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A Psalm of Lament and Thanksgiving

I love the Psalms because they are both prayers and songs. As I’ve been reading one each morning during my prayer time, I find that a Psalm of my own – a Psalm of both lamentation and praise – is forming in my mind. So I thought I’d write it down and post it here for Thankful Thursday.

A Psalm of Lament and Thanksgiving

Oh Lord, my God, how long
will You stand by as cancer
strikes those I love,
as pain and sadness
are all around me

How long must we endure
this broken world
sometimes wondering
where You are,
where is Your promised refuge

Tears fall upon my pillow
as I long for salvation,
for healing and no pain
in the lives of my loved ones
my friends, my family
Your children

Still I praise You, Oh Lord
I trust in Your promises
clinging to faith and hope
found only in You
I lift to Your throne
Your children in need

Your faithfulness endures
beyond what I can see
with eyes blinded by pain
Still I know, I believe
Your grace and mercy
are more than this world needs

May Your name be exalted
Your grace be embraced
Your love be never-ending
Your peace from me radiate
So that those in need
will know You and praise You
forever and ever

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Little Things – A Poem

I decided this morning that it was time to get back to the heart of Thankful Thursday and write a poem about the little things I am thankful for.

Little Things

I’m thankful for
the little things
I often take for granted

A soft warm bed
to sleep safely at night

The smell of coffee brewing
as I open my eyes each morn

A long hot shower
to start each new day

Music of all varieties
to suit my every mood

Granola and nuts with almond milk
to energize me on my way

Flowers blooming spring to fall
offering beauty to my eyes

Family and friends who help
bear the burdens of life

Access to the Word of God
in multiple translations

A means through prayer
to speak with my sweet Jesus

Freedom to enjoy the life
God has blessed me with

I know that freedom
is not a little thing
but makes these little things
and infinitely more
ever oh so sweet

7/26/13 Update: Decided to link this poem at dVerse Poets Pub where the Thursday prompt was to write list poetry. If you like this list, head over and see the examples Victoria gave and some poetry of the dVerse crowd.

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Vows of Love – A Poem

Today is my husband’s and my 26th wedding anniversary, and since it is also Thankful Thursday I thought it would be nice to write a little poem for the occasion. It’s been a busy day and so I’m getting a bit of a late start on writing it, but I’ve been pondering what to write off and on all day. Here is what I came up with.

Vows of Love

For better or for worse
In sickness and in health
The vows we shared
Vows revealing our love

Some days are better
Some days are worse
Sickness and health
we have seen together

We cling to our vows
To our life joined in God
No matter what life brings
Our love will never die

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Thankful for Small Blessings

Okay, this is going to be a strange little post about something that happened to me last week. I was going to post it last Friday since it is somewhat food related, but I was traveling and just didn’t have time.

On Wednesday of last week I left work early to go home and change so I could get to Shepherd’s Door in time for my church’s service project there. We were going to be making my Texas Skillet Dinner for 40 women and children, and I was in charge of bringing the avocados and the spices. My list of things to do before I hit the road for Shepherd’s Door was pretty short: change clothes, mix spices in a zip lock bag, and stop at Safeway for a latte and avocados.

Somehow, in spite of the brevity of my to-do list, I managed to forget the spices. I realized it about halfway to the shelter. It was too late to turn back to home and still be on time, but you really can’t make Texas Skillet without the southwest spices.

I decided to stop somewhere on N.E. Halsey Street, towards the end of my trip, to pick up the essentials, even though I had no idea what stores I would pass. I found a Fred Meyer, parked my car, and went in. I headed straight to the spice aisle. There I found the chili powder, marjoram, and oregano that I needed, but no chipotle pepper.

Then, to my delight, I spied a spice I love and have been unable to find at any of the stores near me in months: Spice Islands Rosemary Garlic that comes in a grinder bottle. I love this spice mix on so many things, especially chicken on the Traeger. I had tried just putting rosemary in an empty grinder bottle but it wasn’t the same. I was so excited I bought three bottles right then and there.

So you might be asking: “What is the point of this story? What lesson did I learn?” Well, here is what I took away from this experience.

Sometimes, when we take the time to care about others, such as by wanting them to have the right spices in the dinner we are making them, God chooses to bless us in ways we never thought of.

When I realized that I had forgotten the spices, I could have simply decided to use whatever they had available for spices at Shepherd’s Door, which may not have included chili powder (the most essential spice for this dish). Instead, I went out of my way in an unfamiliar neighborhood to get the right spices. It never occurred to me that I might find this other spice that I’ve been searching for these past 6 months. But God chose to bless me by bringing me right to it.

I suppose I could just attribute this to coincidence, and many people do attribute such blessings to coincidence. I choose to thank God for this small but wonderful blessing.

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Enough – A Poem

I like to believe that no matter what happens in this life, Jesus would be enough for me. But having never had that idea truly tested I can’t be sure. But I am thankful that God loves me even when I am not sure because He knows my desire. I am reminded of the father who asked Jesus to heal his son who was possessed by an evil spirit, if Jesus could.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:23-24 (NIV).

Yesterday as I pondered my desire for Jesus to be enough and my need for Him to help me overcome my uncertainty, this poem was inspired.

7/17/12 Update: I have linked this poem for dVerse Poets Pub‘s 1st Open Link Night of its second year! Happy Anniversary to dVerse!

Enough

Would You be
Enough for me
If You were all I had?

“You are my all in all”
I’ve declared
Many times before

But if all else
Walked out the door
Would I cry for more?

Would I lament
My family lost
My friends who’d gone away?

Would I wail
For vanished possessions
The things I’ve come to love?

Or would I rest
In You alone
Content You stayed with me?

Is Your grace
Your everlasting love
Truly enough for me?

Today, my Lord
I pray You’d be
Forever enough for me

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Thankful For – A Poem

Thankful for the Lamb of God
the spotless Lamb
who gave His life
for mine

Thankful for the Spirit of God
the Holy Spirit
who is new life
in me

Thankful for our Father God
our Heavenly Father
the author of life
divine

Thankful for the Word of God
the truthful Word
that promises life
to me

Thankful for my faith in God
the gift of faith
that holds onto His life
in mine

Thankful for the grace of God
His amazing grace
that saved my life
set free

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Thankful for God’s Love

It’s Thankful Thursday and I’ve been so busy this week I didn’t get a chance to write a poem for today. Which doesn’t mean I’m not thankful, even for the things that have been keeping me busy.

One thing I am Thankful for is the love of God and the music that reminds me of His love. Earlier this week I created a YouTube video of the song Better than Life by Trevor Morgan, so I decided just to share that video for today. I am including the link here for those who want to go to YouTube and watch it because apparently embedding it into this post will cause WGM to block it anyway.

So here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb_v8XSQC_Q&feature=channel&list=UL

Never forget that God loves you, and that His love is better than life and better than all the things surrounding you today.

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Gratitude – A Poem

This past Sunday in church we learned about gratitude. When I sat down at the computer to write about what we learned on Sunday, I decided to go back and read the poem I had written on gratitude. I was sure I had written an acrostic titled “Gratitude” because for all the months I’ve been doing a Thankful Thursday poem it seemed like I couldn’t possibly have missed this one.

Turns out I was wrong. I have never written an acrostic poem specifically titled “Gratitude,” though I have certainly expressed my thankfulness and gratitude each week for this Thursday theme. I decided, however, it was time to remedy the situation and so here is my poem on gratitude.

GRATITUDE

God of Glory in Heaven above
Reaching down to me in love
Alight upon me like a dove
Thankfulness fills my heart
Indebted to You from the start
Time will not keep us apart
Unable to pay for my own sin
Dying for me You did win
Emmanuel dwells within

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Sharing Our Gratitude

This morning in church we learned about the next tool in our Christian toolbox – Gratitude. This seems like an obvious one. We all know it is important to be grateful for the blessings we have been given.

But Pr. Dave shared an aspect of gratitude I had really thought of before – though I do practice it here on my blog every Thursday with my Thankful Thursday poem. It isn’t enough to feel gratitude in our hearts and keep that feeling to ourselves. We need to share our gratitude with others. We need to let others know that we are grateful for our blessings and that we are grateful for the greatest blessing of all, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. We also need to let others know when we are grateful for what they have done for us.

This afternoon we are blessed with an opportunity to let Pr. Dave know how grateful we are that he has come from Fargo to be our lead pastor. We are having a special church service celebrating his installation as our pastor and his certification as a pastor in our denomination, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

The apostle Paul told us to:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV).

No matter what happens in life, there is always something to rejoice in and be grateful for, and that is the love of God. It is in sharing our gratitude with others that we point them to the love of Christ. This is definitely one of our Christian tools that is so important to take out of the toolbox and use. Some people may not be willing to listen to our theological arguments for believing in Jesus, but if we rejoice in the Lord always they cannot argue with the gratitude that is in our hearts.

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Thank God for Grace

On my way to work this morning I was listening to Third Day in the car. This song — Caught Up In Yourself — came on and I decided I wanted to share it today. It fits perfectly with our weekly lesson on grace that we heard in church yesterday and will be discussing in my small group meeting tonight. My favorite part is the bridge:

Thank God for mercy
Thank God for His grace
Thank God for everything you’ve got
Before it’s too late

I know I don’t deserve God’s grace and mercy. I know I’m not good enough to ever earn it, and could never be no matter how hard I tried. But thankfully I don’t have to earn God’s grace — it is a gift.

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