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A Day with You

Serenely sleeping on the pillow, in the morning;

Cracking a smile while getting ready for work;

Laughing in the car on the way to work;

A kiss and a smile goodbye, and “have a good day”;

Joking around in text messages;

Tips, lists and instructions;

Picking you up after a hard day at work;

Chatting over dinner;

Discussing the world while watching the news;

Jamming to music while we do the dishes;

Playing with the pets at treat time;

Back into bed for a good night’s rest.

You Bless Me

You bless me

With a mind that understands

The ways I think and act,

The ways I try to be

A better husband,

And the ways I fall short,

When I am weak.

You bless me

In the ways you help me,

The ways you care for me,

The ways you love me.

You bless me

With your curiosity,

Your insightfulness,

Your intelligence.

You bless me

With your generosity,

Your humility,

Your persistence.

You bless me,

And I am privileged to be

Your loving husband.

Nature Walk

Come with me

We can walk down this path

Until we get tired,

Then we can rest for a while.

What should we expect to see

On this bumpy trail?

Well, there will be others

Walking alongside us.

There will be adults and children.

And there will be pets, mostly dogs,

Because cats don’t like to walk far.

There will be grass and dirt

And hills and water and trees.

There won’t be any buildings

Or cars or TVs or computers.

Does that sound boring?

You need to appreciate nature

So that you will want to protect it.

We may not always have it, you know.

Where Are You?

Where are you can I come there let’s come back together and sing a song of joy for all to hear I remember the good times we spent in each other’s company it was a happy time except when we would argue and fight but that is all behind us now I want to be your friend and we can talk about the craziness of life and all the crazy people in it.

We Are One

I waited for you

On top of the mountain,

But you didn’t show.

I went down

Into the valley,

But I didn’t see you there.

I sailed on the ocean,

Hoping to catch

A glimpse of you at sunrise,

But I was disappointed.

I prayed to you

To appear to me,

And I looked at my reflection

In a pool of water.

It was then that I realized–

You were always with me,

For you are a part of me.

We can never be separated,

You and I.

We are One.

In the Presence of Everything

Are you the hand

That I shake in the pew,

Or on my way out the door,

To the parking lot?

Are you the presence,

In the plate and cup,

Upon the altar,

That is given for me to consume?

Are you the dirty, scarred face,

Of an abused, homeless woman,

Begging on the street,

Around the corner from the grocery store?

Are you the gentle face and eager voice

Of the elderly man

Who comes to my front door,

Struggling to use an iPad to show a video?

Are you the pastor at the soup kitchen,

Who tells me the administrative position

I’m interviewing for requires someone

Who can shmooze with the volunteers?

Are you the book with all the stories

Spoken a long, long time ago,

Written a long time ago,

For people who lived a long time ago?

If so, I’m wondering:

What is your name? Who am I

In relation to you?

Why do you appear differently to all?

I’d like to pin you down,

Put your number and your address

In my contact list.

I’d like to feel you.

I know that’s not how you operate,

If you did, you wouldn’t be God,

Or would you?

Sometimes I wonder.

A Prayer of Brokenness

I’m torn.

The part of me that hurts,

That is angry,

That wants to rebel,

That wants to hurt others,

That wants to be in control,

Constantly whispers temptations

To my weary mind.

My heart is full of rage, fear and grief;

My soul bears lust, shame and gluttony.

I want to be released from these chains.

I want to be whole, pure, complete.

I need God to renew my spirit.

Come and bless me, Father.

Endings

Turning in and churning out,

Pushing and pulling,

Gurgling and moving.

Rainbows cast a shadow.

Clouds bring rain.

Echoes in the valley

Bring me word of your pain.

Creatures leap and run,

Their energy is inspiring.

Happy faces bounce and sing.

Today is for the reckoning.

Simple talk brings mood insane.

Closing time at the local bar and grill.