The Relaxing Trees (poem by me)

There is a hammock
swinging in a wild meadow,
It’s tied to two trees
One tree is called “Trust in God”
The other is called “Firm Hope.”

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

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Battling Fear (poem by me)

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
  …be attacked by great white sharks,
  …die a slow agonizing death by spider bites,
  …or be mutilated by sinister clowns?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …starve to death in a worldwide famine,
   …be rejected by everyone we know,
   …or standby helplessly as our loved ones contract diseases?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …ward off those murderous thoughts,
   …attack them with daggers of peace,
   …and maintain a stupendously sound mind?

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Peace in Times of Trouble (prayer)

Psalm 625(Join with me in prayer about recent devastation such as natural disasters like earthquakes or floods, catastrophic accidents like oil spills or plane crashes, and violent conflicts like war or terrorism.)

Lord,

We pray for the victims of recent devastation.

Let the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones

Be comforted.

If any is injured,

Let them be be made well by Your healing power.

If any is spiritually or physically lost,

Let them be found by Your brilliant light.

We thank You and praise You that You

Never leave us nor forsake us

In good times or trouble.

Invigorate workers and volunteers

So their efforts would supersede their natural capabilities.

Give them special insight to assist in the best possible ways.

We pray peace over everyone involved

And that they would look to You for hope, provision, and restoration

For You are our Almighty God and Caring Father

Whose love is beyond compare.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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