Thursday, November 22, 2007

Poems and other sundries

I have been hunting for inspiration for a sermon I'm working on and went through my files...

On Chronic Bed of Pain You Lie

Deep rooted torment,
Soul slipping to lie dormant,
Racks your body these demonic years
Sanity sliced open with surgical shears.

Rage, rage at the cruel joke
Heaven rain down fire and smoke
Stupid accident, helpless instance
Terrible nerve - searing existence.

Change the pump, correct the leads
Dilaudid, morphine drip like sweats beads
One more time put me under
Before life is drained of all its wonder.

On chronic bed of pain you lie
Suffering soldiers give your hero’s cry

I was regretting the past
And fearing the future.
Suddenly my LORD was speaking,
“My name is I AM”.

He paused.
I waited. He continued.

“When you live in the past
with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.

When you live in the future,
With its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WILL BE.

When you live in this moment,
it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM.

Helen Mallancott.

If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.

There will always be another day to say, "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be his or her one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.

Life's Survival Kit

TOOTHPICK...To remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

RUBBERBAND...To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.

BAND-AID...To remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's.

ERASER...To remind you everyone makes mistakes. That's okay, we learn by our errors.

CANDY KISSES...To remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment every day.

MINT...To remind you that you are worth a mint to your family.

BUBBLE GUM...To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

PENCIL...To remind you to list your blessings every day.

TEA BAG...To remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.

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