What do we, in our dreaming and seeking,
Look for, hope for … pursue each day?
Of wealth, of means, of care, of need
Upon what do me make our stand?
Beyond our doubt
May God set us steadfast
Give faith to walk firmly
Keep our feet on His way!
Make steady our steps
To accomplish for good
Are we ready? …
Prepare and establish!
*Psalm 90:17 NIV
Day in day out
We have ups and downs
When times are dark
And hearts are torn
Where do we turn?!
Lean on God’s strength
Embrace His light
A starry night
———- To wrap us ‘round
———- Or presence near
A listening ear
———- Someone to hear
A sunny smile
———- Upon a child’s face
Warm sun’s touch
———- Or cool shade’s shelter
———- And a place to shout!
Now draw us closer
As we come
“What’s up?” I say in greeting you,
In comfortable companionship.
Just hanging out and sharing life
Now there’s no rush with you and me.
“Oh, nothing much,” …but some days are long,
Going here… Doing this and that.
Just for now, let’s take a breather.
“So, what is up with you?”
With friends who care, we can be ourselves
And share our time and space.
To hear each other and really listen,
Offering support and being a presence.
“What’s up?” we say in recognition,
Doing this thing called life together.
We wake each day,
With choices before us.
How will we live?
What impact to make?
Teaching the young
To do what’s right.
Being an encourager
And firm support.
A guiding hand
In times of need.
No, not perfect…
From God comes strength.
Live by example,
Abundant love, and grace.
In life’s small pauses
As a photo in one’s mind
Moments to be treasured
In quiet contemplation
Of times past
I rock in peaceful silence
Drawing in evenings coolness
Rest now and be comforted
Wrapped in stillness
Receive joy’s presence
Gift of minutes
Cool air wafting on sweaty brows
Or sunshine’s warmth to ease day’s chill
Stretching and turning; curling and snuggling
Quiet moments bring respite; fill us.
Satisfied… Embracing peace
Shedding cares for a time
We savor the richness
Close our eyes and breath deeply
The noise of the day recedes
And we rest …content
Clear today and not a cloud,
The sun is warm, and body relaxed.
When life is good, I walk about,
And pause to give my thanks.
Sometimes the fog descends on me.
It’s hard to see ahead.
Gloomy thoughts blot out the sun,
And anxiety hovers near!
The wind will often tear and break.
It throws us for a loop!
What’s down is up; all now is snarled,
And chaos strives to reign.
When frigid times do freeze my brain
I find I cannot think at all.
Pain or stress, or simply choices,
Cause me to become immobile!
Heatwaves come and sunrays fry.
No relief in sight amid the drought,
But seeking hope when growing parched.
Where is water to be found?
Clearing air, shows me the way.
Cool soft breezes, touched by friends.
Calming care, to lift and sooth.
Helping hands, to offer aid.
Soft rustle at woodland’s edge
Shyly peering out at winter’s passing
Long slumbering beneath earth’s cold bite
Now reaching out a questing toe
Chill breezes steal day’s brief warmth
And residents shiver in protected nooks
Frost yet bites tender growth
Then yields to dawn’s new light
Nostrils raise to scent and tread
And life stirs within seed and soil
Rain-washed earth and ways are
Streaked with plants’ golden offerings
Stone and wood yield welcomed warmth
Hearken, hearken …
What ones have we to call their name,
Of high respect and great esteem?
Ones standing strong for honesty,
Upholding fairness and integrity.
We honor those of thoughtful nature,
That strive for clarity, and are without deceit.
Of strong beliefs and moral support,
Unafraid to speak the Truth.
What do we see? What good repute?
Not built on worldly wealth or power.
Living the values of selfless service
Courage, duty, … and loyalty.
In daily living they make their mark
In what they value and all they do.
From “My Words to Live By”
Giving selflessly is not always convenient.
When done in love, this is no loss!
Offered in laughter, pain, or sweat,
The greatest sacrifice is self.
Look then at our world around us,
At those who give in sacrifice,
Parent’s heart or family’s bond
Friendships dear or stranger’s face.
Giving brings the greatest gains,
Healing, helping, lifting spirits.
True sacrifice… It takes more effort
And it comes from deep within.
Love’s celebration. Glad thanksgiving
Greatest sacrifice … Savior’s touch