Janet's Poetry


Be Calm, My Soul

Running With Me, Jesus?

Breaking Alabaster Boxes

Watch: A Christmas Poem

Teach Me

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But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?

-- Matthew 8:26-27 (NKJV)


Be Calm, My Soul

When my heart is troubled, Lord,

When fear grips my soul,

It's then, I remember, Lord,

That You are in control.


Just as You calmed the sea

That day in Palestine,

You also calm my fearful heart

With Your Sweet Peace Divine.


Thank You, Lord, for Your Promise

That You will leave me never,

That I can always trust that You

Will be with me forever.




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Mary Ward (#555) runs in a 10-mile race in 2011 in Columbus, OH.  She was a member of one of Pastor Don's confirmation classes when he was pastor at Maple Street UMC in Lancaster.  Mary is a student at Ohio University and a dedicated runner She has completed one marathon and numerous other shorter races.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.



Are You running with me, Jesus,

In this race that I am in?

Do You offer grace to help me

In my battle against sin?


Are You running with me, Jesus,

Are You really by my side?

Do You share my many struggles;

Have You seen the tears Iíve cried?


Do You feel the pain I suffer;

Do You care when I am sad?

Were You running with me, Jesus,

Through the hard times I have had?


Yes, my child, Iím with you;

I run with you each day.

When you feel lost and lonely;

I help you find your way.


Iím running with you, Dear One;

Iím always by your side.

I know the pain youíve suffered;

Iíve seen the tears youíve cried.


I will never, ever leave you;

Youíll never run alone.

Iíll be running with you always,

ďTil you reach your heavenly home.


Yes, Youíre running with me, Jesus,

In this race that I am in.

And when this race is over,

Iíll be forever free from sin.


Thank You, Precious Jesus,

For Your promise that is true;

When Iím running with You, Jesus,

Youíll always see me through.


Janet Fenton Meadows



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Mark 14:3  And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

Luke 7:37-38  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.




Mary had an alabaster box,

Filled with precious oil;

Its worth to her represented

Many days of toil.


Mary broke her alabaster box

To anoint her Masterís feet;

For nothing was too good for Him,

Who all her needs did meet.


We each have an alabaster box,

Filled with something dear to us;

Are we willing the box to break,

Giving all thatís inside to Jesus?


The contents may include our time,

Relationships or wealth;

To give may inconvenience us

Or even threaten health.


But if we love our Master

With a heart thatís really true,

Then breaking the alabaster box

Is surely what weíll do.


Weíll give to others in His name

Just as if we were giving to Him;

And though our alabaster box is gone,

Heaven's joys on us will descend.


Lord, no matter the inconvenience,

Or the cost to me,

Help me break my alabaster box,

Giving all its contents to Thee.


Janet Fenton Meadows



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Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments.

--Psalm 119:66 (NKJV)





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Teach Me

Teach me, O Jesus, and help me to see

The kind of disciple You want me to be.

Make me a blessing to others;

Fill my heart with Your love;

Help me follow You always
'Till I reach heaven above.


Janet Fenton Meadows


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"Ölest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping.

And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"

Mark 13:36-37

A Christmas Poem


As Christmas day approaches.

We eagerly watch and wait

For the coming of the Savior.

We know He wonít be late.


Over two thousand years ago,

Jesus was sent to earth

To die upon a cruel cross,

That we might have new birth.


From the grave, He did come forth;

With the Father, He now lives in Heaven.

And all who will believe in Him

Will have their sins forgiven.


To this earth, He will return some day;

 Our watch we must always keep,

Lest coming suddenly on that day,

He should find us all asleep!


We must be ready for His return,

Awake and doing His will.

Then we will go to live with Him,

And our hopes He will fulfill.


Janet Fenton Meadows


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