Poems of Comfort in Times of Grief

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Simply put…a two poems of comfort for times of grief.

 

The Moment That You Died

The moment that you died

My heart was torn in two

One side filled with heartache

The other died with you.

 

I often lie awake at night

When the world is fast asleep, and

Take a walk down memory lane

With tears upon my cheeks.

 

Remembering you is easy

I do it every day

But missing you is heartache

That never goes away.

 

I hold you tightly within my heart

And there you will remain

Until the joyous day arrives

That we will meet again.

~ Unknown~

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Walking With us Forever

Our lives go on without you

But nothing is the same

We have to hide our heartache

When someone speaks your name.

 

Sad are the hearts that love you

Silent are the tears that fall

Living here without you

Is the hardest part of all.

 

You did so many things for us

Your heart was kind and true

And when we needed someone

We could always count on you.

 

The special years will not return

When we were all together

But with the love in our hearts

You walk with us forever.

~All-greatquotes.com~

An Earth Day Photo Celebration

My Good Time Stories

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It is hard to believe that 50 years ago, on April 22, 1970, America celebrated the first Earth Day. Over the course of the next five decades, Earth Day has become a global day of recognition. Since today is Earth Day, I decided…what better way to celebrate this special day by posting beautiful pictures from around the world!!

I hope you enjoy the following Earth Day Celebration!!

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An Earth Day Photo Celebration

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It is hard to believe that 50 years ago, on April 22, 1970, America celebrated the first Earth Day. Over the course of the next five decades, Earth Day has become a global day of recognition. Since today is Earth Day, I decided…what better way to celebrate this special day by posting beautiful pictures from around the world!!

I hope you enjoy the following Earth Day Celebration!!

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A Giggle for the Day

dragon-pan-_7l2FS4FicM-unsplashIf you are tired and bored of staying inside these past few weeks and you are feeling cloud of gloom and misery over your head…then this post is just for you! There is nothing better than a good giggle to lighten your day!

So, here we go!

Forrest Gump dies and goes to heaven. He’s at the pearly gates met by Saint Peter himself. However, the gates are closed and as Forest approaches the gatekeeper, Saint Peter says, “Well Forest, it’s certainly good to see you. We heard a lot about you! I must tell you though, that the place is filling up fast and we’ve been administering an interesting examination for everyone who wants to come in. The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into heaven.”

Forrest responds, “Sure is good to be here Saint Peter Sir, but nobody ever told me about any interest exam. I sure hope the test isn’t too hard, life was a big enough test.” Saint Peter goes on, “Yes, I know Forrest, but the test has only three questions.

First what two days of the week begin with the letter T?

Second how many seconds are there in a year third?

Lastly, what is God’s first name?”

Forrest leaves to think the questions over.

He returns the next day and sees Saint Peter who waves him up and says, “Now that you’ve had a chance to think the questions over, what are your answers?” Forrest says, “Well, the first one, which two days in the week began with the letter T? Shucks, that was easy…that be today and tomorrow

The Saints’ eyes open wide and he exclaims, “Forest, that’s not what I was thinking but you do have a point and I guess I didn’t specify, so I’ll give you credit for that answer.”

“How about the next one?” asks Saint Peter. “How many seconds are there in a year?” “Now that one’s harder,” says Forrest, “But I thought and thought about that and I guess the only answer can be 12.” Confounded, Saint Peters says, “12? 12!? Forrest, how in heaven’s name could you come up with 12 seconds in a year?” Forrest says, “Shucks, there’s gotta be 12: January 2nd, February 2nd,  March 2nd,” “Hold it,” interrupts St. Peter, “I see where you’re going with this and I see your point…though that wasn’t quite what I had in mind…but I’ll give you credit for that one too.

Let’s go on with the 3rd and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name?” “Sure” Forrest replied, “it’s Andy.”  “Andy?!” exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated Saint Peter…OK, I can understand how you came up with your answers for my first two questions but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?” “Shucks that was the easiest one of all,” Forrest replied, “I learned it from the song…ANDY he walks with me, ANDY he talks with me, ANDY he tells me I am his own.”

Saint Peter opened the pearly gates and said, “Run Forrest run!”

 

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When I Grow Up

My Good Time Stories

sabine-van-straaten-HF4Hy8jFhEY-unsplashI remember when I was a little boy, watching and following my dad everywhere and wondering to myself what it would be like to be a “grown-up” and whether or not I would ever be as good as him. My father was a photographer who had his own little studio where he would take family portraits or pictures of people and their pets. He was also the photographer for a little town newspaper which had subscribers all along the New Jersey coast.

Wherever we went, everyone just seemed to know him, and they loved him. He always brought a smile, a laugh, and good cheer to others. I remember thinking how awesome that would be if someday, when I got older, when I became a “grown-up,” I could do the same and have people think the same way about me.

Hopefully…I have become a lot like my dad.

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When I Grow Up

sabine-van-straaten-HF4Hy8jFhEY-unsplashI remember when I was a little boy, watching and following my dad everywhere and wondering to myself what it would be like to be a “grown-up” and whether or not I would ever be as good as him. My father was a photographer who had his own little studio where he would take family portraits or pictures of people and their pets. He was also the photographer for a little town newspaper which had subscribers all along the New Jersey coast.

Wherever we went, everyone just seemed to know him, and they loved him. He always brought a smile, a laugh, and good cheer to others. I remember thinking how awesome that would be if someday, when I got older, when I became a “grown-up,” I could do the same and have people think the same way about me.

Hopefully…I have become a lot like my dad.

Of course, there were other people in my life that I always thought would be nice if I had some of their attributes as well. They all influenced my life to make me the kind of person that I am today.

What does your children or other people think of you?

Today’s poem is a beautiful writing that shares with us the questioning mind of a little child and how they, so much, want to be like their adult companion. Good “food for thought!”

 

When I Grow Up

 When I grow up

          I want to be like you…

I want to be big and strong

          I want people to like me just as they like you –

I want to play sports,

             I want to dribble

         Spike, run, throw, bat, dive and roll…just like you.

                           I think you’re wonderful

          and you always will be…

I wish I was grown up now.

          Do you think that I will be tall?

Do you think that I’ll be good like you –

Will there be enough left for me

          When I get grown-up?

Will you help me – will you show me the way?

          I want you to

                           Because…

When I grow-up I want to be just like you.

 

~ Bonnie Beach ~

Easter…With A Nod to Dr. Seuss

My Good Time Stories

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A friend of mine recently sent me the following poem about Easter…with a modern day twist. It has a hint of the legendary writer, Dr. Seuss, and of the times that we are all now experiencing.

It os my hope that this little poem brings a smile to your face, strengthens your faith, and inspiration to your soul.

“Easter…With A Nod to Dr. Seuss”

‘Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began

Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,

Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave…

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Easter…With A Nod to Dr. Seuss

rod-long-aJvSX36kweg-unsplashAround the world, millions upon millions of people celebrate one of the holiest and most blessed days of the year, the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is through that beautiful hope and promise that Christians base their faith upon, that like Jesus, we too will be someday resurrected and live with Him for eternity.

A friend of mine recently sent me the following poem about Easter…with a modern day twist. It has a hint of the legendary writer, Dr. Seuss, and of the times that we are all now experiencing.

It os my hope that this little poem brings a smile to your face, strengthens your faith, and inspiration to your soul.

“Easter…With A Nod to Dr. Seuss”

‘Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began

Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

 

People were sick, hospitals full,

Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

 

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,

The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

 

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.

They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

 

April approached and churches were closed.

“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

 

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.

No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

 

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.

The world was focused on masks and on tests.

 

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.

“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

 

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.

The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

 

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.

The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

 

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.

“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

 

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!

Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

 

And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”

 

So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.

 

It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.

 

Why, this sound was triumphant!

It couldn’t be so!

 

But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.

 

Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,

 

Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!

 

Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine

 

Stood puzzling and puzzling.

“Just how can it be?”

 

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,

It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

 

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.

“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

 

And what happened then? Well…the story’s not done.

What will YOU do? Will you share with that one?

 

Or two or more people needing hope in this night?

Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

 

The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,

And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

 

So, this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,

As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

 

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.

May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.

 

May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,

May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.

 

May 2020 be known as the year of survival,

But not only that – Let it start a revival.

 

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

A Prayer for the Times

My Good Time Stories

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The world has been brought to a stand-still and millions of people around the world are struggling and need a sense of peace and comfort. This is a prayer that was recently posted by a friend of mine whose friend is a Lutheran pastor. I thought that this supplication would be something worth sharing to people who may need it.

May we who are merely inconvenienced remembered those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we have had to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

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A Prayer for the Times

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The world has been brought to a stand-still and millions of people around the world are struggling and need a sense of peace and comfort. This is a prayer that was recently posted by a friend of mine whose friend is a Lutheran pastor. I thought that this supplication would be something worth sharing to people who may need it.

 

May we who are merely inconvenienced remembered those whose lives are at stake.

 

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

 

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

 

May we have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

 

May we have had to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

 

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

 

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

 

During this time, we cannot visually wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

 

Amen.

Things Kids Teach Us About Life

My Good Time Stories

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Most of you who have been following my blog over the years, know that I am a Physical Education/Health teacher and a coach and have loved my job throughout the past 31 years. The one constant during those years have been the joy and excitement that I receive from my students. Their passion, zeal, and enthusiasm about life is contagious. This kind of positive atmosphere usually always uplifts my spirits, enlightens my soul, makes me smile. Every day of school is a new adventure..you never know what is going to happen…what will be said or what will be done by these young people. Usually, the younger they are, the funnier things happen.

So, it should be no surprise, that one of the things that I enjoy posting from time-to-time are some of the silly, hilarious, and downright goofy things that kids do…and sometimes teach us. Such is…

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