* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:6-14)

 Section 1:6-14 (corresponding to Luke 1:5-13)

In ancient days, when Herod ruled the land,
There was a priest, a true and righteous man;
He, Zachariah, with his faithful wife,
Did walk in God's commandments all his life.

They barren were of children, but not faith,
For they were fruitful in the work of grace.
These two were old, in age and ministry,
Yet still discharged their duties faithfully.

And now it came to Zachariah's turn:
To enter in the Temple, there to burn
The holy incense while he knelt in prayer;
And as he did, an angel met him there.

The angel stood beside the burning flame,
And in a voice of power, spoke his name:
"O Zachariah, do not be afraid!
The gracious Lord has heard the words you prayed!

Elizabeth your wife will have a son--
Born unto you, though nature's years are done!
By God's own will this miracle takes form;
And you must name him John when he is born."

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