I met a stranger in the night,
Whose lamp had ceased to shine;
I paused and let him light
His lamp from mine.
A tempest sprang up later on,
And shook the world about,
And when the wind was gone,
My lamp was out.
But back came to me the stranger
His lamp was glowing fine;
He held the precious flame
And lighted mine.
- Lon Woodrum
What is this thing that men call death,
This quiet passing in the night?
'Tis not the end, but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light.
O God, touch Thou my aching heart,
And clam my trouble, haunting fears.
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure,
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.
There is no death, but only change
With recompense for victory won;
The gift of Him who loved all men,
The Son of God, the Holy One.
- Gordon B. Hinckley
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
- John Donne (1573-1631)
Heaven's Grocery Store
I was walking down life's highway a long time ago.
One day, I saw a sign that read "Heaven's Grocery Store."
as I got a little closer, the door came open wide
and when I came to myself, I was standing inside.
I saw a host of angels. They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said, "My child shop with case."
Everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store
and all you could not carry, you could come back the next day for more.
First, I got some patience, love was in the same row.
Further down was understanding,
you need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of wisdom, a bag or two of faith.
I just could not miss the
Holy Ghost for he was all over the place.
I stopped to get some strength and courage to help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full,
but I remembered to get some grace.
I did not forget salvation, for salvation is free.
Then I started up the counter to pay my grocery bill
for I thought I had everything to do my master's will.
As I went up the aisle I saw prayer and I just had to put that in
for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
peace and joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
song and praises were hanging near so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, "Now how much do I owe?"
He just smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."
Again, I smiled and said, "How much do I really owe?"
He smiled again and said,
"MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG, LONG TIME AGO."
by Ron DeMarco & Friend, Copyright
"All things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive."
- Matthew 21:22
A man whispered, “God, speak to me”
And a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear
So the man yelled “God, speak to me!”
And, the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said,
“God, let me see you”
And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not notice.
And the man shouted,
“God, show me a miracle!”
And a life was born.
But, the man did not know.
So, the man cried out in despair,
“Touch me God and let me know you are here!”
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the Butterfly away and walked on.
Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.
Life can be Beautiful
Life is what you make of it,
Please keep this in mind
You can either push ahead
Or lag far behind.
The gate is wide open
For you and for me.
Lets pull together, friend of mine,
And not drift out to sea.
Days can be filled with laughter,
High spirits and such,
If you put forth your best
And really it won't be so much!
Tomorrow is another day
So lets work hard for now.
Lets plan our work and work or plan
Put action in the plow.
And when the day is ended, and
The dove takes to her nest
What a good feeling comes, knowing
We have done our best.
True happiness comes from serving
A friend who may be in need.
Our blessings may be countless
For doing a simple deed.
- Melissa Magleby