Category Archives: Poems

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Living Word – Nolan Hall

“Living Word”
By Nolan Hall
Parnall Correctional Facility, Jackson, MI

Lord I feel like I’m being ignored. Please speak to me and don’t overlook.
A gentle wind comes through her kitchen window, opening the pages of a book.

Bernadette, being curious, goes to kitchen, seeing the Bible opened yet unsure.
The mightiness of the Father, Son and Spirit was directing her to scripture.

This woman realized she needed to read the word of God and it must be her choice,
To take time away from worries and cares of this world to hear His voice.

Bernadette was amazed at the awesome power as the pages turned.
If you want to hear God’s voice it’s all throughout the Bible, she soon learned.

Pages turned to the book of Job. She read of his suffering with no help from his friends.
Learning faith and trust in God is a must regardless what’s happening.

Then the pages turned to the book of Psalms for comfort in times of struggle and distress.
Bernadette opened her heart and soul to the creator and her sins she confessed.

Next the Bible opened to Proverbs because in our walk there will be doubt and strife.
These living words provided moral instruction, applying divine wisdom to her daily life.

Bernadette was directed to the Gospels, reading of Jesus the Eternal King, the Christ.
With tear-filled eyes reading of a love so great with the Son and his sacrifice.

Free in Christ – Valroy Smith

“Free in Christ”
By Valroy Smith
Carson City Correctional Facility, Carson City, MI

I am free in Christ.
Yes you heard me right.
I am no longer held captive.
Only in Him, my salvation active.
God is my salvation.
God is my restoration.
Are you, too, ready to be free.
I am, for in heaven I want to be.
Come follow me.
And it is Jesus we will see.
He is my shelter and my rock.
He’s my safe, the key to my heart’s lock.
He’s my safe tower in the storm.
I’m safe no matter the darkness that is form.
His path is better.
No matter the weather.
I hear and follow his voice.
He’s my God and the best choice.

Jesus Gives Me Light – Valroy Smith

“Jesus Gives Me Light”
By Valroy Smith
Carson City Correctional Facility, Carson City, Michigan

When the darkness I am stolen from and not sold,
The light goes out without you.
When the fire goes cold, I don’t know what to do.
When I alone, I’m confused and lost.
When I’m mistreating others and stoned, I’ve walked away from the true boss.
But when I’m in you, the fire shines bright in me.
I know what to do, for the path is easy for me to see.
You allow me to be alive, he comforts me & keeps me warm.
You save me & allow me not to die, I’m thankful to have been born.
Jesus gives me the light,
which keeps my spirit bright
I talk to him every day.
When I’m awake & when I pray.
God guides me to the promise land.
God is what gets me to stand.
I don’t ever want to ask you why.
Why do you let me steal or lie?
The real question is how can you love me for me
& the answer is because I have your breath of live in me.
To my creature of all
just wanted to thank you for all.

This Is His Story – Michael Rasmussen

“This Is His Story”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

(Chorus)
“And even when the devil tried to deceive, God sent His only Son so we could believe!”
By God’s good grace, I’ll no longer hide my face
And by God’s free will, I’ll no longer stand still
By His guiding light, I was able to see
And by His tender mercy, I was set free
With His loving kindness, He made me understand
Showed me the path of righteousness, with His right hand
Now by His word, I pray to be heard
Cause by God’s glory, I’ll tell His story

(Verse 1)
It doesn’t even matter how deep is the pit
Cause you can cry, you can pray, or even just sit
But once you’ve hit bottom and have no place to go
Put your faith in God and let the Holy Spirit show
You the way out from all your evil ways and sin
By believing in Jesus and letting His love in to chorus

(Verse 2)
Even when everything seems to be falling apart
You’re just letting sin in to take over your heart
By taking drugs, having sex and drinking alcohol too
And doing everything the devil wants you to do
When all you got to do is pray and repent
And accept God’s mercy cause it is Heaven sent
And don’t ever think that you’ve been forgotten
Cause God sent His Son, His only Begotten *to chorus *

(Verse 3)
So if you want your soul to be set free
And live in Heaven for an eternity
Then believe in Jesus, the God-man who died
Who showed us His love by being crucified
He gave us His all to be free from sin
And three days later, He arose again
Now He sits in Heaven to the right of His Dad
Watching all of us children, both the good and the bad
And if you want to know more, then go read His word
It’s called The Holy Bible, in case you haven’t heard

Thank You Lord – Michael Rasmussen

“Thank You Lord”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

(Verse 1)
I’m thankful for, three meals a day
The clothes I have, a place to stay
Running water, a hot shower
And I wouldn’t change a thing
I’m thankful for, a place to sleep
A locker for, the things I keep
The coat I wear, a plastic chair
And I wouldn’t change a thing

(CHORUS)
And that is why I sing
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
And I wouldn’t change a thing
And that is why I sing thank you Lord

(Verse 2)
I’m thankful for, a friendly smile
My brothers here, who’ll walk a mile
A warm handshake, some chow hall cake
And I wouldn’t change a thing
I’m thankful for, our fellowship
Our services, praise and worship
The Word I hear, our volunteer
And I wouldn’t change a thing (Chorus)

(Verse 3)
I’m thankful for, what God has done
By sending us, His only Son
Lord Jesus Christ, His sacrifice
And I wouldn’t change a thing
I’m thankful for, the Holy Ghost
For His guidance, we need the most
A God of love, heaven above
And I wouldn’t change a thing (Chorus)

Show Me – Michael Rasmussen

“Show Me”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

(Verse 1)
Have you ever felt like / that you have lost it all?
Does it ever seem like / you’ve ran into a wall?
Have you ever wanted / all the nightmares to end?
Well, let me tell you, brother / that you have a friend!
All you got to do is pray / Ask God to show you the way!

(Chorus)
Show me Your glory / Show me Your light
Show it to me / on this dark night
Show me Your peace / Show me Your grace
Show it to me / in this dark place
Show me Your love / Show me Your power
Show it to me / at this dark hour
Show me Your strength / Show me Your mercy
Show it all to them / by going through me

(Verse 2)
Have you ever felt like / the walls are closing in?
Does it ever seem like / that you can’t ever win?
Have you ever wanted / to just stop all the hate?
Well, let me tell you, brother / you don’t have to wait!
All you got to do is pray / Ask God to show you the way! to chorus

(Bridge)
Once you’ve accepted Christ into your life
And have Him sit on the throne of your heart
Everything that once was dark, now is light
And let me tell you that it’s just a start!

(Verse 3)
Have you ever felt like / Christ is walking with you?
Does it ever seem like / that He always comes through?
Have you ever wanted / for Him to be right there?
Well, let me tell you, brother / He’s already here!
You just had to pray / He’ll show you the way! to chorus x2

Promises To God – Julius Evans

“Promises To God”
By Julius Evans
Clements Prison, Amarillo, TX

If I’m going to make it, I have to stand by you, God,
Holding my head up to the sky, looking up to You, Lord.
If I’m going to make it, I can’t let Satan gets close to me, not let Satan pull me down.
I’ll stand on God’s Words to make it through.
I’m going to stand tall, stay strong, hear God’s words, keep faith in the Lord up above.
I’m going to make it, Yes, Lord, My God, I’m going to make it.

Death – Michael Rasmussen

“Death”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

For it is only the shell, the mortal body, that dies and decays,
When the breath of life is taken away
For the Spirit, our eternal soul, lies in sleep,
Waiting for judgment, to hell or a heavenly keep.

“My Father Is Bigger Than Your father”
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you why
Everything you see
Around you and me
He built from sea to sky!
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you when
Before creation
Through all temptation
For He has always been!
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you where
No place on the ground
But He’s all around
In fact, He is right here!
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you how
It is by His word
That He can be heard
Do you believe me now?

A Tattoo With Meaning – Michael Rasmussen

“A Tattoo With Meaning”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

Oh, what a tangled web of sin that we weave, that leads us to the fires of hell.
But it is the love of God that shall lift us up on angel’s wings, and to heaven where we shall dwell.

I Am Here – Michael Rasmussen

“I Am Here!”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

Even though I am not here, I am
You are my eyes and see Me in My brothers and sisters
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my mouth and speaking about Me with boldness and love
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my ears and hear My words being spoken and preached
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my arms reaching out to others and embracing them with a hug
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my hands touching lives and folded in prayer
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my feet walking in faith down the straight and narrow
Even though I am not here, I am
You are my love that is shown to others and expressed through your actions
Even though I am not here, I am.