January 17: “Eden Sank to Grief,” poem by Day Williams

Eden Sank to Grief

Adam dreamed he lost a rib.
He woke up–it was no fib.
“Missing rib? Where is my bone?”
Adam asked. He felt alone.

God answered him out loud:
“You’re gentle, innocent, unbowed.
You were lonely and asleep,
You had a bone, no need to keep,
I opened up and took the rib
(Which spared the trouble of a crib).
I poured the breath of life within
And sculpted lovely skin
From that one rib, something new.
I made a wife for you
Out of your chest, out of a bone.
Your bone’s your mate; you’ll be alone
No more,” said God. “Woman for me,”
Adam said. “What curves I see!

“Helper-mate,” the Lord declared,
“Made when you were unaware.”

Adam said, approaching there:
“In Eden God has answered prayer,

Honey-sweet, a precious dove.”
The first man said, “I am in love.”

“You’re in charge,” God said to them:
“Eat, drink, play, or take a swim.
Do what you will, but do not eat
The tree that lets you know of evil
And of good; it’s at the middle,
This garden’s center: I don’t kid.”

“What if we want a smell, a sniff?”

“You’ll regret a single whiff.”

“But if I take but one bite . . . “

“You’ll find out it isn’t right.
Take one bite and you will die,
No matter what you say or try.”

Eve walked out to look around
And she saw Snake on the ground.
“Wouldn’t you like to be wise?”
She heard from Snake, the King of Lies.

“How?” asked Eve, who was naive.

“I”ll show you, if you believe.
There is a tree, near where you sat.”

“But God said no, don’t eat from that,
For l will die if I eat.
God is good and I won’t cheat.”

“Don’t give me guff,” Snake replied.
“Others ate, and none have died.”

“Shiny red, it does look fine.
I wish that fruit were all mine.”

“You must think and use your heart.
God knows fruit will make you smart.
You’ll need guts to take my dare.”

“A bite can’t hurt,” Eve said, impaired.

She took a bite. Snake disappeared.
Adam came and shed big tears.

“This fruit is good,” Eve told her mate,
But he was worried for her fate.

“God is good. He said, ‘Don’t eat!’”

“But take one bite. This fruit is sweet.”

Adam loved, and he was torn.
His eyes were sad, his look forlorn.
“Death will come,” he said to her.

“But how can you be so sure?
Snake told me I’d be wise– “

“That was Satan in disguise!”

“Don’t you love me? I am your mate.”
And Adam saw and took and ate.

“We’re naked!” he remarked.
“We have to hide inside this park.”

God walked amid Eden’s trees:
Cool afternoon with a light breeze,

And he asked Adam, “Where are you?”

“We’re scared. We’re in shade, too,”
Adam said, “We need some clothes.
We were ashamed, and this we chose.”

“Ashamed? You? You must tell why.
You live with me in Paradise.”

“Our eyes were opened when we ate:
Evil, good, we know man’s fate.”

“No, you don’t,” the Lord replied.
I said, ‘Don’t eat or you will die.’”

“But now at last we’re wise.”

“The Devil tricked you in disguise.”

“Snake told me I should eat.
He told me to, and it was sweet.”

“She asked me to. She is my mate,”
Adam said, “so I ate.”

“You broke my rules!” the Lord God roared.
“You’ll walk in Eden nevermore.
On his belly Snake will crawl,
Women giving birth will bawl,
The pain so great they’ll want to die.
Snake, you are the King of Lies.
For the evil you have sprung,
Her children will all hate your young,
And all your days you will eat dust–
You won’t regain my trust.
The woman’s child will crush your head;
You’ll bruise his heel when he has bled.
From red dust you were formed,
Adam, from red dust you were born,
And from red dust you’ll earn your bread
In painful work until you’re dead.”

Cherubim with flaming sword
Guard Eden’s east for the Lord.

With heads bent down, the banished pair,
Lonely, weeping, depart with cares.

~Day Williams

Video: Day reads “Eden Sank to Grief”

January 17: “Miracles of Jesus” (8/12) by Day Williams

VI.

Once Jesus cast a demon out, the man
Began to speak, which thrilled the crowds, who blurted
Out, “Nothing like this has ever occurred
In Israel!” But jealous Pharisees

Denounced the Lord as being no more than
A Satan-follower; then Jesus hurried
Into Jerusalem, where water stirred
A pool that healed the sick of their diseases,

And Jesus met an invalid and asked
Him, “Do you want to become well?” No one
Had put the man into the pool that healed
The sick whenever water was disturbed.

Jesus told him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat
And walk.” At once the man was healed, which stunned
The Pharisees, who wanted men to kneel
To legalistic ways, not God’s superb

Atoning grace, favor unmerited.
Next, Jesus went off to the other side
Of the Sea of Galilee, a giant crowd
Following him due to His miracles,

And He asked them, “Where can we buy bread
So that this crowd may eat?” Andrew, beside
The Lord, said that a boy had come around
With five loaves and two fish, but, “Who’d be full

When those were split among the crowd?” The Lord
Had people sit down on the grass, then took
The loaves, gave thanks, and handed out the bread,
Then did the same with the two fish, and each

Person had as much as he wanted, for
The food was plentiful. When Jesus looked
And saw that all were satisfied, he said
To his disciples, “Gather broken pieces

Left over, so that nothing’s wasted,” so
They gathered up the pieces and they filled
Twelve baskets, and the people saw this sign
And said, “This is the prophet who shall come

Into the world.” Then Jesus had to go
Across to Gennesaret, where God willed
He heal the sick, and people brought them by.
They begged to touch his cloak, its edge, and none

Was turned away, and all who touched the edge
Of it were healed. A woman Canaanite
From that vicinity came up and cried,
“Lord, Son of David, mercy! For a demon

Torments my girl, who suffers like a wretch,”
But Jesus said that he was sent as light
To the lost sheep of Israel, their guide:
“It’s wrong to take the children’s bread and freely

Toss it to dogs,” he said. “Yes it is, Lord,”
She said, “but even dogs eat crumbs that fall
From their master’s table,” then the Lord replied,
“Woman, you have great faith, and your request

Is granted,” and her daughter at that moment
Was healed; then Jesus left Tyre’s region, walked
To the Sea of Galilee through Sidon,
And as his miracles had so impressed

Them, they brought him a deaf mute and implored
Jesus to lay his hand on him, so he
Took him aside, away from crowds, and placed
His fingers in his ears, and spat, and touched

His tongue, and looking heavenward, the Lord
Sighed and uttered, Ephphatha,” that is, “Be
Opened,” and his ears opened with no trace
Of blockage, and his tongue was freed, so much

So he spoke plainly. Jesus said, “Don’t speak
About this,” but the more he said, “Don’t talk
About this,” they all the more proclaimed it.
And they were staggered, saying, “He has done

All things well, even making deaf men hear
And the mute speak.” Then Jesus left and walked
Along the Sea of Galilee to sit
Upon a mountain that he’d climbed for one-

On-one encounters with the lame, the blind,
The mute, the crippled, and a host of others,
And Jesus healed them all, which stunned the crowds,
Who praised the God of Israel. He asked

For his disciples and told them, “The time
Is right to feed these people, all our brothers,
Who’ve been with me three days; I can’t allow
Them to leave hungry, when they might collapse

Along the way,” and his disciples said,
“Where could we get some bread so far from towns,
Enough to feed this crowd?” “How many loaves
Do you have?” Jesus asked them. “Seven,” they

Replied, “and a few small fish.” So he led
By telling everybody to sit on ground.
He took the seven loaves and fish, and broke
Them after he had given thanks, and gave

Disciples pieces, which they gave the people,
Who ate and were all satisfied. Disciples
Collected seven basketfuls of all
The extra broken pieces, and the crowd

Count was four thousand men who’d sat and eaten
There, plus the women and the children by
The men, and after Jesus sent the throng
Away, he took the boat and traveled down

To the vicinity of Magadan,
Then they came to Bethsaida, where some pleaded
With Him to heal a blind man, so he took
The blind man by the hand and led him outside

Town, spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands
On them, then asked, “Do you see anything?”
Looking up, he said, “I see men; they look
Like walking trees.” Jesus touched the man’s eyes

Again: His eyes were opened and his sight
Came back, and he saw things with clarity.
As Jesus went, He saw a man born blind.
“While in the world, I’m the world’s light,” he said,

Then he spit upon the ground, and with saliva
He made some mud with his dexterity,
And put it on the man’s eyes. He said kindly,
“Go wash in the Siloam Pool” (which means “Sent”),

So the man washed and came home seeing, though
His neighbors weren’t sure he was the same man;
And Pharisees, the jealous Jewish leaders,
Insulted and attacked the man when he

Twice told how the man Jesus had restored
His sight, but they claimed Jesus’ helping hand
Was sinful, while the healed man disagreed
And told them, “I was blind and now I see.”

Hebrews Chapter Nine

HEBREWS CHAPTER NINE

1 Now the first covenant had certain rules

For worship, and there was a sacred tent

Set up which had two rooms. 2 The first contained

 

The golden lampstand and the table with

The consecrated bread; this part was called

The Holy Place. 3 Beyond the curtain was

 

The inner tent, called the Most Holy Place.

4 The golden incense-altar and the chest

Covered with gold, the Ark of Covenant,

 

Were in that room. The chest, or Ark, contained

The golden jar of manna, Aaron’s staff

That budded and the two stone tablets

 

Inscribed with the Commandments, 5 and above

The Ark were statues of the cherubim

Of glory with their wings outstretched across

 

The cover of the Ark, the mercy seat.

All this is meaningful but now is not

The time to tell it all in detail. 6 When

 

These things were thus arranged, the priests went in

The outer room habitually to

Perform their work 7 but only the High Priest

 

Entered the inner room, and only once

A year, alone. He bore a sacrifice

Of blood and offered it for his own sins

 

And sins of all the people. 8 By these things

The Holy Spirit showed that while the first

Room was still standing, common people could

 

Not enter the Most Holy Place. 9 This is

An illustration for the present time

In which both gifts and sacrifices are

 

Presented, yet they fail to cleanse the hearts

Of people bringing them. 10 They have to do

Only with food and drink and various

 

Washings and rules for conduct, which were meant

To stay ‘til Christ arrived with God’s new way.

11 When Christ came as High Priest of the new way

 

That is already here, he entered through

The greater and more perfect tent that is

Not man-made, that is to say, not a part

 

Of this creation. 12 He did not go in

Through blood of goats and calves. No, he took his

Own blood to the Most Holy Place, and won

 

Eternal reconciliation for

Mankind with God. 13 The blood of goats and bulls

And ashes of a heifer sprinkled on

 

The people who are ritually unclean

Remove impurities and sanctify

Them so that they are clean externally.

 

14 How much more, then, the blood of Christ will cleanse

Our consciences from acts that lead to death,

So we may serve the living God! For by

 

Th’eternal Holy Spirit’s help, Christ gave

Himself without a spot to God. He was

The perfect sacrifice. 15 Christ came with this

 

New covenant so everyone who’s called

May share forever all the wonders God

Has promised, for Christ died to rescue them

 

From penalty of sins committed while

They were still under the old covenant.

16 For where there is a will, it must be proved

 

The man who made the will has died, 17 for ‘til

The one who wrote the will is dead, it has

No legal power, 18 and indeed we find

 

That even the first covenant was not

Put into place without the use of blood.

19 First, Moses gave the Law’s commandments to

 

The people. Then he took the blood of calves,

Together with some water, scarlet wool

And hyssop, and he sprinkled both the scroll

 

And all the people. 20 Moses said, “This is

The blood which seals the covenant that God’s

Commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way,

 

He sprinkled blood upon the tent and on

Things used in worship. 22 Nearly everything

Is cleansed with blood according to the Law.

 

For there to be forgiveness, blood must be

Shed. 23 That is why the sacred tent down here

On earth, and everything in it−those things

 

Copied from things in heaven−had to be

Made pure by Moses through the sprinkling with

The blood of animals. But the real things

 

Themselves in heaven were made pure by far

More precious offerings, 24 for Christ did not

God in a man-made sanctuary which

 

Was but a copy of the true one; he

Went into the true heaven to appear

In front of God on our behalf, 25 nor did

 

He often make himself an offering

The same way as the high priest every year

Goes into the Most Holy Place with blood

 

Of animals, 26 for then he would have had

To suffer often since the world began.

But no! Now, once for all, he has appeared

 

At the completion of the ages to

Abolish sin by dying in our place.

27 As man is destined to die once, and then

 

To face the judgment, 28 so it’s sure that Christ

Was offered once to take away the sins

Of many people, and he will appear

 

A second time, and not to bear sin, but

To bring salvation to all those looking for

His coming, hoping for it more and more.

 

S.D.G.

 

 

Hebrews Chapter Eight

HEBREWS CHAPTER EIGHT

1 The point of what we’re telling you is this:

We do have such a high priest, who sat by

The right hand of the Majesty in heaven,

 

Sat by his throne, 2 who ministers within

The sanctuary, the true tabernacle

That is set up by God and not by man.

 

3 Every high priest is designated to

Offer both gifts and sacrifices, and

So it was necessary for this one

 

To offer something also. 4 If he were

On earth, he would not be a priest, because

There are already men who offer gifts

 

The law prescribes. 5 The sanctuary where

They serve is but a copy and a shadow

Of that which is in heaven. This is why

 

Moses was cautioned when he was about

To build the tabernacle: “See to it

That you make everything according to

The pattern shown you on the mountain,” 6 but

The ministry that Jesus has received

Is finer than theirs, as the covenant

 

Of which he is the mediator is

Superior to the old one, and it

Is built on better promises, 7 for if

 

Nothing was wrong with that first covenant,

No place would have been hunted for another,

8 But the Lord found the people sinful and

 

He said, “The time is coming, God declares,

When I’ll establish a new covenant

Both with the house of Israel and with

 

The house of Judah, 9 and it won’t be like

The covenant that I established with

Their forebears when I took them by the hand

 

To lead them out of Egypt, for they did

Not stay devoted to my covenant,

And so I turned from them, declares the Lord.

 

After that time, declares the Lord, 10 this is

The covenant I will make with the house

Of Israel. I’ll put my laws within their minds

 

And write them on their hearts. I’ll be their God,

And they will be my people. 11 No more will

A man instruct his neighbor, or a man

 

His brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because

They will all know me, from the least of them

Up to the greatest, 12 for I will forgive

 

Their evil and recall their sins no more.”

13 In saying that this covenant was “new,”

He made the first one old, and what decays

 

And ages presently will fade away.

 

S.D.G.

 

January 15: “Miracles of Jesus” (6/12)

VI.

Once Jesus cast a demon out, the man
Began to speak, which thrilled the crowds, who blurted
Out, “Nothing like this has ever occurred
In Israel!” But jealous Pharisees

Denounced the Lord as being no more than
A Satan-follower; then Jesus hurried
Into Jerusalem, where water stirred
A pool that healed the sick of their diseases,

And Jesus met an invalid and asked
Him, “Do you want to become well?” No one
Had put the man into the pool that healed
The sick whenever water was disturbed.

Jesus told him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat
And walk.” At once the man was healed, which stunned
The Pharisees, who wanted men to kneel
To legalistic ways, not God’s superb

Atoning grace, favor unmerited.
Next, Jesus went off to the other side
Of the Sea of Galilee, a giant crowd
Following him due to His miracles,

And He asked them, “Where can we buy bread
So that this crowd may eat?” Andrew, beside
The Lord, said that a boy had come around
With five loaves and two fish, but “who’d be full

When those were split among the crowd?” The Lord
Had people sit down on the grass, then took
The loaves, gave thanks, and handed out the bread,
Then did the same with the two fish, and each

Person had as much as he wanted, for
The food was plentiful. When Jesus looked
And saw that all were satisfied, he said
To his disciples, “Gather broken pieces

Left over, so that nothing’s wasted,” so
They gathered up the pieces and they filled
Twelve baskets, and the people saw this sign
And said, “This is the prophet who shall come

Into the world.” Then Jesus had to go
Across to Gennesaret, where God willed
He heal the sick, and people brought them by.
They begged to touch his cloak, its edge, and none

Was turned away, and all who touched the edge
Of it were healed. A woman Canaanite
From that vicinity came up and cried,
“Lord, Son of David, mercy! For a demon

Torments my girl, who suffers like a wretch,”
But Jesus said that he was sent as light
To the lost sheep of Israel, their guide:
“It’s wrong to take the children’s bread and freely

Toss it to dogs,” he said. “Yes it is, Lord,”
She said, “but even dogs eat crumbs that fall
From their master’s table,” then the Lord replied,
“Woman, you have great faith, and your request

Is granted,” and her daughter at that moment
Was healed; then Jesus left Tyre’s region, walked
To the Sea of Galilee through Sidon,
And as his miracles had so impressed

Them, they brought him a deaf mute and implored
Jesus to lay his hand on him, so he
Took him aside, away from crowds, and placed
His fingers in his ears, and spat, and touched

His tongue, and looking heavenward, the Lord
Sighed and uttered, Ephphatha,” that is, “Be
Opened,” and his ears opened with no trace
Of blockage, and his tongue was freed, so much

So he spoke plainly. Jesus said, “Don’t speak
About this,” but the more he said, “Don’t talk
About this,” they all the more proclaimed it.
And they were staggered, saying, “He has done

All things well, even making deaf men hear
And the mute speak.” Then Jesus left and walked
Along the Sea of Galilee to sit
Upon a mountain that he’d climbed for one-

On-one encounters with the lame, the blind,
The mute, the crippled, and a host of others,
And Jesus healed them all, which stunned the crowds,
Who praised the God of Israel. He asked

For his disciples and told them, “The time
Is right to feed these people, all our brothers,
Who’ve been with me three days; I can’t allow
Them to leave hungry, when they might collapse

Along the way,” and his disciples said,
“Where could we get some bread so far from towns,
Enough to feed this crowd?” “How many loaves
Do you have?” Jesus asked them. “Seven,” they

Replied, “and a few small fish.” So he led
By telling everybody to sit on ground.
He took the seven loaves and fish, and broke
Them after he had given thanks, and gave

Disciples pieces, which they gave the people,
Who ate and were all satisfied. Disciples
Collected seven basketfuls of all
The extra broken pieces, and the crowd

Count was four thousand men who’d sat and eaten
There, plus the women and the children by
The men, and after Jesus sent the throng
Away, he took the boat and traveled down

To the vicinity of Magadan,
Then they came to Bethsaida, where some pleaded
With Him to heal a blind man, so he took
The blind man by the hand and led him outside

Town, spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands
On them, then asked, “Do you see anything?”
Looking up, he said, “I see men; they look
Like walking trees.” Jesus touched the man’s eyes

Again: His eyes were opened and his sight
Came back, and he saw things with clarity.
As Jesus went, He saw a man born blind.
“While in the world, I’m the world’s light,” he said,

Then he spit upon the ground, and with saliva
He made some mud with his dexterity,
And put it on the man’s eyes. He said kindly,
“Go wash in the Siloam Pool” (which means “Sent”),

So the man washed and came home seeing, though
His neighbors weren’t sure he was the same man;
And Pharisees, the jealous Jewish leaders,
Insulted and attacked the man when he

Twice told how the man Jesus had restored
His sight, but they claimed Jesus’ helping hand
Was sinful, while the healed man disagreed
And told them, “I was blind and now I see.”

Hebrews Chapter Seven

HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN

1 For this Melchizedek was Salem’s king,

Priest of God Most High, who met Abraham

When he returned from the defeat of kings,

 

And blessed him, 2 on whom Abraham conferred

A tenth of everything. First, his name means

“The king of righteousness”; then also, “king

 

Of Salem” means “the king of peace.” 3 Without

A father or a mother, or descent,

And having no beginning of his days

 

Or end of life, but like the Son of God

He stays a priest forever. 4 You see, then,

How great he was, that Abraham the first

And the most honored man among all of

God’s chosen people, gave to him one tenth

Of all his spoils of battle. 5 Now the law

 

Requires Levitical descendants who

Are members of the priesthood to collect

A tenth from their own countrymen, that is,

 

Their brothers, even though their brothers are

Descended too from Abraham. 6 This man,

Melchizedek, was not from Levi’s line,

 

And yet he took a tenth from Abraham

And blessed him who received God’s promises.

7 There is no doubt the one who blesses is

 

Greater than any person who is blessed.

8 The Jewish priests, though mortal, took in tithes,

But with Melchizedek, they were received

 

By him who is declared to be alive,

9 And you might say when Abraham paid him

The tenth, 10 that Levi, whose descendants take

 

The tenth, paid it too. He was not yet born

But in a sense was in the body of

His ancestor when this Melchizedek

 

Met Abraham. 11 Now if perfection could

Have been attained through Jewish priests and laws

(The law was given to the people on

 

The basis of the Levite’s priesthood), why

Was there a need for yet another priest

To come− and not in Aaron’s order but

 

One in the order of Melchizedek?

12 For when the priesthood has a change, the law

Must also change. 13 Our Lord, of whom these things

 

Are said, was in another tribe; none

Belonging to that tribe has ever served

As altar priest, 14 for it is clear our Lord

 

Was born in Judah’s tribe, and Moses did

Not mention Judah when he spoke of priests;

15 And what we’ve said is even clearer if

 

Another priest, one like Melchizedek,

Appears, 16 one not made priest by human rules

But on the basis of the power which

 

Is flowing from an endless life, 17 for it’s

Declared, “You are a priest forever in

The order of Melchizedek.” 18 Because

 

The former rule was weak and useless 19 (for

The law made nothing perfect), it is set

Aside. But now we have a better hope

 

By which we may draw near to God, 20 and it

Was not without an oath. 21 God took an oath

That Christ would always be a priest, although

 

He never said that of the other priests.

Only to Christ he said, “The Lord has sworn

And never will he change his mind: You are

 

A priest forever in the order of

Melchizedek.” 22 Because of God’s oath, Christ

Can guarantee forever the success

 

Of this new covenant. 23 Those other priests

Were many, for they died and could not stay

In office for their work, 24 but Jesus lives

 

Forever and continues as a priest,

So no one else is needed. 25 He can save

Completely all who come to God through him,

 

Because he lives to intercede for them.

                  26 Such a high priest does meet our need—one who

Is holy, blameless, pure, set off from sinners,

 

Lifted above the heavens. 27 Unlike other

High priests, he need not offer sacrifices

Day after day, first for his own sins, and

 

Then for the people’s sins. He sacrificed

For their sins once and for all when he offered

Himself, 28 because the law appoints as high

 

Priests men in all their weakness; but the oath,

Which was made later than the law, decreed

The Son, who’s been perfected endlessly.

 

S.D.G.

 

January 14: “Miracles of Jesus” (5/12) by Day Williams

V.

Two blind men followed Jesus as he left
And went into the house where he’d stayed a while.
“Have mercy on us, Son of David!” screamed
The blind men, and he asked, “Do you pursue

Me in the faith that I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said, “we do.” He touched their eyes
And said, “Due to your faith, so will it be.”
Their eyes were opened and they could now see.

He told them to tell this to nobody–
Instead, they spread his stardom far and wide.
After they left, men brought a man to Jesus,
A man demon-possessed who could not speak.

Hebrews Chapter Six

HEBREWS CHAPTER SIX

1 So let us leave the elementary
Doctrine of Christ. Instead, let us go on
To be mature in understanding, as

Strong Christians ought to be. We do not need
To speak again about repentance from
The acts that lead to death, of faith in God,

2 Of baptisms and laying on of hands,
The resurrection of the dead, and of
Eternal judgment; 3 and, God willing, we

Will now go on to other things. 4 It is
Impossible for those who have once been
Enlightened, who have tasted for themselves

The gifts of heaven and experienced
The Holy Spirit, 5 and who know how good
The Word of God is and the powers of

The coming age, 6 if they have turned on God,
To have renewal in repentance, for
To their own loss they’ve nailed the Son of God

Onto the cross again and held him up
To ridicule, disgrace, and public shame,
7 For when a farmer’s land has had much rain

Fall on it and good crops come up, it has received
God’s blessing, 8 but if it keeps having crops
Of thorns and thistles, it’s considered no

Good, near to being cursed, and in the end
It will be burned. 9 Dear friends, though I may talk
Like this, I’m confident of better things

With you, that you’re producing the good fruit
That comes along with your salvation. 10 God
Is not unfair: He won’t forget your work

For him, or how you showed your love for him,
By your assistance to his people. 11 We
Want each of you to show this diligence

As long as life endures, so you’ll receive
Your full reward. 12 We do not want you to
Become lethargic but to imitate

Those who receive all God has promised them
Because of their strong faith and patience. 13 When
God promised Abraham, since there was none

Greater for him to swear by, he swore by
Himself and said, 14 “I’ll surely bless you and
Give you a son and give you numerous

Descendants,” 15 so after patiently waiting,
Abraham received what was promised. 16 When
Men take oaths, they swear by someone greater

Than themselves, and the oath confirms what is
Stated and finishes all argument.
17 God also bound himself when he confirmed

It with an oath, so that those to whom
He promised help would understand God’s purpose
Would never change. 18 He’s given us his promise

And oath, two things that we can fully count
On, for it is impossible for God
To tell a lie. 19 We who have fled to take

Hold of the hope that’s offered us may be
Greatly encouraged for we have this hope
As our soul’s anchor, firm and safe, which

Connects us with the inner shrine behind
The veil, 20 where Jesus went ahead of us
To plead for us from his eternal place

As our High Priest, with the high rank and respect
After the order of Melchizedek.
S.D.G.

January 13: “Miracles of Jesus” (4/12) by Day Williams

IV.

A woman suffered bleeding for twelve years
And many doctors had not stopped the flow.
She spotted Jesus in the crowd and touched
His garment’s hem, which made Him turn around

And ask, “What person touched me? Who came near?”
For he had felt the healing power go
From him, but Peter said, “This crowd is much
Too big, so such a person can’t be found.”

The woman realized she could not hide,
And trembling, fell down at his feet and told
The Master that she’d touched him and been healed
At once. “Your faith, my daughter, made you well,”

He told her. “Go in peace.” As he replied
To her, a man, Jairus, came from home
(His daughter there was sick) and he appealed
For Jesus’ help, and he began to tell

About her illness when a messenger
Arrived and told him that his girl had died,
So, “Do not trouble Jesus any more.”
When Jesus heard of this, “Do not be scared,

He told Jairus, “keep faith, she’ll be cured.”
With three disciples at her home, beside
The mourners, “Do not cry. She sleeps some more,”
He said, but mourners laughed because he dared

To say she lived when they knew she was dead.
He took her hand and loudly said, “My child,
Get up!” And life returned to her, and she
Stood up. He said for them to give her food.

Christ Raising Jairus’s Daughter

by William Blake