Encouragement, Poems/Songs

Life Happens

 

It is the middle of the night and here I am writing to whomever may read this.

  • Many loved ones (friends and family) are on my mind right now.
  • Life has happened to me and to them.
  • Life has effected even you.
  • We all are on this road that has twists and turns, beautiful scenery but also stormy, difficult and sometimes devastating roads that must be crossed on this journey called Life.

We make a plan, start our journey, see our goals being met and are peacefully enjoying the trip.

  • Suddenly out of nowhere we stumble across obstacles on our pathway.
  • So much of the time, this is the way Life goes.
  • There’s a line from a song that comes to mind...”I didn’t promise you a rose garden.”
  • With roses there always come thorns.

When this happens, what do we do?

  • Some of us too many times make poor choices.
  • I feel safe in saying that all of us at one time or another have wanted to choose what really is a selfish way out.
  • We take the easy road and quit.
  • We give up or make a wrong turn.
  • We live in denial.
  • We grieve and have a life long pity party.
  • We seek escape by working too much or indulging in too many pleasures.
  • We may hide ourselves in front of our electronic devices.
  • We blame ourselves and withdraw from life.

When this happens, what SHOULD we do?

  • The poet Robert Frost put it this way: “The best way out is always through.”
  • We pick ourselves up and STAY ON THE ROAD.
  • Choose a good support system: faith, prayer, family, friends.
  • Talk to yourself in a positive manner.
  • Fill your mind with the things that encourage you.
  • See the beauties of nature and listen to the message she teaches us all.
  • Put the words angry and bitter out of your life.
  • Leave dreary, negative entertainment alone.
  • Always believe in yourself and others.
  • Be of help to someone else.
  • Let your life and love shine.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Keep on, keeping on.

The good news is: no matter how disturbing and restless the night…

  • The morning always breaks through to dispel the darkness.
  • This truth was brought home to me in a very significant and powerful manner.
  • It was a long, painful and tortuous night.
  • At times I felt my heart would burst and I would not survive the approach of a new day. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 kjv).
  • You will make it through.

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky

And the sweet, silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind.

Walk on through the rain.

Though your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

You’ll never walk alone.

(You’ll Never Walk Alone: Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945 from the musical Carousel)

This Song has been an important part of my thought life for many, many years.

  • I heard it for the first time when I became a member of the seventh grade choir in Junior High School.
  • The music and lyrics have stayed with me since that time.
  • The words are beautiful, true and challenging.
  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has in many ways been my “go to” song when Life Happens.
  • I know I don’t walk alone.
  • That thought has been my constant companion through the rough times; the darkest of nights.
  • It can be yours. 

“The strongest people are not 

those who show strength

in front of us, but those 

who win battles we know nothing about.”

–Anonymous

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Poems/Songs, Seasonal

A Soldier’s King**

  

December 13, 2014

 

This is a very special Christmas Song. The only artist I’ve heard sing this is Kenny Rogers. At various times, I have used these words as a recitation in Christmas Programs. The words of this song flow together and paint a lovely picture. ENJOY !!

 

No one seem to notice

The man beside the road

He was just a ragged soldier

Our there in the cold

But he seemed to have a purpose

Only known to him

As he walked along the streets that night

Through the town of Bethlehem

In his head he held the memory

Of all the wars he’d known

In his hand he clutched a medal

For the bravery he’s shown

And the weight of every battle

He carried in his heart

But his eyes were clear and searching

For a manger in the dark

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 He had marched for politicians

Served under their command

And he fought for all their causes

That he did not understand

But there was something

deep inside him now

That led him on his way

With a single star to guide him

To where the Baby lay

He stood before the Son of God

Come to pay our debt

Who smiled up at the soldier

That the world would soon forget

So he held out his medal

And said, “This is for You I bring”

To the newborn Baby King

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 

**Composed by: Kenny Horton & John Jarvis

Copyright 1996: Prinetta Music Publishing

Performed by: Kenny Rogers on his album The Gift

 

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness

rather than in its value.

(Charles Dudley Warner)

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