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Lucia Kiersch Haase

Birth Place
Peru Illinois

Age Category

Birth month and day

College Graduate

Recently worked with Peru Mall Management and Security...currently in a 2 year program for a certificate in Christian Counseling.

writing, spending time with my granddaughter

Awards or achievements
The Edgar Lee Masters Award for poetry in 2009, 1st place
Writer's Journal contest winner for the poem 'Amelia'
in 2009, and 2nd place Writer's Journal poetry contest in 2010 for the poem

Marital status

one granddaughter, Rayghan

Published works
Four books...'Divine Light,
Living Water', 'A Gathering of
Stones', 'Between Two Lakes',
and the newest 'Sonnets Through the Window' just published in June 2012.

Professional or Philanthropic associations (including religious affiliation)

Poetry writing experience
I've been writing for about 15 years as the direct result of a spiritual experience. I
became interested in formal poetry after joining a website about 10 years ago.
On that site, there was a
teacher of poetry who did
challenges of every form or
just about every form there is. That is where I learned
formal verse, and have, I
believe, written in every
form there is.

State or country in which the poet resides

Testimony of saving faith for Christians only
The first spiritual experience I had is what drew me to Christ. I believed in God, but did not have a personal relationship with Christ. About 5 years ago, I was interviewed for a magazine article about the poetry. It was then I realized that more important than the poetry, was to express my need and want to draw others to Christ. That was first and foremost, and the poetry was second. It was then I realized how, step by step, I had become a vessel for the Lord, after accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior. To Him, all the credit is due, and He has blessed me immensely.

About the Poet
Poet and follower of Christ as a direct result of several spiritual experiences in my life.

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Chime Of The Day

July 5, 2022

Praise God for Our Pastor
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By Gary James Smith
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Praise God I had a pastor

He loved to preach and sing

His burden for the souls of men

Top priority in everything


Witness to a faithful man

Called of God I know

Humble in those everyday tasks

That preachers are called unto


But until I came to the Lord

I did not know how deep

Was the love of God in him

For all the worlds lost sheep


When we sang he sometimes wept

T’was unashamedly

As he wiped away those tearful eyes

Through mine I could hardly see


Touched by the Spirit, worship came

To visit us that day

God had pressed out the winepress of praise

And His Glory came our way.


O Hallelujah sing it,

With tears of joy mingled in

Praise God for so great Salvation

Jesus Christ has died for our sins


Copyright Gary James Smith

Feb. 8, 2008 @9:20 p.m




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