Come Next Spring

Come Next Spring

I wrote this after listening to a sermon by our dear pastor, Rev. Larry Daily

I guess that all my life I’ve been a procrastinator
When things really needed done I’d say, “I’ll do that later”
But I had priorities; to make money was my aim
Other things could wait for now, I’ll do them come next spring

I love my wife and children but I’m a busy man
I’d like to spend more time with them, maybe someday I can
But I have to make a living, we need so many things
I’ll have more time for family, maybe come next spring

I may have said something to my neighbor to offend
I’ve been meaning to apologize and try to make amends
But the sky is dark and cloudy and it looks like it’s gonna rain
I’ll wait for a sunny day; I’ll go come next spring

My dad’s no longer with us, mother lives alone
I know that I should visit more and call her on the phone
But mother knows I’m busy, tomorrow I’ll give her a ring
But I have other things to do; I’ll visit come next spring

I know the Good Book tells us we should keep the Sabbath
But sleeping late on Sunday has gotten to be a habit
I plan to read my Bible, I promised God I’d change
But I’m too tired right now I’ll do it come next spring

Spring has come and gone, I’m in the winter of my life
My kids are grown and married; I no longer have a wife
I went to see my neighbor but he could not be found
I visited my mother when they laid her in the ground
I never got around to church, religion’s not my thing
But now my life is ending, there won’t be another spring

In despair I turned to God and found He was still there
Waiting for me patiently with His loving grace and care
I pleaded for forgiveness, to my Maker and my King
He said, “I forgive you now, you won’t have to wait ‘til spring”

If I could live it over I’d make some changes in my life
I would put God first and then, my children and my wife
Friends and neighbors are important; I’d not live my life in vain
I’d live each day as if it were the first day of spring

Sue Ikerd

9-15-03

 

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A Morning Psalm

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A Morning Psalm

Psalm 118: 24
This is the day the Lord has made
 The sunrise is painting the hills
With a rare beauty that is hard to convey
A message from God it instills
The glory of sunlight, the sparkle of rain
The soft white carpet of snow
A song of a bird; the voice of a friend
The autumn with colors aglow
Each day is special and brings a rare gift
If we are attune to God’s will
Be silent and listen and take in the display
With this beauty, our senses are filled
In the hushed morning, in quietness of dawn
My prayers to God I submit
A new day is beginning a present from God
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Sue Ikerd
March 11, 2014

 

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THE FIRST NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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THE FIRST NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas but I couldn’t sleep
I was out in the fields guarding the sheep
When what to my weary eyes should appear
But an angel in white, saying, “Don’t fear.”
“I have a message to bring you, a message of joy
Tomorrow God’s sending a wee baby boy
He could come as a King; you know that He’s able
But He’s sending His Son to be born in a stable”
I called to the others to wake from their slumber
And told them the story with awe and with wonder
They thought I was dreaming but I knew I was right
And the angel returned the very next night
He said the Child had been born in Bethlehem town
We knelt there and trembled as God’s glory shone round
Then a Heavenly choir joined the angel on earth
Singing praises to God of our dear Savior’s birth
We rushed to the stable and there in the hay
As the angel had told us, the wee Baby lay
But we didn’t know then what lay ahead
The cross and the nails and the thorns on His head
But He knew and agreed to pay the ultimate price
For the sins we committed, His life sacrificed
 He showed us that death was not the end of the story
If we asked for forgiveness we could meet Him in glory
I still remember that night and the Gift that was given
When God came to earth so we might all go to Heaven
Sue Ikerd
9-17-03

 

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One Silent Night

One Silent Night

One Silent night
One special star
Wise men on camels
Who traveled afar
Poor lowly shepherds
A meek and mild girl
Glorious music
Not of this world
A frightened young man
Who chose to obey
A crude cold stable
A manger of hay
An innocent baby
Sent from above
God’s wondrous gift
God’s perfect love
Sue Ikerd
December 21, 2009

 

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Harry and Zuzu

It’s a Wonderful Life

Like George Bailey wondered
If he’d never been born
We too have pondered
As we’ve weathered life’s storms

Now deep in December
When I hear a bell ring
I smile and remember
How an angel got wings

For each woman and man
Their life has a reason
In God’s wondrous plan
To everything there’s a season

In each life are found
Heartaches and strife
But my blessings abound
It’s a Wonderful Life
Sue Ikerd
August 12, 2014

 

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