I wanted him to come
And check out why we wait
For five minutes or more
To have hot water pour
Out of our kitchen faucet.
He never showed to say
Just what the problem is,
And when I called to ask,
He said he didn’t come
Because the pipes didn’t speak.
Hello! I asked the plumber how
He expects to run a business
That relies on the audible voices
Of the pipes he’s paid to fix.
How does that really work?
It’s a little like a writer who sits
At the computer and waits to hear
The keys speaking the words
That will eventually end up
On the screen or on paper or blog.
The pipes didn’t speak to me.
The keys didn’t tell me what to write.
I need to be inspired by the tools
I rely on for my work.
Clear whatever’s blocking my pipes.
One New Tooth
Shining bright and clean
One Pug Nose
Smelling life, so keen
One Smiley Mouth
Returning lots of glee
Two Sparkly Eyes
Looking back at me
Two Pink Cheeks
Ready to be kissed
Two Darling Ears
No sounds are missed
Two Strong Shoulders
Holding tall the head
Two Flexible Elbows
Bending to be fed
Two Chubby Hands
Reaching for the moon
Ten Active Fingers
Holding bottle or spoon
One Husky Body
Smelling clean and sweet
Two Wiggly Hips
Ready to dance in the street
Two Sturdy Legs
Ready to go walking
Two Bony Knees
Bending, but not balking
Two Balanced Feet
Holding up this chunk
Ten Monstrous Toes
Like mommy’s – who’d a thunk?
One Grand Future
Impacting Mother Earth
One Perfect Great-Grandson
A million dollars worth
Thank You, Hope and Drew
Thank You for this boy
Thank You, God
He brings us so much joy!
Jan Beekman (GG)
March 7, 2018
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Silence is resounding in my ears.
Silence wipes away confusion and fears.
Silence speaks as all nature rings.
Silence breaks as songbird sings.
Silence whispers compassion’s song –
Let’s me contemplate yesterday’s wrong.
Allows God’s grace to fill this space
Instead of wallowing in my own disgrace.
Silence brings new life to God’s Word.
It lets the Holy Spirit speak and be heard.
It opens my heart to name the nameless
And enter their world blameless and shameless.
Open my heart, Lord, in silence to know
All that You’re saying, all that You show
Through challenges booming or hugs soft and sweet.
Help me to hear You in ALL that I meet.
Let’s Do It!
God has entrusted us
With treasures of great worth.
Hope and inspiration are ours.
God gives us each other – and Christ’s birth.
God gives us, by His grace,
The gifts of immeasurable treasure.
He gives us the abilities
To use these gifts without measure.
We don’t get to choose
What treasures we receive,
But we are allowed to choose
What we do or achieve.
To fulfill our life’s purpose
Or to ignore our responsibilities
Is a choice we each make.
What are your possibilities?
We can double our gifts
Or we can ignore or bury ’em.
We can share our gifts
Or we decide they’re too heavy to carry ’em.
We will be rewarded according
To the return to God on our gifts.
Our talents are ours to use or
We’ll watch dismayed as our reward shifts.
God will take from the selfish
The wonders He placed in their hands.
He’ll rebuke the ungrateful ones
Who ignore His service demands.
So, are we giving back double
The abilities God generously gave us?
Do we accept them and honor Him
By using the gifts that can save us?
He gave us comfort so we
Can return comfort to others.
He gives us perfect directions
For how to use our gifts for our brothers.
So, let’s do it!
-based on a sermon by Rev. Jean Johnson
-reflecting on Matt. 25:14-30
A life that exhibits wisdom
Displays a happy heart
Walks upright and
Knows to listen.
A life that exhibits love
Is pure in motive
Shows compassion and
A life that exhibits joy
Gives generously and
Jan Beekman – 11/16/17
(Inspired by Proverbs 15)
(Photo by Charles Stanley – In Touch Ministries)
OPEN THE DOOR
Life is full of twists and turns –
Hardships faced and lessons learned.
We do things wrong; We make things right.
We work by day and we sleep at night.
While we are struggling to be good,
God is loving us – as He said He would.
He forgives our failures, lifts us up,
Sends us help and fills our cup.
He takes our sorrows as His own,
Understands our weakness, hears us moan.
He holds us close – draws us near,
Whispers gently in our ear:
“I am with you, never fear.
Life is hard. I feel each tear.
You’re not alone. You’re loved for sure.
There’s hope ahead. There’s life that’s pure.”
So, in the days ahead with us,
We hope you’ll rest and never fuss.
Don’t worry about what comes tomorrow.
He’ll help you find joy instead of sorrow.
Each thing in life is for a reason –
Each action has a God-given season.
You’ve had your summer and your fall.
New spring to winter – a welcomed call.
Let us surround you with love and care
‘Til Jesus calls you to a new place there.
The key to joy is around the bend –
Open the door to life’s wonderful end.
God Bless You!