Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A FERVENT PRAYER

This was written not for a particular person or circumstance but as a prayer for anyone who's dealing with bad news and may be experiencing nights of tossing and turning with worry. So often we think we can handle it ourselves but, of course, the answer to those worries is simple, as it always is, give them to God.


HEAR MY PLEA
By Pat Severin

Oh, Lord above, please hear my plea,
    there’s something that's been troubling me.
I cannot put it into words,
    I’m overwhelmed with these concerns…
And sad and worried with the news,
    it’s not the outcome I would choose.
This happens to the ones who cry
    before they’ve taken time to try.
I’ve tried so hard to deal with this,
  I’m feeling weightless, all adrift.
I know I should have come to you
    when I first heard the awful news,
But I, like many, wasted time
    forgetting that you know that I’m…
So confident that I will find…
    the formula for peace of mind…
When all along I should have prayed.
    admittedly I’ve just delayed
What should, for me, be second nature,
    but this time Lord, it’s something major.
Dear God, I know it’s not too late
    For you to help me navigate
What’s so unknown to me today.
    I’ve finally come to you and pray
For strength and understanding, too, 
    I know that I can count on You. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN WORRIES OVERSHADOW YOU?

“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory." Deuteronomy 20:4
 
 
WORRIES
By Pat Severin
 
This life we live is riddled with what we consider worries
That sometimes come infrequently but often come in flurries
Of things we never would expect, the worst kind of surprises.
We’re unprepared, why aren’t we spared, are these what God devises...
 
To keep us on our toes and see just how will we respond?
Will we first try to handle it, while we should seek His bond…
And bring our worries and our cares and lay them at His feet.
Why is it after all this time we give God a backseat?
 
We should have learned that Jesus earned the grace that makes a path
Straight to the Father’s open-door no longer to find wrath.
Instead, we find His loving arms and better yet relief
From all our worries and our fears, He only asks belief…
 
That He is there, our Lord and God with all His power and might
To fight against our enemies of sorrow, worry, fright.
And since He is, we know that He will win the victory…
Against the unexpected things that plague us so we see…
 
That He is who we go to first, not let those worries fester,
But rather count on Him who says He’s always our protector.
He cannot wave a magic wand, make problems disappear,
But He can hold us close to Him, give comfort when He’s near.
 
Believe the words He tells us all, cast all your cares on Him.
And all your worries will be fought, His power will not dim.
He loves and wants the best for you, there’s nothing He can’t do,
So bring your worries & your fears and He will see you through! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

GOODBYE AUTUMN

 As hard as it is for me the admit, we'll soon be in the throes of winter.  I really hate to see this season come to a close as the reality that is winter is upon us. Saturday night we turn the clock back and time is what it is when it's accurate, darn!  And so it goes, cold and wind and snow.  

MY DEAR FALL FRIEND

By Pat Severin

Sweet Autumn’s left me so bereft.
It's coming to an end.
I can’t but mourn and feel forlorn.         
I’ve lost my dear fall friend.

This is the season I love best;
It’s over way too soon.
As colors fade, wish I had made
A personal cocoon...

To keep me warm and cozy here
So I might now withstand...
Cold winds that howl at which I growl
With freezing feet and hands.

If that were not enough for me,
We soon will lose an hour.
No daylight saved, for light now fades
And I am left to cower...

Beneath my blanket, wrapped up tight.
Must I come up for air?
I’d rather not, for here’s my spo,t
All winter I’ll be there. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

THERE'S REALLY JUST ONE THING!

WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?
By Pat Severin
 
“I am your humble servant, Lord, and this I need to know,
What is the most important thing so that my faith will grow?”
So Jesus answered simply, “Love God with all your heart,
With everything you have, Dear One, completely, not just part.”
 
“And is there something else, Lord, that you want me to do?”
Christ said, “To love your neighbor as much as you love you.
For love is what’s important, it’s above all other things,
For God is love and loving us is how the Savior brings…
 
Salvation and eternal life, though it was not deserved.
While we were yet so sinful, Christ’s death made heaven assured…
So that the ones who do believe, those baptized in His name,
May love the way that He loved us, our fellow man the same.
 
“To love as well as show love, is that the answer, Lord?
But there are many kinds of love, how should my love be poured?
You said to love as God loved us, but tell me more of that.
Describe the ways we are to love and try to be exact.
 
“The Bible gives examples of how love can be shown
And then with this assistance will love be truly known.
Love shows when we are patient, when kindness rules the day,
When we are never boastful, aren’t rude to get our way.
 
But only God can truly show a love that’s unconditional.
You can attempt this kind of love but often it’s provisional.
Still give your heart and honestly to love the best you can
For all will see your Father when you love your fellow man.”

Saturday, October 30, 2021

THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM


"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 


A LIFE LESSON
By Pat Severin
 
Most everyone has heard this verse that’s in Psalm 23
That talks about that fearful place where no one wants to be.
An evil place, a valley where death’s darkened shadows lurk;
The picture seems to me to be the devil’s handiwork.
 
But what’s the message here for us, what is it we should know?
And why this vivid imagery, what is it meant to show?
We know we’re fraught with evil things as we walk through this life
 Of sadness, disappointments, all our problems, perils, strife.
 
This place, this valley’s like the world where dreadful things abound,
A shadowed place where we can’t see the threats that can be found.
But in this frightening place, we see the One who saves us from it,

Who takes our hand and guides our way from valley to the summit.
He is the source of comfort and support for every journey.
He lights our way so we can see, although we are unworthy…
Of love and care, yet He is there, to help us make it through.
So undeserved this love of His, but He says this is true…
 
That though the perils of this life can sometimes cloud our judgment,
Our God is there, He loves and cares with power that’s abundant.
We need not fear the devil’s plan, he wants to overtake us,
Because our God is always there and never will forsake us. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE PLAGUED WITH WORRIES?

  
 
YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK
By Pat Severin
 
It’s true that life so often brings concerns and sometimes worry
And fraught with all its challenges, we find we’re in a hurry…
To end the stress, forget the mess, but wonder what to do.
But God has said, “Please come to me and I will see you through.”
 
There is no need to feel afraid of what might be the outcome,
Those fearful thoughts, they have no place, for that’s where doubting comes from.
He tells you He will strengthen you and help to ease your way.
He won’t erase your troubles but He’ll bolster you each day…
 
To meet whatever plagues your thoughts, He hears your every plea.
He says, “I’m here, my strength is yours, for every single need.”
The God who made the world will bring His power and His might.
He will not leave you on your own, no, He will help you fight…
 
Your apprehensions for He knows your human limitations…
Because He made you, loves you so, and has no reservations…
About what is the best for you, supports you so you’ll stand…
And face whatever worries you, upholds you with His hand.
 
“Fear not,” He says, “for where you are, that’s where I’ll always be!
No matter what, I’ll strengthen you, believe it, for you’ll see…
That you can always count on me, to help you, come what may,
You only need to ask, my child, you only need to pray.”

Saturday, October 23, 2021

WHAT IS GRATITUDE IN ALL THINGS?

The Teen Curriculum we a using this year is one that shows what God wants of us in living a Christian Life.  Our first unit is on Gratitude a concept that shouldn't be too difficult to understand except when the Bible says we should be grateful in ALL circumstances. Now that's a challenge! But this is the newest poem that hopefully makes such a concept a bit more clear.

GRATITUDE IN ALL THINGS
By Pat Severin

It’s easy to show gratitude when good things come your way,
But it is far more challenging when having a bad day.
And yet the Bible tells us that in every circumstance,
God wants us to give gratitude more than a passing glance.

You’ve got to understand that God does not make bad things happen.
When things go wrong, it’s not His fault, we better reexamine...
That problem, that catastrophe, or troubles there may be
The blame should not be put upon the One who calmed the sea...

When really where it came from, is not the thing that counts.
But coming with an open heart now, dear one, that amounts...
To gratitude because you know your God is always there.
He’s ready, willing, able and He hears our every prayer.

So when your heart is heavy with the problems on your mind,
Be grateful for the God who says, “I’ll listen and you’ll find...
That I am here to counsel you, those worries bring to me,
And I will help you through it all, just talk to me, you’ll see.”

When things go wrong and you are lost, you’re not there on your own.
Your Father, God, is telling you, "Come to my heavenly throne...
Bring your concerns and all your cares, and lay them here before me
For when you come, all you must say is simply, “Lord, restore me.”