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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I Am Still Here

years of pressure
build up inside
no light to see
no hope or drive
 
escaping deep
inside my head
excluding the world
to feel safe instead
 
I tried to run
but never could hide
so I injured my body
to soothe my mind
 
I didn’t understand
what was happening to me
I still don’t know
I’ll just let that be
 
looking at my battle scars and
remembering how life was
today a thought occurred to me
as I listened to my Pastor’s words

Jesus came to live with us
He knows how humans work
He showed us His unconditional Love
by being among us in the dirt
 
often when asked
“how are you doing today”
my popular response was
“I am here”
 
today I heard
and understood that
Yes!
I am still here!
 
‘still’ is just
one
additional word
but it creates a whole new meaning
 
‘still’
provides room for
Faith and Hope
and remembrance of His being
 
He walks with us
He walks in us
Yes
I am still here

Answers?

What has changed
This past year was so different
What created this space
How did I handle all of it
 
There’s been frustrations and setbacks
There’s been anger and fear
Yet somehow through all of this
I am still here
 
No hospital visits required
No cutting or any self-harm
No retreating inside my head
Although the urges were there to act upon
 
What has changed
I’m different somehow
It seems to have started
After I left that town
 
I’m more aware now of His blessings
I see my world differently
There’s so much love and support
Which has helped me grow exponentially
 
I don’t need to know the answer
To how this change could be
All I need to know
Is that God is always beside me
 
He has placed me with a family
(a couple of families in fact)
Where grace and love are present
I don’t need more specifics than that
 
And with these gifts
I can give back
To all I encounter
To all that matters
 
Listen
Faith
Trust
Accept

I don't have all the answers and I am fine with that
 

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