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Poems by Lawrence Anthony (Von)

Greetings all,

From time to time I feel inspired to write very simple types of poems
or prose whose primary purpose is to try to help burdened and/or
overwhelmed Christians (like myself!) to somehow keep on going during
those times in their Christian lives when they find themselves to be
feeling empty and deserted, frightened and alone, and/or desperately
overwhelmed.

During times like these, I've found that it seems to help to be able
to recall simple, easily remembered words of encouragement and hope
and to allow these words to enter into our hearts and into our minds:
in order to calm us, to give us hope and strength, and to encourage
our anxious souls.

In addition, I've discovered that words that seem by nature to
harmonize together and/or to have some sort of a "melodic quality" to
them (such as words from a song or from a poem, for instance) tend by
their very nature to be more easily remembered.

The following simple little poem of mine is an brief example of what
I've been referring to:


LORD I CAN'T - BUT YOU WILL

Lord I can't - but You will
    live through me this day,
And You'll give me the strength
    to walk on the way;

And the things that I need
    whatever they be,
Lord I can't - but You will
    provide them for me.

Lawrence Anthony ("Von")

        (C) March 1999

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your
heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things
unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ;" (Ephesians 5:19-20)

The following little poem is another example of what I had been
referring to my comments above.

This particular short poem was specially dedicated to a dear sister in
the Lord who was facing a time in her life when she was about to enter
the hospital for cancer surgery:

LORD JESUS, HERE WITH ME

Thank you Lord Jesus - here with me...
I know you are here even though I can't see;
But your Word from the Bible is true and you're real,
And my faith finds you here when I can't see or feel.

I won't fear or be lonely - for you're never far,
You're my tower, my fortress... I believe, and you are;
"You won't leave or forsake me," I know your Word's true,
I'm safe in your love Lord - always with you.

           Lawrence Anthony ("Von")

                         (C) March 1999

"...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Hebrews 13:5)

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the
everlasting arms..." (Deuteronomy 33:27)