Day Ahead

Whether you are retired or looking forward to its arrival, these verses are written especially for you.  Enjoy life while taking in retirement’s ride.


Waking in darkness

Morning’s warm greeting

Day ahead calling

Night’s sleep retreating


Challenges waiting

Agenda sleeps for now

Coffee sends greetings

Where’s this morning’s chow?


Sunrise glows outside

Nature’s verses sing

Kitchen fills with warmth

Time’s melody swings


Decisions to make

Day moves by itself

Life in retirement

Tasks wait for oneself


Life now transitions

Driving slower lane

Each day’s gentle pace

Always entertains


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Life Shifts (Haiku Series #169)


This moment in time

Our story turns to new page—

Another year comes

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Trading snow shovels

Absent Ohio winter—

Time for umbrellas

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Each worthy surprise

Life’s unique blessings waiting—

Around each corner

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Morning Impressions

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Looking out kitchen’s window

Hot coffee warming chilled hands

Cherishing deepest blue skies

Thankful to breathe freedom’s brand


Geese fly across nearby pond

Wishing life could be simple

Photo of children smiling

Catching each happy dimple


Sensing morning’s frosty air

Furnace cranks, erasing cold

Listening to nature’s peace

Fewer song birds to behold


Airplane flying overhead

Gliding to scheduled landing

Mankind dances with nature

Asking, without demanding


Looking toward tomorrow

Life’s cards showing all Aces

Feeling blessed beyond reason

Cherished keepsake embraces


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Early morning is my preferred time to craft poetry, short stories, and other writings.  Occasionally, the pre-dawn atmosphere outside of the kitchen window encourages my pen to just take off and write.  There is no real plan or objective, but the words flow until a rough outline is coming together.  This poem is a result of such an endeavor, and hopefully you–the reader–will find your place in the verses as well.

Infinite Love

From Psalm 146:1-2:  “Praise the LordPraise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.”

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Singing praises to Holy Lord

Looking up to heavens beyond

Rejoicing, filled with His glory

Trusting faith, believers respond


Building our daily faith and hope

Targeting His grace for our needs

Magnifying love with mercy

Looking upon each tender reed


Blessing earth’s next generation

Doing great things, God is His name

Showing almighty, loving strength

Lighting our way, eternal flame


Watching over His creation

Conceiving heavens high above

Reigning forever and ever

Downloading His infinite love


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From Luke 1:46-48:  “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on the lowliness of His servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.'”

Enduring Presence

From Psalm 139:1-2:  “Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”

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Seeking blessed comfort

Father always present

Inescapable God

Filled with Holy intent


Praising our faithful Lord

Saving us with His love

Trusting His steady hand

Searching Heaven above


God knows all and sees all

Unlike Jonah, we stay

Through morning until night

Come to worship and pray


Seeing God’s wondrous works

Enduring presence leads

Counting endless blessings

Protecting tender reeds


Changing darkness to light

God saves us from our sins

His grace covers each life

Forgiveness always wins


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From Psalm 139:11-12:  “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Three in One

From Psalm 107:8-9:  “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wonderful works to humankind.  For He satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry He fills with good things.

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Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Grace and peace filling life’s spirit


God, Creator, Holy Father

Gathering heavens, earth, and sea

Blessing east to west, north to south

His goodness shall never leave thee


Jesus Christ, Savior, Son of God

Commands and conquers stormy seas

Quiets endless wind into peace

Saving us from life’s gloomy breeze


Holy Spirit, Son’s Advocate

Wondrous works across land and sea

Turns desert to Living Water

Blessing days, Spirit true and free


Eternal Father, Three in One

Trinity’s mercy from above

Sing of Holy deeds, songs of joy

God’s Glory reigning with His love


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English writer and hymnist, William Whiting wrote the lyrics to the hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”  Used in a recent devotional, this hymn inspired the crafting of this poem.  Written in 1860, this hymn is also known as “The Navy Hymn.”  

Precious Time

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Every hour

Holding precious time


Every day

Devouring life’s checklist


Every week

Running endless errands


Every month

Loving family time


Every year

Filling life up


Every hour

Cherished minutes


Every day

Another blessing


Every week

Career focus


Every month

Birthdays celebrated


Every year

Vacation time


Every hour



Every day



Every week



Every month



Every year



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Daily Blessings

From Ephesians 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

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Accepting life’s ongoing gifts

Filling wonder, never adrift


Marveling at heavens above

Inspiring vastness of God’s love


Walking in righteousness with God

Comforted by His love, unflawed


Looking ahead, with peace and hope

Holding tightly to God’s firm rope


Treating others with words which say

Sharing compassion’s rich bouquet


Gathering strength for life’s travels

Trusting God, nothing unravels


Listening to deepest feelings

Surveying each moment’s meaning


Receiving mid-course corrections

Hearing God’s faithful directions


Sailing in darkness, never cursed

Navigating by God, headfirst


Achieving goals, each passing day

Tasting our Lord’s hope-filled buffet


Tackling challenges without fear

Taking risks, with God set to steer


Stepping forward beyond life’s dreams

Following each path as God deems


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From 1 Corinthians 10:16:  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?”

Keep Breathing

With the start of a new year with fresh beginnings, an opportunity arrives to discover the light pointing us in a new direction.  May we appreciate the smallest blessings each and every day as our lives restart.  One of my goals for the year is to write a note each day . . . there is something to be thankful for.

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Year’s flame extinguished

Darkness fills this void

Life’s sad shortcomings

Past times to avoid


Life’s heavy anchor

Blackest thoughts surround

Pulling soul beneath

Surging waves abound


Eternal goodness

Light pointing ashore

There’s always something

To be thankful for


Life says, “Keep breathing”

Understand always

Smallest of blessings

Cuts through foggy haze


Share blessed moments

Smiles fill empty heart

Cup remains half full

Color life’s restart 


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Thanksgiving at Home

From 1 Chronicles 16:34:  “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Another Thanksgiving

Patiently waits on deck

Staying safely at home

Asking for a rain check


Missing our family

Sending our blessed love

Watching over our home

Holy God, high above


Remember gatherings

From numerous years past

Memories still linger

Let us not be downcast


Past months filled with darkness

Yet, family stands strong

Boosting one another

Faith in God, sings along


Chairs around our table

May look empty this year

But, God’s blessings offer

Love, filled with grace sincere


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While my wife and I will be celebrating the blessings of Thanksgiving at a table for two, we will still be thinking of our family in both Ohio and Montana.  We have much to be grateful for.