Love, Acceptance, Intervention

thank you, Lord
I have a safe place to be
there’s Peace and Support
Love and Understanding
 
Hate seems to be
magnified
since my younger days
or maybe I wasn’t exposed
 
Love
Tolerance
Acceptance
grew within our home
 
peaceful debates
inside my childhood walls
no place for Hate
no place for assault
 
I learned early
I don’t have to agree
or like every person
inorder to be me

I learned instead
Love
even if repulsed by
different thoughts
 
Love
Acceptance
Intervention, Prevention
some roads to start today
 
to combat Hate
live in Openness
Intervene before
souls are maliciously swayed
 
Loneliness - a major culprit -
a wanting to belong and be seen
but hiding behind deceitful ideals
is only reproachful and cowardly
 
sadness fills my heart
when we don’t understand
the power of individual actions
affirming existence and connection
  
smile
“hi”
“how are you”
today may seem trivial
 
but I have witnessed
the transformation
from acknowledging a person
as an individual
 
we must see all people
the world chooses to ignore
don’t let anyone live in Isolation
show them they are not alone
 
Isolation and Ignorance
only breed Fear and Hate
a dangerous place to be
consuming and contaminating the soul
 
stop Greed
stop Anger
stop Isolation
stop Division
 
teach
Love, Compassion
teach children
they are seen
 
Intervene
before the youth are lost
to violence inspired
by Evil
 
I’ll never tire
of reminding
to teach
Love and Respect for all
 
Hate
may be powerful
but let us choose
Love, Acceptance, and Intervention 

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Spinning Thoughts

spinning
spinning
spinning
around go my thoughts
 
I need to grab
just one
this continuous circus must
stop
 
I feel this chair
as I sit
I feel the floor
and tap on it
 
something is off
something isn’t right
I wish I could feel some emotion
instead there’s nothing but sight
 
am I real
or am I not
I can’t pinpoint it
with these crazy thoughts
 
these thoughts I have
won’t go away
maybe I can accept
that they are here today
 
let them become
background noise
this way I can pray
for peace and more
 
right now
I accept God’s peace
and can reflect it
with saying “Hey”
 
the return smile
from saying “Hi”
moves the noise back
behind the unbearable line

Is This a Test?

why would God “test” us
He already knows our names
yes, there are times which are difficult
yes, there are times to pray
 
only recently have I realized
how much different I see this world
I don’t see tests
I don’t see the same ordeals
 
I see God challenging me
He knows which buttons to push
to get me going within His direction
even when it’s difficult
 
I don’t see Him “testing” me
I see him granting opportunities
opportunities to grow in faith
opportunities to decide which road to take
 
does God test you
does the universe torment you
or are you given choices to make
opportunities to decide your fate

Filling the Cracks

our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
to fill the cracks
 
our earth is dying
we are responsible
but God is there
to inspire the impossible
 
we are at war
inside and out
but God is there
to create light within doubt
 
our hearts ache
we wound our Temples
but God is there
to walk with each mile
 
our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
as we seal the cracks

Compliments

I can't hear
I won’t hear
I refuse
I belittle
 
Why?
Why not?
Do I deserve?
Are they true?
 
Compliments –
The truth –
Gifts from God
Noticed by others
 
Do I believe them?
Working on it
Do I accept them?
Working on it
 
“Thank you”
My current response
Remembering
These are my gifts and strengths

When I deny
I deny God’s blessings
I must try harder
I must accept
 
Compliments
I will accept
I thank you for noticing
I thank God for providing
 
I trust You
I love You
I’m learning
I’m growing into acceptance
 
Never stop growing
Never stop believing
Never stop trusting
Love, Love, Love

Prayers of the People

Our Father,

Thank You for the gifts of Your love, mercy, and comfort. You never leave any of us to fight our battles alone. We gather today as a community, a family. Let us help each other learn how to release our doubts, our fears, our prejudices…anything that holds us back from living as Christians. May we strengthen our own relationship with You by delivering acts of love and kindness, and showing forgiveness to others and towards ourselves. May we comfort each other through the darkness as we walk towards Your everlasting light.

We love You.

We trust You.

Amen

A Year of Thanksgiving

How long is a year
It seems to fly by
What have I learned
What have I tried
 
I’ve begun to truly understand
The power of prayer
I’m never alone
Because He is always there
 
A major lesson
Which sticks in my head
Is the need to slow down
To take life in
 
The strength behind words
What they truly mean
Has brought me closer
To a more faithful being
 
Flexibility – like cooked spaghetti –
Is an on-going lesson
I’m learning to “kiss the gray”
And to change my reactions
   
Taking care of my body
Has become a life-style
To strengthen my Temple
Both inside and out
 
I pray this coming year
Will bring more insights
Not through “New Year’s Resolutions”
But with growth and a love of life