Praise Poems: Thumbs don’t seem important, Lord

May God help us to accept, embrace, and appreciate ourselves and one another in the Body of Christ in Jesus’ Name.

Source: Praise Poems: Thumbs don’t seem important, Lord

What God requires

Serving God serves fairness. Loving God means loving other people and treating everyone fairly.

Deuteronomy 10:12: “People of God, what does the LORD God require of you but to revere the LORD your God and hold Him in awe as you walk in His ways and as you love and serve the LORD your God with your whole heart and being.”

Prayer:

Lord, we hear the word
“awesome!” so often,
it doesn’t mean much,
and yet to You alone
it applies.

Of You alone
are we in awe,
but, Lord, some people
think You’re awful!
They say Your way
of justice is unjust
or mean as You permit
an eye for an eye.

What they don’t get
is that justice rests in
fairness, impartiality,
equality – even if
the maximum punishment
to the taker of an eye
is an eye – but one eye only.

It’s like hearing another ruling
on the Golden Rule:
Whatever you do to others
eventually will be done to you.

LORD, please help my whole being
align with Your golden measures.

Help me to be aware
of the goodness in You
and Your children
who hold You in Most Highest
esteem.

Thoughts: Life may not be fair, but God is! Serving the LORD serves fairness, huge portions of love, and maybe a golden glimmer of the awesomeness we reflect as we are made – and remade – in the image of God.

by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

On one condition – or two

IF we listen AND obey, God will love and bless us and our children!

Deuteronomy 7:12-14: “If you listen and keep God’s laws, the LORD your God will keep His covenant as promised. He will love and bless you and your descendants.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
what an amazing inheritance
You have given me
to pass on to my children
and my children’s children
and my church family!

When it comes to money, though,
or possessions
or even lush efforts at gardening,
I often have little produce
to play with and share.

In some ways, I feel
no more blessed
than anyone else,
so sometimes I find myself
complaining –
or wishing I had more.

Forgive me, Lord, for mumbling.

Forgive me for envying others
for Your good gifts to them.

Thank You for Your generosity!

Thank You that Your promises
can be trusted forever.

Help me to be aware of Your blessings
and to become a blessing to others
as Your very own child – Your descendant
in Jesus’ Name.

Thoughts: God’s love is not conditional, but God’s promises are.

 

by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

Hear, O people of God

May we love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6: “Hear, O Israel! Only the LORD God is our LORD. Therefore, you shall love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all the strength of all your being. So, keep these words in mind – always.”

Prayer:

Almighty God, You alone
are holy.
You are The One
to Whom all worship
and honor
and glory are due.

Nothing else can compare to You.

Nothing else can bless us like You
or love us like You
or redeem us like You
or forgive us like You can and do.

Help us to hear You.

Help us to remember You’re
the one and only God
Who reveals Yourself to us
as Holy Father, Holy Son, and Holy Spirit.

In that Trinity of Self, You made us
in Your image – triune
in body, mind, and spirit,

and in Your great “Shema” to Israel,
You still call us to love You
with our whole selves,
made complete
only in You.

 

Thoughts: Can I love God with my whole being – with my body by embracing, with my mind by remembering God’s forever goodness, with my spirit by soaring often into praise?

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

 

Praise Poems: Blood of a cockroach

Blood of a cockroach

on the bottom of my shoe –
sad way to start a day.

Blood of Christ
on my hands –
forgiveness and praise
coursing through my veins.
#aahcoo

Mary Harwell Sayler

Source: Praise Poems: Blood of a cockroach

Jesus is greater than…

In troubling times, the Gospels remind us of the power available to us in Jesus’ Name.

 

The Gospel of Matthew presents many illustrations of the immense power and authority of Jesus, and chapter 12 especially brings together these “greater than” examples from the KJV (King James Version of the Bible.)

Jesus is greater than the Sabbath.
For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day,” Matthew 12:8.

Jesus is greater than the Temple.
But I (Jesus) say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple,” Matthew 12:6.

Jesus is greater than whatever needs to be healed.
Then saith (Jesus) to the man (with a withered hand), ‘Stretch forth thine hand.’ And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole…,” Matthew 12:13.

Jesus has greater power than demons.
Then was brought unto (Jesus) one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and (Jesus) healed him,” Matthew 12:22.

But if I (Jesus) cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you,” Matthew 12:28.

Jesus is greater than the prophets.
Behold one greater than Jonah is here,” Matthew 12:41.

Jesus is wiser than Solomon.
And, behold, a greater than Solomon is here,” Matthew 12:42.

Jesus exhibited this authority in whatever place He entered on earth, but after His resurrection, His greater-than-death power extended around the world, encompassing the whole universe!

On our own, of course, we have little power to heal or effect change, yet that ability (or lack thereof!) itself changes as we pray in the Name of Jesus, remembering…

…Jesus is greater than our pain.

…Jesus is greater than our problems.

…Jesus is greater than our secret fears or needs.

…Jesus is greater than social concerns.

…Jesus is greater than government.

…Jesus is wiser, more powerful, and holier than anything.

…Jesus Christ is greater than _______________________.

 

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May love run our country, so hatred will not ruin!

Saying, “Love your neighbor as yourself” is another way to show the kind of caring we want and the truth in love we need. It’s another way of expressing the Golden Rule, which is how God wants us to live our lives and run our country.

 

angel clouds by Mary Sayler

Leviticus 19:17-18: “You must not harbor hatred against your kin or anyone! Openly rebuke those close to you, so you do not incur sin because of them. Seek no revenge, and bear no grudges against anyone in your community, but love your neighbor as yourself. I AM the LORD.”

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I hate confrontations!

I don’t want to tell my family,
friends, church family, or neighbors
what’s bugging me and why!

But if I don’t say
clearly, kindly, and concisely
what’s on my mind,
a little grievance can grow
into huge grumblings
and something grievous
to them, to me.

Help us, Lord, to be honest
with one another,
knowing that even a chastisement
given in love
can correct a mistake or clear
a misunderstanding.

Help us to be gracious
to one another,
loving as we want to be loved,
treating one another
as we want to be treated,
praying for people
as we, too, want
and need their prayers.

Help us to give
and receive forgiveness
as we yield to the power
of Your ongoing love.

Praise You, Holy Father,
for being true to Yourself
and imagining us in Your image
of truthful love and loving truth.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016