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.

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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,
jeopardize,
the faith of others,
in my life.

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

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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
underground,
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.

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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.

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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


I Seek To Abide - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I seek to abide
to God's Word.
Although,
I often fail.

But the Lord is quick,
to forgive.
And with His love
I shall prevail.


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
strengthens,
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.