Resources for Christians

If you’re a communicator for Christ, as I am, you can find Writing Resources with Christian poets, writers, and pastors in mind on my website.

In addition, I hope you’ll follow these blogs, which I maintain as often as family, church, and book-writing commitments allow:

Bible Prayers
Bible Reviewer
Mary Sayler (in lieu of this site)
Poetry Editor & Poetry
Praise Poems (many of which have been compiled in the book PRAISE! and the forthcoming chapbook, WE: the people under God.)
What the Bible Says About Love

May God bless you and your good work in Christ.

Mary Harwell Sayler, (c) 2017

 

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Going for gold with God

To pass preliminary trials for the Olympics, athletes must train for years. That’s true in gaining spiritual muscle and maturity as a Christian too. However, going through preliminary trials won’t necessarily get us a golden crown. That reward comes if we do the work Jesus said to do. When His disciples asked Him what that was, Jesus replied:

“This is the work of God: believe in The One He has sent,” John 6:29.

No race. No contest. No competing with anyone, including ourselves. Just believe – not, as the world insists by believing in ourselves or other people, but by believing everything our One Lord and Savior Jesus Christ says and does. This public acknowledgment and belief in Him not only gets us a gold crown, but gets us into heaven

Meanwhile, back on the earth, the other gold relates to our living out the Golden Rule. Interestingly, that’s accepted as the gold standard in most cultures and religions. In the Gospels, we go for gold this way:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Luke 6:31. Or, to put it in a more contemporary voice: “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”

That’s the end goal, but how do we get there? With exercise, practice, and little steps such as….

  • At the grocery store, put back the carts as you’d want others to do for you if you worked there.
  • At the cash register, give the clerk the courtesy you want her to use in dealing with you or your kid who’s next in line.
  • On the Internet, post uplifting, insightful, kind, or informative notes, the way you wish other people would.
  • When giving a book review, treat the poet or writer with the same respect you want a reviewer to give to your writings.
  • At church, greet newcomers the way you wish someone had greeted you on your first visit.
  • In marriage or other close relationship, show your loved one the appreciation you enjoy.

The list can go on and on with every golden opportunity to be kind. All we have to do is treat other people and ourselves as though we’re all golden. We are! And, in God’s sight, we are all highly prized.

by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaking Salt

A recent post on The Word Center discussed Matthew 5 where Jesus tells His followers, “You are the salt of the earth,” bringing to mind this poem:

Shaking Salt
by Mary Harwell Sayler

We want
We taste
We crave this old
enhancing

Thirsty
Body cells
Electrical charges
never brackish

Our pores exude
Tears
Oceans
Preservatives
Washers of wounds

Blood pressure
Bread leavening
descending
rising

Too much
Too little
ruins a thing

better tasting
Humor taken
with a grain

Plain speech
peppering

Salt of earth salt
of earth
You are the

….

Included in Mary’s book of Bible-based poems Outside Eden,©2014

May Christ arise in you!

Resurrection

It was finished.
There was nothing left to do
but take down Jesus’ body
and hide it quickly
from mind, from view.
The terror of the tomb
closed the matter,
once for all,
wrapping sin
for its descent
into down-falling darkness
where never light had been.
Even from the Upper Room
no one had known our own
souls would be exhumed.
But Christ arose.
And with Him angels rolled
away the tombstone,
shroud, and doubt –
releasing all
who wanted out.

© 2014, 2016, Mary Harwell Sayler – poem included in book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden

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