Rhyme

Grandpa

He’s got a joke to tell
Or a story to share
Bringing laughter with him
Everywhere

He’s read something new
He wants us to know
Or has made a contraption
He wants to show

He’s got a hand to fix
What we break
And a heart that’s built
Upon his faith

He gives us a hug
And tells us

We’re loved
Our Grandpa
Is a blessing
A gift  from above

–Love you, Gramps!

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Faded Papers

Words typed
Over 50 years ago
On faded papers
Worn by time
Carry me back to
Before I was alive
Show me the heritage
That came before me
The legacy of faith & devotion
The prayers my great-grandma prayed
The testimony that she gave
My heart is touched
By the way she crafts each sentence
Did she ever know
That her great-granddaughter
Would hear these words?
Did she ever dream 
That they would touch my heart so?
This family treasure
Stowed away for years
Comes to life again
In my heart
Reminding me that the past
Is a part of the present
And the future is yet to be written

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When…

When you hug
Someone goodbye
For the last time
All the memories
Flood your heart
And fall freely
As the tears
Down your face
When you say
“I love you”
And let them go
And trust them
In the hands of the Father
When you know
The hope of tomorrow
That one day
On a brighter day
In a better place
You’ll meet again
When you realize
That death is just
A part of life
A new beginning
A soul that rises
From the grave
When you realize that
Our stories
Are being written
Each day
By our decisions
How we live
Who we love
Where we go
When you realize
That each of us
Has a
Precious
Unknown
Moment in time
When we’ll meet
Eternity
When we’ll leave
This world behind
When we’ll see Yeshua
Face to face
And if we know Him
He’ll accept us
Into His embrace
When you realize
The meaning of life
And your heart
Can’t contain it
And your mind
Can’t explain it
When you know
You are human
And He is God
When you know
You are broken
And He is whole
When you realize
You are nothing
Without Him
Completely dependent
Upon him
For every breath
Every day
Every hour
When you know
You’re alive
To make a difference
To change the world
To live for God
And die for God
And live again
With God
Eternally
When you feel
So small
In this picture
So big
When you fall
To your knees
In worship
And lift up
Your hands
In praise
When you face
The darkness
And see the light
When you say goodbye
And your joy
Is still bright
When you let go
Of one you love
When you realize
Why you’re alive

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In memory of my dear grandpa “Papa”–forever loved and forever safe in the arms of the Father. ♡

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