Poems

Easter Dawn

Easter Dawn

Apr 2017    

  At the end of the Valley of the Shadow of Death, there is a Glory brighter than ten thousand suns that I can only see in reflection. It is a Glory that transcends Earth and Heaven, Illuminating every corner of my consciousness for it is the primal light of…

Healing

Healing

Mar 2017    

  There is healing in total darkness when the garish light of public life strains the retina of insight and the glare of the noonday sun of harsh reality overwhelms, when acrid light casts a jaundiced hue on every dainty glen and lush bower that should bring delight; when light…

The Journey Of Life

The Journey Of Life

Feb 2017     We journey through the unknown, To a home we have yet to own; A wonderful home in eternity, Promised by the Lord Almighty. It is a challenging journey, Often through hostile territory; But God will be with us all the way; If we obey Him night and day. When the...
Faith

Faith

Jan 2017     Faith is the firstfruit of trust conceived in the matrix from the seed of enduring Truth and time-tried Knowledge.   Faith is a blind man leaping from an inferno into waiting arms below.   Faith is a sightless bat negotiating pillars from heard echoes reverberating from hard surfaces.   Faith...
Joy

Joy

Dec 2016     We will encounter foes, Life will have its woes, But God will help us to survive; Better still, He will give us life.   He will heal and He will save, He will lift us from the grave. Weeping may last through the night, Joy comes with the Eternal Light....
Joseph

Joseph

Nov 2016     Young Joseph drunk with the champagne of the stars that with the sun and moon did obeisance to him before the congregation of celestial lights, blurted out too early the secret message entrusted to him to the hostile ears of brethren seething to see him in the rainbow coat bestowed...
What Shall I Offer To The Lord?

What Shall I Offer To The Lord?

Oct 2016     How shall I come before the Lord, Bow down before the exalted God? Will a perfect prescribed sacrifice Offered on the altar suffice? Will sacrifices in abundance, Offered without repentance? Will the gift of my firstborn alone, My life transform, my sin atone? You have shown, Lord, what is right...
The Living Word

The Living Word

Sep 2016     The glamour of new messiahs enunciating words that give flesh and form to tenets framed by master-spirits – words compacted with designer genes to awaken and impassion the gullible who form the coterie of believers, capturing the headlines of tabloids and media, have currency and season; their tenure is ephemeral...
David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Aug 2016     With faith in El Shaddai that could move mountains, this rubicund teenager fresh from the boondocks of Israel who had spent his youth tending his father’s flocks and writing and singing psalms with his shepherd’s harp to glorify his God, stepped forth into the battlefield unarmed, against the deadliest champion...
Arrows On Target

Arrows On Target

Jul 2016     Unless God builds the family All effort is futility. Children are a gift from God, They are our reward. Like arrows in a quiver, Will our children deliver? Are they on target? Will we live to regret? Train a child the way to go, They will surely follow; If we...
God Is Our Refuge

God Is Our Refuge

Jun 2016     The Most High God is our shelter; From fear, harm and danger; In the shadow of the Almighty, There is comfort and security. The Lord saves those unaware, From the evil trapper’s snare. His truth is guarantee, Of their absolute security. Multitudes will fall by the way, But all who...
God Speaks

God Speaks

May 2016     Not in clouds mantled with thunder, nor in a fire-laced storm; Not in the rising cobra poise of a tsunami, nor in the swooping menace of a typhoon heading for landfall; Not in elected houses of governance nor in institutions of man; But in the stillness, in the pith of...
Peace

Peace

Apr 2016     We long for abiding peace, For trouble and fear to cease; But are helpless against strife, That engulf and stifle life. Jesus lived with persecution; Yet in the face of crucifixion From which He had no release, He promised us peace. It was for us He had to die; The...
Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Mar 2016     Looking down He saw a mass on the hill of skulls.   He saw the crowd whom He led to life now goading Him to death.   He saw the clacking dice of the soldiers vultures squabbling for the prize.   He saw the seeking sheep who were lost spirits...
Gethsemane

Gethsemane

Feb 2016     In golden youth when seems the earth A Summer-land of singing mirth, When souls are glad and hearts are light, And not a shadow lurks in sight, We do not know it, but there lies Somewhere veiled under evening skies A garden which we all must see – The garden...
Abraham

Abraham

Jan 2016     Such matchless faith to abandon all – affluence, estates and patriarchal standing, in Ur of the Chaldees,  to respond to the call  of the Divine to leave for an unnamed destination in the desert lands beyond!   Rising above the tide of opposition  from family, friends and community  who questioned...
The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

Dec 2015     The Star of Bethlehem Striding into Jerusalem on camel back three seers, of royal lineage, steeped in the language of the stars, and of their encoded messages, who were startled one evening to see in the prime quarter of a galaxy, a new star, a diadem of purest light outshining...
Fetal Encounter

Fetal Encounter

Nov 2015     John, the harbinger, leapt in his mother’s womb, sensing the presence of the nascent Christ:   Such amazing fetal sentience, Spirit-sprung, transcending possibility, confirmed the immaculate conception: giving promise of the unfolding of the divine plan to bring salvation to fallen man.   Luke 1:39-45   Dr Oliver Seet is...
The Word Of God

The Word Of God

Oct 2015     The Word Of God Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 (NKJV) Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your...
Gideon

Gideon

Sep 2015     Was it mockery, a diatribe against his timorousness, brought on by Israel’s descent into the maelstrom of despondency, as scavenger tribes plundered the fruit of its labour, powerless to resist their savagery and greed. How effete to beat out wheat secretively in a wine press hidden in a cave!  ...
Into The Lord’s Harvest

Into The Lord’s Harvest

Aug 2015     Into The Lord’s Harvest Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 (NKJV) For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”… And...
The Commencement

The Commencement

Jan 2015     The Commencement ...and the angels sang; all Nature stood on tiptoe, and Man for whom He came sat in wide-eyed wonder speechless at His commencement as He, the desire of all Israel proclaimed the fulfillment of this prophecy made six centuries earlier in this acceptable year of the Lord –...
Another Kind Of Water

Another Kind Of Water

Nov 2014     Another Kind Of Water How strange that he should ask me, a Samaritan, for water from the well of our Patriarch, Jacob to slake his thirst, this man from Galilee, this Jew, with whom we have no truck. He has such quiet princely dignity, such orchards of peace in his...
Soaring On Eagles’ Wings

Soaring On Eagles’ Wings

Oct 2014     Soaring On Eagles’ Wings The everlasting God… gives power to the weak… But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV) Amidst challenges and...
Up On A Sycamore Tree

Up On A Sycamore Tree

Sep 2014     Amazing that he the Lord of Life flanked by hordes of milling admirers should notice me perched in the fork of a sycamore tree; that he should know me by name, me, Zacchaeus, feared but loathed by all, a tax-collector for Rome, an outcast, a cheat, living in the lap...
Cancer Is So Limited

Cancer Is So Limited

Aug 2014               They’ve sentenced you with invisible cells that secret themselves deep in body recesses and multiply: lymphatic assault on vital functions.           Can cancer conquer you? I doubt it, for the strengths I see in you have nothing to do with cells...
A Creative Word

A Creative Word

Jul 2014     A Creative Word Copious words from scholar, priest or saint make no indent like a word from the Master that cuts through bone and marrow into the hidden chamber of thought and feeling, and brings into being in a single day what takes a millennium in the puny mind of...
Discovering God

Discovering God

Jun 2014     Discovering God “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” Psalm 19:1 The glory of the burning sun, Reflected in the gleaming water; Declares the majesty of One, Who is Creator and Sustainer. The waves in the boundless sea, Rolling ceaselessly onto the shore; Declares...
John Wesley at  Aldersgate

John Wesley at Aldersgate

May 2014     John Wesley at Aldersgate Tired and weary in the truth or Spurred by duty’s firm estate Mr Wesley learned from Luther Late one night at Aldersgate. None proclaimed the kingdom missal, Holy sang, or set apart; Dry the words of the Epistle That strangely warmed the faithful heart. And from...
He is risen indeed!

He is risen indeed!

Apr 2014     I stood that day away from the Cross-silhouette hill Afraid to look, yet aware of the figure so still– He was the one they called Jesus of Nazareth. Once a babe of lowly birth Then a man who walked the earth Teaching the worth of life And love’s win over...
Silence

Silence

Mar 2014     Silence has many hues and intensities, permeating and saturating the rice paper of consciousness with images imprinted from the hinterland and groves of feeling.   There is the frozen silence between friends, marking a rift, that can grow into a chasm as altercations turn astringent and fester into silence.  ...
LOVE

LOVE

Feb 2014     Love Jesus demonstrated God’s love; By leaving His home above; Exchanging His sovereignty; For a life of humility; To serve and forgive, And to die that we might live. Love is more than empty speech, Lofty ideals that we teach; More than faith and prophecy; Or understanding mystery; More than...
Doors

Doors

Jan 2014     At the cusp of a new year, I pause at the hallway lined with many doors. There is the door of new beginnings, departing from the zones of the familiar, along uncharted pathways novel, fortuitous, with unanticipated pitfalls leading upland or down slippery slopes. There is the door of new...
Homelessness at Christmas time

Homelessness at Christmas time

Dec 2013     Sheltering God, your protection for us is made known in images of rock and mountain, wings and arms, tent and fold. A protection that makes us feel safe, secure, and confident – with knowledge and assurance that removes our vulnerability, and our loneliness, our fears and our doubts. You have...
Basin and towel

Basin and towel

Nov 2013     Preposterous! Egregious! That he who walked on water across rampaging waves to rescue us, who rebuked rebellious winds hell-bent on scuttling all vessels on the breast of the Galilean sea with a word, that silenced the demon winds to a whimper, who fed five thousand with a boy’s dinner, who...
Samaritan

Samaritan

Oct 2013     The quintessence of godliness lies not in the priestly garments of a holy order nor in sacred ornaments adorning neck or crown; Nor does it lie in pious demeanour and genuflection, in outward professions of faith alone, nor in an untainted genealogy; not in impressive public prayers and theological discourse,...

Grasping for The Wind

Sep 2013     I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh… while guiding my heart with wisdom… I made my works great… I acquired male and female servants… So I became great… Therefore I hated life because The work that was done was grievous to me, for all is vanity and grasping...

The Burning Bush

Aug 2013     STANDING UNSHOD, traumatised before the manifest presence of God, Moses gasped to hear the Divine assignment. Under Bedouin skies at nightfall, contemplating the majesty of distant stars that swept across every inglenook of space in the cloudless desert firmament, he had learnt the secrets of Creation: of Adam’s world and...

ASK

Jul 2013     “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 “You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.” John 14:14 "But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all...

By the Waters of Babylon

Jun 2013     By the Waters of Babylon Psalm 137; John 14:16, 27; Psalm 96:1; 1 Peter 1:8; Acts 2:4 BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON I can sing the Lord’s song because the Paraclete resides in me healing the fissures in my heart and filling every enclave with joy unspeakable. He fills me...

Paul of Tarsus

May 2013     DRIVEN BY APPETENCE and bile towards Jesus and all who followed Him - Saul, hell-bent went on that highway to Damascus, blinded by rage against delinquent Jews, resolute to slay all who professed faith in Jesus. And then transcendent holy light - creative radiance from the Heavenly Throne, suffused his...
My Super Mobile Phone

My Super Mobile Phone

Apr 2013       Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39   I HAVE A SUPER mobile phone, That doesn’t cost a cent. It belongs...

The First Christmas

Dec 2012     WHAT A STRANGE FLURRY of stars across the paddocks of the night sky that evening two millennia ago when the daystar fashioned in the astral foundries of the Creator swept across the community of stars to take its signal place over Bethlehem, to chart and mark for scholars of celestial...

The sufficiency of God

Dec 2010     HIS GRACE is sufficient. Then why should I need fear, Though the testing be hard, And the trial severe? He tempers each wind at upon me doth blow, And tenderly whispers, “ Thy father doth know!” His power is sufficient, Then why should I quail, Though the storm clouds hang...

WHEN JESUS LOOKS

Apr 2008     WHEN Jesus looks upon my life, What picture does He see. Does He see His own refl ection, Or does He just see me. Does He see His likeness, The product of His hand. Or just another Christian, Who never took a stand. Does He see a child of God,...

A tribute to mothers

May 2004     FOR the mighty hands who have united the seed of the man with the soil of the woman, For the womb of the woman who gave us shelter and fellowship in his life, For the heart of the woman who comforted us and set the rhythm of life in our...

A New Year prayer

Jan 2004     ANOTHER year hath passed away, And what can I account to Him For gracious mercy He hath shown That kept me safe in life and limb. When I survey what I have done That could deserve His mercy great, My heart doth weep within itself To think how small they...
What Do You Buy in Bethlehem?

What Do You Buy in Bethlehem?

Dec 2003     "WHAT do you buy in Bethlehem?" Asked a tourist on her way, "Or beads, or rugs or shining brass, Or damascene, or crystal glass? What souvenirs, I pray?" Now, I've been in the shops in Bethlehem I've elbowed the travelling lot Buying mother-of-pearl, and olive woods And "Bethlehem stars" and...
 
 

REACH OUT

Fuzzy therapy that works

Fuzzy therapy that works

Apr 2017    

Every second Saturday of the month, the residents of the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) eagerly await the arrival of visitors of the furry kind. They are the friendly canines from Therapy Dogs Singapore (TDS), a non¬-profit voluntary welfare group which has been making monthly visits…

The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

Apr 2017    

  Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s call to Lesley and Kok Liang Yeow to live and serve in Vientiane, Laos. In faith, they started a centre for teaching the English language to adults. Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s…