The Coming King

Part 1: The Jews wait for the Messiah

Captive in our own land and longing to see God’s hand

Through a fiery king or prophet strong

And angel band winging.

Wait to see the warrior’s brandished sword

And trumpets proclaiming freedom’s reward

And army hoard raging.

The promised redemption must come to our nation

Lest we swoon with anticipation

And misery prolongs.

How long? We wait and pray for the certain day

When our enemies will be far away

And peace descending.

Part 2: The Saviour comes

So what do you say about a peasant child in an animal pen?

Lying in weakness with poverty grinding

And ignorant men.

Or a Saviour who takes the form of our fleshly life

And enters our mortal world

Of pain and strife.

Surely this cannot be the one whom we so long sought

To ride in majesty with kingly air

Salvation bought.

Will our hope depend upon this tiny one within a manger?

With no strength at all—

Helpless little stranger.

Yet out of weakness comes power and love

Streaming forth in radiant splendour

And wisdom from above.

One who is meek, not weak, and of no reputation

To die upon a cross, while living

For every nation.

Part 3: Our response

Sweep away the vanity of warfare grim—

Of mighty warriors and steaming chargers—

And look on Him.

Tear down the crumbling tower of pleasure and self

And seek the One who is life indeed

And true wealth.

The cross becomes a place of peace

And God is satisfied with His Son

And grants us full release.

The longed-for victory blossoms from sacrifice

With freedom from sin assured

And the promise of eternal life.

Ring the bells! Sound the trumpet!

Proclaim the truth that Christ came

And will come again!

Denis Hayes

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Time Rolling By (poem)

Time rolling by

The blink of a snowdrop, the daffodil’s flower

Are soon overtaken by April’s sweet shower

The promise of June and the summer’s refrain

Now gives way to autumn, with wind and fine rain

And even as winter emerges to bite

The snowdrop’s new head starts to rise and peep out.

And so in our lives we appear from the dark

A tender pink bundle, a blazing new spark

From tottering walk through to scampering fun

From childish delights to the full distance run

And even as time starts to falter from view

The sight of eternity brings life anew.

So what will you do with the days that remain?

While the sun’s beaming light is still ripening the grain

While our God gives you power to work and to pray

Will you turn from the path or be pleased to obey?

For the circle is turning, the days hurry by

Our Saviour’s returning; there’s nowhere to fly.

God waits for an answer and speaks to your heart

To use all your talents before you depart

The path may be narrow to struggle along

But hear angel voices preparing a song

Go with His enabling and by faith it is true

At the end of the road, He is waiting for you.

Denis Hayes Original version, December 2007

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True Love (poem)

True Love

Love can always conquer whatever trouble brings
And love will also cover up a multitude of things.

Don’t ever underestimate what sincere love can do
If it comes from God eternal then His love gives strength anew

When life is cold and grim, when hope has fled and died

Love can breathe new meaning and keep us satisfied.

Love will see you through when it seems that all is lost,
It brings fresh hope and peace—for Jesus paid the cost.

Love always finds a way, no matter what the price
And its power is so much greater when we trust in Jesus Christ.

So let God have full reign, let Him live within your heart
And you can cherish love divine the Spirit will impart.

(Author of original version unknown. Greatly modified by D Hayes)



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In the Twinkling of an Eye (poem)


When the way is set before you and the path looks clear and straight

When the sunshine streams across the sky to brighten and elate

When all around the sound of bells drifts gently through the air

And in your heart, sweet music stirs a dream that’s light and fair.

When the faces of the people glow and words have feather touch

When you walk like children through the land with one you love so much

When sweetness fans a breeze of fragrance pure and sweet

And kindness scatters blissful peace like petals at your feet.

In the stillness of the moment as the joy stirs praise within

The freedom of contentment gives you strength the race to win—

Yet fickle is the certainty of promises lightly made

As they slip between your fingers and melt into the shade.

Then a wave of breathless panic seems to seize you by the throat

As life around you crumbles and fond dreams break loose and float

And the glowing sand you thought was firm begins to heave and sway

And swirling waters choke you, as you sink and fade away.

But as your grasp grows feeble and your mind begins to sleep

Another sound and presence comes to separate the deep

A mighty hand sustains you and a mercy lifts you high

Instead of earth, your eyes behold the glory and the sky.

And a voice that’s just a whisper soft speaks to your trembling soul

And tells you that though all seems bleak, Christ Jesus makes you whole

You cannot understand your plight and questions search your loss

Until the answer echoes back: just look unto the Cross.

And people fail to know your peace and wonder if you’re mad

They look at you and shake their heads and puzzle how you’re glad.

They think the agony and grief unleashed a wicked spell

They do not hear the joyful song or see that all is well.

They do not feel the Master’s touch that cools your fevered brow

Or see His everlasting arms that grant you freedom now

For all the pain that held you fast is turned to sweet release

Instead of grief comes inner calm and fresh, abiding peace.

The path you thought was clear and straight is hidden from your view

But in its place a confidence that He knows best for you

For as the future calls you on, concealing what it may

You hold the hand of One who turns the night-time into day.

Stand up to claim your heritage and enter in the race

Step forth to gain the prize from One who hung there in your place.

And as your faith is strengthened, you will see the reason why

He sanctifies your heartache in the twinkling of an eye.

Denis Hayes

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