December 31, 2018

The Legacy - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Envy not the wicked man,
who seems to have success.
For his life will end in folly,
his death will bring no rest.

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

December 30, 2018

The Bells - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The chimes ring in the temple.
Church bells sing across the land.
People hear and they go forth.
To receive from Gods hand.

They feel a rising in their spirits.
Like bread that's been leaven.
I pause and I wonder.
Do bells ring in Heaven?

December 29, 2018

Artificial Ways - (a poem b tom balistreri)

The world displays,
artificial ways,
and tries to persuade,
a life buried in haze.

But there is great disparity,
to reality in clarity,
and walking in the light,
when one lives in Christ.


December 28, 2018

Care Full - (a poem by tom balistreri)

God cares for the sparrows
upon the earth.
He regards His children
with greater worth.

He frees the binding
of sin’s curse.
He provides redemption,
and second birth.

December 27, 2018

No Longer Perplexed - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Feeling lost,
and perplexed,
as one whose life,
seems as vexed,

I turned towards Christ,
He changed all things,
now in joy,
and praise I sing.

December 26, 2018

Let Me Not Jeopardize - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Let me not,
the faith of others,
in my life.

Help me be,
Your hands and light,
and not fail to show,
the path that's right.


December 25, 2018

The End Of The Season - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The world has us believing,
December starts the Christmas season.
Weeks of shopping and Christmas songs.
Then on the twenty fifth it is gone.

But as they pack away displays,
and the season now rescinds,
it's important to remember,
Christmas is when it all begins.

December 24, 2018

Silent Walk - (a poem by tom balistreri)

As I trek,
along a path,
or on a sidewalk,
in cities of glass,

my voice is silent,
and yet I pray,
and thank you Lord,
for all Your ways.

December 23, 2018

From Underground - (a poem by tom balistreri)

As a seed planted
faith grows inside,
and becomes unbound.

For the birds build and rest,
in the tallest trees,
that sprout from just
a mustard seed.

December 22, 2018

No Matter The Vice - (a poem by tom balistreri)

No matter the sin,
fault or vice,
God forgives,
and has paid your price.

His love is sure,
He tames the wild,
and welcomes back,
you His child.

December 21, 2018

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

I sing here the classic Christmas Carol,
"O Little Town Of Bethlehem."
Thank you for listening.
- tom

Each Day - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Each day I arise,
and stand before Your eyes.
With potential to bless,
or do what I despise.

Although my end may come,
to me without warning.
I'm grateful Your mercy,
is new every morning.

December 20, 2018

Away in A Manger - (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my singing of the traditional Christmas Carol,
"Away In A Manger."
Thank you For listening.
- tom

The Contrasting Ways - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The great contrast
is between dark and light.
The path of evil,
or to do what's right.

Surely all do know,
and all have heard.
It's all laid out,
in God's written Word.

December 19, 2018

Revealed And Heard - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Word was revealed
and He was heard.
Lives transformed,
hearts were stirred.

Now is the time.
All are invited.
Come taste and be,
one of the Lord's delighted.

December 18, 2018

He Refreshes Me - (a poem by tom balistreri)

When the trials of life,
become old,
I turn to God,
and refresh my soul.

He lifts me up,
and comforts me,
removes my chains,
and sets me free.

December 17, 2018

Morning Grace - (a poem by tom balistreri)

You give me life
day by day.
You sustain my soul,
and show me the way.

You hear and answer
when I pray.
I thank You for,
Your grace filled display.

December 16, 2018

The Solid Base - (a poem by tom balistreri)

You are my Rock,
my solid base.
Bestowing love,
and abundant Grace.

I long to go,
to Your place,
and gaze upon,
Your Holy face.

December 15, 2018

In The Stillness - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In the stillness,
in the silence,
in His rest,
when at peace,

you will hear,
God whisper,
the answers,
that you seek.

December 14, 2018

Not Always A Snap - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Change not always,
comes in a snap.
One may often slip,
and fall back.

Yet there is steady progress,
and moving forward,
when one's heart,
and life is in The Lord.


December 13, 2018

No Small Portion - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Lord gave us His Spirit,
in no small portion.
Not divided up,
or sliced.

But to all believers
it is given,
the same Spirit
as Christ.

December 12, 2018

Tricks Of The Traitor - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The evil one will tempt,
his ways are very tricky.
He promises life and health,
but leaves one dead or sickly.

He is is the father of lies,
he kills with deceit.
Turn to Christ for life and truth,
satisfied and complete.


December 11, 2018

O Holy Night - (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol,
"Oh Holy Night."
Thank you for listening.
- tom

December 10, 2018

I seek - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I thirst for God,
my heavenly Father,
as in a desert,
seeking water.

If I'm to survive,
in this dry land,
I need the Lord,
to hold my hand.

Open my heart,
open my eyes,
make me aware,
let me realize.

The beauty and truth,
glory inferred,
the blessings You've given,
through Your Word.

December 9, 2018

Calm - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Among the storms,
in the trial,
my soul shall
remain calm.

For Your Word
and comforts me,
as a healing balm.

December 8, 2018

Beyond The Veil - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Beyond the veil,
behind the screen,
lies life and wonders,
not yet seen.

There is love,
and great rewards,
in the world to come,
from the Lord.

December 7, 2018

Completion In God - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The soul is empty,
an incomplete.
Without Your presence,
and love so sweet.

For one lacks sense,
nor can understand,
their place in life,
without God's hand.

December 6, 2018

Holding On - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Through the ashes,
and the dust,
and fallen ruins,
burned and crushed,

despite where I,
find myself thrust,
I hold God's hand,
with love and trust.

December 5, 2018

What Child Is This? - (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol, 
"What Child Is This?" 
Thank you for listening. 
- tom

My Soul’s At Rest - (a poem by tom balistreri)

My soul's at rest,
my hearts at peace,
my praise to God,
shall never cease.

He is my life,
my everything,
Mighty God,
Lord and King.

December 4, 2018

I Will Jump - (a poem by tom balistrerI)

Across the chasm,
jump I must,
I do in faith,
in Christ I trust.

I will proceed,
ignore the fear,
knowing that,
my God is near.

December 3, 2018

Yearning For Learning - (a poem by tom balistreri)

My true desire,
my inner yearning,
to grow in love,
and to keep learning.

Infinite and great,
are Your wondrous ways.
To commune with You,
brings joyous days.

December 2, 2018

The Object Of - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The object of my thoughts,
the object of my praise,
the one who does not object,
of me despite my ways.

I am the object of His creation,
The object of His care.
The object of my God,
who loves and answers prayer.

December 1, 2018

I Reach For You - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I reach for You,
who is always near,
to comfort me,
and remove my fear.

Yet even before,
my reaching starts,
You're already here,
within my heart.

November 30, 2018

Seeking Muse - (a poem by tom balistreri)

One seeks inspiration,
to find their muse,
or proper methods,
to be put to use.

Waste not the time,
seeking thoughts elsewhere,
when answers come,
through simple prayer.

November 29, 2018

Final Triumph - (a poem by tom balistreri)

No mater your situation,
or lifestyle you have had.
The Lord will receive you.
No burden will He add.

Do not dwell on struggle,
nor whine and mope.
Have faith in God,
your eternal hope.

He will redeem
and see you through,
to blessings that
you never knew.

The Lord God will triumph,
over all evil deeds.
He will heal all that's broken,
and set all captives free.

November 27, 2018

A Sure Guide - (a poem by tom balistreri)

This life is unpredictable.
Like wind to and fro.
The currents ever shifting,
changing direction where one goes.

But You Lord are steady,
always true, a sure way.
Never faltering or failing,
a guide for all our days.

November 26, 2018

Through The Struggle - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Through the challenge,
and the struggle,
I seek the Lord,
in times of trouble.

He comforts,
and strengthens me,
and gives the grace,
that I need.

November 25, 2018

He Does Shine - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Brighter than the sun,
the Lord does shine.
Greater than all gods,
men create in their minds.

He is all and true,
the first and last.
Humbling the mighty,
and lifting the downcast.

November 23, 2018

To Begin Again - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Lord cleanses souls
and makes them new.
He replaces false
with the true.

Relieves the burden
and the pain.
And allows us
to begin again.

November 22, 2018

The Great Pursuit - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I will not falter,
or fail to start,
to pursue the Lord,
with all my heart.

To my surprise,
I did not foresee,
the Lord God,
pursues me.

November 21, 2018

The Breath I Breathe - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In you oh Lord,
I do believe.
Your praise is in,
each breath I breathe.

With eyes of faith,
I do see.
All the gifts,
you've given me

November 20, 2018

The Prodigal - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I set out to live,
wild and free,
and enjoy life,
to the full.

It did not take long,
before I found myself,
broken down,
and poor.

I decided to,
return home,
and submit,
to my father’s choice.

To my surprise,
he welcomed me,
with tears,
he did rejoice.

November 19, 2018

Not Punishment - (a poem by tom balistreri)

God does not seek
your punishment,
He offers life,

He saves us from
the results of sin.
He renews ours souls
to start fresh again.


November 18, 2018

I Shall Not Panic- (a poem by tom balistreri)

I shall not panic,
I will not fear,
for I know,
that God is near.

He protects me
with His loving hand,
and lifts the fallen,
and helps them stand.

November 17, 2018

Volunteer Wanted - (a poem by tom balistreri)

One must volunteer,
to have a life renewed.
For God won't interfere,
in that you choose.

But He will invite you gently,
to walk in his light.
And those who do,
find eternal life.

November 16, 2018

Lead Me, Guide Me - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Lead me This day.
Lord I give You my hand.
Direct my path.
Help me understand.

I depend on You.
On my own there's great cost.
Lord give me direction.
Without You I'm lost.

November 15, 2018

I Relish The Thought - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I relish the thought,
of that day,
when the cares of life,
fall away.

And I enter in,
rest and peace,
and join in to God's,
eternal feast.

November 14, 2018

Lighted Maze - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Sometimes life's path
is like a maze at night,
with many options
left and right.

But one can find the course
to escape their plight,
by following
God's guiding light.

November 13, 2018

The Spirit Will Quicken - (a small poem by tom balistreri)

The Spirit will quicken.
Knowledge He bestows.

He shall lead and guide you,
in all you need to know.

November 12, 2018

I'll Be Seeing You - (performed by tom balistreri)

I had a request to sing this song.
I have heard it many times but never attempted to sing it until now.
So here it is by request, my singing of the classic song,
"I'll Be Seeing You."
Thank you for listening/watching.
- tom

November 7, 2018

Easy To Remember - (performed by tom balistreri)

I liked this song from the first time I heard it. 
I seem to prefer music from another era. 
I'm either very un-hip, or so un-hip..I'm hip. :) 
Anyway I sing here for you the song, 
"Easy To Remember." 
Thank you for listening. 
- tom

November 3, 2018

The Paragon - (a poem by tom balistreri)

He is the paragon of perfection.
The truth and the light.
The Holy Son Of God.
The Father’s delight.

The Holy Good Shepard.
The present and coming King.
He is God Almighty,
Maker of everything.

November 2, 2018

Your Invitation - (a poem by tom balistreri)

We have received an invitation
to join in the glory of the Lord.
He has paid the entrance price.
One that we could not afford.

All are welcome to His kingdom.
To enter simply start,
by leaving the world behind,
and giving Him your heart.

October 31, 2018

Beautiful Aesthetic - (a poem by tom balistreri)

God moves the world
from the pathetic,
into the beauty
of the aesthetic.

Through Him all is imbued,
and renewed.

October 30, 2018

The Mythical Myth - (a poem by tom balistreri)

To the critic and the cynical
God seems only mythical.
A fact they dismiss
as only a myth.

Yet through the heart in clarity,
one see no disparity.
In faith all things proclaim
the glory in His name.