ANGEL CHILD

PRAY FOR UKRAINE

She stands
in the middle
of a war-torn street,
Ukrainian flag in hand,
angel wings over her
puffy coat,
donned for warmth,
no protection against
bullets and bombs.
I weep for her innocence
and pray for her protection.

And an end
to senseless war.

THE BROKEN LIFE

Broken Life

 

 

 

 

Pain is plain,
a heart’s wretched stain
that weeps in the night
when hope takes flight.
Grieve as you must
for love withered to dust,
let go of your grief,
find release.
You’ve done your best,
lay your pain to rest,
you cannot repair
someone else’s despair.
Pray, pray for a better day,
for your loved one to find his way
from cracked and broken
to hope and peace re-awoken.


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One day at a time

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13 NIV

Peace

Not there yet in your journey?
Fallen off your horse a time or two along the way?
That’s the past.
Today and tomorrow are waiting for you.
Show up. Listen.
Be ready to come off the blocks in service to the Lord
through service to others.
Don’t put stock in mistakes of yesterday,
except to carry its lessons into what happens next.
Avoid poor choices and self-serving addictions.
Look for ways to be successful.
The reward of service is getting something back
you never imagined would or could come your way.
Peace. Joy. Renewal.
Embrace possibility.
God has a plan.
Be ready for it.



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Tree of Peace

Our minister played this during worship today. I thought it was so beautiful I wanted to share it. The song was adapted from a Quaker poem, “Oh Brother Man.” The rendition  below was adapted by Gwyneth Walker. Read more about Walker here.

O Brother Man

by John Greenleaf Whittier

O Brother man! fold to thy heart thy brother;
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
To worship rightly is to love each other,
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

Follow with reverent steps the great example
Of Him whose holy work was ” doing good ” ;
So shall the wide earth seem our Father’s temple,
Each loving life a psalm of gratitude.

Then shall all shackles fall; the stormy clangor
Of wild war music o’er the earth shall cease;
Love shall tread out the baleful fire of anger,
And in its ashes plant the tree of peace!

 

 

Peace

PeaceNow the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV)

Peace is hard won in a world where negativity pours out of the media, and family struggles pluck at your heart. Peace. Everyone talks about it, but achieving peace is more than sitting in a corner and zoning out. Reality is what we live with every single day. Reality is a child bullied at school or on the Internet. Reality is an adult loved one who makes horrendous choices that break your heart. Reality is facing financial disaster. Reality is finding out someone you trust has betrayed you. The list is long and all of us can put a tick mark by one or more of the fears and concerns that are ready to swallow us whole. The hardest job we have sounds like it should be the easiest: let go and let God. For every thing on your worry list there is this promise from Joshua 1:9 – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (KJV) There is hope in this. When we place our trust in the Creator God of all there is now, ever has been, or ever will be, we will find peace. Our concerns don’t disappear overnight and the “good fairy” god of easy solutions doesn’t wave a magic wand and magically make perfect all the people who disappoint us. It is through faith we find the peace that passes all understanding. It is a starting point for healing and forgiveness.


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Forgiven

Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Psalm 79:9

Peace
We are going to stumble. We are going to stray.
We are going to try, to go our own way.
God does forgive as humbly we pray,
For guidance and wisdom every blessed day.

 


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EVERGREEN

EVERGREEN

 

Ever green is the evergreen,
stately, piercing the blue sky.
From a distance I see an outline
of a metropolis on some distant planet.

On a trail in their midst
I am a midget next to a giant,
a flittering moth flashing
through sun rays that pierce the shade.

Surrounded by pine and spruce,
pinion and fir I walk
in peace, the pine tar smell
reminding me of Christmas trees.

I walk in wonder
beneath the
canopy of branches
awed by the hand of God.