Monday, June 30, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
"The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."
Two are better than one because
they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up
But woe to the one who falls
when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together
they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone,
two can resist him.
A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Poems from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must - but don’t you quit.
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow -
You might succeed with another blow.
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt -
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit -
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
* * *
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.
The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard
and seen in me, practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”
If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley - but beThe best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass -
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are!
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Praise the LORD!