Ring out the old, and ring in the new, Another year passes, but one thing is true, A thousand small blessings have slipped through my hands, Moments uncountable, vast as the sands. Ordinary days that have come, And then gone, A sunrise, a sunset, A whisper, A song. Times spent with family, Long summer days, Here for a moment, Then gone in a haze. I wish I could hold all these moments forever, Time marches onward, But love ceases never. So I'm thankful, so thankful, For all that has been, For the highs and the lows, And the bits in between, This journey of life With its ups and its downs, The trials and the triumphs, The joys and the frowns, This life I've been given, I long to embrace, To cherish each moment, Each dear, precious face, Yet to live in surrender, Not grasping too tight, To live for eternity To walk in the light, Knowing this life is a gift from above, That it all comes from you, Oh great Father of love.
Last summer, as I was walking around Seagrove Bay on the Isle of Wight, I happened upon the brightly painted pebble that you can see pictured above. It had been left on the beach – quite deliberately – to bring a smile to whoever was fortunate enough to find it. Wasn’t I the lucky one? And what a sweet, sweet idea! An idea worth sharing, I thought, hence the poem below. And when I return to Seagrove Bay, I shall paint a pebble and leave it for someone else to find!
I found this pebble on the beach, Quite by chance, the other day, Painted brightly, Just for fun, And hidden there along the way. I saw this pebble lying there, Whilst walking round the shingly bay, Coincidence? A random chance? A gift to make another's day. I'll keep this pebble from the beach, Because it always makes me smile, Reminding me That joy is free, And kindness always so worthwhile.
How doth the little spider be, A Master of Geometry? Oh tell me, tell me, if you know, Where did she learn to weave quite so? Please tell me little Spider friend, How many hours did you spend Creating such a sight to see, Such skillful lines of symmetry? Concentric frame, Installed at night, A work of art, By morning light!
It's Autumn once more, What a sight to behold, Streets lined with crimson And laden with gold, Moon like a saucer, Days getting shorter, As summer lays down To make way for the cold. Warm woolen knits, Crackling fires, Wild geese take flight Over pink sunset skies, Off with a flap of migratory wings, The earth gives birth, Creation sings! Season of beauty, Nature's last fling, Before winter makes bare And the earth sleeps til' Spring, Emblazoned in scarlet, You take your last breath, Your most glorious hour, Was found at your death.
The Streets of the City were crowded that day, The Teacher was coming, He was heading this way, My heart leapt within at the sound of His Name, This man who healed lepers, the blind and the lame. But the crowds all around me were blocking my view, And try as I might, I just couldn't push through, (There's not much to be said for my stature - it's true,) So I ended up right at the back of the queue. Then ahead of the crowds, in the distance, I see, Down the long, dusty road, There's a Sycamore Tree, I was desperate to see Him, It had to be done, I kicked up the dust and I started to run! My robes snagged on twigs as I scrambled up high, And I hoped against hope, That He'd not pass me by, Still, my heart skipped a beat when He stopped by that tree, And He peered through the leaves, looking right up at me! What would He say to a man such as me? What was I doing here? How could it be, That this wonderful stranger should call me by name? In that moment, I knew, I would not be the same. The people were outraged, He was going to eat, At the home of Zacchaeus, the swindler, the cheat! But whenever He spoke, all my pride fell apart, Until something had changed in the depths of my heart. The tears started falling, My heart overflowed, I would pay it all back - every penny I owed. I would give it all gladly, I'd do anything, For this wonderful man, For this beautiful King! The love that He showed me, The grace that He gave, Swept over my being, Like wave upon wave, What joy filled my soul, And what gladness within, When the Son of God cleansed me From all of my sin.