Archive | September 2020

Please, Remember Whose You Are

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Growing up in a day long now past,

A girl’s wise mother used to say,

As she kissed her on the forehead,

Looked her daughter in the eyes,

“Please, remember whose you are.”

She said it every morning,

She said it every day.

As the child became a young teen,

She was certain Mother surely meant

That she was her parent’s daughter

And they wanted her to be good.

Not to build a reputation of bad decisions,

Think carefully before she acted,

Consider the true cost of what she spent.

Steadily though she would grow

Those words were an identification,

She was her parent’s daughter,

And she didn’t long for freedom,

For her parent’s love gave her wings,

The message in her mother’s wisdom

Were the seeds of all she would ever know.

Mother wrote it in the Bible,

In the white clapboard church that day,

When her daughter was baptized,

First step on the pathway to her eternal life,

“Please, remember whose you are,”

Daughter understood she was God’s child,

She’d agreed that she was going to follow His way.

Upon the day of her marriage,

When daughter left her parents home,

It was embroidered as a quotation,

On the picture Mother had carefully sown

“Please, remember whose you are,”

She was a Christian and a Daughter,

Daughter understood she was also a spouse.

Daughter became a mother,

Engaged in many roles in life,

Then one evening in the twilight,

She held her mother’s fading hand,

And she heard from her mother,

“Please, remember whose you are.”

As Mother passed from this earthly strife.

It happens every morning,

On each and every day,

Between the breakfasts and brushing teeth,

A young mother looks in her children’s eyes,

Kisses them on their foreheads,

And they can just hear her say,

“Please, remember whose you are.”

—–dfav

9/30/2020

The Sounds are Missing

The world living sounds are changing,

In some respects they’ve gone away,

The sounds of leaves crunching

Beneath a neighbors feet.

Traffic isn’t as thunderous these days,

People pass but not as many,

Even heavy trucks have gone astray,

Their wheels and air brakes muted.

Birds are no longer tweeting,

Squirrels aren’t actively gathering nuts,

As if nature itself responds to silencing,

This world, as a whole, long changed.

Feelings of discomfort and disbelief,

Are ushered in by bare branches,

As every cell in me waits for some relief,

Sounds today? What waits tomorrow?

—-dfav

9/28/2020

We Pray to Understand

We pray to understand what it is we see,

Perhaps grasp the deeper meaning,

Of all lives from sea to sea,

Regardless of money, status or heritage.

We pray to understand the hatred,

For the color of anyone’s skin,

The very reasons honor seems dead,

Amongst those attacking without regard.

We pray to understand the reasons

For the riots, disrespect and lies,

It feels like it’s some crazy open season

If you’re not exactly who they are.

We pray to understand the senseless taking

Of property, dreams and human lives

Where is victory in all this violence growing,

For it seems to only be making things worse?

We pray to understand the passiveness,

Of people whose indifference ’til now

Is part of the reason for this mess,

Being intentional or not doesn’t matter.

We pray to understand our need

To fit into this world gone astray

To fulfill our own wants and greed,

Being politically correct has gone on way to long.

We pray we understood it all,

Of what blame belongs to us,

Being humble and repentant is Your call,

With this respondence You show us the way.

—-dfav

9/25/2020

When I’m Pushing My Own Agenda

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Forgive me Lord, for the times I’m selfish,

When all I see are things from my point-of-view,

When my own hurt and pain are all I feel,

When I fail to acknowledge my own costs are due.

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Forgive me Father, for the times I close my ears,

When all I hear are the beats of my own heart,

When my own fears have reared their heads,

When I forget to trust You to do Your part.

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Forgive me Lord, for the times I judge others,

When all I see are the differences in others,

When I think I understand all that makes me right,

When I just don’t see the sin in which I smother.

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Forgive me Lord, for damaging Your Holy reputation,

When all I do is push our own human laws,

When I think I’m right and I’m actually so wrong,

When I draw people away from Your Holy cause.

—-dfav

9/22/2020

Redeemer

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Jesus, You are my Redeemer,

A fact I cannot escape,

Nothing I could ever do

Would pay the debt I owed,

My sins, my costs still due.

Then You came most humbly,

The Son of God, Lord Almighty,

You said I’ll pay the price,

For everyone who will accept

The gift of You, Jesus Christ.

You paid that price

Upon a cross, mocked and shamed,

Bleeding from the nails, the stripes,

Willingly You gave up Your spirit,

My Redeemer You became.

My Redeemer, O Redeemer

You paid the price for me,

A gift I can never hope to repay.

My Redeemer, O Redeemer,

What love Your act did say.

—dfav

9/20/2020

Less of Me, More of You

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O Holy God:

Less of me, more of You

Let that be what they see—

Less of me, more of You

Let that be all they read.

For it’s not my strength or abilities

That holds me in this hour—

It’s less of me, more of You

From which flows Your mighty power.

—-dfav

1/25/2020

Weeping in the Parking Lot

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Weeping in the parking lot,

Crying out God’s name,

Praying in the parking lot,

Lord, I am not ashamed.

It’s not just any parking lot,

It’s for appointment ninety-five,

When we leave this parking lot,

Please let us know what’s wrong.

Please rain mercy in this parking lot,

Flood the exam room with it too,

There’s hope alive in this parking lot,

We’re sure You’ll see us through.

Worshipping in the parking lot,

Clinging onto You for who You are,

Weeping in the parking lot,

Praying for answers from You.

—-dfav

6/17/2020

Prayer for Wisdom

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Dear Lord,

Let me act wisely

Let my feet walk in Your lane

May I choose You first,

Shake free of sins curse

Though doing so bring joy or pain.

Dear Lord,

Wrap me in Your light

Let my mind choose to be wise

May I taste all Your Word

Be it bitter or honey

Let me choose You to authorize.

Dear Lord,

Open my heart to Your’s

May I put aside all that will hinder

May I remember my call

Though it be easy or hard

To You I must completely surrender.

—-dfav

9/3/2020

Footsteps in the Hall

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Footsteps shuffle down the hall,

Drag, shuffle, drag…

Rearrange my face to smile,

Everything is going to be okay,

What else should I do or say?

Hurry to cook another dinner,

To bring it to the table on time…

Another meal he can’t eat,

Weighted head bent to sleep,

I turn my face so he can’t see me weep.

Another test, another scan to do,

A list of what and what not…

Check again, are we prepared?

Desperation cracks his voice,

We won’t give up this is our choice.

He sleeps and I stay awake,

I guard hoping death doesn’t steal…

Though I know it’s not up to us.

Prayers for healing, enlightenment,

Pleas for strength and empowerment.

When will this darkness end?

Please God, honor our faith in You…

Help us be faithful always.

Carry us through this storm,

Strengthen us though we are worn.

–dfav

6/4/2020

Today’s Blessings

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Blessings pop like quick raindrops

Upon our thristy lives

For without You Lord, I can’t imagine

How we would even survive.

Though what we deserve

For the way we live and act

Is condemnation and judgment

Your blessings flow despite that.

Mercy washes like a flood

Soaking us in Your grace

Forgiveness, reconciliation are ours

For Christ died in our place.

Thank You Lord, for the blessings

For the grace, mercy and love

Open my heart so these I return

To those here and You above.

—-dfav

9/13/2020