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Poems by John Janzen

Openings
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.

Covid Level Care first in poetry contest
I have been thinking much about the efforts applied to stifle this persistent virus. I wondered what that effort might entail applied in other areas of life and ultimately in our relationship with the Lord.

If the Dead Could Speak
Based on Luke 16:19-31. Hurting for those who've lost loved ones, not serving the Lord. If they could send one message back to the living, what would it be?

Ready, Aim, Fire! first in poetry contest
Taking a shot in life requires readiness, steadiness and courage to pull the trigger. This poem explores a few different approaches to choices or shots taken in the Christian life.

Covered first in poetry contest
What peace we are afforded being covered by the blood of Christ, cleansing us of guilt and shame.

Just a Man
Tammy Wynette released "Stand by your Man" in 1968. It became one of the best selling songs by a woman in Country music history. One of the lines goes "after all, he's just a man". I play off this idea thinking about what God can do with "just a man".

Ode to the Church Meeting first in poetry contest
How we have yearned to meet as a body for worship these last 3 months under Covid - 19 restrictions.