September 15, 2015
Vol. 18, Issue 3
Vol. 18, Issue 3
It’s all about…The Lamb
Maude Carolan Pych/Quarterly Poetry Letter
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches
and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Rev 5:12 NASB
It’s all about…The Lamb is a quarterly publication for followers of Yeshua/Jesus, the Holy Lamb of God, and people who enjoy poetry. The purpose is to magnify our Shepherd and Savior and inspire an ever-deepening relationship with Him, the lover of our souls.
14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11--THE SHEMITAH--ROSH HOSHANNA--YOM KIPPUR
It made me smile to see this little boy blowing his little shofar before the Rosh Hoshanna service at Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ, Friday evening. Actually, he and his sister kept passing the shofar back and forth and blowing it with delight.
The distinctive sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) represents God’s wake up call to His people. The month of September and time of the autumn holy days, provides an opportunity for deep reflection and prayer, a time of repentance, a time to wake up and draw near or return to the Lord Our God.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, pastor of Beth Israel and author of the best-selling books, “The Harbinger” and “The Shemitah” has been imploring all people to draw near to God. He’s been calling for repentance, prayer and revival. “I believe a great shaking is coming to America,” he says, “that will involve the financial and economic realms, and yet a shaking that will be greater than these realms.” No one knows what lies ahead, but our greatest security rests in knowing our hearts are aligned with the heart of our Messiah.
A movie based on the life of Rabbi Jonathan will soon be released. It is “The Harbinger Man”. I’m looking forward to seeing it when it premiers in October.
I had a poem prepared to include in this issue, but since learning that Gary Selman, founder of Beth Israel, went to be with his Messiah, Sunday, on the eve of Rosh Hoshanna, I’m posting a poem in Gary’s honor instead. Gary will be remembered for many things, notably his oft repeated announcement, “It’s Jewish to believe in Jesus!” Also, he always opened the services at early Beth Israel, strumming his guitar in a rousing manner and singing, “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise. I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad...” Personally, I will remember Gary fondly as one of the four men who each held a corner of a tallit over Bob and me, which served as our simple wedding huppah, while we recited wedding vows in 2006. Gary good-naturedly kvetched, every time we saw him, about how terribly his arm ached while he held it.
Please pray especially for Gary's wife, Jan, who has cancer.
Please pray especially for Gary's wife, Jan, who has cancer.
The second poem that I am including here has not been published before. It is about Jonathan Cahn and is called, “Man of God”. Rabbi Jonathan’s birthday will be the 25th of this month. I am pleased to post it as a tribute for my pastor’s birthday.
ANTICIPATING SUSAN PANZICA’S BOOK…
Susan Panzica, a fellow member of the North Jersey Christian Writers Group (NJCWG), recently announced that her poem, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” will be published in October as a children’s book. Look for it on Amazon.com.
Interestingly, Susan’s poem first appeared here, in the December 15, 2010 edition. She made a few changes, added some verses, found a gifted illustrator and voila! it is about to emerge as an engaging book suitable for Christmas and Easter gifts for children, one that will deliver an important spiritual message in a delightful way.
Susan said people are prepared to order copies as soon as Amazon makes them available. Congratulations, Susan! I will definitely purchase a copy to read to my grandchildren at Christmastime.
The following poem is in loving memory of Gary Selman
founder of Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ
September 10, 1940—September 13, 2015
A PLACE PREPARED
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where
I am, there you may be also." John 14: 2-3 NKJV
You dwell now in a place prepared, by God with you in mind;
a place of exquisite beauty, pastoral and sublime,
a place no earthly eye has seen, no ear has heard about…
beyond our wildest imaginings...Of this there is no doubt.
God has given glimpses of our home in Eternity;
The Bible says the streets are gold. There is a crystal sea.
It speaks of emerald rainbows and it speaks of no more tears.
We are told there is no darkness, no trouble, pain or fears.
Tree limbs laden with luscious fruit, high walls of jasper gleam,
wide open gates of giant pearls…It's true! It's not a dream!
Foundations of chalcedony, beryl, jacinth, and sapphire,
amethyst, emerald, sardonyx, topaz…jewels afire!
In the midst of this wonder, sits the Lamb upon the Throne.
No need for blazing sunshine. He is Heaven's Light alone!
Wish we could've watched you, Gary, beholding this great bliss,
seen your joy inexpressible, at God's tender first kiss!
We’ve read there are many mansions in our Heavenly home.
Yeshua prepared one for you. ‘Twas He Who bid you, "Come."
When we speak of you in Heaven, folks think we’re being brave.
We’d rather speak of Gloryland than of a dismal grave.
Can't picture you sporting a halo, strumming golden strings,
reclining on a fluffy cloud. No! God's planned greater things!
Can imagine you at a gate with Moses, John and Paul,
praising God and thanking Him for Calvary, love and all.
We all miss you, Gary, yet Yeshua will fill the space
that in us is empty since you’ve gone to that prepared place.
Yeshua is faithful. He gives comfort that does not cease.
Just knowing you dwell near His heart fills our souls with peace
We think of you in God's bosom, dream of you wrapped in Love,
believe we'll see your face someday, when we join you above.
We know for sure big rolling tears would saturate our socks
if we were not sure, Gary, you're in Heaven and it rocks!!!
MAN OF GOD
For Pastor/Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
Some call him Rabbi
Some call him Pastor
Some say he’s a prophet
Some simply call him Jonathan
To many he’s a teacher
to others he’s a preacher
Still others say he’s an author
As for me, Jonathan is a man of God
humble, tender, compassionate
articulate and brave
I call him my shepherd
I also call him friend
In the 80’s we were part
of a small group of Messianic believers
who met in a room of a church
When he was first called upon to preach
I absorbed every word
as Abraham took on flesh and bones
and walked right out of the Book
Others were moved, too
and the little group grew
and grew and grew and grew
and we moved to a bigger building
then bigger and bigger buildings
From the start Jonathan spoke Truth
never backed down
never minced words
neither did he soften his message
with political correctness
He ministered to Jews
Gentiles and all people
and carried his Bible and shofar
to faraway lands to proclaim the Gospel
and deliver the Aaronic Benediction
to multitudes from beneath the covering
of his fringed tallit
and miracles happened
and people were saved
and then the towers fell
and God gave him revelations—
He called them harbingers
and more revelations—the shemitahs
and he is compelled to proclaim them
because he must
for if he doesn’t, who will?
So the message goes forth—
clear and unsweetened
as he implores believers
to shine more brightly
as the days grow darker
for they are growing darker
With God-given strength
he bears the passion and the burden—
urging all people
to get right with God—
to return to Him
to call upon the Name
while there is time
Maude Carolan Pych
Happy Birthday, Pastor!
Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
Look for the next edition of It’s all about…the Lamb, December 15, 2015.
A FEW CLOSING WORDS…
L’shana tovah! May you be inscribed for a good year…a year in which you draw closer to God than you ever were before.
God bless ewe…
After God’s Own Heart Publishing
P.O. Box 2211, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Maude, Thank you for these amazing poems!! Incredible as always. And thank you for the shout-out about my book. To be released Oct. 5th. You are a wonderful poet and a dear friend.ReplyDelete
Susan, I was glad to mention your book. It's very exciting! I'm proud of you and know God will be glorified on every page.ReplyDelete
What beautifull words expressing love for a friendship with her Lord.I am indeed grateful to have Maude as a lifelong friend as my wife.THANKYOU JESUS.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Bob. You're a blessing! I love you.ReplyDelete
Beautiful poems & tribute to Gary Selman. Met Gary on a tour of Israel in 1984. And yes, we all sang that song as he accompanied us with his guitar.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anonymous. We all miss Gary at Beth Israel. I think the song you are speaking of is "Open His gates with thanksgiving in your heart, open His gates with praise..." I can almost hear him singing now!ReplyDelete