Category Archives: Poems

Longings of a Dying Man

And here they are
If he could plan
The longings of
A dying man

Just one more day
Of the sunrise
To gaze upon
Clear blue skies

Heart to forgive
Ask for mercy
To share the Word
Of love to be

To gather round
Beloved be
Together friends
And family

To share our joy
Make memories
Enjoy a meal
Pray faithfully

Were dying men
Each every day
Perhaps we’ll long
To live this way

What God Says Is

All throughout the Bible
Thoughts hard to conceive
When Jesus spoke the Word
Souls came to believe

From raising Lazarus
Sight to the man, blind
Feeding of 5000
From water into wine

Come now celebrate
His gift of great beauty
Transforming bread and wine
To His blood and body

You still ask the question
Of our faith proclaim
As St. Peter answered
Let us do the same

Will you leave me too?
With this hard truth I’m casting
Lord where else can we go
Your words everlasting

Love Your Love

Words you always shared
I came to know as true
A treasure of my life
Ones of, I love you

Words I also spoke
But more sparingly
Mom I hope you know
This formed the core of me

Though you’ve passed beyond
I am so aware
Of the many ways
I love you, still I hear

A prayer of my heart
To share with you, above
Mom, I never told you
That I love your love

The Greatest Sense

In your Presence
Of dwelling prayer
The greatest sense
Of being here

The Spirit flows
My soul, revive
The greatest sense
Of being, alive

And in your light
The truth is shown
The greatest sense
Of love is known

With grace to share
The greatest sense
Of calling be

Walking on the Water

We’ve so much going on
And uncertainties, here
In our new directions
Apprehensions and old fears

And always there is
Sadness and joy
Love and gratitude
Resentment and fear

Here, beneath our feet
There so much going on
We wonder if these waves
We still can walk upon

But Jesus is with us
Right now and right here
With eyes fixed upon Him
We can walk without fear

He extends His hands
In His gaze, we see
Do not be afraid
My friend, come to me

In the midst of our storms
He’s our safe dwelling place
In our restlessness
He’s our home of grace

Will You Leave Me Too?

God’s word is creative
Becoming what He says
We find throughout the Bible
What God says, is

Unless you eat my flesh
And drink my blood too
You do not have
Everlasting life in you

This message to deliver
One that’s hard but true
Jesus asked his friends
Will you leave me too?

Simon Peter answered
To whom shall we go?
You have the words
Of eternal life, we know

A question that echoes
Still unto this day
Will we stand with Peter?
Or will we turn away

Two Kinds of Weapons

In the great battle
For all of mankind
Two kinds of weapons
Offered, we find

Of good and evil
Here for our choosing
One for the winning
One for the losing

By domination
Instilling of fear
With weapons of power
My pride to build here

The weapons of heaven
Forgiveness, mercy
Of love and of grace
Peace and humility

So let’s pray about it
In our choices daily
Are they for heaven
Or are they for me?


We see the world turn
Towards this tendency
The sin of the thought
That it’s all about me

When we subscribe
To this philosophy
It’s a game we all lose
When we live selfishly

With worries and fear
In stress everyday
The stuff we work for
Will all fade away

What did God send us?
When His Son came to be
Of serving our God
In community

So, let’s turn our heart
This day to begin
To the ways of our Lord
Then we all win!

Come receive the treasure
We all can enjoy
The abundance of gifts
Of His peace, love and joy

Chapel Dark

A chapel dark this morning
One simple light to glow
Soul is welcomed into
Comfort here to know

Familiar is the presence
Of solitude, consume
Acceptance found within
Spirit of the womb

A single lens of focus
One of cross to bear
Eternal Word of light
In arms of love to share

Here, in peace of dwelling
A soft, healing embrace
Tender of bestowing
In-pouring of grace

Resting in unspoken
Words of which are known
In this illumination
The love of God is shown

Lost in

Focus upon me
Control here this day
Lost in stress and fear
Can’t find the way

Turn to the horizon
Of light birthed to shine
Lost in peace and beauty
A taste of the divine

Surrender of the will
With offer of a prayer
Lost in emptiness
I need a Savior here

Found in Your Presence
Embrace of our God
Lost in love and wonder
Eternally awed