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.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT HAVING A KNEE REPLACEMENT?

The short answer is, NOTHING! But as we older folks know, it can be part of the aging process for some of us. A friend from college recently shared that her husband was going to have one and so I decided to commemorate that wonderful event with a laugh and a card with a poem.

SO...A KNEE REPLACEMENT?
By Pat

Don't you just love it, the “getting old” game?
If someone had warned you, you’d think them insane!
They’d say, “Listen, Buster, your body will fail,
Encumbered, restricted, it's like you’re in jail!”

First, aching joints, then your back then your KNEE,
You want to keep moving? A “new” knee’s the key!
And as the years go, so do inside parts
Like gall bladders and spleens and even some hearts.

But, listen, don't worry, we all know the score,
You have lots of friends who have passed through that door.
Age, well, it happens, we're all in that club.
Though we’ve lots of members, there’s never a sub...

Who's willing to step in and then take your place.
They’re in the same boat wishing they could erase ...
A similar problem that’s worse than your own.
They’re having some “tests” and they want to go home.

The picture I paint may sound like a downer,
But you know me, don't you, I'm sort of a clown-er!
If you’ve gone this long with no knee replacement,
You’ve beaten the odds, I say in amazement!

I’ve had both mine done, (hope I don't outlive them)
And if they wear out, l'll never forgive them!
I hope that this poem has brought you a laugh.
I suppose that will be ol’ Pat’s epitaph!



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

LEMONS AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT THEME?

  
LEMONS
By Pat Severin
 
When life hands you a lemon, they say, make lemonade.
How simple that expression is, so you don’t feel afraid.
Instead, you take just what you get and find the good within it.
And if you do, you have the chance of taking every minute…
 
And facing it successfully, your attitude’s the best,
You’re on your way, you’ve earned each day an “A” on every test.
That sounds as if each battle’s won and you don’t have a worry,
And more than that, you just can’t wait, in fact, you’re in a hurry…
 
To face your world of challenges with pure determination!
You’ve got it licked, each goal is kicked, you’ll pass each situation…
With flying colors, you’re the MAN, look out world here you come.
No matter what is thrown your way, it’s always a homerun!
 
Well, wouldn’t that be wonderful if it were always true,
That you could handle everything that life can throw at you?
But we know, in reality, life’s struggles are just that
And there is only one way we can handle life’s attacks.
 
We bring them to our Father and lay them at His feet,
For we should know that we can go to Him with each entreat.
He doesn’t wave a magic wand and instantly erase them,
But He can give us strength to meet and even to embrace them.
 
So come to Him with every care, your struggles large and small,
And He’ll address our every mess and He’ll assuage them all.
Solutions aren’t as simple as from lemons, lemonade,
But resolutions can be found when we have truly prayed.

AUTUMN INSPIRATION, AGAIN

 UNFETTERED AUTUMN 2021
By Pat Severin
 
This summer’s warm temps kept Autumn at bay
And then when it came, it seemed like a day.
No gradual cool or leaves rustic tones.
There just wasn’t time for the creaks and the moans…
That seasons require when one of them quits.
No, there wasn’t time, yes, that, that was it.
I wasn’t provided my usual ease…
To adjust to the change, no slow cooling breeze
That signaled to me truly Autumn was here,
So how could I handle it, this time of year?
When Summer was gone, the cool had arrived
There was no impression that Autumn had strived…
To really prepare me, for Winter’s cold snap,
So I could determine, it’s time that I wrap…
Myself in a blanket with tea in one hand
And whisper, “It’s time that the world understand…
That I am retired, no reason to be…
Concerned for tomorrow, for now I can see…
That I must relax, I need not address…
A problem, decision, a small kitchen mess.
There’s nothing that I need to handle today,
I’m warm and I’m free, in an unfettered way.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WHEN TROUBLE FINDS YOU

A friend recently was the victim of unattentive driving when someone on their phone rear-ended her and pushed her car into the car in front of her.  The night I learned of this, the evening's devotion was based on this passage in Romans 5:3-5.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us--they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, a character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us, for we know how dearly God loves us.

And that prompted this:

TRIALS
By Pat Severin

The Bible says that even in our trials we rejoice,
And if we listen carefully, we’d clearly hear God’s voice.
For when we're faced with trials they help to endure
And that develops character, one confident and sure.

And with that kind of confidence we see salvation’s hope
So with it we can always find God's strength to help us cope.
And furthermore, there will not be a disappointing end
For we know that He loves us, for He made His Son our friend.

A friend who took upon himself our sorrow and our wrong
And paid the price we should have born, so now we can belong...
To God the Father's family, with Jesus as our brother.
The love of God is so complete, it’s not like any other.

When trials come it’s hard for us to think of them as good,
Even though the Bible says: with every one we should.
But in the end, they lead us to the ONE who is above us
Who we can say, with confidence, will always, ever love us.  

Thursday, October 7, 2021

ANOTHER AUTUMN INSPIRATION

 THE MASTER’S BREATH

By Pat Severin

These Autumn days I can’t but praise this wondrous time of year
I see the beauty of His hand for everywhere He’s here...
In colors yellow, orange and red and Autumn’s fragrant sweet.
The Apples at this time of year, a luscious Autumn treat!

We mourn the loss of Summer days, the buds emerging there.
Of course, we loved those days we spent without a coat or care,
But Autumn shows the cycle of the life that Spring began
As Summer’s blossoms go to sleep, Spring’s buds will come again.

But it’s short-lived, this glorious time, soon chilled right to the core.
So bundle we, as snow we see, and yearn for Spring once more,
Anticipating it again and wishing for a change...
Of warmer rays and summer days when we can rearrange...

The flower pots, the trailing vines, the Welcome flag’s unfurled,
And kids again can play outside, there’s sunshine in the world,
As Moms and Dads grill out again, and say, “This time’s the best!
Our lives have been again renewed, that Winter was a test...

A test of our endurance of the cold, the snow and ice,
But we were able to survive and Winter was the price!”
Yes, this is just the way it is, accept what season’s bring
Until the Master warms His breath and aids the buds of Spring.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

INSPIRED BY AUTUMN

THE MASTER’S BREATH
By Pat Severin

These Autumn days I can’t but praise this wondrous time of year!
I see the beauty of His hand for everywhere He’s here...
In colors yellow, orange and red and Autumn’s fragrant sweet.
The Apples at this time of year, a luscious Autumn treat!

We mourn the loss of Summer days, the buds emerging there.
Of course, we loved those days we spent without a coat or care,
But Autumn shows the cycle of the life that Spring began
As Summer’s blossoms go to sleep, Spring’s buds will come again.

But it’s short-lived, this glorious time, soon chilled right to the core.
So bundle we, as snow we see, and yearn for Spring once more,
Anticipating it again and wishing for a change...
Of warmer rays and summer days when we can rearrange...

The flower pots, the trailing vines, the Welcome flag’s unfurled,
And kids again can play outside, there’s sunshine in the world,
As Moms and Dads grill out again, and say, “This time’s the best!
Our lives have been again renewed, that Winter was a test...

A test of our endurance of the cold, the snow and ice,
But we were able to survive and Winter was the price!”
Yes, this is just the way it is, accept what season’s bring
Until the Master warms His breath and aids the buds of Spring.

 

Monday, October 4, 2021

AUTUMN THOUGHTS

Most of you know that my favorite time of year is Autumn.  I was born in October but that really had nothing to do with my love the Fall.  It's just so beautiful, this wondrous time of year, the colors, the cooler temps, the seasonal change.  So it was all of those things that inspired me to write a brand-new poem this morning and here is the result.

DON'T COME UP EMPTY

By Pat Severin

The seasons change and so we see the beauty of His hand,
The changing trees, the falling leaves, ’tis Autumn in the land.
Oh, who could doubt the Master's touch observing all this splendor?
I see Him in each one of these and I can but surrender...

To the Creator of it all, the one who gives me grace
By sacrificing His own Son who suffered in my place.
Did I deserve the love He gave performing such an act?
No, not at all, though try I may, such power do l lack.

For I am but a human being a soul who God created.
Though I may be the Master's child and we might be related,
I am a sinner, that I am, who never could achieve...
A heart that's pure, God is the cure, and that you must believe.

So as you see and soak it in, the beauty that is Fall,
Make sure you thank the Lord above, Creator of it all,
For He alone can paint the leaves and bless the harvest’s plenty
And realize without His grace your soul would come up empty.