December 31, 2017

The Year

I will worship You
through the year.
My Lord I know You will hear,
the prayers of Your children dear
and guide them to safely,
and bring them near.



December 25, 2017

Christmas Miracle

That a baby could become a king,
has happened often in history.
But the true wonder and miracle,
is for a King to become a baby!

December 18, 2017

Good King Wenceslas

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol.
Thanks for listening.
 - Tom




September 18, 2017

He's Colored My Life

The Lord has given,
the world great light,
and given hues,
to black and white.
He's taken darkness,
from my soul,
and made my life,
colorful.
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September 9, 2017

Ecclesiastes 5:4 (paraphrased and rhymed)

When to God,
you vow a vow,,
delay not,
from paying now,
or complete,
in careless leisure,
for a fool,
gives God,
no pleasure.

September 5, 2017

The Great Oversight

The tragedy of
a lived life,
that contains a great
oversight.
By accumulating
all one can afford
yet not having
a life in the Lord.



September 3, 2017

Never Stylish

The current and the stylish,
will all fade away.
But the Word of God's forever.
One must follow it and pray.
The reward is life eternal,
with joy and peace within.
This day for those without,
is a good one to begin.



August 28, 2017

Unsure

If I neglect,
to stop and pray,
and speak with God,
at the start of day,
and listen to what,
He has to say,
I feel unsafe,
unsure of the way.

August 26, 2017

I Was The Worst (based on Timothy 13-17)

I was a blasphemer and persecutor,
and insolent opponent,
yet I received mercy and grace,
though I didn't deserve it.
Jesus came into the world,
to save those with sin's curse.
Among the many sinful,
I confess I am the worst.
Yet Christ forgives with perfect patience,
and redeemed me from my treason,
I worship and praise my God,
who has granted me freedom.
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August 24, 2017

Bedtime Prayers

A child will say,
their bedtime prayers,
and speak to God,
of all their cares.
Yet adults can learn,
at this scene so mild,
how to please God with,
the faith of a child.
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August 22, 2017

To Giggle To Laugh

To smile,
to giggle,
or to laugh,
makes a happy life,
that moves so fast.
A heart is full,
and speaks
glad words,
if it possesses,
the joy of the Lord.



August 21, 2017

A Good Read

You can read the newspaper,
but it may not be the truth.
You can't rely on the tales,
that were told as a youth.
There is a reliable source,
you may of read or have heard.
The font of truth,
is to be found in God's Word.



August 17, 2017

No Record

No remembrance or record,
of wrongs we have done.

We are washed and forgiven,
in the love of God’s Son.



August 16, 2017

The Battle Fierce

The struggle is long,
the battle fierce,
repelling thoughts,
that seek to pierce.

Yet the shield of faith,
repels evil’s darts,
and the love of God,
fills my heart.



August 15, 2017

Carefree With Thee

I seek not fame,
or to live carefree.
I only desire
to be close to thee.
You are my life,
my everything.
You are God,
my Lord and King.

August 8, 2017

Stream Of Dreams

Like a shadow,
as if a dream,
life passes,
in times stream.

We flow towards,
a world above,
and leave behind,
imprints of love.

August 7, 2017

Philippians 2:14–15 (Paraphrased And Rhymed)

Do all things,
without murmuring,
or dispute.
Be blameless,
and harmless,
sons of God,
without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked,
and very,
perverse nation,

among whom you shine,
as lights,
within creation.

July 27, 2017

The Prayer of the Optina Elders

Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring.
Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will.
For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things.
Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will.
Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.
When things unforeseen occur , let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee.
Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward every member of my family, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none.
Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events.
Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.
Amen

July 11, 2017

Not By My Grit

With grit and determination, 
I struggled for my salvation. 
My failure drove me to quit. 
But Jesus obtained it.

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July 5, 2017

Humble Lesson

I confess,
and have contrition. 
I’ve not been, 
in submission.

I’ve tried to do things,
with my own hands. 
By my strength,
I’ve worked to stand.

Thus I earned,
what I could not afford. 
Better to wait, 
on the Lord.

Who planned success,
before I began.
Who sought,
to raise, 
a humble man.

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June 29, 2017

We Are Drawn

Like iron sharpens iron,
brothers increase delight.
Together we are drawn,
as by a magnet towards Christ.

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June 28, 2017

Under A Cloud Of Words

Under a dark
and thick cloud of words,
the Earth's serenaded
by the songs of birds.
With the swaying of trees,
exhaling fresh air,
as men fret and battle,
nature plays unaware.
Glorious wonders
unaffected by men,
who rush
making monuments,
then end.
Never pausing to hear
the music or dance.
Ever speaking and struggling
in an attempt to advance.
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Not Always Sunny

The world may not always seem,
carefree, bright and sunny.
There may be struggles in health,
or perhaps a lack of money.

In this life there is no guarantee,
that trials will ever cease,
but there is a promise from the Lord,
in Christ you will have peace.


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June 20, 2017

The Legacy

The legacy of one’s life,
is not accumulated wealth.
But their love of God and others,
and their giving of themself.
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June 19, 2017

I Am Relieved

From the burden of sin,
I am relieved.
The result of Christ,
in whom I believe.
He took the debt,
and paid the price,
and gave to me,
eternal life.

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