Never Borrow Sorrow from Tomorrow

Never Borrow Sorrow from Tomorrow

Never Borrow Sorrow from Tomorrow

Deal only with the present —
never step into tomorrow,
For God asks us just to trust Him
and to never borrow sorrow,
For the future is not ours to know,
and it may never be,
So let us live and give our best
and give it lavishly. . .
For to meet tomorrow’s troubles
before they are even ours
Is to anticipate the Savior
and to doubt His all-wise powers,
So let us be content to solve
our problems one by one,
Asking nothing of tomorrow
except “Thy will be done.”
Helen Steiner Rice Poems & Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice, compiled by Virginia J. Ruehlmann; published by Fleming H. Revell, Grand Rapids, MI, c2003.
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Barry Pearman

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The Perfect Cup

The Perfect Cup

it is time for me
to see the flaws
of myself
and stop
being alarmed

it is time for me
to halt my drive
for perfection
and to accept
my blemishes

it is time for me
to receive
slowly evolving growth
the kind that comes
in God’s own good time
and pays no heed
to my panicky pushing

it is time for me
to embrace
my humanness
to love
my incompleteness

it is time for me
to cherish
the unwanted
to welcome
the unknown
to treasure
the unfulfilled

if I wait to be
perfect
before I love myself
I will always be
unsatisfied
and ungrateful

if I wait until
all the flaws, chips,
and cracks disappear
I will be the cup
that stands on the shelf
and is never used

Joyce Rupp

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Seeds for Thought

Seeds for Thought

 

The sword is heavy.

 

And piercing sharp.

 

Stronger than rock,

It yields a mighty blow

To the foe

With each assault.

 

The bow and arrow

Are light and swift.

 

Silent war implement,

It yields a surprise attack

To front or back,

From a distance.

 

And yet,

Stronger than the sword,

Swifter than the arrow,

are words—

Among the most powerful

Of all weapons.

 

Words can tear and hurt

And cause pain and strife.

 

Words can heal and comfort

And sow peace in life.

 

Heed the wisdom, and

Use words with care.

 

Mattie J. T. Stepanek

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I wanted to .. But

I wanted to.. but

 

I wanted to present to you
a lover –
undefiled and whole
with flesh like grass
inviting inspection,
pure and eager
for your reaching arms.

I wanted to present to you
a mind
unclotted by the mud-pied
clogginess of doubt
distrust
free from fettered cares –
a pliant, strong,
unwaveringly clever partner
to your own.

I wanted to present to you
a heart,
a soul’s yearning sigh
so full and undivided
caught up in
the meshes of your love
and pulsating
in full response –
reflecting
only harmony.

I wanted to present to you
Perfection,
but sadly lacked
in any.
And so I gave
with weary recognition –
myself.

©JoyLenton2012
Joy Lenton is a wife, mother, M.E. sufferer, avid reader, poet, blogger, communicator and full-time follower of Jesus and lives in Norfolk, United Kingdom. She blogs at Words of Joy and can be followed via Twitter.

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A Dangerous Prayer to Pray – Franciscan Benediction

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A dangerous prayer to pray.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

 May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

 May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection,starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

 And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

(Author unknown)

 

Here is a challenge. Pray this prayer everyday for the next week and post some comments as to how this prayer has changed you.

Barry Pearman

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