The Blessings of Life

How often, when I see a rose
Do I remember the Creator who made it?
How often do I pause in gratitude at the beauty
And ponder how blessed I am to see such a rose?

How often, when I see a person
Do I remember the Father of all mankind?
How often do I pause in gratitude of the people I know
And ponder how blessed I am to be together?

How often, when I’m in a trial
Do I remember the Ultimate Trial on the cross?
How often do I pause in gratitude of my Savior
And ponder how blessed I am in my Brother?

How often, in my busy life
Do I remember the things of deep importance?
How often do I pause in gratitude to God
And ponder the blessings of life?

A God of Commandments

I was reading through some old mission poems I had written, and found this one that I apparently never wrote up and sent home. I decided to publish it today. The verse I was reading that inspired this was Mosiah 2:36-41.

Originally written Nov 7, 2018

A God of Commandments

“Keep the commandments of God,”
I read.
Then paused.
Commandments of God?

Why does a God of love,
a powerful Heavenly Father
give us, not guidance, guidelines, suggestions
advice, or even rules, but commandments?

Is it not enough, I thought,
just to be told what is right?
Why must God command me?
Why commandments, specifically?

Perhaps one answer is
that, though commandments have their punishments,
they also have rewards attached,
and God wants to reward us all.

Another thought may be
that God loves us so much
and knows the dire consequences of choices —
mere advise is not enough.

But when faced with a commandment
or choice is not to follow good advice or bad,
but to follow the God of the Universe,
our Savior, Redeemer, and King.

And if it takes guilt’s pounding pressure
and sin’s so bitter pain
to make us choose to change, to turn
back to the path home again,

then I think that it was worth it,
the commandments that God gave.
And so, I’ll follow the commandments of God,
to live with Him again.

The Miracle of the Sacrament

The Miracle of the Sacrament

If you saw the peace
   in the little crust of bread,
   as eyes were closed
   and thoughts turned upwards;

If you saw the cleansing
   in the little cup of water,
   as if liquid light were poured into a silhouette,
   and great drops of brightness overflow;

If you saw the power
   Christ was willing to use in your behalf,
   the legions of angels armed for battle
   awaiting your prayer for their help;

If you saw the gifts
   He holds, willing to give you,
   the blessings He prepared to make you happy,
   and the joy of living with Him up above;

If you saw the desire
   The Spirit has to live in you,
   to talk to you, to be your friend,
   to make you into something wonderful;

If you saw all this with spiritual eyes –  
   the miracle of the sacrament –  
   would you live the rest of the week
   the way you do now?