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Friday, December 19, 2008, 7:50 PM
May Angels rest beside your door,
May you hear their voices sing.
May you feel their loving care for you,
May you hear their peace bells ring.
May angels always care for you,
And not let you trip or fall,
May they bear you upon angel's wings,
May they keep you standing tall.
May they whisper wisdom in your ear,
May they touch you when you need,
May they remove from you each trace of fear,
May they keep you from feeling greed.
May they fill you with their presence,
May they show you love untold,
May they always stand beside you
And make you ever bold.
May they teach you what you need to know
About life here and here-after.
May they fill you always with their love
And give you the gift of laughter.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:34 PM
A Different Christmas Poem
This is a poem I received from one of my email buddies today, I thought I would share it with you all.
I had to copy and paste so it is a little off centered. Please disregard.
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'
' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'
PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
Thursday, November 20, 2008, 9:34 PM
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravey
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:20 PM
Just in case I don't post again before next Thursday, have a safe, blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 8:33 PM
I found this little treasure in a book titled: "You Bring the Umbrellas, Lord written by Joy Morgan Davis. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I am drenched in the moonlight.
I would drink it If I could...
This soft silvery
Liquid light that pours
Over my body,
Washing away the lines of
Weariness and worry
Until I am
Fresh, free, and glowing from my bath.
And I wonder...
Would I truly know this tranquil night
If my day had not been so troubled?
Would peace be peace, If peace was all there was?
And what of joy?
Is joy more precious after sorrow, and if so,
should I ask for sorrow?
So that I may know joy.
Where is the treasure?
In the light or in the darkness
that makes me know the light?
I am not sure.
Therefore, I shall accept them both
as gifts from God,
while I bathe in the moonlight.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, November 10, 2008, 3:04 PM
There is this old saying that I just love, "The past is history, the future is mystery, but the NOW is a gift. That is why they call it the PRESENT. Life is a gift that only happens in the NOW. You will never get the chance to live this day again, make the most of each moment."
Today, the present is the only time you have the ability to experience life and create change. There are power and magic in the now. The present is the only moment where life actually exist.
Today, practice unconditional love and infinite patience. Just for today, do not judge, do not complain, do not explain, and do not defend. Today, do not agonize about the PAST; do not worry about the FUTURE, just embrace the NOW. Today, opt to be at peace with everyone and everything.
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 5:43 PM
I don't know if I have posted this before but If I have it is worth posting again.
Words have power, they can heal or they can destroy. When words are both true and kind, they can change our worlds. - Buddha
An old Scottish proverb states, "Wisdom comes in ten parts, nine of which are silence. The tenth is brevity of language. Need I say more!
What kind of feelings come from the following words: jerk, stupid, revenge, assult.
Now, what kind of feelings come from these words: love, celebrate, honor, success, happiness.
This poem says it all.
Be slow to anger, slow to blame
and slow to plead thy cause.
But swift to speak of any gain
that gives thy friend applause.
This one adds to it.
Tone of voice
It's not so much what you say,
as the manner in which you say it.
It's not so much the language you use,
as the tone in which you convey it.
The instruments of both life and death are contained within the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
I can live for two months on one good compliment. - Mark Twain
Pause and think on these.
Have a great day!
Friday, November 7, 2008, 8:08 PM
For many years, I have struggled with this question. I have written essays, poetry and stories on this one subject.
I believe success is different to each individual, but finally I believe I have the perfect explanation written by a famous writer and philosopher over 100 years ago, at least I believe it is the perfect answer.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson - (1803-1882)
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the, affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social contition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
This is as close to Luke 9:46-48 as you can get. In Luke 9:46-48 Jesus calls us to follow a different value sysstem than our worlds. Position, success and beating the competition fade in comparison to caring for those around us who are weak and forgotten. He beckons us as His followers to replace competition with compassion. Who near you needs affirmation and help?
That's it, it's that simple.
Take a moment to read Luke 9 in your spare time. It's an awesome chapter.
Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8:22 PM
God is an awesome God! I was reading about Solomon and all his riches. The thing that struck me was his reply to God's question "what do you desire," his reply was wisdom. It sounds like a simple answer but in my reading, I discovered that there is nothing simple about wisdom. Here are a couple of scriptures that shed a new light on my perception of wisdom.
I wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 8:12.
Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. Proverbs 9:10.
Arent' these beautiful explanations of what wisdom if from a spiritual point of view? When I looked up wisdom in the dictionary, it stated that wisdom is knowledge, judgement and wise sayings. How boring compared to the biblical definition.
Today I accept the presence of divine power within me. I trust in myself and in the wisdom that created me.
Read Proverbs 4, It is simply beautiful!
Thursday, October 23, 2008, 7:55 PM
God is an awesome God, I was thinking about Solomon and all his riches and about his reply being Wisdom when God ask him what was his desire.
It sounds like a simple thing wisdom, but in my reading I discovered that there is nothing simple about wisdom. Here are a couple of scriptures that shed a whole new light on my perception of wisdom.
I Wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of willy inventions. Prov. 8:12
Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. Prov. 9:10.
Aren't these beautiful explanations of what Wisdom is from a spiritual point of view? When I looked up wisdom in the dictionary, it stated that wisdom is knowledge and judgement, wise sayings. How boring!
Today I accept the presence of divine power within me.
I trust in myself and in the wisdom that created me.