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A Light In the Darkness
       The Garden of Eden must have been a beautiful place. There, began the crown of God’s creation: it was there man took his first breath. But it didn’t take long for things to become spoiled. It happened
because we wanted to do things our own way instead of listening to the wisdom of God. And so a terrible darkness entered our world. It is still with us today. It is called “sin” and it ruins everything it touches. So how will we ever get free from this mess?
        Thank God, Jesus made a way of escape for us. He paid the price for eternal freedom by giving up His own life to cover our debt. He became our shining Light in the darkness. He is the true hope for
humanity. Recognizing the Light of the world is good, but to be saved, we have to go all the way. We must confess our faultiness, and ask Jesus to enter our heart--to forgive us and cleanse us and be our Savior and Lord. If we do this, our relationship with God will be restored with the assurance that when this life is over, we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Oh, how wonderful. Praise God forever!

John 1:4, 5; (NLT).
       “The Word [Jesus Christ] gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

Titus 3:3-7; (NLT).
       “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But-When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

A Light In The Darkness

In the beginning, He was the Word.
In the beginning, no sound was heard.
It was God who spoke with an awesome sound.
He created the earth with no one around.

He made all the animals and birds of the air,
and fishes and crawling things tucked everywhere.
Soon there were people who filled all the earth,
but in darkness they lived. Themselves they did serve.

One day a soldier cried, “God forgive what I've done.
I pierced the dear side . . . of Your only Son.
The ground started shaking by His holy power.
He departed in darkness that very hour.

Finally, the end came; His Spirit went down,
and all who stood there heard only this sound:
“Father forgive them. They know not what they do.
I yield now My Spirit and come back to You.”

Then all the earth turned as black as could be.
God summoned His lighthouse that hung on the tree.
Yes, the Lord took Him home for the battle was won,
and seated Him there on His heavenly throne.

The Good News did travel the earth far and wide,
defeating the darkness like a shimmering tide.
My prayer was that Jesus would shine upon me,
and illumine my heart . . . that I might see.

The light in the darkness shone ever so bright.
‘Twas the light of His holiness that lit up the night.
He answered my prayer; filled me with His love.
And forever I’ll praise my dear Savior above.
© rdouglasVeer 12/26/2009

The Sabbath
       In our busy world, the idea of rest is usually the last thing on our “to do” list, yet this was not God’s intent for us. The word, Sabbath, actually means “rest” in Hebrew. The Lord set the example right from day one. We read in Genesis, that God created all life in six days, and on the seventh day, he rested. [See Genesis 2:1-3.] Resting is not just a suggestion; it is one of the ten commandments. But it was not given by God to restrict us, but rather to bless us. Jesus said, “. . . the Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath,” (Mark 2:27; (TLB). In fact all of God’s rules were meant for our safety and blessing and were issued through His loving heart. Sin leads us to ruin, but in times of tempting we see only the benefits of the act. Doing things God’s way will prevent heartache and destruction.
       Observing the Sabbath is really about trusting God’s wisdom and structuring our lives around His design. It’s about putting him first and making Him the center of our lives. That is what brings the “peace that passes all understanding”. Are you keeping the Sabbath? Do you love God with all your soul? How is your walk of obedience? How wonderful for those who walk in the wisdom of God. Theirs shall be a long and blessed life.

Exodus 20:8-11; (GNT).
       8 “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. 9 You have six days in which to do your work, 10 but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work—neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. 11 In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.”

Mark 2:27; (TLB).
       27 Jesus said, “. . . the Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath.”

The Sabbath

I remember those days in the church-house
when I was just a young tyke.
I know we went every Sunday,
but I didn't really understand why.

The part most important to me
was going back home to have dinner.
I knew lots about eating chicken,
but nothing ‘bout being a sinner.

I didn't know God had created
the Sabbath to honor Himself.
Sundays to me were a time to eat,
and I just left God to Himself . . .

. . . until one day studying His Word,
I read in the book of Exodus,
"See, the Lord hath given us the Sabbath,
and He wants to spend each one with us.”

It's not for planting or harvesting.
It's not for fishing and fun.
It's for keeping our mind upon Jesus,
in remembrance of the Holy One.

God said I should keep the Sabbath
and it should be “Holy unto Me.”
It would help me grow into the person
whom God has desired I should be.

It's part of the ten commandments,
so it should be part of my life.
It's right for mechanics and doctors,
for grocers, and grandpas, and wives.

It's good for the tired old beggar
who shuffles along down the street.
The Sabbath is for friends and strangers
and whoever we happen to meet.

God says, "It's a sign to My children."
It’s His holy day deemed for rest.
He told us to celebrate Sunday;
it was gifted to us as His best.

So, what will you do with the Lord’s day?
What will you do with God’s law?
“Remember the Sabbath; keep it holy,”
from God’s heart comes this clarion call.

Seven days He gives to mankind.
He wants us to give back just one.
Yes, one day, a sweet holy Sabbath
to remember and honor His Son.
© rdouglasVeer 10/1/2001

Heartsong Melody
       King Solomon penned one thousand and five love songs in this biblical book called The Song of Solomon or The Song of Songs. The theme of the book can be found in verse 2:16: “My lover is mine, and I am his. . .” The book presents a beautiful love story in poetic form and has been a source of delight to readers through the ages. It celebrates the love between a bridegroom and a bride. But it is also a perfect picture of the beautiful bond between Christ, the Heavenly Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride of Christ. It is wonderful to know that the bridegroom takes the initiative to pursue the bride. In the same way, God chooses us, and opens the way for us to be united with Him. Furthermore, the bride is unworthy of the bridegroom’s love. As sinners, we too are unworthy, but God is gracious and His love for us is eternal. While human marriage is time-honored and magnificent, as believers our union with Christ is everlasting and divine.

Song of Songs 2:12-14; (The Message).
       “Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover-come to me! Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world's a choir-and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios. Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover-come to me! Come, my shy and modest dove--leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing.”

Heartsong Melody
For My Bride To Be

I hear the whispers in the wind
When even tide is near.
With its soft melodious voice
It calls the moon, "Come near".
I hear the gurgling of the brook
As it trickles down.
Across the rocky meadow face
With wrinkles in its brow.

I hear the branches of the pines
Play syncopated tunes
That harmonize with ev'ning doves
And owls and lutes and loons.
Then the brook and wing and wind
in orchestrated mewl
Bring night alive with moon and stars
To now be born anew.

Love’s crescendo booms and cries
In catalytic swoon.
Our hearts unite "en musicale"
beneath a lover's moon.
And then in soft melodic notes
Your love song touches me
And matches melody and rhyme
To my “heartsong melody”.
© rdouglasVeer 3/8/1997

Pray and Tell
       The innocence of a child is so simple, yet what we sometimes learn from children can be quite profound. They teach us how to be ourselves without any pretenses or masks. They pour out their hearts before us, letting their little lights shine for all to see. That’s how we need to approach the God of heaven: with open faces and willing hearts. He looks for us each day. He wants us to pour out our “everything” to Him so He can iron out the rough spots and polish us until we gleam. Then, He wants to fill us with His abundant joy. He wants to set our feet on a straight path. And finally, He wants us to share the wonders of God with others we pass along our way. That’s how we can let our light shine for Jesus and glorify Him. This is God’s will for us.

Matthew 5:14-16; (KJV).
       “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Romans 10:14; (TLB).
       “But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Mark 15:16; (AMP)
       “And [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Pray And Tell

My little girl came home from school;
she's only in first grade.
She handed me a little paper thing
that she herself had made.

She said, "Hey Daddy, look at this.
I made it very well!"
I turned it over...looked at it;
said,"What is it...pray tell?”

"Well, my teacher said to make something,
and make it by myself,
and tomorrow, show it to the class
when we have ‘pray and tell’.”

Yes, “pray and tell” is what she said
but it was cute to me,
because I knew that "show and tell"
is what the name should be.

I thought, “Dear Lord, could I do that;
get excited in that way?
If I had something I could tell
that flowed from what I’d prayed?”

“Now when you answer me, dear Lord,
please give me strength as well,
to go right out into the world
and share my ‘pray and tell’.”

I want to make a life of prayer
and do it very well.
Tomorrow, I'll share it with the world
during "pray and tell."
© rdouglasVeer 11/6/2005

The Indwelling Power
       We need to get to a place where we hunger and thirst after righteousness. If we don’t have an appetite for the things of God, let that be a red flag that something is wrong. At that point we must choose to apply our will to seek after the Lord in prayer. We must ask Him to forgive us for neglecting Him, cleanse us from our sins of apathy, and fill us with His Spirit so that we can once again rightly serve God. Nothing less will do. Paul reminds us that “. . . when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:10; NIV). Therefore, we need to stay strong in the power of the Holy spirit and not let ourselves slip back into our old ways. John said it so simply: “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (3:30; KJV). While salvation is a free gift, we can’t expect God to do everything for us. We must choose to walk in His indwelling power each day. Yes, it’s a choice.

Ephesians 5:17-19; (NLT).
       “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord.”

The Indwelling Power

God has sent Jesus to save me,
and I have invited Him in.
Then why does my spirit continue
walking and living in sin?

Wandering onward in sorrow,
my failures reveal waves of shame.
I think that life is just hopeless,
Will I ever be free from my pain?

Oh man of the earth can't you see it?
Your flesh is always in charge.
Why do I have such a small space,
and your flesh, a place that's so large?

Your flesh loves the sin of the worldly,
but self cannot be satisfied.
T’will stain you with the shame of your actions;
stains impossible to hide.

You’ll devour and demand even more sin,
and the larger it grows in your breast,
there’ll be no power to stop it,
And you’ll never have time to take rest.

Now, the fighting, the struggling, the losing;
don't you get tired of it all?
While you're trying to walk you are stumbling.
When you try to run you just fall.

The failures that keep you distracted;
they're part of the enemy’s plan.
He wants you to bow to his spirit
in defeat, just as long as he can.

But you know you belong to the Father.
He's the Victor of spiritual war.
It's not only bread that you live by.
God has given you, oh, so much more.

If you lay down the baggage you carry
of selfishness, pride, and of lust,
then the spirit of God can come fill you,
and give you a power you can trust.

You can trust Him to fight all your battles.
You can trust Him to be your best friend.
You can trust Him to keep you from falling.
He will fight for you right to the end.

No it won't be the end of your battles.
You will probably fight evermore.
But with God’s holy spirit within you,
you’ll have already won this old war.

The choice is yours now dear pilgrim
to walk in the draw of the flesh,
or be filled with God’s holy spirit
with a power divine, full and fresh.

The suffering from guilt will be over.
Together with His spirit you’ll be one.
So why don't you turn to the Father,
and say, “Holy spirit, now come?”

“The self-man I’ll no longer treasure.
He'll be my master no more.
Now, I’ll yield to the power of the spirit.
Oh, fill me with Thyself evermore!”
© rdouglasVeer 9/6/2005

A Brand New Page
       New beginnings are so inspiring. In them we hear opportunity call, we see hindrances vanish, ideas emerge, and new life arise. The possibilities are endless. It’s also encouraging to know that our God is a God of new things. After all, He created the universe in six short days by speaking them into existence. And after He created mankind, He came to our rescue many times, making new pathways for us. Like when Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be delivered from her enemies; He was creating a new life for His chosen people. And when we personally accepted Him as our Savior and became born-again He created a new work inside of us. As we look to this new year, let us also find new ways to dedicate our lives to the Lord and worship Him.

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
       “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
       “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

A Brand New Page

There is a saying old and worn
as ancient as the shining sun.
And it’s been proven through the years
that “time and tide waits for no one”.

One minute, hour, day, and week
are followed by a year that’s passed.
Time will not stand still, you know.
No life on earth forever lasts.

The best of days should fill your time
with building blocks that shape your life.
And listen for the Lord’s advice
before the midnight clock does strike.

For soon the new year will arrive.
Can He count on you to do your part?
As you delight in all His ways
He’ll grant those desires of your heart.

No matter how reserved you are
or how unnerving it may sound,
each page of life must well be turned
with care as this year comes around.

My friend, the time has finally come.
Another year has crossed the stage.
So look ahead with hope and courage
as you turn a brand new page.
  © rdouglasVeer 12/30/2019

       Some people claim that happiness is what “worldly” people have and joy is what “Godly” people have. Scripturally speaking, there are no examples of this; the two words are used interchangeably in the Bible. What is clear, however, is that people who have a certain type of joy, namely, “spiritual” joy, are much more joyful or happy than those without it: the joy that comes from knowing Christ. Christmas is that time of year when we are reminded of how God came to Earth in the form of a baby; He came to die for the sins of man and save the world. But we have become culturally distracted by decorations and packages and business, and the true meaning of Christmas is often forgotten. We need to intentionally remind ourselves and others about the miracle of Jesus, and about God’s great love for us. Let us celebrate the Christ of Christmas, and not the hubbub of the holidays.

Luke 2:10-14; (NKJV).
       “Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. . .’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”


I was asked to write a poem about
the day that we call Christmas.
It comes but only once a year
and fades so quickly from us.

And if perchance the truth were told
then truth would make us say
that Christmas is remembered only
on that soon forgotten day.

The Golden Cow of merchandising
that fills pockets with bills and coins
has now become the greatest sound
above all the Christmas noise.

"Joy To The World" has waned
and "Away In A Manger" has too,
amongst the glitter and chatter of
what the world has convinced us to do.

"Come celebrate our Macy's sale!
For all, you can buy clothing and toys!
It's Christmas and the spirit of shopping
is how this season of fun is enjoyed."

Yet somewhere from our distant past
the sound of steeple bells
makes us remember a simple call
of One born to save us from Hell.

Yes, this may be hard to face today
due to all the reasons given
for replacing the real reason we celebrate:
. . . a Child, brought to us from Heaven.

In poverty born, yet still a King;
the greatest gift ever known
was offered to us that Christmas day
by Jesus who now sits on the throne.

The gift is called "forgiveness from sin"
and salvation from Him is for all
who don't forget that "Christmas is Jesus";
it’s not about the shopping mall.
© rdouglasVeer 12/7/2019

How it All Happened:
The Christmas Story
       Isaiah saw Jesus and caught a glimpse of His glory. God used many "code words" to identify Yeshua--Jesus--in the Old Testament book He directed Isaiah to write. As we study this book, Isaiah will come alive to the reader like never before. We will take a journey through the fulfillment of prophetic events--past, present and future including "end-times" prophecies that are relevant for today. Most of all, we’ll see the person of Jesus revealed in its pages.

Isaiah 53:3, 6, 7, 11b, 12; (TLB).
       “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care . . . All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”

How It All Happened:
The Christmas Story

Isaiah listened to the Lord,
and in obedience
He said, “A child will be born to a woman
of total innocence.”
She will be pure and He will be,
“Wonderful counselor.”
And on His shoulders He will carry the weight
of the whole world.
Isaiah just repeated what the Lord had
spoken to him,
but many years would pass before that marvelous
life would begin.
Time had passed on, and One was chosen to be
the mother . . . a virgin,
who would give birth to the One who would carry the world
and all its burdens.

A virgin child? How could that be? How could she
birth a child?
Nothing like this had ever been heard. This was
way too wild!
She was espoused to marry a man of
excellent reputation;
one who had not been with her in an
intimate situation.
And yet an Angel spoke to him and told him,
“Do not fear.
Take this child and treasure her, and the child you
will hold dear.”
So the man obeyed the Angel and took her
as his wife,
even after she gave birth to a precious
little life.

And the girl became a woman, a wife
and mother too,
because she trusted the Angel who told her
what to do.
She married the man . . . he married her . . . and just as
the Angel told,
He became the Savior of the world, a world that
was so cold.
A world that was so cold with hate, that
it rejected Him,
and would not follow in His steps, and
walk away from sin.
Could they have been so wrong, so wrong? That they
just couldn’t see?
Couldn’t they see how much He loved them; enough
to set them free?

Well years have passed since Isaiah spoke
God’s prophetic Word,
and the child was born to the virgin and now
mankind has heard
that if we listen closely to what God has
spoken here,
we’ll see how trust and obedience has
triumphed over fear.
God sent His Son to keep us free and offer
life to us,
and all He asks is that we give Him the right to
win our trust.
If man back then could listen . . . and God
if they’d obey,
you and I can do the same, and
trust in Him today.
© rdouglasVeer 12/16/2018

Ham-Hocks 'N Beans
       Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to count our blessings. God is so good to us, beyond what we
deserve. From the grand to the simplistic, we have so much to be thankful for. We sometimes take for granted what many folks don’t have, like perhaps a warm dish of ham hock’s and beans and a loving Mother who prepared it. This year my prayer is this: “Thank You Jesus for the roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food on my table, and shoes on my feet. Forgive me if I ever complain and forget my great blessings.”

Psalm 13:6; (NKJV)
       “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalm 68:19; (NKJV)
       “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18; (NKJV)
       “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Ham-Hocks 'N Beans

Ham-hocks 'n beans, 'n turnip greens,
'n okry on the side.
Thank You, Lord, it's a feast I KNOW I'll eat;
‘sbetter 'n anythin' fried!

Some hot cone-bread 'n buttermilk,
'n sorgum in a jar.
The eatin'est best in east or west
from near or e'en from far.

If it’s a meal you wanta feel
a stickin' t'yer insides.
Then belly up t'Momma’s stuff
'n lordy, don’t be shy!

With cone-bread broke in th'buttermilk,
‘n sorgum on some too,
y'kin look 'n look 'n not find a cook
t'do what Momma kin do.

Y'chew on hocks 'n okry 'n beans
'til yer nearly gonna pop!
Then finish off peach cobbler 'n crust
w'cream all up on top.

Ham-hocks 'n beans 'n turnip greens,
'n okry on the side.
Thank You, Lord, it's a feast I KNOW I'll eat,
at least until I die.
  ©rdouglasveer 3/17/98
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A Christian Pumpkin Poem


        Have you ever lit a match in a room that was pitch black? It's amazing to see how something as tiny as a matchhead could illuminate an entire room. Even a tiny amount of light is powerful and the darkness can never overpower it, (see John 1:5).

        In His "sermon on the mount," Jesus said that as Christians, we are the salt and the light of the earth. And He pointed out that salt isn't any good if it's lost its flavor, nor is light effective if it's hidden.

        Halloween will be upon us tomorrow and many Christians cringe at the thought, for good reason. But what better time could there be to radiate Jesus to those who live in spiritual darkness, corruption, and confusion? One strike of God's matchhead will uncover those things people do in secret. There's nowhere to run from God's piercing eyes and penetrating truths. He knows our hearts better than we know them, ourselves.

        God loves people too much to let anyone perish, so He shines His light of conviction upon us so His truth will set us free. We also need to let the light of Christ shine through us so we can help others find the pathway to the Father and tell them what God's love is all about.



Matthew 5:13-16; (ESV).

        “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”


John 1:5; (NLT).

        "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."

A Christian Pumpkin Poem


I am a Jack O' Lantern

My light will shine so bright

For I am a Christian pumpkin

My symbols tell what's right


My nose is like the cross

On which our Savior died

To set us free from sin

We need no longer hide


My mouth is like a fish

The whole wide world to show

That Christians live in this house

And love their Savior so!


The story starts at Christmas

My eyes are like the star

That shone on Baby Jesus

And wise men saw from far


My color it is orange

Just like the big bright sun

That rose on Easter Day

Along with God's own Son


And so on Halloween

Let's set our pumpkins out

And tell the trick or treaters

What God's love is all about!

Author Unknown


Remembering My Daddy
       My sister and I were saddened to see our father decline. He said on the phone one day, "I never thought I would see the day when I would pass away." I'm sure we all think about that. For many, it is quite a mystery. We wonder where we will go.
       Some people believe there's just a big "blank" when we die. Some people believe God exists, but they don't ask for His help until they're at death's door. And some people don't have a chance to accept God . . . because they die suddenly.
       My dad was never religious but he did believe in God and he did understand God sent His Son, the Messiah to save us from our sins. I shared this with him many times and when I saw him in the hospital I encouraged him to "call on the name of Jesus" when his "time" would come.
       Later, I learned Dad shared with others, how he had asked God to take him to heaven, and he described a vision of Jesus coming down from the cross to walk with him.
       My dad knew the truth. And I am confident he accepted God, personally into his heart.
       The gift of salvation is for us all. Each of us will face death one day but if we want to be saved, we need to accept Jesus and humbly ask Him to forgive our sins. This is the Christian faith.
       Jesus is the only way to heaven; however, the choice is yours and mine. God will never force anyone.

Romans 10:13; (NLT).
     “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

John 14:6; (NLT).
     "Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'"

Remembering My Daddy

Such a little tyke was I
to get my Daddy’s hug;
he'd call me his mosquito;
in Hungarian . . . his petite "Szúnyog."

(Then) came my sister, Sylvia;
her name had come to be
but her nickname in Hungarian was
my little deer, my sweet "Csimbi."

Dad was rough and he was tough;
he seemed hard as a nail
but food upon the table
was always there, without fail.

"Hard work" was what he taught us
as our lives continued on,
but there were times of goodness, too,
when he'd even sing us songs.

My mother's folks would sometimes . . .
have us come and stay.
Grandpa'd sit at the piano
and all evening he would play.

The house would fill with merriment;
with laughter and with joy,
and what I'd say deep in my heart was
“Boy, oh boy, oh boy!"

"Nyud-mama" would twirl me,
around and all around
and no where could a person find, a better
Grandmama in town.

I was just so little then
and they all seemed so tall!
But that was truly fine with me;
'cause there was fun for all.

Yes, my Daddy was a worker,
as strong as he could be.
He must have spent a million hours
each day in that factory.

He put bread on our table
and clothes upon our back
and not for either one of these
did we find any lack.

The work he did with his strong hands
was an expression of his love.
Then one day God began calling him
to His Heavenly home above.

Yes, memories of my daddy
are a jumble of different thoughts
but he was just a "working man,"
not some astronaut!

So, was he perfect? Of course not, but then,
who can ever be?
Not a brother or a sister,
or a neighbor, and not me.

Still, my greatest memory
(will) forever be, when he
told me that he saw Jesus
nailed upon the "Tree."

And that’s when he asked God, above
to come and take him home;
he knew his sin-debt was paid by Christ,
and he'd never be alone.

For the God of all creation,
sent His perfect, only Son
to die in your place and in mine;
He died for everyone . . .

. . . so we could come as Daddy did
without silver or gold,
whether we would be quite young,
or as Daddy, rather old.

You see, God has created,
an entrance that holds true.
That open door will lead to Heaven;
a place for me and you.

One day, I will take that road;
the one my dad walked on
and I will bet that I will hear him
singing still, a song.

But this time he’ll sing out the words
“Never more will I to roam,”
as he welcomes every traveler
to his Heavenly home.

My daddy, now is waiting.
He's been waiting for you and me,
ever since he accepted Jesus
there upon Calvary’s Tree.

Yes, Daddy’s with the Savior,
the Messiah who calls him friend
and now he has a new life;
one that will never end.

Soon, I will be with him
when this old life is done,
and I now invite you to come,
yes, each and every one.

Well, that’s what I remember.
and yes, all of it is true.
I just wanted to share my heart
and my dear daddy . . . with you.
rdouglasVeer © 9/22/2022

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