One Empty Chair

November 30, 2020

There are too many people with one empty chair.
So many are hurting, who need love and care.

Remember this Christmas, those no longer here.
Hold on to the memories so precious and dear.

Reach out to those near us in need of a touch.
Our small acts of kindness can bless them so much.

If we know someone hurting and feeling alone,
We can still show our love when we pick up the phone.

A card or a call, a small gift that we’ve made
Can offer some comfort and help the grief fade.

In these days social distancing’s taking its toll.
Our need for a touch comes from deep in the soul.

I pray we survive it and come out unscathed,
That expressions of love will endure and be saved.

I pray like the flowers that blossom this spring,
We’re set free to embrace, take our mask off and sing.

My Christmas Gift

I’m thinking this Christmas of what kind of gift
I can offer to cheer you and give you a lift.

I’m not a great singer, I don’t often croon,
But just this one Christmas, I’ll sing you a tune.

I’ll write it and wrap it with love and great care.
I pray it conveys what my heart has to share.

I pray it’s uplifting and touches your heart
And helps get you started, gives Christmas a start

Walking in the Light

November 26, 2020

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean that something’s right.
We can still be choosing darkness over walking in the light.

There’s so much more to life than all the stupid things we do.
Let’s find in life our passion, then let’s steadily pursue

That goal with all the vigor we can muster to achieve
That dream that’s truly worthy of the truths that we believe.

Why live a life in shadows where it’s hard to see the sun,
When there’s so much need around us and there’s so much to be done?

If we’re reaching out to others and we’re showing love and care,
Then our lives are full of blessings and there’s nothing to compare.

The more we give to others and find ways to show our love,
The more we know God’s blessings that He showers from above.

I pray we find our passion and what makes us each unique.
We each one have a mountain and I pray we reach the peak.

I pray we help each other to achieve each goal and dream.
I pray we work together with God’s blessings as a team.

God and Country

November 25, 2020

From Pacific to Rockies across the great plain,
Then through Appalachia and up into Maine,

From the Gulf to Atlantic and all in between
Through the south to the border a beautiful scene.

The land of the free and the home of the brave,
Preserving our freedom there’s so much to save.

Such bountiful blessings it’s hard to begin.
I pray they’re kept safe from without and within.

I pray that divisions won’t tear us apart.
Lord bring us together with love in our heart.

The hatred and fighting’s polluting the air.
It’s time to join forces and show that we care.

It’s not about bickering, passing the blame,
But coming together once more to proclaim

“We love God and country, this land of the free.”
I pray it’s preserved from the mountains to sea.

Give Thanks

November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving is different, and though we’re apart
I send you my love that I share from my heart.

No laughter or turkey we typically share,
We’ll miss hugs and kisses but know that I care.

The mask covered faces I see in the store,
Cannot hide the smiles that I’ll soon see once more.

Thanksgiving brings memories of those I have known.
I’m grateful I knew them; their love will live on.

I’ll still take the time to give thanks and to pray,
Thank God for my wife who’s still with me this day.

Our life passes quickly I’m grateful for friends.
I’ll someday be grateful when this virus ends.

The Bible instructs me “give thanks in all things.”
Sometimes I need help with the trouble life brings.

I pray Lord for all who need Your help today.
Lord help us find courage; give thanks as we pray.

A Special Time

November 20, 2020

It’s that special time of morning just before the sun is up.
A puppy sleeping in my lap and coffee in my cup.

I know that soon the day will come with troubles it will bring.
But now I’m quiet, peaceful, still, allow my heart to sing.

It gives me time to seek the Lord to contemplate the Word,
To listen for that still small voice and make sure that I’ve heard.

A quiet time to spend in prayer before I start my day,
Sometimes it seems we’ve lost the map; our ship has gone astray.

I know, dear Lord, you’re at the helm, please keep our ship afloat.
So many lives at stake right now, they’re not all in the boat.

I pray for weary, hurting souls who don’t yet know Your name.
I pray that soon they find Your love. They’ll never be the same.

I pray that in the midst of pain, You grant us peace inside.
Lord help us learn to lean on You and cast our load aside.

I pray Thanksgiving brings a change, may all the fighting cease.
This Christmas, Lord, I pray we find Your joy and love and peace.

Words

November 19, 2020

Phone or keyboard, quill or pen,
The words still come from deep within.

They share our story, journey, plight.
They help us share unique insight.

Words help express what’s in the heart,
Share common bonds, not tear apart.

Some share a laugh or bring a smile.
Some come with elegance and style.

No matter what the shape or form,
Kind words can calm a raging storm.

Words help to let our feelings out.
Some bring a sigh; some make us shout.

Whatever circumstance you’re in,
I pray you find the peace within

That permeates your heart and soul
With words that heal, that sooth, console.

Open Mind

November 17, 2020

I pray I have an open mind
And read God’s Word, see what I find.

Not read to justify my way,
But seek His will, what His words say.

He wrote the Book; I pray I learn
To hear His Spirit lead, discern.

I pray I never twist God’s Word,
Just soak it in, share what I’ve heard.

His Word is truth to show the way
To know His love and joy each day.

I’ve read the Bible, know the end.
I trust the Lord, on Him depend.

I trust His Word; I’ve been set free.
No need to have anxiety.

Lord help me soar, trust in Your care,
Extend my wings, glide through the air.

Minds Fade

November 16, 2020

Lord help my mind stay fresh, not stale.
May it stay active, not grow frail.

My mind can comprehend your Word,
Discern what’s right from what’s absurd.

Lord through my mind you touched my soul;
You entered in and made me whole.

Your Holy Spirit lives in me
To lead and guide and help me see.

The mind is fickle, error prone,
Unlike the body’s flesh and bone.

Lord if my mind should ever fade,
The light grows dim, leaves me in shade,

I pray my soul’s still close to you,
Still knows Your name and trusts in You.

Lord You are with me to the end,
No matter what I comprehend.