To begin.....a poem that I wrote 33 years ago—God teaching me to say "thank you" for His work in my life. A process that has continued continually—fits and starts—but always because of His grace.
Thank you Lord for teaching me to say "Thank you,"
Thank you for being patient with me while I learned.
Thank you for the friends that were there
and they weren't just a few,
Who stood by me and loved and cared while I yearned
for the things I thought I had lost.
Thank you Lord for teaching me that I had not lost
but had gained so many things that only you can give.
Thank you for peace.....
The amazing peace in my heart when my world has gone mad.
It comes from knowing you care and this journey will end
In the glory of your love and light.
Thank you for letting me meet others who have greatly suffered too.
They have taught me much about becoming more like you.
Thank you for trials, both big and small
And the knowledge that in my life patience they are "working."
Thank you for your love.
A love that has held me close when no one could fill that loneliness so deep.
Thank you for loving me when I doubted your very existence—
You never ending presence that You would always keep.
Thank you for opening my eyes to the wideness of your mercy
when it all seemed so very unfair.
Thank you Lord for the songs you have written through those
who have suffered so deeply in years gone by.
Thank you Lord for teaching me to listen to the words
and not to question why.
Thank you for the truths in your precious word
Those that help me see more clearly
That this life I have dear Lord
is yours and yours alone
To do with as you will
and all I have to do is yield myself completely
And my needs you will fulfill.
Thank you Lord for teaching me to say "Thank you."
The act of writing, of sharing the circumstances, the gifts and the graces planned and carried out by my Savior and God brings joy, peace, and contentment to know that He has my life in His hands. My prayer for those who read, who share in what I continue to learn each day, many times through my weakness, is that you will be encouraged to look for God's presence and grace in your life also.