“A New Year’s Poem of Gratitude”

Dear Jesus,


Thank you!

Thank you for being the “word” that comforted my mother on the day I was born;

And for my baptism, a baptism that spoke of a blood that would cover my scorn.

Thank you for being the inspiration that caused my dad to smile;

As he held me in his arms for the longest while.


For two souls who were born in the year 1970,

Two pairs of eyes and two strong hearts;

That would one day meet and make a new start.

Thank you for being there on our wedding day;

And for blessing our vows and the words we would say.


Thank you for Luke, Olivia, Gabby and Emma;

They are 15, 17, 19 and 21,

Three beautiful girls and a handsome son.

They are gifts from above and never a bore;

Although I’m glad we stopped at four.


Thank you for that Friday, which for some reason we call Good;

An old rugged cross, upon Golgotha it stood.

Beaten beyond comprehension, your body there hung.

I can’t even imagine how those nails must have stung.


Thank you for bearing the sins of the world;

Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.

And for the three dark days you laid buried under a cloth.


How the angels in Heaven must have been silent,

As they remembered that day not too long ago,

When to Bethlehem in Judea they were called to go;

To announce to some shepherds living in a field,

That the world’s Savior had come and He was ready to build,

For them and for all a Kingdom, a Kingdom of love, truth and light.


But from their thoughts and memories they were brought to the present,

For Sunday had dawned and your lungs, they began to fill with air;

And as Satan watched from afar he surely found it unfair;

That your Father would find a way, a path, a song of Amazing Grace;

That not only His Son, but that all who would believe should see His face.


For “when we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,

Than when we’d first begun.”


And so I sing your praise today;

As a new year begins and an old one drifts away,

For the sacrifice you gave and for the love that is ever new,

From the depths of my heart and from the bottom of my soul,

I just wanted to say, thank you!
-Pastor John