Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On This Tolling Tide of Seasons...





On this tolling tide of seasons
As the raindrop turns to snow
And we cannot halt the hasting
In life’s holding, letting go
Still beneath, above, around it
As Time’s fretting fingers steal
There is One whose love eternal
Keeps His hand upon the wheel
While we worry ‘bout the future
And the world-state of affairs
As we look about and wonder
*Where are men of courage; where?
Ageless is the loving promise
Everlasting Armistice
Nothing here can separate us
From the love of Jesus Christ

Though the battle-cry is grueling
And the price so hard to pay
Oh, this tolling tide of seasons
Carries us toward the day
When we will lay down our weapons
Like a tattered teddy-bear
Ushered through the gates of heaven
And there is no sorrow there
Thus we press with fervent passion
To a place certain, surreal
On this tolling tide of seasons
While mercy and grace appeal
And in turn we cling in fervor
To a blessed certainty
Where its sight will ever sever
Faith; In God’s eternity

© Janet Martin

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Here is the final speech from the Courageous movie
    "There are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same—and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction. And we are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution. God’s Word shows us that God desires for every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. More than just being there for them or providing for them, he is to walk with them through their young lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their Father in heaven. Who will accept the responsibility of providing and protecting my family? Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family? Who will pray for, and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do? 
In my home, the decision has already been made. You don’t have to ask who will guide my family because, by God’s grace, I will. You don’t have to ask who will teach my son to follow Christ because I will."


So where are you, men of courage? Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord? 
It’s time to rise up and answer the call God has given you and say, 
I will! I will! I will!



2 comments:

Thank you for your visit to this porch. I'd love to hear if or how this post/poem touched you!