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

Savoring

 

Every day

Energizing

 

Every week

Achieving

 

Every month

Maturing

 

Every year

Remembering 

 

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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.

Thanksgiving Blessings

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English author, Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings–of which every many has many–not on past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

 

German-born poet and theologian, Johannes A. Gaertner

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

 

American poet and humorist, Wilbur D. Nesbit

Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.

 

Life’s Blessed Gifts (Haiku Series #106)

Welcoming Sound

Hearing little feet

Lasting gifts of family—

Blessed grandchildren

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Maturity

Impatient in youth

Tempered by life’s long journey—

With age comes patience

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Blessing 

Quiet morning hour

Quality productive time—

Confidence and peace

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