The Long Wait

Bethesda

 

John 5:1-3
New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Heals a Lame Man

5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches…


Bethesda

Jesus walked into Bethesda
By a pool near the town’s Sheep Gate,
There he met a man with an infirmity,
Who had had a long, thirty-eight year wait,

He was one among the multitude
In a sea of suffering and pain,
Who waited for the heavenly angel
To stir up the pool again,

Each time the angel would come down,
Each time the water swirled about,
The next one in the healing water
Would be well when they finally came out,

“Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked him,
And the man sadly replied,
“Each time the waters begin to stir”
“Someone beats me in before I can even try”

“Rise, take up your bed and walk”,
Is all that Jesus said,
And the man stood up immediately,
And walked away carrying his bed,

The elders would roar their displeasure
Since the Sabbath is no time to work,
Who is this man who told you to toil
And the rules of the Sabbath to shirk?

I’m sorry to say, I know not his name
But I’ll find out as soon as I can,
One thing I’ll say that I know is the truth,
He is in no way an ordinary man.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

All about us lay those who are sick and in firmed. May we be ever-mindful of our calling the spread the healing news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

A Steward’s Heart

Somewhere

Genesis 2:15
New Living Translation (NLT)

15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.


Somewhere

Somewhere in the forest
A tree stands tall and proud,
It’s been that way a thousand years
Unbending and unbowed,

Somewhere in the ocean
A creature swims untamed,
Never seen by human eyes
It rules at depths unnamed,

Somewhere in the air above
A condor soars on high,
Up beyond the Earthly bonds
Where meets the space and sky,

Somewhere here upon the Earth
We must one day make a stand,
And protect God’s gracious treasures
That He placed within our hands,

So come along to places grand
Where magic seems to dwell,
And we might yet rescue Eden’s Garden
Where Adam one day fell.

©2018 by William Pierce

 

Father,

Somewhere we will surely meet You face-to-face. Please help us to be ready to answer for every action we have taken, every deed we have done, and every thought that we have had. Thank You, Lord!

 

Life Comes Full Circle

Circle

The Circle of Love

A circle within the circle
My hand within her hand
Bound by life and love
A covenant that will stand

Though the winds blow with fury
Though the world on its axis may stall
The hand of God will hold us
Our union will never fall

Some may come to hamper
Others may plot to spoil
But love binds our life wounds
Our love they cannot foil

A circle within a circle
Her hand within my hand
Bound by all we have shared
And a covenant that will stand

©2017 by William Pierce

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Isn’t It Peculiar?

Peculiar

Exodus 23:25
New International Version (NIV)

25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,


A Peculiar Blessing

Isn’t it a little peculiar
And just a tiny bit odd
We’re always glad to get the sunshine
But blame all the storms on God

We imagine He sits high on His throne
And ponders up punishment that’s due
Yet He sent us His Son, Jesus
Who gave His life for me and you

The air we breathe, the food we eat
It’s all a gift from above
We never get what we truly deserve
Instead we get mercy and love

Oh sure, we don’t all drive Mercedes
Or live in mansions grand
But we’re blessed with life
We’re created by His mighty hand

So try to pause…just once a day
And thank Him that you live
And look passed all life’s troubles and woes
To all the many blessings He gives

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

I know, because I have seen the life of Jesus, and all the blessings that the whole Earth receives each day from Your hand…You love us! It is not Your nature to sit and send storms and disasters to punish us. You have given us life and we must live it. If we choose to live it with You, then we can live without fear or anger. May everyone who faces trouble today, face it with You. There is no greater blessing.

Thank You!

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The Straight and Narrow

Overcome

Revelation 12:11

11 They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.


How to Overcome

Long before they ever died
They did not sit in the dark and cower
But made their battle over small things
Thus robbing the big ones of their power

Then when hard choices laid before them
The decision was already done
Their minds were made up long ago
And the battle already won

So train your mind and spirit
Train them every day
Then they will not turn to the right or left
But stay on God’s righteous way

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to stay upon the path to life. Let us not wander off and become lost among the glitter and allure of the world. May we become one with You so that we will not be overcome by evil but conquer it with Your truth and love.

Thank You, Lord. Amen!

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Anticipate

1 Corinthians 16:14
New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything in love.


Anticipate Something More

Some men sit and ponder
Always wanting something more
Can’t work their iphone six
But 7 is in the store

So they sit all day and dream
Of new things they can buy
Maybe digital televisions
6 feet wide by 4 feet high

They look at their shiny cars
Getting older every day
When a Porsche comes screaming by them
Got to be theirs some way

Then maybe a big boat
A Rolex or Jet Ski
They work so very hard
How wrong can it be

The wife has a fur coat
The kids all have their own cars
Why not buy a golf cart
Or a trip to the stars

But no matter what they buy
It will never satisfy or fulfill
They’ll be left only to anticipate
What’s worthwhile and what’s real

Life, you see is much, much more
Than what we can possess
If it’s void of  the Creator’s love
It’s just plain…worthless

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to see and do all things in love. To take action through the heart and to filter our deeds through its pure and crystal clear vision.

Thank You for loving us.

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Psychiatrists – $100/hour, A Renewed Mind – Priceless

Priceless

Romans 12:2
New Living Translation (NLT)

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


The Worry Wart

Had a tiny spot today
That popped up on my toe
I tried my best find a way
That I could make it go

I sprayed it with some alcohol
Then scrubbed it with a rag
And painted on some olive oil
And covered it with a bag

I tried again with medicine
And soaked it in a pot
The water made it softer
But go away, it would not

Then I started worrying
Which made me feel quite ill
Then there was no sleeping
So I took a little pill

This went on for days and days
And my heart began to race
The doctor said I must find a way
To slow down my rapid pace

So I decided I would watch the news
And try to rest my mind
But soon I found I had the blues
When hate was all that I could find

I could not seem to stop my thoughts
This worry would not leave my side
So I went downtown and a gun I bought
And pondered suicide

I sat at home and pulled off my shoes
My feet propped upon the chair
And was about to end all my blues
When I noticed, it was not there

The spot was gone! How could that be?
That’s what started this whole thing!
I let my worry get the best of me
And this is what it always brings.

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Be with us all. Touch the hearts and minds of everyone who is struggling with issues in this life. Help us the find Your good and perfect will for our lives and set ourselves free from the darkness in this world. Worry is a taskmaster with a long whip, a short temper, and a very long memory. May we all find a better Master. Thank You for being there for us.

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If I Forget

Memorize

Isaiah 65:17
New International Version (NIV)

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 “See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.


Memorize Me

A lot of folks would seem today
To have a memory loss
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Make many squirm and toss

But I would pose another cause
That makes us all forget
There’s just too “dang” many things
To our memory we must commit

I mean, there’s a number that’s associated
With every blooming thing
And you better have them memorized
Or your life will be suffering

A driver’s license number
In my wallet where it hides
The sheriff might require it
Or to cash a check besides

If you’re 65 or older
Your Social Security number you cannot disregard
Your doctors nor insurance
Will treat you without that little card

Every doctor must bear witness
That the number is what I say
And if I give the least protest
They kick me out with a “Have a nice day!”

“Nice day? Oh sure, it’s just “peachy-keen!”
As in their lot my flat tire I try to repair
AAA says they’d come do the job
But my member number I was unable to share

And do not even dare to mention
Even with a fleeting breath
All the hundreds of computer passwords
That worry me to death

One logs me in, one logs me out
Another for every application I try to use
I know I typed the right one in
Why must it always refuse?

Please forgive me of my mental rant
I’ve very little in the way of an excuse
I’ve tried and tried to memorize
But it just seems to be no use

So I’ll just claim that I’m past my prime
And my memory needs exercise
Then have some oatmeal with my prunes
And see if perhaps my name, I can memorize?

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help me to remember Your word and Your ways for they are the path to paradise. Let me forget those things that bring me to anger and replace them with forgiveness. In forgiveness is virtue and the virtuous will see Your face. Thank You, Lord.


Oh! And just for fun…who remembers this old tune?

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I Like You

Enamored

Genesis 2:24
English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.


Enamored

When I was young, and sent each day to matriculate
We could not talk or text, but had to wait
So to proclaim our undying love
On tiny scraps of paper we would shove
Notes sincere to our enamored one
Passed hand to hand, as our friends made fun
Until at last she opened up my love note
Upon which I had boldly wrote
“I like you. Do you like me?”
And sit there hopeful, yet anxiously
Until at last her answer was returned
And I’d find out if I’d been curtly spurned
But No! Who would’ve thought that I would see
“Yes, I like you, but do you like, like me?”
Well, that was all it took from that day on
And when the bell would ring I’d be gone
Down the hall to meet her by the door
And carry her books to be quite sure
That no one else would hold her hand
And that’s how our romance began
Back before the cell phone days
When love was spoken in so many ways
It’s lasted through the years of love she gave
It will last far out beyond this grave
One last note on this stone will be
“I like you, Do you like me?

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for true love in this life. Without You, we would never even know what it is, much less find it.

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Who Holds You in the Rhyme of Their Hand

 

Rhyme

Romans 12:2
New King James Version (NKJV)

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


Rhyme Me Not

Would it be a crime
Not to rhyme
To break the meter and the time
And write unfettered and sublime
Not to mimic or to mime
To find some other pastime
You know, not full-time
But at least halftime
Not interfering with mealtime
I mean come on, we could all climb
Up on some hill in Anaheim
And have a big time
Just have a margarita with a lime
It wouldn’t cost one thin dime
We’d probably hear some wind chimes
We’ll rise above the murky slime
Wipe our feet of the gritty grime
We’ll have a big-time!
If we could all, just not rhyme
Oh well, I suppose not.

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

May we hear with our hearts the meter and rhyme of Your will. Let it take us up above the darkness and carry us to worlds unknown. We forsake the patterns of evil and cry out to You in letters of love. We thank You and praise You for transforming us into poems of promise.

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