A Prayer

Edwin Markham

Teach me. Father, how to go
Softly as the grasses grow:

Hush my soul to meet the shock
Of the wild world as a rock;
But my spirit propt with power,
Make as simple as a flower.

Let the dry heart fill its cup,
Like a poppy looking up;
Let life lightly wear her crown
Like a poppy looking down.
When its heart is filled with dew,
And its life begins anew.

Teach me, Father, how to be
Kind and patient as a tree;

Joyfully the crickets croon
Under shady oak at noon:
Beetle, on his mission bent,
Tarries in that cooling tent.
Let me, also, cheer a spot,
Hidden field or garden grot;

Place where passing souls can rest
On the way, and be their best.

Choose Life
Greta Zwaan, © 2006

A child in the womb, a creation of God,
You have no right to destroy it.
Something so wonderful; beautifully made,
He planned that you should enjoy it.

Not fully formed, but its members all there,
Counted by God and recorded.
Every new day some changes take place,
Soon the picture is clear, not distorted.

Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes,
The workings of God in the making.
A tiny wee soul with a future all planned,
This life is not yours for the taking!

How dare you presume control of this life!
How dare you despise Godís creation!
What gives you the right to plan someoneís life?
Why would you seek deprivation?

You canít destroy and walk away clean,
Your conscience will always remind you.
You canít erase the thought from your mind,
Itís the shame and the guilt that will bind you.

The memory survives though the deed has been done,
The evidence quickly discarded.
The world may not know, but God saw it all,
He grieved when that wee soul departed.

And in His great love, His arms stretched out wide,
He retrieved the gift you rejected.
One little soul has entered its rest,
But forever youíll be affected.

Young lady, think! Donít plan this in haste;
One error covering another.
God can assist you, Heíll be your aid;
With wisdom, youíll be a good mother.

Think long and hard of what life will be like;
Think of your grief and your sorrow.
Today may seem bleak, your plans gone astray;
Choose life! Let your child see tomorrow!

Short Quotations of thought and life change suggestions:

Think of relationship challenges as a chance for others to witness God's love in action. With His help, you can sow seeds of love, joy, and peace that will yield a rich harvest for your own life as well as for the other person.
Charles Stanley

When we remember who God is and His faithfulness to us in the past, we are encouraged to continue depending on Him in the midst of new challenges
Dr. David Jeremiah

You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day.
Fredrik Wisloff

Everything changes, but God's Word doesn't change, because the truth never changes.
Rick Warren

Prayer ó secret, fervent, believing prayer ó lies at the root of all personal godliness.
William Carey

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