December 29, 2020

A New Melody - (by Tom Balistreri)

I will sing a new melody,
a song of praise,
of what You've done for me.

You've restored my soul,
set my spirit free,
now I lift my voice to worship thee.

December 28, 2020

Not Misplaced - (by Tom Balistreri)

So much trust,
is misplaced,
in things that fail,
and end in disgrace.

But there is one,
where faith's not flawed,
no disappointment when,
one trusts in God.

December 27, 2020

I Seem To Float - (by Tom Balistreri)

My spirit soars,
it seems to float,
in times with You
that I devote.

You bring me peace,
from life's test.
I enter in,
to God's rest.

December 26, 2020

Infinite Love - (by Tom Balistreri)

I pray to God in my need.
And ask that He gives me mercy.

I stand on promises in His Word.
Grant me relief I don't deserve.
Please Lord supply more than enough.
A display of Your infinite love.

December 25, 2020

A Festive Occasion - (By Tom Balistreri)

On Christmas we are festive.
Yet we pause and take the time.
To commemorate Jesus,
born to save mankind.

December 24, 2020

The End Of The Season - (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 23, 2020

Your Fortune - (by Tom Balistreri)

There is no gain in a great fortune,
or to be on the elites role.
For what profits a man to own the world,
and yet lose his very soul?

December 22, 2020

The Battle Fierce - (by Tom Balistreri)

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.

December 21, 2020

Never Stylish - (by Tom Balistreri)

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.

December 20, 2020

Unmerited Freedom - (by Tom Balistreri)

With more love
than I believed,
God has moved,
and set me free.
More than I hoped,
my burdens relieved.
My unending love,
He receives from me.

December 19, 2020

Angels We Have Heard On High - (performed by Tom)

 This is just a single piano playing as I sing the classic Christmas Carol,

"Angels We Have Heard On High."

Thank you for listening.

- Tom

Not Subdued - (by Tom Balistreri)

It's hard for one,
to be subdued,
when ones heart,
has been infused.
With Gods Spirit,
love and grace,
we're freed from death,
and in heaven's embrace.

December 18, 2020

A Great Fortune - ( by Tom Balistreri)

The great fortune
won at a great price,
is not a pearl
or a diamond like ice.

But it is redemption
and the promise of peace,
an eternity of happiness,
an wonder that shall not cease.

December 17, 2020

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

This is my singing of the classic Christmas Carol,
"Hark The Herald Angels Sing." -
- Tom
Thank you for listening.

In Weakness - (by Tom Balistreri)

My flesh is weak and impure.
Yet in faith I endure.
I seek Your strength to help me stand.
I find it hard to understand.
Yet You promise if I seek,
to redeem me while I'm still weak.

December 16, 2020

Away In A Manger - (Sung by Tom Balistreri)

This is my singing of the Classic Christmas Carol.

A Faraway Kingdom - (By Tom Balistreri)

I dream of a kingdom so faraway,
where joy will never part.
Yet the perfect kingdom of the Lord,
is already in my heart.

December 15, 2020

Sacred Knights - (by Tom Balistreri)

The perils of night
tempt the weak to faint.
But these are the times,
that create great saints.

December 13, 2020

Each New Day - (by Tom Balistreri)

With each new day,
renewed again,
to leave behind,
or to obtain.
With faith aware
no weapon forming,
for the grace of God,
new every morning.

December 12, 2020

Fragile Life - (by Tom Balistreri)

The life of man is fragile,
a passing whisp, 
a blade of grass.

But beyond, 
the world's eternal.
In Christ forever last.

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December 11, 2020

My Spirit Does Burn - (by Tom Balistreri)

My spirit does burn,
to be close to thee.
My Lord, my God,
who loves me.

I love thee complete,
and yet I fail,
but Your mercy and grace,
over me prevail.

December 10, 2020

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (sung by Tom Balistreri)

My singing of this classic Christmas carol.

In And Out Of Crisis - (By Tom Balistreri)

In times of crisis,
I turn to you.
You restore my soul,
I am renewed.

I praise You 
oh Lord,
for all You’ve done,
and the Gift of Your Son.

December 9, 2020

The Disheveled Self Of The Elf On The Shelf - (by Tom B)

I was home one day all by myself,

when I turned and saw the Elf on the shelf.

What could this mean? Why was he here?

How I wondered could he just appear?

There was a note sitting by his side,

that gave instructions, it was my guide.

It said the Elf would watch how I act,

and go back to Santa and deliver the facts.

From your habits the elf would derive,

what Santa would bring when he would arrive.

“Your deeds great or very small,

Will decide your gift, or none at all.”

“There’s only one rule that you have to follow,

so I will come back and be here tomorrow.

Please do not touch me my magic might go,

and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” 

I thought, “Alright, I’ll just let him be

then he can report all that he sees.”

A little later I happened to spy,

the trace of a tear formed in his eye.

I went upstairs, and when I came back down,

I noticed some ashes laying on the ground.

Some cigarette smoke floated above the Elf’s’ head,

He looked a bit nervous, with a face turning red.

Then I turned and looked at a beer bottle trail,

behind me I heard the Elf’s painful exhale.

I picked up the empties and tried to ignore,

how the Elf seemed to sweat and his hands shook more.

At one point when he thought he was alone,

I caught him talking on my phone.

“Please Santa, please! take me away!

I can’t stand to be here, another day!”

He turned and saw me, then he screamed,

“Stay away from me! you’re like a bad dream!”

“I’ve watched your activities, how you conduct yourself,

never again do I want to be an Elf on a shelf!”

The up on the roof,

there arose such a clatter,

then Santa walked in,

and said “Elf what’s the matter?”

Then the Elf pointed at me,

and Santa cried out, “How can this be?”

“This man was supposed to be on the list,

of people the Elf should have missed!”

Then some reindeer arrived bearing a stretcher.

Santa instructed them to check Elf’s blood pressure.

Then as they carried the Elf away.

Santa turned and he did say.

“The Elf will be fine,

they heal very quick,

Merry Christmas to all,

but you make me sick!”

Rhythmic Control - (by Tom Balistreri)

The seasons change in patterns rhythmic.
By the hand of God, great and mystic.
When one feels their life toss and roll,
remember God is in control.

December 8, 2020

Calm - (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 7, 2020

Resist In Faith - (by Tom Balistreri)

Resist the devil
and his claims,
that will make
you free.

Instead stand firm
in faith in God,
and the evil one
will flee.

December 5, 2020

Through The Slog - (by Tom Balistreri)

Trudging wearily through trails and slog,
with only hope and faith in God.
Yet that is enough to see one through,
for God redeems and rescues you.

December 4, 2020

The Illusion Of Grandeur - (by Tom Balistreri)

This world is an illusion.
A mist, a passing cloud.
It is fallen and damaged.
The result of the proud.

But a better life is coming,
in God’s eternity.
The old world will pass away,
into reality.

December 3, 2020

Beautiful Aesthetic - (by Tom Balistreri)

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

Through Him all is imbued,
and renewed.

December 1, 2020

A Clean Soul - (by Tom Balistreri)

Feeling dirty,
and stained with sin,
light drove away,
the dark within.

For God found me,
I turned to Him.
He washed me clean.
I began again.

November 30, 2020

I Reach For You - (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 29, 2020

To Begin Again - (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 28, 2020

From The King - (By Tom Balistreri)

I may seem to lack,
fancy things.
My words may fail,
to have a special Ring.

But the result of faith,
in Christ does bring,
adoption by,
God and king.

November 27, 2020

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - (sung by Tom Balistreri)

Nothing To Hang On To - (by Tom Balistreri)

I've given up nothing,
for nothing is all I had.
I thought that losing nothing,
somehow would be bad.

Now free to give to others,
from new discovered wealth.
For nothing becomes something,
when one gives of them self.

November 26, 2020

Humble Thanks - (by Tom Balistreri)

Sometimes there are days,
all I can give is humble praise.
Lord thank You for the days delights,
and seeing me through the darkest nights.

November 25, 2020

All May Find It - (by Tom Balistreri)

From the great to the small.
From the corrupt to the pure.
Redemption is provided,
and Your love is assured.

Joy and peace may feel elusive,
in this world of sin.
But to dwell in God's Spirit,
brings one peace within.


November 24, 2020

The Great Pursuit - (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 23, 2020

Lighted Maze - (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 22, 2020

Love Not Fleeting - (By Tom Balistreri)

The days of life are fleeting.
They unfold and fade fast.
But the love of God is forever.
It will never fail but last.

November 21, 2020

Every Drop - (by Tom Balistreri)

Every drop of tears,
that may fall from your eyes,
someday will be dried,
by God the most high.

He will comfort and reward you,
and restore to you your smile,
and you will know peace,
for you are His child.

November 19, 2020

Tender Care - (by Tom Balistreri)

The Lord guides us with tender care.
Always loving, always there.
Watching us in every stride,
guarding us, and at our side.


November 18, 2020

The Tiny Wealth - (by Tom Balistreri)

Do not despise the tiny,
or the things that may seem small.
For although size is lacking,
it may be greater than it all.

One needs only look at the Pharisees,
who give from their wealth in all's sight,
yet they gave not as much,
as the widow's mite.

November 17, 2020

Lead Me, Guide Me - (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 16, 2020

Able To Rebuild - (By Tom Balistreri)

My joys complete,
my heart is filled.
Through the Lord,
I can rebuild.

Despite the darkness,
I’ve passed through,
God offers all,
to start anew.

November 15, 2020

Renewal - (By Tom Balistreri)

The Lord forgives sins,
and grants souls renewal.
Relief of ones burdens,
and torments cruel.

Freedom is granted
to start again.
Without memory
of inequity's stain.

November 14, 2020

In The Silence - (By Tom Balistreri)

Seeking wisdom for a choice,
in the silence I hear Your voice.
In the stillness one hears God speak,
help and guidance for all who seek.

November 13, 2020

You Can Not Cheat - (By Tom Balistreri)

One can not cheat,
the truth of life,
no devious ways,
fulfill the right.

The Words of life,
one should heed,
for God's not mocked,
or deceived.

November 12, 2020

My Faith In God - (by Tom Balistreri)

My faith in God,
has cleansed my soul.
Healed my wounds,
and made me whole.

The Lord gives grace,
to flow within,
He restores my spirit,
to begin again.

November 11, 2020

Not Now But Someday - (by Tom Balistreri)

Someday the trails of life,
will come to end.
Then we'll understand,
the lessons dividend.

The test we are given,
is for us to respond.
For paradise is not here,
but in the world beyond.

November 9, 2020

I Seek To Abide - (By Tom Balistreri)

I seek to abide to God's Word.
Although I often fail.
But the Lord is quick to forgive.
With His love I shall prevail.

November 8, 2020

I Shall Not Panic- (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 7, 2020

The Present Gift - (By Tom Balistreri)

It's not out there in the unwritten future.
It's not back there in the settled past.
It is in the here and now,
that you must live and hold fast.

The gift of time in this space,
is the present of God’s grace.
Through the lessons in life we shall learn how,
by our living in the now.