Monthly Archives: April 2015

Misplaced Children

My Sister Ruth write songs and sings them in a Blues style.  I asked permission to post her most recent lyrics here.

Misplaced Children for Ruthie

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A Conversation With a Friend

Have you had a conversation recently with a friend in distress?  I have.  Sometimes instead of pointing the friend to God I have had the tendency to take their burden upon myself.  I think that’s okay to the degree that it prompts me to pray, to send a note of encouragement or make a call to that friend to say I’m thinking of them.  I’ve made a note-to-self about the burdens of others:

1.  Worry should not be on my agenda  – PRAY instead

2.  Try hard to not be a self-appointed problem solver – PRAY instead

3.  Always be willing to listen and ready to… PRAY

 I sent this poem to my friend in distress and I thought it might be helpful to others as well . . .

Our Conversation

 I said a prayer for you today asking God for grace

For all the things we spoke about, and then I saw your face.

I saw some lines of discontent, a worried deep-lined brow,

A tear or two fell from your eyes and then I wondered how . . .

 How, dear Lord in Heaven, can I lend a helping hand

Here I am so far away it’s not the way I’d planned

 A sweet and quiet whisper said I should not fret or frown

That all things work for good in Him, though things seem upside-down.

 When you, or friends, are in distress turn fretful things to God

For only He can lift us up above earth’s hardened sod

 It may not make the bad in life vanish in thin air

But can make the burden lighter and the problem less to bear.


“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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