(Paraphrase of Psalms 23)
Jesus is my Keeper; I’ll be content
as He leads me day by day
to pleasant places
to be renewed in him
along life’s pathway.
Although I often stumble through
many trials and snares,
I’ll not be dismayed
by the evil doer
as Jesus calms my fears.
How my Lord continues to
keep sustaining me
with daily showers of his
blessings with love,
mercy, and peace.
Now I know that without a doubt,
His goodness will stay with me
all the days of my
until heaven’s gates I see.
Somewhere in this day is an unhurried
moment in which to sit beneath God’s
and be showered by his love with
droplets of his mercy and never-ending
Somewhere in this day, God sits
patently and waits for me to
draw closer to his gracious throne;
where I can sit in quiet fellowship
with him alone in a restful, silent place.
Somewhere in this day as I
meander and journey along,
I will hear him in the quiet birdsong
underneath the wintry sunshine’s
I then realize he is gently reminding me
that he is much nearer than I think.
And he will reveal himself again
somewhere in this day.
Thankful for a glorious new day;
Thankful for the sun and the rain.
Thankful for the blue sky and the clouds;
Also, when the sun rises and gently goes down.
Thankful for the mountains, the meadows,
And the hills covered with emerald jeweled forests.
Also for the rippling lakes and rumbling oceans where
In the grain-sifting sand, my feet can sink and rest.
Thankful for the twittering birds of the air
and for butterflies fluttering here and there.
Thankful for close friends and family;
Thankful for the holidays when we meet
And the lifetime of cherished memories.
Thankful for their encouragement and their words
And the sweet moments locked forever in my heart.
Thankful for God, our Heavenly Father
Who reigns above forever and ever
And who so did love man
That he authored a lasting plan
To save us from our sins and from
Our many worldly and selfish whims.
Thankful for how God gives life purpose
For each new day with his mission; his focus.
Thankful for Jesus, His Son, and my Savior
And the hope he gives for an eternal future.
Thankful for the Lord who is always listening
And generously showers us with his blessings.
Thankful for the night when I can rest and sleep
Knowing Jesus is lovingly watching over me.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed
you were called… And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 (Holy Bible ESV)
Together once again with family and many friends.
House is aflutter with enticing aromas, clanging pans, and laughter.
Abundant home baked delights camouflage the table from sight.
Nature adds the wintry cold and a pristine layer of fresh snow.
Kittens, dogs, and children happily scamper through the hectic kitchen.
Sounds of boos and cheers from a televised game fill the atmosphere.
Grandparents, aunts, and uncles attend with young and smiling cousins.
Intrigued and famished family members finally around the table gather.
Vibrant and lively celebration of peace, joy, and prayerful thanksgiving.
Invited and included too are the dear friends loved by you.
Never neglecting or forgetting God’s numerous blessings.
Gathered and united in love while watched by the Lord from above.
Slowly breathe in the fragrance
Of sweet peace in quiet stillness,
The spring scent of a lilac bush, and the
blossoms of new leaves in the forest.
Slowly breathe in the pungent
Aroma of the misty air
Stirred by the shower of rain
In the storm with white lightning glare.
Slowly breathe in the sunlit
Dawn of a fresh new day
Permeated with rays of hope
Chasing doubt and darkness away.
Slowly breathe in the wonder of
God’s never-ending love
Surrounding you in a soft blanket
Sprinkled sun drops of blessings from above.
Slowly breathe in…
Revered Poet Emily Dickenson once wrote,
“How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways.”
Well Lord Most High, how do I love you?
Let me lift your name in thankful praise.
How I so love you in the morning
When the sky is sea-blue and sun is brightly shining.
I also love you through the long and winding day
And when I am confused and don’t where I am going,
You ever so gently lead me the way.
I also love you even as the rain is softly strumming;
For I know there may be a rainbow later today.
I love you too when the sun is softly setting;
Although it hides below the horizon,
You promise never to leave but always stay.
I still remember Lord, how by grace you sent your
Son Jesus even though I kept on sinning.
And you let him die to atone for my wicked ways.
Finally, Lord, I love you through the deep night when
I am restless, weeping, or so vividly dreaming;
With love, you keep silent watch until once again, I wake.
I awoke early one grayish morn
And gazed into a cloudy haze,
“Oh no! rain was threatening to dampen
This start of a brand new day.”
But as I journeyed beneath the
Dreariness of the billowy sky,
I did by chance took a glance at
An opening that appeared on high.
Where the misty barrier of clouds
Did suddenly separate
Allowing a hint of sunlight to
transport down and penetrate
Through the filmy atmosphere
And rest upon the quiet land;
As if a brilliant white sunbeam was
Just cast down from heaven.
To uplift with a sense of hope
In the hearts of all who know
That the Lord from far above
Is watching over and showing us his love.
Enter his glorious presence by prayer;
Meditate on his voice in his Holy Word.
Be open-minded with a teachable heart;
Remember the infinite truths he imparts.
Acknowledge and visit him through the day;
Center your thoughts on his nearness along your pathway.
Immerse in his saving grace and unending love
Never forgetting he watches over you from above.
Gently, gently he leads you like young sheep
From dawn of morn and while you quietly sleep.
“Your word is lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Psalms 119:105 (Holy Bible NIV)
Each new day that I gently awake,
I have a choice to make.
I may wake up disgruntled,
In a foul mood and certainly not humble.
Or I might arouse feeling overwhelmed
By the list of endless tasks that must be done.
I may roll out of bed feeling a bit upset with a neighbor or friend
And allow that anger to occupy and reside
in my vengeful heart and restless mind.
Then I might journey through the day
Never ridding of the bitterness along the way.
I could open my eyes in deep sadness
When realizing another dream, my latest
Hope has been utterly and completely dashed.
And in doing so I neglect to gaze out the window
To see the shining sun or perhaps a rainbow
Arching in the sky after a night of storms;
And I don’t notice the wind gently cooling the earth.
I forget to call and say hi to a friend
Or to help and encourage someone
Who deeply needed to hear
Words of kindness to alleviate their hurt and fear.
I forget how God has created me
To reach out to others in tenderness, love, and peace.
It is by my own flawed human nature that
I focus on myself ever so selfishly
Seeing only how the day evolves around me.
But the Lord I know has a different plan
For me and for each of us living
Beneath the forever vast and lofty heavens.
And that is to choose by faith
To wake each morning and live in his grace
Not doubting but in firm and steadfast belief
That we each have the ability to choose; to seek
To live with each other in heartfelt friendship,
Love and everlasting peace.
I just participated in a new collaboration calling all poets to write about peace. This writing event takes place through August 31st and you can read more about it here: https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-to-a-grand-collaboration-poets-for-peace/comment-page-6/#comment-19687