Love’s Balance

Lord? I only want these simple things: I want Peace. Not war. Love not hate. A long life to be lived in a happy state; Let me know the contentment joy brings!   But Lord? What I get are complications, Needless drama, manufactured misery! Stress! And I pay with anxiety, as usury; Subtracts from joy, … More Love’s Balance

The Joy in Forgiveness

Time wears away at the facts within a memory; But time, can’t prevent the wound from scaring; Or prevent mindless hand from caressing reverie, The cold, rough lump, which stiffens love’s caring; A madness of sorts; this living in the past’s territory! Lost in yesterday; and past hurts in present bearing; Brokenness unburied, lye outside … More The Joy in Forgiveness

Joy Waits on God

I am war-weary, in need of a furlough, and awaiting an honorable discharge. I am battle-hardened but this war is long; it has been raging for centuries, filling the earth with blood. My enemy is a deceptive predator who sometimes, weakens me by sneaking into my thoughts. You see, I once fought on his side, … More Joy Waits on God

No Joy Found in “The Valley of Decision”

Ice-cold rain drops; pounding measure; Pelt leaves of gold; bring them down! Swirling streams of tattered treasure; Emeralds in gold, muddied and brown; Dark season’s beginning now is sure! Men of violent force seeking renown; Dedicated to death; a religion impure; Persecution pound! Bring world down! Cord-drawn destruction; finality sure; Truth in Love muddied and … More No Joy Found in “The Valley of Decision”

Joy vs. Fear and Wins!

Kathleen lived in a state of constant fear; and her fear wasn’t unreasonable. Raised in a home characterized by abuse and neglect, Kathleen grew up to recognize abuse as normal and even, an expression of love. This left the door open for child-rapists and sexual exploiters to further abuse her. Even though Kathleen accepted it … More Joy vs. Fear and Wins!