A Time to Lament

(Inspired by Rev. Brenda Deily’s sermon 2/21/21)

By Lorraine J. Anderson

We live in a hard world.

Thanks be to God.

We cry every day.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

In the hard times,

Thanks be to God,

We look to the cross.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

Let us cry to God.

Thanks be to God.

God is always near.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

He may seem far.

Thanks be to God.

The evil surrounds us.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

God, have you left us?

Thanks be to God.

No, you are with us still.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

We see evil all around.

Thanks be to God

Yet you still love us.

Thanks be to God.

~Selah~

May grieving be short.

Thanks be to God.

May joy come soon.

Thanks be to God.

Amen

Life as Football

By Lorraine J. Anderson

We put on our helmets.

We put on our guards.

We put on our cleats.

We run for the zone.

We scramble around.

We pile up ourselves up.

We dive for the ball.

We keep others away.

We play for our team.

We fall down to the ground

Some of us pop up;

Some others stay down.

We get pushed off field.

We run the whole way.

We scheme and we plan.

Our plans go awry.

Some leave the field.

Some stay in the game.

Some sit on the bleachers.

Some play through the rain.

But what we forget,

The most important point of all —

We are all on the same team

We are all children of God.

And when we make the last touchdown,

Our time will be done.

We can rest in the Lord.

Our game will be won.

AMEN!