Friday, April 19, 2024

Gladness (in spite of sadness)

For today's prompt, pick an emotion, 
make it the title of your poem, 
and write your poem.

I have received so many kind words, 
messages, hug and heart emojis,
and prayers and I thank you all!
there is gladness!

Grief keens awareness
 and renewed gladness for life's simple blessings, doesn't it?

In the midst of so much taken, always still so much remains 
Kindness and compassion waken where trouble and sorrow pains 
Time is ever but a Lender; have-and-hold, a sacred lease  
Gratitude, Time's humble Spender; Gladness is its masterpiece 

Gladness finds a tender foothold in hugs, kind words, tears and prayers
Where, in grief would be hope's threshold without these and God who cares?  
How could we survive joy's sorrow? Hark, sweet words of old proclaim,
'Yesterday, today, tomorrow, Jesus Christ remains the same'

Goodness and mercy still follow; Gladness grips the Shepherd's staff 
Without Him hope would ring hollow; love would forget how to laugh
Death's shadow would not release us; but God changes everything 
Gladness shouts the name of Jesus; through Him, Death has lost its sting  

© Janet Martin

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not [a]want.
2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;
He leads me beside the [c]still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will [d]dwell in the house of the Lord

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