Beside Still Waters II

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Peace amid the turbulence of life

  • A Grain of Wheat

    Life is a grain of wheat encased within the chaff of self-will self-dependancy, self-sufficiency, and self confidence.

    Trials, tribulations, temptations, sorrow, heartache, grief, despair and the hard places of life is the winnowing of the grain from the chaff.

    Grain that will succumb to winnowing of life shall fall to the ground to be gathered as wheat to heavenly store.

    Grain scorning the winnowing as foolishness shall fall to the ground as chaff to be burned.

  • Make Me Kind

    It’s easy to be kind and sweet
    To people whom we seldom meet,
    But in my home there are those who see,
    Too many times, the worst in me.

    May no one stumble over me
    Because your love they fail to see,
    But give me Lord, a life that sings
    And victory over little things.

    Give me your calm for every fear,
    Your peace for every falling tear.
    Make mine, O Lord, through calm and strife
    A gracious and unselfish life.
                           Anon – Gems of truth

  • The Difference

    The man who pulls his fellows down
    ­   By bad examples that he sets,
    Will sometime in the future frown
    ­­   Upon his folly through regrets,
    When he beholds the harm he’s done
    ­   Through years that he can ne’re recall,
    Though now such evils he would shun
    ­   That caused his fellow man to fall.

    The man who lifts his fellows up,
    ­   By good examples and by word,
    Will have an over flowing Cup
    ­   When in his spirit he is stirred
    With peaceful thoughts and happy thrills
    ­   Because he helped his fellows climb
    To manhood’s blessed, sun-crowned hills
    ­   And all that’s godly and sublime.
                                             Walter E. Isenhour

  • Heart of Love

    O heart of love!

    I dimly comprehend
    The magnitude –
    The breadth, length, depth, and height,
    Of love like Thine –
    That stoops to me,
    And asks of me my love!
    My heart is cold –
    O h, teach me how to love
    With love like Thine.
    ­                Hilda Rovik Lindal
  • The Power of Love

    “He drew a circle that shut me out-

    Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
    But love and I had the wit to win:
    We drew a circle and took him In !
    ­                                         Edwin Markham

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