LESSONS OF HUMILITY







In Loving Memory

The following selection of poetry was submitted by Monica Garrett and has a poem about the Garrett's daughter, Grace.

It was written by her Mother in Law, Helena, who died at the age of 90.
Many who pass before us leave a voice that leads the way.
Thank your for your beautiful memorial and for sharing with us, Monica.
May God richly bless you.


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God Has Not Promised Us A Smooth Path

My Love For Thee

It's Up To Him

The Cardinal's Song

I Have No Care
Beauty In The Morn
My Life

Work Hard

The Good, The Bad

If The Sea Is Rough

He Shall Come

Baby Grace

Called To Harvest

O. To Be Used Of God

Fly Free, My Soul

The Greatest Songs

My Verse For Today

I Climbed A Mountain Path Today

Christ's Love

Star Of Hope

Lean On My Strength

Close To The Heart Of God

The Bitter Changes Into Sweet

GOD HAS NOT PROMISED US A SMOOTH PATH



God has not promised
Us always a smooth,
Carefree Path...
But He has Promised
Us always from all
of our Troubles
a glorious aftermath!

He has Promised Us
        His Light
Along the Way,
And To Listen To Us
When We Pray.

He has Promised
        To be with Us
        In Sorrow
And He has
Promised  Us
A Bright and Shining
        Tomorrow!

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MY LOVE FOR THEE


Bright as a Lighted Candle
Shines In My Heart
My Love for Thee
Bright as the gleaming
of a Star...
and
that shining Love Sets
        Me Free!
Bright as the gleaming
of a Star...
And that shining Love
Sets Me Free.
Free from Doubt
        And free from
                Fear.
        All worry Now
has flown on swift
Wings - I know not
where. I only know
It to be gone.

And Peace that passeth
        understanding
Fills My Waiting
        Heart.
Joy floods All My
Being as it's ugly
        Cares
                Depart.

Thy yoke Is Easy.
Thy Burden is
        Light...
And even through
The darkest Night
I have no fear
Thou art Near.

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IT'S UP TO HIM


It's Up
To Him!
Life may seem
        Grim
And it's outlook
        Dim.
But, just leave
It  All
To Him.

For Christ
With His
Master Hand
Shall Turn
        It All
Into Something
        Glorious
                And
                    Grand.
                


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THE CARDINAL'S SONG


The Cardinal's Song
Was so low and
        Sweet
Almost like a
Cheerful Voice
        Calling.
I knew that it had
A message for Me,
And that was the
reason I found it
So enthralling.
I think it was
        Softly warbling
        To Me,
"Let it be fully
        Understood
That All Things
Work Together
to those who love
        The Lord
                For Good".



I HAVE NO CARE


I have No
        Care
        Lord,
For What  Awaits
        Me
out There
Today, Tomorrow
Or Next Week.

I suppose
That I Shall
Have My share
        Of Joy
and of Woe.

Yet all seems
Clothed in Glory
as I go,
Somehow
        Divine,
Because  I find
My hand
Held fast
in Thine!


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BEAUTY IN THE MORN


There is such
        Beauty
In The Morn,
of all of it's
Yesterday's Troubles
        Shorn,
And like a
Pearly Newfound
        Shell,
Telling Us that
         All
         Is Well.

As pure as gold
        Is Early Morn
When The Soul
Finds Itself
        Reborn...
ready to face
Whatever should
        come
of Storm or Sun.




 MY LIFE

May My Own Life ~
Follow The Brook's
        Along.
May It Bring
        To Others
A Clear, Constant
        Song.

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WORK HARD


Work Hard
Do Your Best.
Let God do
        The Rest.



THE GOOD, THE BAD


The Good The Bad,
        The Beautiful,
                The Sad.
It is All of Life's
                Weaving.
I love It All,
To stand or fall,
And Naught
Shall find
                Me
        Grieving.
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IF THE SEA IS ROUGH


"If the Sea is rough
It will get smooth.
If it is Smooth, It will
Get rough."
        

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HE SHALL COME


He Shall Come
With Healing
In His Wings.
He Shall Come in a Miracle
        of Grace,
We shall even catch a
        glimpse
        of His Face.
He shall Come in a
        Miracle of Grace.
He Shall Come With Healing
        In His Wings!
This to My Waiting
        Heart Sweetly Sings!
He shall Come
        With Healing
In His Wings!



BABY "GRACE"

(A gift From God)

When She smiles,
All Heaven pauses
And Watches ~ and
Smiles Too.
She is so very
        pretty
With her Eyes
of Blue...
And with  those
Enchanting dimples,
        Too!

She loves her
Little Pacifier,
And is an expert
At putting it in,
So that her fond
        Parents Wonder
If This Battle
They can ever
        Win!
She is so entertaining
When she Carries
                On
A Conversation
        All her Own.
To hear her Would
        Really Melt a heart
        of Stone.

She talks in such soft,
Tender, Cooing tones,
        And hardly ever
                Moans.
Sometimes a little Cry
Will turn into
A soft sigh `.

It sounds as though
        She says "Oh Well,
I guess it will All
Turn out all right,
Somehow or Other...
By Tonight."

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CALLED TO THE HARVEST

        (Thanks Giving)

The Harvest is Ripe at last.
The ground was fresh -
                Plowed
In The Spring.
The furrows went
                Deep.
The Seed was freely
                Sown.
The Harvest is Ripe;
The Standing Fields
                of grain
Are laid low by
The Shining Scythe.
I labor long over Thy
                Task,
And  though Weary,
My Heart like that of
a Soaring Bird
                Is Blithe.
I come Singing to Thee.
The warm, waving
Fields of Golden Grain
At last are Thine.
I bow low at Thy
                Feet,
giving Trustingly into
        Thy Precious Care
All that is Mine.

             


O, TO BE USED OF GOD


O to Be Used
        of God.
This is My Cry.
Lord, This Vessel
        Is empty
        and clean.
Do not pass Me
                By!
Lord, I am
Waiting and still
Wanting only
of Thy perfect
                Will!

Just to be used
        of Thee!
When Thou
        Sayest,
"Whom shall
        I send?"
Lord, Send Me!
        
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"FLY FREE", MY SOUL


"Fly Free", My Soul
From petty
        Cares,
and that Small
        goal
Which thee
Ensnares.

Fly Free!
And See
How Wide
Is The Sky
When
        thou
Hast caught
The Vision
        High.
                


THE GREATEST SONGS


I Pray that
I May always
See in All
That guides
        Me
        Thy
        Design.
The Greatest
        Songs
Are sung to
Thee.
The Greatest
        Thoughts
        of Man
Are Thine.
        

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MY VERSE FOR TODAY


I could feel
        Better,
But...I could feel
        Worse;
So I shall pen
a Small - great
        Verse...


When The  Good
        Shepherd
Reaches Out His
masterly Hand ~
Life will be
        just Glorious!
just Grand!



I CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN PATH TODAY


I Climbed a Mountain
        Path
        Today
I often do this
as I Pray
I  Was  far Above
        Ordinary Things.
It Was as though
My Feet had
                Wings!
In starting the Climb
I bore a load
        of Cares,
But God kept letting
        Me Know
They Were Only
Satan's snares...
And When I was
        Part Way Up
The Mountain
        Road
I dropped the
        Entire
Weighty Load.
The Climb Took All
        Day
But the Skies, instead
        of darkening
Kept growing
                Lighter.
My spirits
        Rose
And became
        Ever brighter
                And Brighter.
The heaviness in My Heart
        All fell Away,
For I was Walking
        With God
                All Day.
I took a Mountain
        path Today.
I often do this
        as I Pray.

   

CHRIST'S LOVE


Christ's Love
Is Wider
Than the Ocean
Far More
Bountiful
Than The Sea...
And With All
        The Love
He has
He still
Remembers Me!
I Know In Myself
I am Not
        Worthy
of any
Smallest
        Part.
Yet He
Reaches
        Out
To draw
Me
Close
        To
His Very
        Heart.

His Love
Enfolds
And Draws
Me.
I Cannot
Stay Away.
I Would
        Remain
Close Forever,
And Never
 From Him
        Stray.

His Grace
In fact
Suffices
For My
Every
Deficiency
As His
        Love
Makes
A New
Creature
Radiant
Fearless
        and
FREE!

If you do
        not Know
My Conqueror,
Then Come to
         Him
           Today.
He has
already
Redeemed
        You.
All You
        Need
        Do
Is Pray.
For Jesus'
        Love
Is Wider
Than The
        Ocean ~
Far More
Bountiful
        Than
The Sea ~
And With
All The Love
He Has
        He still
Remembers
You and
                Me.

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STAR OF HOPE


Star of Hope -
Star of Light,
Star of Darkness
Star of Night.
Star of Silver
        Star of Gold,
Star that
                guided
Men of Old.
Oh, Wondrous
        Star,
Light Our
        Way
To The Savior
        Today.
        


LEAN ON MY STRENGTH


Lean on My
        Strength
For I am
        Strong,
Walk With Me...
        The way Will
                Not
        Seem long.
Cherish Me
above All
        Earthly  Loves...
And I Will
Guide and Bless
                You
        From The
                Heavens
        Above.

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CLOSE TO THE HEART OF GOD


Close to the Heart
                of God
I would stay,
Sheltered in His Love
                and Care.
Strengthened and
                Fortified
By HIS Constancy
                Answers
To My Prayer.
                * * *
Close To The Heart
                of God,
O What a Sweet
        Place to Rest!
There I gain such
        Real Assurance
        That Everything
        In My Life
                Is Blessed.

Deep In The Heart
        of God ~
O What A Wondrous
                Place...
So Filled to
                Overflowing
With HIS Marvelous
        Strength and Grace.



THE BITTER CHANGES INTO THE SWEET


The Bitter Changes
Into the Sweet
        As JESUS helps Me
        My Troubles
                To Meet.
He strengthens
                My Heart,
        And tells Me
        That He will play
        A great part
                In solving My
                Problems
        And lifting My
                Cares
        In Answer to
        My Multitudes
                Of Most Sincere
                and  Humble
                        Prayers.

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