A Poem by Ellen Hammond




I first heard of my Savior in school
When my teacher taught the Lord's Prayer
Then Mrs. Gundill read us Bible stories
And assured us Jesus will always care

But at home His name wasn't mentioned
Unless it was taken in vain
So alone, I would sing, "Jesus Loves Me"
Finding comfort, and relief from my pain

When the Gideons gave me a small Bible
And told me that it was God's word
I read many wonderful stories of Jesus
Which never before had I heard
After learning of Jesus in the Gospels
I turned to the book of Acts
And reading about the Holy Spirit
I accepted it all as the facts

I wasn't raised with religion
So in doctrine I was very naive
I just read my little Bible
And all that I read, I'd believe

I wanted to be like the apostles
To bring glory to the Father above
As I expectantly prayed, "Come Holy Spirit"
I felt bathed in a warm, liquid love
There are so many gifts of the Spirit
I was confused by all those I read
I wasn't sure which ones I really needed
So I asked for His wisdom instead

The longer I walk in His Spirit
The more insight He gives so I'll see
That my life really does have a purpose
He'll use the weapons that were formed against me

Yes, all I experienced in and since childhood
Which caused so much turmoil and strife
In His hands are now powerful tools
Bringing others into His peace and new life
Spiritual gifts are still here when we need them
Yes, He works through His body today
As His church we need to be humble
And willing  to accept and obey

Yet we must always keep our perspective
Realizing the gifts play only a part
Jesus looks for the lasting fruits of the spirit
And true changes within the heart

So as we grow in His strength and wisdom
Bringing glory to the Father above
We come to the knowledge and understanding
That His greatest power and gift is His love

 (c) Ellen Hammond

© 2009 Ellen Hammond

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My dear friend, thank you for your gift, I can rejoice with you, your are in our Lord's hands, The Holy Spirit speaks to us with your poems. God See's all and knows all. Faith is a Grace, a gift from the Holy Spirit, who creates in our heart's an attraction to God. I AM means God is always here. I could read your poems on and on, always too short. Again thank you for sharing with your awesome gift. God Bless you my friend.

Posted 12 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


Very great work giving your testimony of faith..Enjoyed reading this eve..I am so glad that I chose this one to read today..Sunflower..

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love this poem. I still need to read the bible. I believe, as you do now, once I do, many things will become clear to me. I've always been very optimistic about God in the after life. Very curious, as we all are I assume. Well, most of us.

Favourite line:

"He'll use the weapons that were formed against me"

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Such beautiful faith, such wonderful words. What more to say but thank you a thousand for sharing the deep trust and love of our Lord in your heart and head.

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Ellen I'm so glad I came across this. You are such a strong remarkable woman to me. To have such faith and belief despite so much suffering is truly an inspiration and I kindly smile on the fact that I get the pleasure of being inspired by you!

Thanks for being so beautiful :)

Posted 10 Years Ago

WOW! nice to read something modern and balanced about the Holy Spirit. Lately there seems to be too much focus on his works rather than His fruit. I enjoyed reading this very much. It's like a breath of fresh air!

Posted 10 Years Ago

Wow All I can really say is Amen!
This is so amazing, so inspirational.
I really enjoyed this alot!

Posted 10 Years Ago

You share your personal story and struggle so honestly... and around you from the beginning was the Spirit, guiding your steps and inspiring your heart. Your words give one pause to offer thanksgiving and praise!

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

It is so nice to see you have the love of god You have been so good to me I hope you are feeling better for the holidays

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Dear Ellen,

This is a wonderful, emotional, spiritual write. Very well put together and very inspiring. One can feel the deep emotion of your spirit in this write. Quite impressive.

Very much enjoyed. High marks.

Best regards,


Posted 10 Years Ago

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23 Reviews
Shelved in 4 Libraries
Added on February 27, 2009
Last Updated on March 6, 2009


Ellen Hammond
Ellen Hammond

Saint John, N.B., Bay of Fundy , Canada



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