Monday, March 20, 2017

3/26/17 through 4/1/17

3/26/17 through 4/1/17

Sunday
So oft we judge by what we see 
And not what truly is
How different life on earth would be
If vision was like His

To see without the shadows dark
Or tint of selfish sin
But let the light of Christ then spark
A change from deep within.

Monday
A new creation make of me
And give me eyes of faith that see
Your wonders in the world around
And life with You forever found.

Tuesday
Your waters cleanse and then refresh
The crippled bones and sinful flesh
The contrite sinner surely knows
It brings new life where e'er it flows

Wednesday
Oh Lord I plead to hear Your voice
And follow it in every choice
That when I'm dead I still can hear
Your voice to say, "now come up here"

Carol
A carol is a happy song
To which the sounds of joy belong
But now her season here has passed
No flesh on earth will ever last

Her journey through this life is o'er
Her warm embrace we feel no more
But now this Carol surely sings
Of boundless joy the Savior brings

Thursday
Lord from the scriptures may I learn
To ponder things and then discern
The word You have for me each day
And walk within Your chosen way

Friday
Lord let Your ways be sweet to me
And through Your eyes, let my eyes see
Let me not Your patience test
But let me always give my best

Too many times I've tried to kill
The One who stands against my will
And shut Him up that I might be
Just like the scribe and pharisee

Saturday
No man has ever spoke like Him
With such authority
His words can cut one deep within
That deep within we see

His words are truth and love so pure
You know beyond a doubt
He cares for you and me I'm sure
And wants this love to sprout

Sunday, March 12, 2017

3/19/17 Through 3/25/17

3/19/17 Through 3/25/17

Sunday
The waters from that famous well
His living waters far excel
No word or deed unknown to Him
For in His light, all else is dim

His water truly satisfies
And in His presence hearts arise
When in His love our hearts emersed
Then gone forever is our thirst.

Monday
St.  Joseph learned to suffer long
Yet remained so quiet and strong
Obeying quickly every word
That from the angel's voice he heard

His love so pure he sacrificed
His right as husband toward his wife
Accepting his heroic role
To reach the Father's holy goal

Tuesday
Forgiveness is love's boundless gift
He grants to all both full and swift
Debt washed away in mercy's flood
And so, our sins, in precious blood

Now we must too, in love, forgive
That we might find the way to live
Eternally with Love divine
And with His will, our will align

Wednesday
Lord grant your people great resolve
Their sins and failures, now absolve
That conformed unto Your word
The path You show would be preferred

No other path can show the way
But only lead Your sheep astray
Oh Lord, Your law, we must observe
And others learn to humbly serve

Your ways all wise, intelligent
So teach us always to repent
And learn from You the way of love
That we may live with You above

Thursday
Listen to My voice, then I will be your God
Walk in all my ways, and riches, then applaud
Turn your back to evil, and face your God above
See the marks that evil made, upon the God of love

Friday
Love beyond all telling
Waves of darkness swelling
Counting gain as loss
Shouldering the cross

Rooted as the cedar
Love becomes our leader
Blossom on the vine
Who's blood becomes our wine

The wise can understand
The gift of promised land
Then turn from sin and wrath
To find the narrow path

Saturday
Overshadowed filled with grace
Her womb became His dwelling place
Without the touch of mortal man
Our God worked out His holy plan

The child of the Virgin born
That cold and blessed Christmas morn
Would show all men the life above
By showing them a life of love


3/12/17 Through 3/18/17

3/12/17 Through 3/18/17

Sunday
A tiny bit of glory seen
From this small flash of light we glean
A taste of what it's like to know
His presence everywhere we go

A light and beauty everywhere
In joy and love beyond compare
Compel within a deep desire
To find it through the cleansing fire

Monday
Measure with a measure full
Packed down to overflow
Let your gift be bountiful
His favor you will know

Judge not, and you will not be judged
Let condemnation cease
No favor then, to you, begrudged
And then you find true peace

Tuesday
The Lord receives a humble prayer
That comes to Him from anywhere
Be tempted not to think a call
Would be ignored from one so small

For those He loves are little ones
The prayer of proud are those he shuns
Be not the one who does for show
But one your sinfulness to know

Wednesday
His healing hands affixed to wood
The only way our Savior could
Convince us love can conquer sin
And make a change down deep within

His closest friends and confidants
Were not immune to earthly wants
His call to serve not understood
Til hands were seen affixed to wood

Thursday
Blessed more than those who trust in flesh
Or wealth to bring their ease
The poor, His love will then refresh
And hungry spirit please

Friday
Lord help me see objectively
When words from You admonish me
And find a way, through You perchance
To bloom in every circumstance
Then bring throughout my life to You
A fruit that is Your rightful due

Saturday
My God!  My God, You love us so
Forgive our sins and help us grow
Your mercy runs from age to age
Our sinfulness your love assuage

Though heinous crime or sinful deed
You run and greet repentant's plead
They find Your mercy swift and sweet
Their restoration now complete.

Give us a heart so rich and kind
That You, in us, the others find
A heart to reach where people live
A heart that's ready to forgive





Saturday, March 4, 2017

3/5/17 Through 3/11/17

3/5/17 Through 3/11/17

Sunday
In the desert we can see
How truly wretched we would be
Without the One who gave us all
And answer to His loving call

The desert is a lonely place
But also it can fill with grace
If we, in our temptation's hour,
Rely upon His strength and power

Monday
Be holy, as our Holy Lord
Abundant love by Him out-poured
Now feed and clothe the one in need
And know you feed the Lord, indeed.

Tuesday
Oh, that like the Word could be
Accomplishing a work for Thee
And not a one returning void
But one returning overjoyed

Partaking of the daily bread
For each day's journey, well am fed
Helping forth Your kingdom come
That in me, Your will be done.

Wednesday
Far more than just a Jonah here
God's only Son to cast out fear
The Ninevites were ill-behaved
But they repented and were saved

What of this generation now
That sees such signs and then somehow
Refuses boldly to repent?
The flames of Hell shall not relent!

Thursday
Embarrassed by how much You give
And still the selfish way I live
Your hand has saved so many times
My voice again, to You, now climbs.

Friday
Be reconciled and repent
Make peace before you come
Or far away you will be sent
And prisoner you become.

Saturday
Such simple things destroy the bond
That love was meant to be
A careless word that goes beyond
What humor now can see

So easily we turn our thoughts
Against the careless one
Resentment adding to the knots
So hard to be undone.

Forgiving now the only way
To stop the cycle short
To choose to love at each new day
And Satan's plan to thwart.




Sunday, February 26, 2017

2/26/17 Through 3/4/17

2/26/17 Through 3/4/17

Sunday
The love of money, golden chain
Denying what we hope to gain
Shiny glitter all aglow
Instead of friend has turned to foe

Has brought us nothing worth our while
But only kept our looks in style
Yes, looks provide a moment's thrill
But, yes, it's true, that looks can kill

Monday
In Jesus and the rich young man
We see how incompleteness can
Negate the offerings we make
Exposing true, revealing fake.

No use to boast with words we say
No use to come but half the way
If we're to answer to His call 
Just be prepared to give your all.

Tuesday
Never wonder, what of me
With all the gifts I've offered thee
You can't out-give the Giver's gift
So let the Lord, your spirits lift.

His word a promise to us all
Who answer to His loving call
In ways you may not now discern
Behold a hundredfold return

Tuesday PM
Lord, all I've given came from You
And all I have belongs to You
If I insist on holding back
It leads me on a fatal track

For You, in love, created me
And in Your love You made me free
And if I fail to give You all
How hard and sad that fatal fall

Wednesday
This day begins the trial long
To make me weak, yet make me strong
To help me see beyond what's here
To trust and learn to conquer fear

A time to slow the busy pace
And learn to yield to fruitful grace
Enduring that which may annoy
Denying pleasure, bound for joy.

Thursday
Deny yourself, pick up your cross
Then come and follow Me
What seems to be a total loss
Will really set you free

For all you are was made to be
A perfect gift of love
United for eternity
In wedded bliss above

Friday
Cry out loud and let them hear
Their wickedness is known quite clear
No answer to their prayer is sent
Unless they humbly now repent

Sackcloth and ashes don't you see
Is not the thing that pleases Me
But broken yoke and slaves set free
Will bring with Me, your unity.

Saturday
If you remove malicious speech
And guide the hungry ones you teach
Then light will rise in darkest night
And gloominess will take to flight

The ancient ruins then restored
A righteous crown your great reward
Your strength renewed to never fail
Whatever trial may assail

But if you choose to go your way
And don't revere My Sabbath day
Such blessings I will not bestow
And such delight you'll never know.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2/19/17 Through 2/25/17

2/19/17 Through 2/25/17

Sunday
He offers grace to one and all
But only those who hear the call 
And answer with a willing, Yes
Will find true peace and happiness

For wisdom and the strength of men
Is nothing to our God, and when
We're foolish in the eyes of men
He blesses us with grace again

Perfection comes from knowing Him
And not from every fleeting whim
Responding in each time of grace
To humbly then, His will embrace

Monday
The heavens and the earth have shown
All wisdom comes from Him alone
And He, the secret, has revealed
To how, such power, we can wield

It's through much prayer and sacrifice
And not indulging appetites
That we cast out from deep within
The one that leads us into sin

Monday evening
Response to grace is quite the key
To holiness for folks like me
I recollect throughout the day
The times He spoke, and in what way
Then did that voice my flesh eschew
Or was that voice attended to?

I must admit that many times
I followed my old paradigms
But once or twice I find a case
Where I responded to His grace
And then in humble thanks I see
There still is hope for folks like me.

Tuesday
If you come forth intent to serve
You must come forth without reserve
Sincere of heart prepared for trial
Accepting all with patient smile

Turn not away or lest you fall
Abandoning your holy call
Be not enticed by evil lures
Then grace and mercy will be yours

Be not with pride your heart defiled
But trust Him like a little child
And know His lowly, not are cursed
But those now last, will then be first.

Wednesday
There is something here to last
Unbroken link to times now past
His vicar on the earth to lead
And shepherd souls of those in need

Without the certainty of truth
How could we teach the faith to youth?
No unity for which He prayed
Without a Pope, they all have strayed

Thursday
Presume upon His mercy not
But kindle here a fire hot
Do not delay conversion now
But answer Him to love somehow

Cut off the things that lead to sin
And let your life in Him begin
A better life is on the way
For those who see the light of day

Friday
Far more than friendship, bound in flesh
The man and woman made to mesh
Becoming one in mind and heart
That none on earth shall ever part

But this a dim reflection still
Of how to love on earth until
We cross into the land beyond
And understand the heavenly bond

Saturday
Let children come without reserve
Such open hearts, God's love deserve
To little ones He grants the keys
The kingdom is for such as these.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

2/12/17 Through 2/18/17

2/12/17 Through 2/18/17

Sunday
The Lord has said, that if I choose
The righteous way, I shall not lose
The life eternal, meant for me
And then great glories I shall see.

Monday
Where is your brother? His question to Cain
Just listen and know, that it's no use to feign
The blood of your brother cries out from the ground
You're sentenced to ever go wander around.

His question to us, in this modern time,
Is, Where are your children, those victims of crime?
The blood of those millions is crying so loud
For justice against the selfish and proud.

Yet even in spite of the millions we've killed
With love, and with mercy, the Lord's heart is filled
Not off to the wilderness wandering sent
But into His mercy, if just, we repent.

Tuesday
The yeast of those to guard against
Is that which leaves desire un-fenced
A yeast of egocentric fare
That puffs you up with none but air

Far better, I would have you know
To be a fresh, unleavened dough
One clean and undefiled, so...
You give His Word a chance to grow.

Wednesday
How long it takes for us to see
The man, and not some walking tree
We need His touch to clear the eyes
And see through every dim disguise.

Thursday
A fruitful life is His command
Subdue the beasts, and all the land
Multiply and fill the earth
Then learn to love for all you're worth

For by your love, the world will see
Reflections of divinity
And come to seek this God above
Whose word inspires great acts of love

But lest love seem a facile chore
Know that He asks for ever more
Beyond that first inviting call
He asks of you, your all in all!

Friday
Deny yourself, take up your cross
Repent, and follow Me
For he who seeks to save His life
Among the dead shall be.

What profit, then to gain the world
And have so many toys
But in the end discover that
What pride confuses, pride destroys

Saturday
The voice they heard, they recognized
No longer hidden or disguised
To do, not knowing what they should
When God's own Son, before them stood

Great men of faith, from long ago
Stood with Him too, that we would know
The dead shall rise and know to be
What only eyes of faith could see.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2/5/17 Through 2/11/17

2/5/17 Through 2/11/17

Sunday
If you shelter one in need 
And if the hungry one you feed
Your light will break forth like the dawn
And God will heed when called upon

Not wisdom or sublimity
Persuasive words or clarity
Will bring the soul to know the One
Messiah and God's only Son

But lighted lamp and salty lives
Illuminate what earth deprives
Don't hide the light another time
But raise it high and let it shine

Monday
They that merely touch His cloak
Are healed and break that sinful yoke
That keeps us tied to earthly things
And have a glimpse, what love now brings

For Christ the same as yesterday
Creates anew for us each day
And though it seems as all is lost
His favor we cannot exhaust.

Tuesday
In the beginning it was not this way
For man saw his wife in the purest of ways
Both naked they looked with a heavenly gaze
And walked with the Lord in the cool of the day

Wednesday
Defiled by that from deep within
The source of all my greed and sin
Repentance now the only way
To cleanse this heart of living clay

How great the gift to cleanse the soul
Forgiving sins and making whole
When priests with absolution give
Repentant souls a chance to live.

Thursday
Naked yet and without shame
The man and wife, so pure became
Reflective of the Trinity
When they were joined in unity

But that great beauty flew away
When sin became their chosen way
No more he looked upon his bride
Except with greed and lust inside

But Christ has come as living bread
And on the cross, crushed Evil's head
That we could see again the sign
Of spousal love, and love divine

Friday
May my ears be opened Lord
To clearly hear Your daily word
And may I speak with clarity
Each day the Word You speak to me

Saturday
Cast out, the Tree of Life denied
The pangs of birth intensified
In toil now the earth will yield
For you must cultivate your field

But now upon the Tree of Life
The Son of God and Sacrifice
Upon the tree our Living Bread
The Bread of Life we now are fed




1/29/17 Through 2/4/17

1/29/17 Through 2/4/17

Sunday
Seek the Lord with all your heart
This wisdom I, to you, impart
For happiness is knowing One
Whose brightness far exceeds the sun

Monday
Lord cast the many demons out 
That keep us far from You
And show us clear the holy route
To do the things You do

Tuesday
Discard the burden, run the race
Stay focused on His love and grace
Endure with faith in One above
To meet each trial with steadfast love

Do not grow weary in the fight 
But draw upon His strength and might
For you have not been tested yet
Unto the point where blood is let

If you but merely touch His hem
You'll have the strength to deal with them
Just let your faith increase in size
And then, behold, the dead shall rise.

Wednesday
Oh Lord grant me Your discipline
For that's where love and trust begin
It's truly for Your yoke I long
Yet I am weak, but Thou art strong.

Thursday
Due sacrifice cannot be made
If we, the Lord, have not obeyed
For those that meet the Lord's desire
Have all passed through refiner's fire

The perfect sacrifice once made
By Christ, to have our sins allayed
Yet we are called to share His pain
And thus to win eternal gain

For who can strengthen men on earth
But He who took such humble birth
And shared our every pain for sure
And yet remained so clean and pure

Friday
How much am I like Herod then
Intrigued by holiness, but when
I'm called upon to do what's right
In weakness, all my strength takes flight

In unexpected ways I find
The call to once again be kind
But Oh so often I decline
And seek to keep what I call mine

Saturday
Come find a calm deserted place
To rest from cares and busy pace
To sit with Him and talk a while
That He may then your soul beguile

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1/22/17 Through 1/28/17

1/22/17 Through 1/28/17

Sunday
Land of darkness, see the Light!
No more be filled with gloom and fright
For dawn has broken on the day
The pole and yoke are cast away

1/22/17 Aunt Jenny
Now and at the hour of death
The moment of her final breath
This prayer she uttered through the day
Would guide her on her final way

No more a body weak and old
Once more a loving George to hold
The Blessed Mother there to greet
And lead her to the Savior's feet

Hail, Mary full of grace
This child comes to find her place
Her life of service finally done
Dear Jenny, good and faithful one!

Monday
Let me hear and thus obey
Your word as spoken through the day
To build a house both strong and pure
So life with Light be then secure

May I bring to those I meet 
A light upon the world's deceit
And spark in them a light to see
The unborn child's sanctity

Tuesday
At first, an ineffective way
But nonetheless the way to pray
To offer sacrifice for sin
And then, somehow, His favor win

But One has come to be so bold
Proclaiming new, discarding old
The prophecies to all fulfill
Behold, He comes to do Your will.

Wednesday
Lord, let Your light around me shine
That words of truth and love be mine
Remove the scales from in my eyes
That I might see and then be wise

Wash me of my sinful ways
And lead me to the brighter days
Of humble love and so much more
With pride and avarice no more

Thursday
What's needed now at harvest time
Are laborers to make the climb
Proclaiming Christ along the way
And bringing forth the light of day

Stir up the coals, restart the flame
The One from which the Spirit came
It's time to place the lamp up high
And light the way for those nearby

Friday
The ones with faith do not draw back
In spite of trials that come
They persevere and never lack
Your blessings, every one.

They plant a seed, then sleep and rise
Not knowing how it grows
Trusting that, in each soul lies
The Truth he can't oppose.

March for Life 2017
Each precious life within the womb
Deserves the light and not a tomb
Oh Virgin Guadalupe shine
The light of Christ, your son divine
Expose the lies the selfish told
And give us newborn babes to hold

The tactic of the Evil One
Is tell more lies when once begun
With secrecy and darkness hung,
His prey, now fatally is stung.
And that which promised freedom full
Brings fear and darkness to the soul

But thus, you see, it needn't be
If lights of Truth are shone to see
For life is recognized in light
And darkness flees into the night
In spite of how the lies expand
When facing Truth, no lie can stand.

Saturday
Who is this One, who calms the sea?
Is this my God, in front of me?
What other one rebukes the wind,
Or gives new life to those who sinned?

By faith in Him, without a doubt
Our hoped for, things He brings about
The ancient ones can all agree
That faith in Him will set you free

Sunday, January 22, 2017

1/15/17 Through 1/21/17

1/15/17 Through 1/21/17

Sunday
From in the womb He knew your name
And formed no other one the same
His servant you were meant to be
He made you loving, good, and free

If you but do His holy will
His love will ever warm the chill
Then hearts will find their way and see
How great His chosen nation be

By grace all called to love you see
To know the holy Trinity
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
To join the ranks of heaven's host

So testify what you have seen
And make Him known to king and queen
I would, but now I can't you see
My mother just aborted me.

Monday
Don't try to fix that worn out cloak
Another patch will just evoke
A greater tear and then you'll see
The cloak you need is really me.

A fresh and supple loving kind
Renewing heart and also mind
Put off the old and don the new
The cloak of love looks good on you.

Tuesday
Hope the anchor for the soul
Our trust His love will make us whole
Reaching in beyond the veils
Affixed to One who never fails

Wednesday
Melchizedek in Salem town
His priesthood ever more renowned
King of righteousness by name
Enjoys his everlasting fame

A priest before the priesthood made
His gift of bread and wine displayed
Our father in the faith he blessed
With honor, Abraham addressed

Now Jesus in that single line
Of priests who came outside of time
Has offered up His bread and wine
That life eternal may me mine

Wednesday PM
I know the Truth will set me free
But still I choose iniquity
I dread to curb my base desires
Yet always prove them wicked liars

What looks so sweet to fleshly eye
Will never truly satisfy
But coax, and charm, and slyly hound
Until, with cords, I'm tightly bound

My courage and my firm resolve
So often fail and just dissolve
I fail to think or stay aware
And then I'm tempted to despair

But then, I must, in shame confess
I offer God this bloody mess
And He confirms His word to me
That only Truth will set you free!

Thursday
Is it lawful? He would ask
To do a good or evil task
Upon the holy Sabbath day
When only rest should be the way?

Why speak with no authority
You pious scribe and pharisee?
You of all should know the way
And guide the flock by what you say

But since you only clean outside
Your inner filth you cannot hide
And rather than behold the King
You plot, to His destruction bring

Friday
He summoned those He wanted
And at His call they came
Then twelve He thus appointed
Apostles they became

To this day, His call goes out
To each and every soul
At times a whisper, or a shout
But call to each enroll

Will you respond and follow
The voice of Love that calls
Or in the mud still wallow
Where pride and sin befalls?

Saturday
Not with the blood of goats He came
All other priests were not the same
Upon the altar His own blood
And grace descending like a flood.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

1/8/17 Through 1/14/17

1/8/17 Through 1/14/17

Sunday
Wise men truly worship still
And seek to find the Father's will
They see the ever present signs
Of Him, who in the darkness shines

Wake up and know the time is near
When all the nations shall revere
The King in humble stable born
That cold and frosty Christmas morn

Monday
His voice directs the mighty sea
By it, the heavens came to be
It thunders from the sky above
Identifying perfect love

It speaks to all who listen clear
To let them know the Son is here
Who came as humble human kin
To rescue people from their sin

Tuesday
Now He speaks to us as sons
His favored and His chosen ones
No more in partial riddled word
But loud and clear His voice is heard

He cares for every creature made
And bids them in His stream to wade
Then see His living water bring
Abundant life to everything

Wednesday
Every ailment and disease
Was healed by Him to more than please
Each one was met with loving eyes
Which penetrated their disguise

He saw into the depths of each
And far more did than cure and teach
He loved each wretched naked soul
And by His love he made them whole

Thursday
Now when today you hear His voice
Don't harden up your heart
But let Him help you make a choice
And then His love impart

Be thirsty ground and soak it in
Be formed throughout the day
Don't let the Word flow over you
And stay the same old way

Friday
The Word is preached to one and all
He finds along the way
But profits not those paralyzed
Who hear, yet won't obey

With sins released, our sickness ceased
We rise and walk away
But not the Jews who still refuse 
To listen and obey

Saturday
"Come follow Me"  His word to all
In many varied ways
How can we hear His gentle call
Amidst our busy days?

Just set a time for Him each day
When no one will disturb
And give Him time to show the way
You'll find that time superb

Sunday, January 8, 2017

1/1/17 Through 1/7/17

1/1/17 Through 1/7/17

Sunday
In haste the shepherds went to find
The infant and His mother kind
And when they found Him as was told
Their praise to God they could not hold

His Mother heard about great things
From angels, shepherds, even kings
And pondered them throughout the years
Until, at last, she met with tears

Her tiny babe through God conceived
The Pharisees had not believed
And there below the cross she knew
The sword they said would pierce her through

Monday
Just who am I within His plan
A question asked by every man
Lord give to me that special grace
And let me know my certain place

For when we act in line with You
You multiply the things we do
And bring a peace unknown to man
Contentment in Your holy plan.

Tuesday
In light no darkness can exist
Why should His presence, I resist?
Exposing darkness' false allure
The Light reveals a beauty pure

So call upon the Light each day
To show your path along the way
And recognize that brightness came
By uttering His holy name

1/3  Our 36th Anniversary
I may not ever get to know
This girl I met a while ago
She puzzles me at times, you see
For that's the way a girl can be

There's mystery in her varied ways
That always marvels and dismays
But yet she draws me closer still
And bends her way, my heart and will

A beauty far beyond compare
A love I ever long to share
A sign of caring and concern
From whom the children all can learn

A score and sixteen more have passed
And my reply for when I'm asked
The lucky day of all my life
Is when this girl became my wife.

Wednesday
Be quiet now and hear the call
The call to love goes out to all
But only those who listen hear
And only those who act draw near

Thursday
The One of whom the prophets spoke
The One to break our sinful yoke
Has come from Nazareth, I'm told
To warm the hearts of those grown cold

Come follow Me is what He said
Great things you'll see where you are led
The  Son of Man in glory bound
With hosts of angels all around

Friday
Spirit, water, and blood confirm
A lesson that we all must learn
Eternal life, so highly priced
Is only gained through Jesus Christ

The water cleanses one from sins
And that, a process, thus begins
His precious blood then purifies
And every grace for love supplies

Then when the Spirit leads and guides
And every need, or word provides
The world cannot deny the claim
There's power in His Holy Name.

Saturday
I want to listen when I pray
I want to hear Your voice each day
How can I know our wills align
And what I ask already mine?

Monday, January 2, 2017

12/25/16 Through 12/31/16

12/25/16 Through 12/31/16

Sunday
Let's go to Bethlehem and see
The Savior come to set us free
The One of whom the angels boast
In choirs of the heavenly host

We found Him just as angels said
All swaddled in a manger bed
With parents kneeling by His side
In thankful, holy Christmastide

Why come the King this lowly way
So humbly born on Christmas day?
To cast away all doubt and fear
That man, to God, could now draw near

Monday
Worry not of what to say
The Spirit speaks for those who pray
Undaunted by the thought of death
They praise the Lord with every breath.

Tuesday
Reclining at the Savior's breast
Was one who loved above the rest
The one who risked his life and limb
The one who walked the way with Him

God's mother trusted to his care
With tenderness beyond compare
Her Son affixed upon the wood
With John, she wept, and watched, and stood.

Wednesday
The Innocents of Herod's time
were slaughtered in a heinous crime
Of one so bloated, proud, and vain
That only wickedness remain

Now in our world so proud and strong
Not even lamentation song
Is offered for the ones so small
Bereft of life before they crawl

Down deep we know a mother's womb
Should be the place where love can bloom
Yet myriads have made that room
A zone of darkness, doom, and gloom.

But may a growing light this year
Remove the darkness, doubt, and fear
That leads these mothers far astray
And set them on the narrow way

Thursday
Love looks beyond the trials faced
To see the blessings freely graced
By every soul we've come to know
For love will cause the heart to grow

Our mother looked in trusting love
Upon the angel from above
And answered yes to be the one
The virgin bearing God's own son

When Simeon announced His role
A tingle rose within her soul
She saw beyond the piercing sword
And trusted in her God's reward

So why, when all the ages show
That giving causes hearts to grow
Do men still choose the dark and find
The more they grab the more they're blind?

Friday
May I lead as Joseph led
And may I feed as Joseph fed
Upon the Word of God each day
And act upon the things You say.

Saturday
Two thousand and a handful more
Since God, as man, the virgin bore
He chose a humble manger bed
To rest His little infant head

He came as light to show the way
To banish darkness far away
But some, in dark, would rather be
And they, the light, refuse to see

They hung the Light upon a tree
So all the world could plainly see
What happens when the dark oppose
But three days hence, the Light arose

How many more will Patience wait
To close His dazzling, lovely gate
And let complacent ones embark
Upon their journey into dark?