“Uncle,” from my book, “God Is Not A Stuffed Shirt”

Oh P a Pa,

I saw worlds within worlds today,

as I sat and watched your rippling sea

that seems to spill over the horizon.

Above floated white clouds,

mimicking the pattern of the rolling waves

that spilled against the shore with fingers of white;

crawling and hissing onto the sand.

Oh, the sand, gazillions of teeny tiny everything!

Soft – made for bare feet;

soggy, for sucking toes into the quicksand!

Oh, to walk along the sand

with the tingling cold Spring sea

trying to catch me as I ran backward,

giggling with little girl laughter!

It’s time to take your shoes off –

they don’t belong on the wet and sandy seashore!

PaPa; which is stronger,

the ocean or the mountains?

I think the ocean is,

because it can write its name on a cliff side,

and swallow an island;

while the mountain trips on its boulders

and slides into the river and feeds the sea.

Yes, my guess would be that

if the ocean and a mountain arm wrestled,

the ocean would win –

though it would probably take

a long, long time for the mountain to say, “uncle!”

But, PaPa, your gentle, loving Spirit

is stronger than them both, and,

with one word, you can still the sea like glass

and crumple a mountain into a meadow.

Well, as strong as the mountains and the sea are,

I will only say, “uncle” to You!!!!

 

Mankind, You Are Loved

Think of God and what picture comes to mind? An old man with a long beard  and wild hair? Perhaps God sits on a throne, His expression angry with fiery eyes, and, for good measure He’s holding a bolt of lightning, ready to knock someone dead and send them to hell. I think not!

The Word of God, (the Bible), has many Scriptures revealing the true nature of God, and unlike many people may think, He is not angry and vengeful. God IS love.

Jesus gave Himself as a living sacrifice for all mankind and died on the Cross, paying the ultimate price for all of our sins. A sinless Man Himself, He took our punishment for us. And, since He rose again from the dead, Father God is able to look at us all and, through Jesus, have a loving, intimate relationship with us, His children. Continue reading “Mankind, You Are Loved”

Praise Jesus

Oh Father,

My belly fills with butterflies as I sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ. The largeness of Him breaks through any boundaries I have imposed  upon myself.

Sometimes my fire is a timid little flame, sputtering in the breeze of the day. It explodes to its flash point when I allow my heart a free run with praise. For I do praise You, Jesus!

You are mighty and strong and powerful in Your gentleness and Your sweet, fragrant love. Thank You, Jesus, thank You!

I rest safely in Your arms and praise You with my heart, my soul, and my voice…Praise God! Hallelujah! Amen, Lord, amen! Yes, praise Jesus!

Amen!

Faith – A Poem From My Book, “GOD Is Not A Stuffed Shirt”

Dear PaPa,

Father, I know that there is so much more to faith than simply believing in You. Faith, that we are loved. Faith, that we are provided for.

Faith, that health is possibly maintained by attitude and prayer. Faith, that You want us financially secure and so much more. Faith, that we can grace the world with Your love and make it a better place.

Faith, that Jesus’ life was an orchestrated dance between Him and Father God in heaven. That He is our Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Faith, that Jesus died on the cross after living a sinless life, despite all temptations. Faith, that the Father raised His Son from the dead after three days.

Faith, that Jesus continued His ministry on earth for a while after He was resurrected, until finally He rose into heaven to sit at His Father’s right hand.

Faith, that Jesus forgave our sinful lives, and Faith, that when He died on the cross He bequeathed to us His unconditional love, His mercy, forgiveness, grace, and redemption.

Faith, that He left to us His power to heal and cast out demons. Faith, that even now He provides for us with prayer and our daily bread.

Faith, that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that it’s through Him only that we are united with our Father in Heaven – eternally.