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#   Title

5---Human Condition

4---Faith 

3—Peacemaker

2—Merciful Friends

1—Prophet


# 5

 

Human Condition

 

Here I sit—safe and warm, in a comfortable chair.

Eat my lunch; while into the peaceful outdoors, I stare.

 

Sun-splashed boughs, with leaf-shaped shadows, dance.

Beautiful music and setting, does my mealtime, enhance.

 

I have privileges, time, food, shelter and ease.

Life is good.  I am blessed and can do just what I please.

 

Yet, in the far room, a loved one, estranged, exists.

His deeds are justified, right, and important, he insists.

 

Unconvinced, I lament the irony our lives can portray.

Love versus truth.  Lose win, win lose, come what may. 

 

Around the globe, the news tells us there is more strife.

The innocent with “the wrong faith,” pays with his life.

 

In another place, orphans are homeless, hungry and pale. 

And the wealthy are blind and deaf, while governments fail.

 

This place we call earth is an ugly, complicated mess.

Worse yet, you and I are the problem... I confess.

 

 

gratefulsue

9/13/14

(C) 2015 gratefulsue



# 4


Faith

 

Faith sees people

sweet and dear—

longs to hold them,

keep them near.

 

She hears voices

soft and gay—

sharing greetings,

then going away.

 

From a fallen world

she stands

and looks with faith

at distant lands.

 

Knowing saints

like Mary and Paul

await and beckon,

“Embrace God’s call.”

 

Soon, Faith arrives

at sight unseen—

touches memories,

walks in dreams,

 

feels the love,

drinks the sound

of Heaven’s praises—

all around.

 

Earth’s problems, pains,

and some regrets—

are dwarfed by hope’s

expectations, met.

 

It heals, forgets,

forgives...sweet grace.

God’s generous favor

does Faith now face.

 

 

gratefulsue

12.26.13

(For my friend named Faith, fighting cancer.)

(C) 2015 gratefulsue



# 3

 

Peacemaker

 

I love you, and I love you, too.

How sad, when altercations brew.

 

Please do the work to love each other.

We’re not supposed to hate our brother. 1.

 

Disunity sets off an alarm:

Your relationship is suffering harm!

 

Hurtful words are not polite.

Let me help disarm the fight.  

 

Diffuse the tempers, false objections,

Misunderstanding good intentions.

 

A diplomat who works for free.

I make paths of civility.

 

An advocate.  A compromiser.

Listen well...be all the wiser.

 

While barbs fly, and expressions taunt,

Harmony, is all I want.

 

I’ll urge you to apologize,

Bite your tongue, and sympathize.

 

Be merciful, give second chances.

Believe the best, despite circumstances.

           

As a tree in gale wind, bends.

Fair criticisms can be friends.

 

What devastation faction makes,

if you won’t learn from your mistakes.

 

The goal is love, not stubborn pride.

You two should be on the same side.

 

 

1.   John 13:34-35

 


gratefulsue

12/22/12

(C) 2015 gratefulsue



# 2

 

Merciful Friends

 

People with the gift of mercy

            are my favorite friends!

Smiles and hugs, calming words,

patience without end.

           

Occasions for your mercy work

            increase in huge supply...

The jolts, the wounds and cares of life,

            with age, do multiply.

 

I’m grateful for your gentle tongue,

            for humor, faith and hope.

You rescue me, as Jesus does.

and help me hang on to the rope.

 

 

gratefulsue

11/8/03

revised 12/8/12 

(C) 2015 gratefulsue



# 1

 

Prophet

 

Some might say he’s “pessimistic.”

            Some might say he’s “harsh” or “cold.”

Others know he is a prophet—

            Standing free, alone and bold.

 

Taking orders from his Master

            To believe, apply or say—

Only seeing good or evil.

Only hailing “the narrow way.” 1.

           

“Do not say, ‘It doesn’t matter.’

            Don’t you know Jehovah sees?

God is full of light and truth—

            Never lies or hypocrisy.”

 

“Some things are just wrong.”

            (He’s never seen the color grey.)

The Word of God rings loud and clear—

            Its call he must obey.

 

Some say, “He is so negative...

            Wears ‘glasses’ dark with fears.”

But those who know the Prophet know

Those glasses hide the tears.

 

So tormented by the world—

            Upset with sin and godless men,

Who test the grace and patience

            of the Lord, whom they offend.

 

He knows judgment is coming!

            So, the Prophet’s one desire

Is to warn, protect and guide

            all who are soon tested by fire. 2.

           

 

1.   Matthew 7:13-14

2.   1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 2 Thess. 1:5-10

 


gratefulsue

8/10/92

revised 12.30.12

(C) 2015 gratefulsue