Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A PRAYER FOR LENT

                                                SAVIOR,
               
                                                I STAND BEFORE YOU, HUMBLED
                                                BY THE IMMENSITY OF YOUR LOVE.
                                                WITH ONE HAND I REACH OUT TO YOU,
                                                BESEECHING YOUR MERCY.
                                                WITH THE OTHER HAND I REACH OUT TO
                                                YOUR CHILDREN WHOSE BURDENS
                                                ARE FAR GREATER THAN MINE.
                                                HEAR MY PRAYER THAT THEY MAY
                                                FIND PEACE AND COMFORT IN YOU,
                                                AND THAT I MAY BE YOUR SERVANT
                                                IN HELPING TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

                                                LOVING GOD,
                                                YOUR ETERNAL GRACE PROTECTS ME
                                                AND KEEPS ME SAFE FROM HARM.
                                                I AM FILLED WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE
                                                WHEN I CONSIDER YOUR BOUNDLESS
                                                 LOVE FOR ME.
                                                 PLEASE CONTINUE TO POUR OUT YOUR
                                                 BLESSINGS ON ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND
                                                 TEACH US TO WALK IN THE WAYS OF
                                                 YOUR SON AND OUR SAVIOR,
                                                 JESUS CHRIST.

                       

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A FAMILY BLESSING

                                                         LORD OF ALL,

                                                   BLESS OUR FAMILIES.
                                      BE THEY FORMED BY BLOOD OR BY
                                                           CIRCUMSTANCE,
                                                         MAKE THEM HOLY.

                                                         MAY WE FIND YOU
                                                       IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS,
                                        IN OUR MARRIAGES, IN OUR FAMILIES,
                                                IN OUR HOUSEHOLDS, IN OUR
                                                               COMMUNITIES,
                                                 IN OUR GLOBAL HUMANITY.

                                                      MAY WE LOOK ACROSS
                                                      ALL THAT DIVIDES US
                                                            AND SEE FAMILY
                                            AND EMBRACE AS A FAMILY DOES.
                                            AND LOVE AS A FAMILY OUGHT TO.
                                         
                                            FOR WHERE TWO OR THREE GATHER
                                                                 IN YOUR NAME,
                                                                THERE ARE YOU.

                                                                        AMEN

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE

          WHEN CHRIST WAS ON EARTH, THE DOGWOOD GREW
               TO A TOWERING SIZE WITH A LOVELY HUE.
          ITS BRANCHES WERE STRONG AND INTERWOVEN
       AND FOR CHRIST'S CROSS ITS TIMBERS WERE CHOSEN.
          BEING DISTRESSED AT THE USE OF THIS WOOD,
       CHRIST MADE A PROMISE WHICH STILL HOLDS GOOD:
        "NOT EVER AGAIN SHALL THE DOGWOOD GROW
         TO BE LARGE ENOUGH FOR SUCH A TREE AND SO
         SLENDER AND TWISTED IT SHALL ALWAYS BE
         WITH CROSS-SHAPED BLOSSOMS FOR ALL TO SEE.
         THE PETALS SHALL HAVE BLOODSTAINS MARKED IN
               BROWN
          AND IN THE BLOSSOM'S CENTER A THORNY CROWN.
          ALL WHO SEE IT WILL THINK OF ME,
          NAILED TO A CROSS FROM A DOGWOOD TREE.
          PROTECTED AND CHERISHED THIS TREE SHALL BE
          A REFLECTION TO ALL OF MY AGONY."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

FELLOWSHIP of the UNASHAMED ( Author Unknown)

     I am part of the " Fellowship of the Unashamed."  I have Holy Spirit Power.  The dye has been
cast.  I've stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I am a disciple of His.  I won't
look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes
sense and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small
planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chincy giving and
dwarfed goals!
     I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity.
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.  I now live
by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.
     My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough,
my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.  I cannot be bought, compromised,
detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of  adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool
of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
     I won't give up, shut up, let up or burn up till I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored
up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
     I am a disciple of Jesus.  I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and
work till He stops.
     And when He comes to get His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me.  My colors
will be clear.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

XXXXXXXXXXX ( E.D. )

                    A LOT OF PEOPLE BLAME GOD FOR EVERYTHING BAD
                    THAT HAPPENS.  OF COURSE THAT IS THE ONLY TIME
                    THEY REMEMBER HIM.
                    MAYBE GOD PERMITS THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN SO
                    WE CAN WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT WE NEED HIM
                    AND THAT WITHOUT HIM WE ARE NOTHING.
                    WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE WE ALWAYS TURN TO
                    HIM BECAUSE IN OUR HEARTS WE KNOW THAT HE
                    IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HELP US, BUT UN-
                    GRATEFUL THAT WE ARE, AS SOON AS HE ANSWERS
                    OUR PRAYERS WE TURN OUR BACK AND FORGET
                    HIM AGAIN.
                    HE LOVES US ALL,  EACH AND EVERYONE AND WE
                    BREAK HIS HEART OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
                    WE WANT EVERYTHING FROM HIM, BUT WE GIVE HIM
                    NOTHING IN RETURN.
                    THERE IS SO MUCH SIN IN THIS WORLD AND SO MUCH
                    HATE.
                    WAKE UP, PEOPLE!  NEXT TIME WE MIGHT NOT BE SO
                    LUCKY.
                                         
                                                ___________________________


                   
                   

                   

                  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

MY MEMORY ( Anonymous )

                              I'D  LIKE  THE  MEMORY  OF  ME
                                     TO BE A HAPPY ONE.

                              I'D  LIKE  TO  LEAVE  AN  AFTERGLOW
                                      OF  SMILES  WHEN  LIFE  IS  DONE.

                              I'D  LIKE  TO  LEAVE  AN  ECHO
                    WHISPERING  SOFTLY  DOWN  THE  WAYS,
                           OF  HAPPY  TIMES  AND  LAUGHING
                        TIMES  OF  BRIGHT  AND  SUNNY  DAYS.

                             I'D  LIKE  THE  TEARS  OF  THOSE  WHO
                                GRIEVE,  TO  DRY  BEFORE  THE  SUN
                            OF  HAPPY  MEMORIES  THAT  I  LEAVE
                                               WHEN  LIFE  IS  DONE,




                      

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

REST IN PEACE (GRACE E. EASLEY)

                                                          BOBBY

                         "REST IN PEACE,"  HOW MUCH THIS SAYS,
                          BE FREE OF PAIN NO MORE TO WEEP
                          FIND JOY THAT NEVER ENDS, POSSESS
                          NEW LIFE THAT HERE YOU COULD NOT KEEP.
                         "REST IN PEACE,"  AND THOUGH WE GRIEVE,
                          REACHING FOR YOUR HAND IN VAIN,
                          OUR FAITH IS SUCH THAT WE BELIEVE
                          THAT ALL OF US SHALL MEET AGAIN.

                         "REST IN PEACE,"  THE DRUMS ARE STILL,
                         THE SMOKE HAS CLEARED, THE BATTLE"S DONE.
                         AND NOW FOREVER YOURS TO KEEP
                         THE GOLDEN PRIZE THAT YOU HAVE WON.
                         AGAINST THE SUNRISE ON THE HILL,
                         YOUR COLORS WAVE UPON THE BREEZE,
                         WITH SHIELD OF HONOR, LANCE OF TRUTH,
                         YOU OVERCAME WITH SUCH AS THESE.

                        NO DIRGE OF SORROW SHALL WE PLAY,
                        FOR ONE WHO GOES TO MEET THE LORD.
                        COULD BUT WE ALL BE HEAVEN"S GUESTS,
                        AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR JUST REWARD.
                        DEAR BLESSED SLEEP THAT MERELY MARKS
                        THE ENDING OF A HOLY QUEST,
                        YOUR GENTLE TOUCH REMAINS UPON
                        THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO LOVED YOU BEST.



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