Acknowledged Care

For the hospice care team

Your healing touch upon the heart, sustains our loved one through the night
You remove worry, calm our nerves, delete our fear and end our fright
Your reassurance gives us hope, for what we’re facing every day
Yes, love exudes from your big smile, from what you do and what you say
You know the end is coming soon, but you maintain our dignity
Your priceless care for a valued soul, acknowledged here by those who see

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright September 11, 2018

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A Morning Prayer

For the hospice team

Father,
You give to us Your caring hands, to serve the hurting, dyng man
To help the child or woman who puts all their faith and trust in You
And even those who know You not, we care for them with all we’ve got
Help all today to feel You near, and to hear You whisper in their ear
And give us strength in all we do, to give our best in service true

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright Aug 30, 2018

Out Over the Ocean

Over the Ocean with skies oh so blue
I ponder my time here and I’m missing you
I wait for the lines or the words to a song
The rhythm of rhyming that pulls me along
My space is so limited to just my one seat
In the bathroom there’s room to just stand on my feet
We’re high up to heaven and the earth looks so small
Not a place people live but a painting on the wall

God’s perspective is different, and His thoughts are not ours
God fills up the heavens it’s too small for His power
His vastness is hidden in infinite space
And the bright glow of wonder in a learning child’s face
God reaches through heavens and eons of time
To whisper my name and meet me on His dime
It boggles my mind to consider his ways
But God knows and plans all details of my days

He’s the wisdom of nations and the help of the weak
And He gives all His kingdom to those who are meek
God controls kings and princes with whispers of truth
And fills up the hearts of His children with youth
God restores to the broken and wipes away our tears
Brings meaning and purpose to our wasted years
Creation itself brings just glimpses of God
But He walks beside us each step that we trod

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright July 16, 2018

The Path From Here

Our best friends in life often have to go on when death parts us temporarily

Today I lost my true best friend, whom I must wait to hold again
Their yesterday was difficult , now I rejoice, released from pain
The plans I made for what I’d do, seem out of place if I am sane
Outside it feels like summertime, but in my heart it’s winter still

The value of my things has changed, I need them not I want them less
Priorities are all in flux, what matters most, I can’t confess
Where is the sign that “You are here,” if I knew that I would not stress
Determining which way to go, I have to ask, is this God’s will?

Relying on God’s truth each hour, I know his voice, He leads the way
Our closeness is a growing thing, He tells me what I need each day
Stability relies on God, I’m helping others cope today
Although emotions come and go, I know that my God loves me still

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright May 28, 2018

Leaning on the Lord

When times are tough our weakness is supplanted by God’s strength

I ask you Lord to guide me, for you’re always at my side
I need You here to help me, so that I don’t run and hide
And when the tide comes over me, Your arms are open wide
When storms deal fear up to me, You let me come inside
When rejection reigns in place of love, in You I will abide

Today I’m clothed in regal love
My blissful home is up above
My spirit soars up like a dove
His hand works through me like a glove

My problems don’t all go away
Our pain is real at end of day
Though I can’t change things my God may
God’s healing comes through what You say
God’s coming soon, He won’t delay

Sometimes this life feels so absurd
I trust Your will, I trust Your word
Your mighty love is seen and heard
One day my sin, it will be cured
Your sovereign hand keeps us assured

My love for You I can’t contain
Renew my song and my refrain
My heart today You will sustain
Because God lives I will remain

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright May 26, 2018

Gathering

The Leaves in my yard are still there from last year,

They’ve never been raked, and so they’re still here

You know raking is work, now, and it takes some time,

Takes patient endurance, like making a rhyme

It struck me that neighbors are much like these leaves,

Just putting around, like dirt with no seeds

They’re close but not touching, like our family,

And often seem distant, each one with their need

With no one that’s close to them to rely on,

By sharing God’s love, new life we can spawn

Fresh hope from the Savior, like cheese over bread,

His peace fills our heart, as we each bow our head

Our neighbors are people, just like you and me,

God loves and He cares, and He wants them to see

The change in our lives that His presence has wrought,

Our freedom from guilt that forgiveness has bought

If we cannot show them, and we cannot tell,

I wonder if we really know God that well

If our only claim (the difference in us) is a habit or two,

A deed we have done or just our attitude

We’re fooling ourselves that we follow the Lord,

That we have been changed or that we love His word

For unless He is living inside of our shell,

Giving us power to love others well

Fueling our faith in God’s only Son,

Believing we’re saved based on what Christ has done

Drawing us rightly to feed on His word,

To worship each week through the preaching we’ve heard

To pray for His blessing on all those around,

To cleanse us and heal us, lest sin should abound

To ask that His will might be first in our heart,

Our tithes and our offerings, we each bring our part

The gospel will reach through our hearts to the lost,

Through our love and service, we’ll each count the cost

The Elect and the Chosen approach God in fear,

Repenting, forgiven, they’re now drawing near

Called to His kingdom, their task is at hand,

Proclaiming the Savior, on His blood they stand

Beloved of the Father, and chosen for grace,

His mercy is new as He looks on each face

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright April 14, 2018

Ironing Board Lessons #2

Mom’s life lessons on family

There in the basement, her iron in her hand, my mother was teaching on life to this man
Contentment is peaceful, no strife in your way, you simply relax and enjoy your day
Your marriage is teamwork, you trust in your spouse, and while they’re away, you’re at work keeping house
You’re in need of nothing, your wants are supplied, you trust in the Lord for all things beside
Life’s little pleasures are all around you, if you strive too much, you’ll miss out on them too
Simple is better, slower is best, contentment is cultivated while you’re at rest
Time that you spend with your family is rich, don’t miss it for nothing, don’t take the bait switch
The job and home life are balanced, you see, for raising up children the way they should be
His contribution is to work at his job, dads will provide through their labor of love
Habits of goodness, our citizenship, we knew better than to give any lip
The mother’s love labor is here in her nest, where she teaches us the things that are blest
Molding our character, making us good, even if we unwillingly would
Now fully trained, thus all became we, what was often referred to as a family

By Justin Ogden
http://www.theWordInRhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright February 1, 2016

Ironing Board Lessons #4

Mom’s life lessons on God’s providence

To boys, a rock is just a thing, sometimes we try to make it zing
Or drop it in a water pond, or in our pocket, will abscond
Or toss it at a distant tree, it’s lots of fun for you and me
Sometimes ideas just percolate, and good or bad, they seem like fate
Let’s steal some ice cream from the fridge, let’s drop a rock from off the bridge
Let’s do the things that sound like fun, if trouble comes, then we’ll just run

Mom’s dear daughter got her way, to ride up in the front today
Beside her mom who loved her so, and often smiled and told her, though
Her brothers on her oft would turn, and her forgiveness they must earn
For treating her with such disdain, and causing her such endless pain
A mother’s work, it’s often said, wake up the kids, get washed and fed
So off to church we’re going now, perhaps things will go smoothly, POW!

No warning, lesson learned to late, no chance to stop, to extricate
That wasn’t what we meant to do, ‘twas just for fun, we thought it true
The stone we dropped from our hand here, it broke the glass by Mother’s dear
As falling things accelerate, it made the sound that we both hate
We knew then that we would get caught, our aim is better than we thought
From now on, rocks stay in the pond, of cars and bridges we’re not fond

The tiny specks of shining light, flew from the hole up on the right
And they traversed the open space, between the windshield and her face
As I considered who’s at fault, Mom brought the car to a quick halt
Expecting to hear cries and fear, she turned to see my sister dear
Then their eyes met and Mother wept, the glass from her eyes had been kept
Thankful, looking to the skies, that angels covered both her eyes

God’s present with us every day, though we don’t sense or see His way
Life changing things can happen quick, and lessons that we learn will stick
God’s not a genie that we call, but He protects His children, all
He does not keep them from all pain, but He will maximize their gain
Be with them through their sorrows deep, and in His fold will safely keep
Those who trust can safely dare, to follow their God anywhere

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright March 3, 2018

Ironing Board Lessons #3

Mom’s life lessons from the kitchen

There are two trays of cookies baking in the oven
I can see them through the glass, and I know I’m gonna love ‘em
Mom stands there grinning while she’s working at the sink
And then while I’m staring in, she asks me, “What ‘cha think?”
I ask her what she’s making, and she says it’s birthday cake
Hope I can sneak a taste, ‘cause it smells good, for heaven’s sake
The beaters spin, the bowl, it turns, ingredients pour in
Each measured to exactness, in their needed order, then
It lays upon the batter, just like snow upon the ground
It doesn’t seem to do much, it just goes round and round
Surprised was I, it did not mix, for it was a mixing bowl
Mom said the beaters were required the make the batter whole
The cake would just not taste the same, unless it’s all mixed up
And your drink won’t taste like water, if there’s milk down in your cup
The things you like are good because they’re mixed from other things
Good taste is just the product of the flavor each part brings
And each part on it’s own has not a flavor you’ll enjoy
But when they’re mixed together, you’ll jump and shout, “Oh boy!”
Life is like that chocolate cake, some things we don’t prefer
But blessings will soon win the day, this wisdom straight from her
The joy we have is little things that we don’t see at first
And if we don’t enjoy them, it seems our bubble’s burst
Most things in life we can’t control, though try so hard we may
But my happiness and attitude are things I choose each day
The things that God puts in my bowl, I stir them up and see
If something I don’t think I’ll like, will bring surprise to me
For bad things often work out good, we never seem to know
The blessings heaven’s cooking up for those of us below
Don’t judge the things in your bowl now, and put your faith in God today,
Let Him add the things He gives you, trust His hand to guide your way
Don’t mourn your bowl or cry too long, your loss could then be great
Yes, the cookies in the oven, they will burn if you are late

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright February 17, 2018