate Thanksgiving
It’s the story of the Pilgrims journey to this land
But it’s also about the freedoms that we enjoy today
Something that a lot of people don’t understand

For the Jew Chanukah is also about giving thanks
But that’s only half of the story of this great holiday
When Judah Maccabee’s army defeated the Assyrians
They went to the synagogue to give thanks and to pray

Wanting to light candles to God to commemorate the victory
Sadly there was only enough oil to last for a single day
But the oil lasted for eight by the time the runner returned
It was a miracle that only the Lord our God could covey

In essence both of these holidays portray a similar message 
Giving thanks to God for all of the blessings that both enjoy
We must also observe and obey all of the laws given to us by
The Lord our God Jehovah Jireh Price of Peace Yeshua Adonai



We’ll be spending our Thanksgiving
By driving over to Grandma’s house
Not a soul will go hungry
Not even a little mouse

She started preparing
On the night before
If there was anything missing
She sent Grandpa to the store

Everything must be perfect
On this day you see
For it isn’t very often
That we gather as a family

After a long trip we arrive there
The first thing we do is turn on the TV
To watch the Thanksgiving Day parade
There are marching bands and floats to see

Before we begin eating
We hold hands and pray
Thank you Lord for the blessings
That you have given us this day

And we also pray a special blessing for
The men and women who protect our liberty
Please God keep them safe from harm
They understand that freedom isn’t free

Then Grandpa says, “Let’s eat I’m starving.”
The first thing on the menu is soup in a cup
In the background we listen to Holiday music
This always helps us to keeps our spirits up

Uncle Charlie carves the turkey and
Asks if we want dark meat or white
And even with this many people
There will be plenty to take home tonight

Pass the gravy and the rolls please
The peas and sweet potatoes too
The cornbread stuffing is delicious
And may I have some apple cider too

When we finish with the main course
The women will help to put things away
While the men go and watch a football game
Actually there are several of them on TV today

Once everything else has been cleaned up
Grandma serves coffee and pumpkin pie
All of a sudden it feels like we’re stuffed
For same strange reason we wonder why

Before we head back to our homes
There are still two things to be done
First we help to set up the Christmas tree
Then we join hands and thank the Holy One

Thank you Lord for the blessings of this special day 
We ask for traveling mercies and Your Grace again 
May all of our hearts be filled with Your goodness
And to this prayer all of Your children say, “AMEN.”

Thursday, November 14, 2013



I 've seen or heard of so many instances
Where God steps in at the eleventh hour
For He and He alone is our Saving Grace
Our Rock our Shield and our Strong Tower

When we put our total trust in the Lord and
Seek His Counsel through the power of prayer
We’re assured we’ll always get the right answer
For His Holy Spirit that’s in us is always there

Sometimes the answer isn’t what we expect but
Father God always knows what’s best for us
We must wait on Him for His Timing is perfect
The Lord knows that in Him we have total trust

Some advice for those who think they’re in charge
Only a fool thinks that they’ve got the solution
Without seeking God’s face you can’t do it alone
In the end all that you’ll see is His Retribution



Just how many poems have I written in
Over the seventy six years on the earth
I’d say it’s at least five hundred or more
But God has the number and their worth

Most were written in my latter years
For only then did I truly understand
The true meaning of what Salvation is
And why I heed the Lord’s Command

God gives me word through His Holy Spirit
That lives in my inner Soul to hear and obey
Thoughts to help bring you closer to God
All of this in Yeshua’s Precious Name I pray

God has a purpose and plan for every individual
And yet sadly so many never know just what it is
If you’d like Him to reveal exactly what that is
Give God the Praise Honor and Glory that is His

That’s why the poem is called untitled and unfinished
I’m sure you know that the Lord’s work is never done
I’ll continue to obey whatever it is He Commands of me
Writing the Truth of the Father Holy Spirit and the Son

Friday, November 8, 2013



Do you know someone with a type “A” personality
It’s like they never stop going except maybe to rest
Good qualities but sometimes they need to slow down
This is extremely hard because they become obsessed

Then there’s the other side of this two headed coin
They’re laid back not accomplishing what needs doing
There has to be a compromise to bring them together
Otherwise there will be a tumultuous storm brewing

I don’t know what the answer to this dilemma is
I do see the both of them getting extremely upset
They need to ask for God’s help to get them on an even keel
Before saying or doing something that they’ll both regret

I hope they realize that somewhere along this journey even
God knew they can’t do it without professional assistance
Trusting Him they believe a compromise can be reached
Without screaming and arguing and putting up resistance

Have your way with them Lord to bring them to that point
Only through Your Wisdom will come the perfect solution
Common sense will prevail giving a better sense of each other
Compromise is the only way in order to avoid retribution

Thank you Lord for the wisdom in Your Words
Sometimes they both can use a good kick in the butt
Without the wisdom of your Holy Spirit to guide them
They’d both continue to fall into the very same rut



 I was walking on a stretch of beach
When I began to stumble
I saw the bottle that made me trip
And it began to rumble

I picked it up and it was sealed
So I pulled the cork to look inside
What happened next was an explosion
I thought that I had almost died

But when the smoke had cleared away
A monstrous genie came into view
“As thanks for freeing me, he said,
I’ll grant three wishes just for you.”

My first wish was for lots of gold
And when I‘d gotten done
I was still on the strip of beach
Burning up under a golden sun

The next thing that I wished for
I had wanted since I was a boy
I’d really like an expensive car
What the genie gave me was a toy

I understood right then what was happening
I asked him to check inside his bottle for me
Once he was inside I sealed the bottle
And then I tossed it back into the sea

A lesson that we can all learn from this is
That we should never be filled with greed
The Lord will open so many doors for us
To provide everything that we’ll ever need

Friday, November 1, 2013



That God never promised you a rose garden
Is an expression that you’ve heard quite often
If you hadn’t well now you’ve heard it from me
Although that doesn’t help the shock to soften

If you still don’t understand what the saying means
Daily events in your life can produce highs or lows 
We go though life tasting the bitter and the sweet
The ups and downs that the Lord our God knows

For life itself is like when the rose bends in the wind
It can all equate to the various paths that we travel
We can breath in the aroma of this beautiful flower or
Get pricked by its thorns and watch your life unravel

The path that you’ll travel on is in your hands
For the Lord also gave you a free will power
To follow the straight and narrow or to wander
Something that we may not know until our final hour

I’m quite sure that you’ve probably surmised by now that
The rose garden represents good and the thorn bush is bad
But I can tell you that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel
With the end result being that you’ll never again be sad

So here’s the good news that I promised to give you
There aren’t any thorn bushes if you get to heaven above
And the bed of roses that you’ll receive if you get there
Is in the Power and Majesty of Father God’s Love

But there’s a catch and perhaps you may know it already
Just profess Yeshua as Messiah and repenting of your sins
No one can reach Father God Except through Yeshua
And God’s Rose Garden is where your renewed life begins



My wife and I went to an IHOP for breakfast
Once again the Lord’s timing was impeccable
Not only did we get to enjoying a great meal but
The conversations that ensued were delectable

The first was the waitress that took our order
Who admired my Star of David with a dove
It turned out that she was a Messianic Jew
Looking for a Messianic Congregation full of love

Then I heard some Spiritual conversation from the back
A group of men were having a biblical discussion
I introduced myself to them as a Messianic Jew
I’m thankful that they spoke English and not Russian

I invited them to come enjoy their Spiritual Roots
And gave them a card to my Spiritual Poetry site
The Lord had put people in my path to minister to
Then one last thing happened making the trifecta right

I met a young man who also worked at the restaurant
He’d undergone a great deal of trials and tribulations
Turning his life around he wrote hip hop Spiritual poetry
God used this to calm and change all of his frustrations

The Lord puts people in our lives for a good many reasons
In my case as a vessel He lets me know what people need
The three sets of people that I met already knew the Lord but
Each time I was led to plant a different kind of Spiritual Seed