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Poems by John Janzen

Essential
I have wrestled long with trying to make sense of mixed messages when it comes to what is and what is not essential. This poem captures some of that frustration we have all been dealing with.

The World has Said finalist in poetry contest
Based on 1 Corinthians 1 & 2. The world has said much to discredit Christianity as a simpleton's religion. Truth is there is a hidden wisdom that Christians alone perceive because it is spiritually discerned.

Jesus is His Name finalist in poetry contest
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Parenting second in poetry contest
Children expose the dross in their parents. God sets the example to be followed in successful parenting.

Thanks for Spanks
Reflecting on the helpful and loving guidance of my parents during my childhood.

God's Anvil second in poetry contest
This poem was inspired by a poem of similar theme attributed to John Clifford. Beautifully displays the lasting legacy and indestructible nature of the Word of God.

Openings finalist in poetry contest
Based on Luke 24 dealing with the open tomb, open eyes, open minds and open mouths.

Gratitude finalist in poetry contest
A response to God's generous supply for body and soul and promise of Heaven.

Thankful Parts
Our bodies were made to worship the Lord. Every part for the praise of His name.