A Goodbye

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Tears stain the casket
That holds the man he loves
Torn from his hands
Towards death he was shoved
Because of the uniform he wore
And the oath that he swore
A son’s heart breaks
Etched in mind’s still frame
His father’s life is a memory
No words to heal the pain
But son, may you know the presence of your father’s love
He’s not here to hold but he reaches for you from above!

Walk with Perspective

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Walk a beat in the shoes
Of the officer dressed in blue
That protects our freedom
Wish we didn’t need them
But the world’s a scary place
Everyday they face
Monsters that hide in plain sight
The evil that lurks in the night
Brave men and women that are bigger
Than the lone wolves that pull the trigger
Under circumstance
For the victim no second chance
So who’s to blame
For the tears and pain

Walk a block
In the shoes of the kid from hard knocks
Who knows wrong from right
But still has to fight
To have a chance
He’s a different color under different circumstance
He doesn’t carry a gun
Because he thinks it’s fun
It’s for survival
Against his rival
The drug dealer, gang banger or thief
Until he’s out of the neighborhood he won’t have relief
So who’s to blame
For the tears and pain

Then one night two lives intertwine
And one steps over the line
A moment of threat
Turns into a lifetime of regret
Was it racism
Or skepticism
Mistrust of the other
Because of their difference in color
How do we correct
The lack of respect
For the authorities
Between majorities and minorities
To stop the blame
The tears and pain

Moments of silence
Won’t end the violence
But heartfelt prayer for unity
Across broken communities
Outstretched hands that reach
Not for handouts but to teach
To replace hate and resentment
With understanding sentiment
Not point out broken parts
But focus on the hearts
Of the lives affected, you and me
To be the change we want to see
Forgive the past
To build on a truth that lasts
One perspective for all of us
Through the eyes of Jesus
In His name
No more tears and no more pain.

Savor

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Lies whispered in my ear
Turn doubt into fear
I feel the blood rippling
Agitating through my veins
The adrenaline is crippling
I call out Your name
Am I to fight or give flight
I feel I’m losing sight
Amid the world’s battlefield
To deception I mustn’t yield
My heart is pounding at my breast
Like a hammer in my chest
My lungs clinch
No air to quench
I gasp for breath
In the face of death
And then Your hand
Reaches for me
To help me stand
Amid the uncertainty
Not behind the walls I’ve built
That hide the light of Your face
In my hands Your beauty wilts
Like a picture fades that I cannot replace
My flesh is weak
The words I speak
Will never explain
The sweet refrain
Of Your presence
It is the essence
I one day will behold
When my body turns cold
I mustn’t fear
It is mind’s trick
Of a world insincere
To forget I am handpicked
And You… You will always be
There for me
Watching and waiting
And I, anticipating
What lies ahead
Until I am dead
And sweet rest I enter into
My eternity to be shared with You
Until that day, my beating heart You restore
Nothing is left to chance
I breathe You in as before
Doubt entered our great romance
On my lips, Your name
Your spirit courses through my veins
And into Your hands I impart
The darkest places of my heart
To fill with Your light
That I may regain my sight
As Your breath fills the lungs in my chest
And I place Your armor over my breast
To engage the world under Your commission
With purpose and conviction
That I would not waver
But in life’s every moment, Your victory over death I will savor!

Freedom’s Cost

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Countless lives have been lost
The endless debt of freedoms cost

A soldier leaves, be it husband or wife
To fight the war that will take their life

A commitment to a newfound brother
Leaves only a memory for their mother

It is not the dirt, the oil or gold
But the hope of their family to hold

Under the red, white and blue
Bravery and courage of heart beats true

Give thanks to the soldier who pays the price
For the endless tours and self-sacrifice

And in whose mind still wages a war
Of which they try to close the door

To the pain and suffering that remain
The soldier is home but never the same.

The Ocean’s Enchantment

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The clouds seem within arm’s reach
From where I sit upon this sandy beach

And drink up the beauty of the ocean
Like a sweet hypnotic potion

The ocean breeze is a soft kiss welcomed on my face
As I watch the waves crash at my feet in a game of endless chase

Then slip away to the ocean floor for the next to take the stage
Enchanted by the oceans dance I soon forget my age

And beneath the sun I slip into a dream-like state I wish to never flee
If love were enough then a boat I’d have and set my sails to sea

From under the ocean’s spell I wake to leave this place for the next to ponder
In the hope that like me they walk away filled with endless wonder.

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Our Father never grows tired of teaching us
Or when we stray, reaching for us

He never tires of watching our steps
Or helping us when we slip, even trip

He doesn’t complain when we cry
Or become impatient when we ask why

Nothing on this earth can replace
His love for us, His grace

I think of our Father’s sacrifice
And His Son who paid sin’s price

To find strength in life’s trials
Knowing I could never have walked in Jesus’ shoes, not even for a mile

No greater love is found
Than when we lay our life down

Not only in death
But with every breath

Put away our selfish desire
To feed the Spirit’s fire

And lead our children, friends and family
To the light of God’s eternity

In our thoughts, words and actions
This life provides no greater satisfaction

Than when we love
As our Father who watches from above!