Category - Poetry


Tomorrow we say
Will come our way
Yet to defer
May create a stir

Soothsaying wind
Talking me in
Bow your neck
Do it now

I must live my life
Be who I am
Not to be waylaid
Do it now

By ease and its disease
Causing one to lose
I will…I can
Do it now

Tomorrow never comes
The time is now
Let Christ have His way
Do it now

Now is the day
Destroy life’s defeat
Do it now

Clay Corvin 1/30/06


Paul was walking
His own guide
Gifts and skills
By his side

Jesus came
Saved Paul’s soul
The Good News life
Paul now told

Told of Christ
His love for you
Willingly died
His death saved you

True to Christ
True to self
Gave his all
Each one he helped

Heard the call
“Come to me”
Came to Greece
To take the Gospel to me

The world was changed
Lives renewed
All that was
You can have too

2,000 years
Christ’s story told
You’re His goal
Now the world knows

Clay Corvin 01/01/06


The Babe was born
A lonely morn
Teenage girl
Fearful and poor

Joseph was strong
He brought her along
As ordered by God
He obeyed the command

Angels came
Fear not they said
As the shephers heard of His birth
Coming to see Mary’s child

Now we rejoice
A child was born
Wonderful Savior
He cares for me

All is changed
The future is sure
Today’s in His hands
Tomorrow we’ll see Christ

Glorious day
So many miss
Rejoice with me
The Lord is here

Clay Corvin “For Carla and Chris”


1st District: ‘Fort Apache’ officers draw the line at the French Quarter
Sunday, December 18, 2005 By Michael Perlstein
The officers holed up in the 1st District station recognized the sound right away: ka-pop, ka-pop. Gunshots.
It hardly came as a surprise in the growing panic and lawlessness after Katrina left New Orleans upside down and under water. But then the officers recognized the source: the Iberville public housing complex just down Rampart Street from their station. Not only that, but the shots appeared to be aimed at their two-story building.

A study by The New York Times of more than 260 Louisianans who died during Hurricane Katrina or its aftermath found that almost all survived the height of the storm but died in the chaos and flooding that followed.

LUKE 2:8 -11
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!

I. COURAGE is a SPIRITUL issue-babies, children, adults, nations
II. COURAGE is a GIFT-from God to His Children-(Proverbs 30:5 Every Word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection
III. COURAGE goes hand in hand with PEACE
IV. COURAGE equips us to SERVE-where we are/what we have


I was afraid
Circumstances encouraged it
Jesus died for me
His life destroyed it
I can claim His strength
Courage comes to me
A gift direct from Christ
Equipping me today

I was frozen
What do I do?
How can I serve you?
Peace came to me
Held my hand
Courage moved my feet
I ceased to stand
And came to walk with you
I wasn’t well trained
Resources were few
In the eyes of man
I couldn’t do for you
Jesus said go
He said He would know
What I should do
As I lived life on the go

Now I’m His man
Storms come and go
He helps me stand
To face the waning sand
Time will not win
Courage comes again and again
Jesus is my King
His joy mends my soul

Clay Corvin 12/18/05


Jude 1:1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

1. ONLY THE CALLED-in Christ by redemption and forgiveness of sin
2. ONLY THE BELOVED-eternal bond, unbreakable
3. ONLY THE KEPT-held close, nurtured, guided, provided, precious
4. ONLY THE BOUNTIFUL-multiplied mercy, peace and love

Our BONDAGE is for our protection, purpose and priority


Called to be a member
In the family of God
Birthed by Jesus service
He lived and died for love
Love that I could fathom
The Father’s loving heart
His life is poured into me
I am given a new heart

Eternal bond of kinship
A gift I cannot earn
It keeps me safe through living
That I might experience love
His hand holding me up
In the midst of my sin
Guiding me to forgiveness
That I might live again

Now I know the secret
That burned within my soul
I wanted to be important
Now Jesus has made me whole
Calling me to service
To show by my love
The Gospel makes a difference
In my actions as I go

Closely held, protected
His hand my daily guide
I can be a servant
With Jesus by my side
His mission is my service
Christ equips me to go
I am precious to the Father
Jesus loves me so

All around the needy
Rich and poor
He is my deliverer
As I give more and more
Mercy is my privilege
Others need to hear
That peace and love from Jesus
Makes every day dear

Clay Corvin 12/11/05


Forgiveness came looking
For me today
Giving me strength
Guiding my way
Jesus my savior
Gave His love
That I might be whole
That I could give love

Where I am strong
You may be weak
When I belong
You may feel wronged
Life is given
That I might give
His word in my life
That you may live

Life is so quick
Too quick to waste
Forgiving –forgetting
Is a better way
It relieves my burden
It lightens my load
To walk with others
On Jesus’ daily road

Stop where you are
What’s hurting you?
Give it to Jesus
He will see you through
The Babe of Bethlehem
Came just for you
So that others would know Him
Through you
Clay Corvin 12/5/05


Night time when our hearts beat loud
Conscience condemns
Courage clouds
The light is set
Concealing truth
Hard to see through sin
Bend the knee and turn to Him

Prayers are heard
Miracles done
Daily lives are blessed
Yet darkness only condemns
Giving one no rest
Denying answers really came
It was only things the same

I took a note
Writing my plea
Come dear Lord forgiving me
Blessing me with wisdom and peace
Give me courage to bend my knee
Listening to your Word
Christ is here, He heard

I don’t understand a lot of things
Suffering life and feeling pain
I do know this and I believe
God is good and He loves me
This is my strength
What ere befalls
Temptation has a hollow ring

God is great
He uses me
The world only accuses me
Joy comes in faithful days
Giving light to darkened days
He is all the world to me
Thank you Lord for making me
CC 11/28/05


Genesis 1:27 So God created human beings in his own image, In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Matthew 1:23 Look the virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God is with us.

Matthew 2:1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.


I. CELEBRATION- life-opportunities-God’s concern-prayer
II. RENEWAL- friends-peace-future (God’s activity in the past)
III. SACRIFICE- giving-serving-thanking
IV. SENSATION- audacious-applause-joy

Little girl
Not long wed
Donkey ride down south
Traveling to Bethlehem
The tax man demanded a count

Normal things
Contain great truth
Miracles responding to life
Making us objects of love
Our Savior gave His life

Celebrate His birthday
Rejoice in His life
Live because He is present
Giving value to our life
Enabling joy in sacrifice

Giving us the foundation
For wealthy lives in Christ
Knowing all we give is sown
In fellowship, prayer, and growth
The Lord is on His throne

CC 11/27/05


Hebrews 12:12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

I. LIFE IS A TOUGH JOURNEY-not for the weak, not for the overburdened
II. LIFE IS NOT A SPRINT-my strength is for you, your strength is for me
III. LIFE IS SOMETHING WE SHARE-people count, the way I act towards them makes them count, when I make others count I count


Journey with me
Not ahead
Not behind
I will walk with you

Pray with me
Others need our help
I can’t walk alone
Forgive me

Talk and I will hear
What I have I give
I want to be transparent
How can I help you?

I tired and weak
Helping builds my strength
My fervor grows
When I pray upon my knees

Jesus cares for each of us
He loves you and me
The best I do
Is when I love you

Life is tough
Not for solo lives
Together we can do
What Christ calls us to

Remember all the pain
Let His strength renew
Don’t drag me down
I depend on you

Clay Corvin


We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

1. PRESENCE OF GOD-This is His world
a. I’m missing something-Heaven Complete
b. I is important here-Jesus will occupy my every thought
c. Time destroys-Heaven eternal

Devastation all around
My heart is troubled
My strength is gone
Time is pushing me down

Christ speaks to me
I love you
This is your life
I will use you

Feeling failure
Shortages at every turn
My path is rocky
My life incomplete

Christ speaks to me
I created you
Do this for me
Life is where you are

Oppression –depression
Seeking out my soul
A hidden hand destroys
Desperation stalking me

Christ speaks to me
I am in control
Be calm and hold my hand
Heaven is your home

Clay Corvin