My Blessings

I’m thankful for cranberries, turkey and dressing

My cup overflows with so many blessings

I’m thankful for my husband, family and friends

My list is a long one, I don’t see an end

I’m thankful for puppies, they happily greet us

I’m thankful for friends who email and tweet us

I’m thankful for soldiers who defend and protect

I’m thankful for veterans, they deserve our respect

For those that respond when we call 911

Always there to assist and come on the run

For my health, a warm home, and shoes on my feet

That my car still runs and I have plenty to eat

I give thanks for my country, the Land of the Free

For the people that raised me and made me me

For the freedom to worship, the freedom to pray

God for all these blessings, I’m thankful today

Sue Ikerd
November 24, 2011
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We Walk Among Heroes

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 We Walk Among Heroes

The doctor from my hometown of Marshfield, Mo was recognized along with other veterans on the anniversary of D Day. Dr. Tommy was part of the invasion force that landed on Omaha Beach. I wondered how many old people do we pass by without realizing we are among heroes.

He was bent over and gray as he shuffled along
But back in his day he was handsome and strong
He landed on D-Day in forty-four
Forever etched in his mind the horrors of war
People rush past him and don’t realize
They’d see a hero if they looked in his eyes

Soldiers and veterans all over the land
Served from Guadalcanal to Afghanistan
Fighting oppression and tyranny
They gave their lives so some could be free
So many battles and so much death
Our flag still is flying from these soldiers’ last breath

Walking through fields of stones and white crosses
It’s hard to grasp the heartaches and losses
Families and friends left here to mourn
But freedom was won for those yet unborn
As they cover the hills beneath the green sod
I walk among heroes now home with God

Sue Ikerd
May 28, 2014

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One Monday in New York


One Monday in New York

A dear friend of mine, Norma Cook, told me the story of her visit to NY City the day before 9-11.  She saw the preacher on the street corner telling people to repent.  The next day, lives would be changed forever.

It was my first trip to New York City from my little country town

I climbed the steps from Port Authority and began to look around

The streets were full of bustle, people hurrying here and there

All speaking different languages, they had come from everywhere

I strolled Broadway and 5th Avenue, viewed St. Patrick’s regal splendor

Window shopped at Bloomingdales and toured Rockefeller Center

I gazed at Lady Liberty in the harbor, as ships were passing by

Above all soared the Twin Towers, reaching high into the sky

Then something drew my attention from all these postcard sights

In the midst of all the hubbub, taxi cabs and traffic lights

On the corner stood a preacher dressed in a suit of black

Holding high in his hand a Bible he had taken from his pack

No one seemed to take notice as they hurried quickly by

But I stopped awhile to listen as a tear glistened in his eye

He was telling about Jesus, begging all to believe and to repent

The year was two thousand one, the day September 10th

On that day no one realized that their life might quickly end

They were too busy in their lifestyles to be troubled by their sin

It was as if this were a warning to redeem our eternal souls

But we are absorbed in daily living, attaining earthly goals

Let us learn the lesson wisely; we don’t know what is our fate

Let’s make sure are hearts are right with God, before it is too late

As the rich young ruler in the Bible who too ignored his plight

God might decide on this day, to require our soul tonight

Sue Ikerd
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Stairway to Heaven


Citizens Soldiers Monument at Cadott, Wis.

Stairway to Heaven

They were on their way to Heaven as they hurried up the stairs,

Not only were they heroes, they were angels unaware.

Just going about their duties as they had many times before

Little did they realize they were soldiers in a war.

As the victims fled the buildings on that tragic fateful day

These brave men hurried past them with no thought to harm’s way

We can hear the bagpipes clearly as they play Amazing Grace

In salute to fallen comrades who are in a better place

We can see their fearless faces as up those stairs they trod

Right into the gates of Heaven and before the throne of God

Sue Ikerd
Sept. 15, 2001
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The Thin Blue Line

This is written to honor law officer friends who have served and are serving, Randy Stone, M.O. Ikerd, Rob Savage, Lenny Wilson, Mike Noyes, Tim Lewis, Doug Rader, Tyler Reid and all the others standing on the Thin Blue Line



No matter their title no matter their role
Sheriff, law officers or highway patrol

Each takes an oath to serve community
Their badge stands for honor and integrity

While on patrol their loved ones say prayers
For God to watch over and keep them in His care

While responding to shootings, robberies and fights
They wonder what lurks ’round the corners at night

As they pull over a car speeding down the highway
Approaching they wonder if this might be the day

Never knowing when they’ll come under attack
They bravely have ours, but who has their back

Risking their lives for friends and for strangers
They do what they love in spite of the dangers

It’s not about hate, wealth, status or race
But making our world a far better place.

What would happen if there were no one to call
No one to arrest those breaking the law

We must each show respect, each do our part
It’s about goodness, character and content of heart

They vowed to guard against law breakers and crime
Standing between good and evil, the Thin Blue Line

Sue Ikerd
September 3, 2015


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