If you could relive an ancient day, which day, which day, which day would you say?
First kiss, first date
Or undo a mistake?
Watch your child be birthed again
Go back and unhurt a wounded friend?
Unsay a word?
Unbreak a heart?
Undrink that first drink?
Unscar that first scar?
Or would you go to another place
Feel your dad's hands
See your mom's face?
Laugh with your sisters
Let little brother win that foot race
Maybe pet that dog just one more time
Hear grandma recite that old nursery rhyme
Maybe take up for the kid that got picked on
Or hear again for the first time your favorite old song
Or tell your kids you loved them again and again
No matter what they'd just done or how late they had been
But you can't go in reverse to relive any day
What you would have done
Or what you would say
But you can say now what you wouldn't before
You can be someone new open up a new door
You can make a difference in your here and now
You can't be a new when but can be a new how
They see strengths
Not the limitations
These are people who will make you proud of yourself
They will tell you why you’re special
Trust you to the point you have to answer their expectations
They make you better than you normally are
You can be proud of yourself
They respect you
For what you’ve done
Where you’ve come from
They see what you’ve experienced something real
Respect you for your courage
They live by their rules
They do not expect you to follow theirs
They are at peace to themselves
They are not proving anything to you
They are good listeners
Sincere in their interest in you
You feel important
They are available for honest
Makes you want to share yourself
Head hung low, I walk the street-
Timid to feel the hangman's loss-
Every step on my blistered feet-
Takes me closer to, the Christian cross-
With every second, my soul does exhaust-
Heat-ridden cheeks from tears I cry-
Hide my eyes my shame is discreet-
Explain to me God, why must I die?
You say the hunger game I did cheat-
I see on that hangman's rope your hands across-
How close I was to starvation beat-
Why must I die for naught but sauce-
On bread instead of my usual moss-
I hope you see my little child cry-
Although to you unjust is a treat-
Hold him God on the day he will die-
With my head hung low, I walk the street-
My family will feel the hangman;s loss-
No more will I walk upon these blistered feet-
Family go, live your life by the Christian Cross-
For my soul is tired, don't let your life exhaust-
My dear sweet loved ones there is no need to cry-
No more reason for you to stand all so discreet-
I am happy at last, on the day that I die-
I will live the rest of my life upon a Christian's Cross-
These murderers relax themselves on their own lie-
In a few short moments I won't feel anymore loss-
I will lift up my head and all so proudly I will die-
The old cashmere sweater in my cedar chest
always warming my soul on a winters day
Ice skating with your true love hand in hand
frosty breath brings a warmth to your cheeks
Anticipating that very first date
first glance the color lightens your way
as if Cupid decided this will be a day like no other
celebrating in stars above Valentine days Forever
It is the day God took hold of your heart and beat it for you ~
I tried to write about love but I haven’t felt it.
I tried to write about the sea but I’ve never seen it.
Then I tried to write about the air, but I have never breathed it.
I tried to write about magic but I never believed it.
I couldn’t write about god, all I have ever done is sinned.
And when I tried to write about life I found,
I have never really lived.
We went to Grandma’s house the other day!
And brought some gifts along the way!
We enjoyed our time and our wonderful visit
We’re glad we had time with her!
We wouldn’t miss it!
We took her out and did some shopping in town…
There were some good buys waiting to be found!
We had a chance to have dinner with her too!
This was an opportunity we wanted to do!
We had a chance to talk about the days of past.
Our memories of her,
is something that will last!
We enjoyed our time with grandma! Yes we did!
She always has something
worthwhile to give!
We thank the Lord for a special grandma like this!
Our times together have been happy and bliss!
Please take good care of her Lord, is our prayer!
Keep her in your tender mercy and care!
We look forward to the next time
we spend together!
She’ll always be our grandma!
Today and forever!
By Jim Pemberton
I remember when I held your hand
And told you about God,
You listened so attentively
And never thought it odd
I remember when I kissed your head
And watched you go to sleep,
We prayed that if you didn’t wake
The Lord your soul would keep
And as you grew I saw your faith
Grow right along with you,
And you included Jesus
In everything you’d do
I became your hero
With me you knew no shame,
Because I followed Jesus
And taught you to do the same
Every time I talked to you
You learned a little more,
You grew and took the things you learned
As you walked out the door
You had your tribulations
And your fair share of strife,
But Jesus had His hand on you
And guided you through life
As it goes, we lived our lives
And struggled through our days,
You chose to follow Jesus
I went the other way
You got big and I got small
As we went through the years,
I got weak and you got strong
You helped me with my fears
I remember you came to the park
And took long walks with me,
You told me Jesus loved me
And He would set me free
I remember when you held my hand
And watched me fall asleep,
And prayed that God would show me
My weary soul He’d keep
Now you’ve become my hero
With you I know no shame,
Because you followed Jesus
And taught me to do the same
Crown of Sonnets
Fa * * Singing and plucking the strings of the heart the morning strums as horizons take wing We gather momentum the sacred harp The sun warms cold in trees little songs sing Answered prayers from the night before Longing to go but town is far away but thanking God that He opens the doors Still our home is sweet where we learn and play Blue skies do shine in through the wagon bow Me and the girls watch home into green blend Sis’s and I haven’t been to town since the snow a convention is there we’ve never been exited Pa says it’s like a church fair Double Springs Sacred Harp Singing is where
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* Sol * * Double Springs Sacred Harp Singing is where voices blend in a harmonious accord We practiced a trio a harp to share Sherburne shape notes rise from the covered Time has flown as we reach the edge of town Little songs everywhere filling air so sweet jumping from the wagon feet hit the ground running ahead never missing a beat Picnic tables a woman holding her child A man nips he thinks no one is looking In church standing room only yet all smiles A flirt in church He’s on the wrong footing he keeps taping the woman on her toes Song leader takes center square grace bestows
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Mi * * Settling for pause this an all-day affair then outside grace was said then all do feed Lots of kissing and hugging kinfolk share A new baby on quilt sweet dreams he sleeps Children run and play men talk of horses As the women are talking up a storm We sing our trio to the choruses Family reunion of the Sherburne Back inside join again the next refrains In double springs overflowing melody Feast of love and joy singing the Lord reigns Enriching making the faith’s heart wealthy Times change but some traditions never part Singing and plucking the strings of the heart
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La * * song leader takes center square grace bestows He faces the altos tenors behind Basses left trebles right Spirit bellows Lesson for today called out and timed as trained and untrained voices collide Church harmony is ringing like a bell Seems like the praises fill then flow worldwide an amazing pure brook songs fill the well Drawing as chords rise and fall even more Press into the hall as the voices swing Sacred harps delight hearts are restored Messengers for heaven joy’s double spring Sounds of love a glow hearts flow through the air settling for pause this an all-day affair
I do not know?
Silent Night the heaven's sang
While shepherds wathced their sheep.
With Camels bearing kinds on high
To lay reverrently at HIS feet
Gold and Frankinsense and Myrhh
the symbols of His life.
A life so filled with sweetness
With love and full of care
Of helping a brother on his way
of lending a shoulder to share
the burdens of this wicked world
The Trails and temptations
of Satan who strews our way
with Pitfalls and damnation
He gave us a path
that we may follow
a path so filled with light
That if we choose the lighted path
then nothing can transpire
To take away the joys of life
And bring to all we know
A truly Christian feeling
One that will set hearts aglow
So on this festive morn
Let every Christian born
Listen to that silent plea
be good, be brave and follow Me.
I missed the chapel down the hall
For I had been away
I longed to see the cross upon the wall
As to where I would kneel to pray.
It is good to be here at last
Where I am amongst my own
I am known on sight to all
For now at last I am truly home.
Before I take my exit
I ask for the Holy Spirit to come
And stay with me throughout this life
Until my work is done.
Brenda Elizabeth Rose