It is nearly midnight as I begin writing this and I am still changing some of the words to the poem. I "finished" it earlier this week and words — even, whole lines — have been changed nearly every time that it has been subsequently re-read.
I always have such high hopes each new year. Last year, I discovered Daily Audio Bible and I thought, This is great! I'll get on the treadmill every morning and listen to the Bible being read to me. Then came the mornings when I overslept, or needed to go in to work early, or the recordings weren't ready on the app, or whatever else came along. And I got behinder and behinder and finally quit — before Easter. NOTE: Being a night-owl is NOT conducive to being an early-bird!
Yes, I realize that behinder may not be a word — yet. Lewis Carroll made up words all the time! I've caught myself saying (aloud!) noon-thirty instead of 12:30.
So, this is a short blog. No sermonette. No soapbox. Just a poem that I was blessed to write — the third one in December! I haven't been this productive in a long time. But, I'll be happy to ride this wave of creativity into next year and see what the Lord has in store for me.
Turn the Page
Our calendars have reached the end,
and, soon, we'll turn the page;
a new year will begin again —
time doesn't stop or age.
We may have tried to read each day
God's Word without a miss;
but found that we were — back in May —
still in Leviticus!
We may regret those pounds not lost,
or books we never read;
or grieve that bridge we may have crossed
with words we may have said.
And we may feel we can't go on
without a loved one there;
whose shoulder, smile or laugh are gone —
yet present everywhere.
But next year, by the grace of God,
we all can make amends
by tearing down our proud facade
erected for our friends;
forgive the slights of others just
as Christ forgives our own;
lay down our all and wholly trust
on Jesus' name — alone.
You need not wait for New Year's Eve
to turn the page anew;
if you don't ask, you won't receive
the things God has for you.
So, may the joy of Christ be in
your life as next year starts;
and may his love and peace begin
to mend your broken hearts.