Friday, December 2, 2016

HAPPY SABBATH + Where Is The Everyday Thanks?!












Confession
Is Good For The Soul!

Unrepentance
Makes The Sinner Most Bold!

Comeuppance
Has For Herself A Lofty Place

AND

Life
Has An Uncanny Knack
For Dealing Disgrace 
To Those With Pride
Sowed
In Their Heart
And
Marked
On Their Face!


Food Shelter
Clothing Peace
Happy Children Health
License Land Lease
Work Water
No Sorrow To Bear!
Walks Through Willfulness!
Of Pettiness
AND
Foolishness
I Even Had A Substantial Share!

Thoughtlessness
Stinginess
Wildness
Waywardness
Faultlessness
Of Recklessness
I Can Tell You
I Spared Not A Tear!

You Could Have Been Dead!

Dead?! Me?!
You Must Be Kidding!
The World Was My Oyster!
My Life Was My Pearl
AND
I Wore It On A Gold Chain
AND
I Treated The Living God
As One Does A Churl!

But ...

The Day Came ...

...  And Someone Said:


It Would Be Better 

If People Would Try To Give God "Thanks!" 
On A Daily Basis 
Rather Than Waiting 
Until There Is Food Involved!

And Then ...

Contrary 
To My Perfect Conception Of My Life 
Comeuppance Was Glorified ...!

And I ...!

You Should Have Heard Me Praying:


Dear Lord,
Let Me Give You
Thanks And Praise Today
For I Don't Have Tomorrow
Far Less Next Week!
I Don't Know 
How The Tide Of My Life Will Turn
Or That I Will Be Able To Utter 
Even A Tired Mouse Squeak!

Father, My Heart In Me Burns!
Forgive Me For Taking The Life You Gave
And Doing As I Well Pleased!
Forgive Me For Eating My Daily Bread
Without Feeling The Desire To Say In Gratitude:
Thank You, Lord, For Filling My Need!

Lord,
I Have Been A Total Ingrate
Taking Your Bounty For Granted As I Overfilled
My Overflowing Plate!
Please
Accept My Contrite Heart's Apology!
Please Forgive My Descent Into The Realm Of Satan
That Greedy Reprobate
And Help Me To Walk
According To Your Calling
And Doing It Now
Rather Than When It Is Too Late
And
I Am Forced To Say:
Lord, Please Save Me Now!

Thank You For The Tears That Flow!
Thank You For The Grace You Bestow!
Thank You For The Mercies
Seen And Unseen
Known And Unknown
Unexpected And Unappreciated
And
Thank You For Christ's Sacrifice
That Makes This Wretch
By Confession
And Repentance
Forgiven
And
Clean!


It Is Good To Give A Gift 
Of Heartfelt Thanks
And Glorious Praise 
Unto Our Almighty God!
Amen!


Indeed!
Let Us, In Heartfelt Appreciation
- Today And Every Day -
Thoughtfully Say To Him 
Who Daily Provides:



"Father,
I Give Unto You My Heartfelt Thanks 
For All My Blessings
Even Though Your Giving
Is Not Dependent Upon My Thanks!"