Saturday, May 4, 2024

Here's To Today's Measure of Gladness


Here's to spring rain; it’s drops unchain a well of poem-ink...


Here’s to morn’s feast, mercy-released, that bids us eat and drink


After a beautiful sunrise yesterday it clouded over and
rain, previously forecasted for today, altered my plans;
mowing lawn, weeding and edging.

But, as of now, 
today is sunny 
and I am glad

(because there are weddings happening­čĺľ
one in our neighborhood
with an outdoor service planned!)

Today's poem is inspired in part, as I ponder 
the funeral I attended the other day; 
as husband/daddy and children broke 
their eulogy into three categories;
mad, sad and glad.
They each shared a reason they were mad and sad
acknowledging these two very real emotions
that come with loss, especially sudden loss,
but then they focused on glad for the remainder because
there is SO much they are glad aka grateful for!!

Please, keep these dear people in your prayers 
as they begin moving forward without beloved wife/mom.

Here's to today's portion of gladness...
from my vantage point.
From your vantage point details may vary but gratitude
is a universal common ground­čÖĆ

Here's to spring rain; it’s drops unchain a well of poem-ink
Here’s to morn’s feast, mercy-released, that bids us eat and drink
From the buffet we call today, by God’s kind grace unfurled
A treasure-trove of hope and love outpoured to all the world

Here’s to a bite of sheer delight, a crumb of happiness
Here’s to the bliss of smile and kiss and laughter’s blessedness
Here’s to the blooms that burst from looms beneath and overhead
Here’s to the joy that shouts ‘ahoy’ after grief’s tears are shed

Here’s to the sad, that makes the glad much gladder than before
Here’s to He who makes all things new and who all should adore
Here’s to the cup that we hold up; faith’s chipped and scarred affair
Mementos earned through lessons learned, turned into humbler prayer

Here’s to ‘hello’ and yellow daffodils; here’s to sweet May
Here’s to the limbs that throb with hymns of green and feathered lay
Here’s to the splurge of leaves and birds to cheer us where we are
To boughs festooned with blossoms spooned from nature’s perfume jar

Here’s to the child, pure, undefiled, wide-eyed and curious
Here’s to we who teach them to be true and industrious
To revere He who cares for we, instilled with deathless soul
Here’s to God’s Word; truth undeterred as ages wage and roll

Here’s to the earth in spring as birth wakens the slumb’ring sod
Here’s to the sky that you and I oft gaze on, dumbly awed
Here’s to the sea that sweeps the lea yet by the shoreline stayed
Here’s to each voice as we rejoice in this day God has made

Here’s to ‘us’, dear, the now and here that slip-slips through our touch 
Here’s to (un)common wealth of health and happiness and such
Here’s to the kings of simple things that never lose their thrill
As seasons run beneath the sun in ink that poet’s spill

Here's to each 'glad' to counter sadness with meek gratitude
Here's to the cares that mortal bears by God's mercies renewed
His Word assures, His grace secures the final curtain-close  
Here's to God's love, the treasure trove from whence all blessing flows

© Janet Martin

Aren't you glad
because of salvation's plan
when we believe and receive
there is no futility in life
and no fear in death.
Thank-you, dear Heavenly Father


Here’s to the blooms that burst from looms 
beneath ...



and overhead...



Here’s to the sky that you and I oft gaze on, dumbly awed...




Here’s to the child, pure, undefiled, wide-eyed and curious...



Here's to a bite of sheer delight...






Here’s to the splurge of leaves and birds...




This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118:24




2 comments:

  1. Appreciating the overflow of your thankful heart, Janet! What an amazing thing for this dear family to dig deep toward gratitude and lean hard in Jesus.

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    1. Hello Cyndy, and thank-you! my heart is with this family esp. today, their first Mother's Day without mom! <3 Praying that they will relive and treasure some very precious thank-you memories!

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