The Launch

Oh Lord, today we launch our child, for years You’ve loaned this gift from You

The joy he’s brought into our hearts, a blessing to our lives, it’s true

We launch him now into the world, You set his course upon Your word

You shaped his life from long ago, the gospel message he has heard

Years he’s spent within our nest, soaking in his parent’s best

A strong example we have been, to help him to forsake his sin

And be the man he longs to be, serving You eternally

Now he mounts upon the wing, to seek God’s will in everything

My son, we’re proud of you today, we’ve seen you walking in God’s ways

And now he goes to do Your will, his heart is what we have in view

Your Spirit leads and guides him there, to the place where he’ll serve You

Prepare the woman that You have, that he will know makes him complete

And godly wisdom let him bring, where at the gate he’ll take his seat

The launching pad is empty now, but at Your throne we humbly bow

To thank You for this awesome treat, to launch Your child here at Your feet

To impact others with Your word, and shape them with the truth we’ve heard

So now, we launch ourselves anew, together fly, our course is true

Walk with God in paths of light, showing others what is right

Cleanse our lives and use us Lord, touching lives beyond our reach

Drawing them into the fold, all the ones You bring we’ll teach

Serving all those You elect, infuse them with Your joy divine

Bearing with our frailties, one day with God we will dine

Your truth will guide our hearts to You, it always will, Your word is truth

It seeks us out in our distress, and changes all our Nos to Yes

You’ve made us all Your merry band, leading us by Your strong hand

To follow in the path You’ve set, to follow the God we can’t see yet

Our future is at Your command, be in Your glory, at Your right hand

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 29, 2017

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Guardian Hearts

Title copied from Major Max Geron’s article, “Reflections by a Dallas police officer.”

www.hlswatch.com/2016/07/09/reflections-by-a-dallas-police-officer 
In response to shootings of police officers around the nation

Faithful men together serve, protecting us, they have the nerve

Facing down what we would not, sometimes they have to fire a shot

Desire to help and lend a hand, put on the shield and take a stand

Punish crime and do what’s right, they’re serving late into the night

Pursuing justice at all costs, praying zero lives are lost

Their families love and wish their best, on those who daily don the vest

Their hope’s reborn with each new day, that they will make it through the fray

Their loved ones can’t with certainty, know they’ll come back home to be

Their father, mother, husband, wife, that they have known most all their life

They daily dread that phone call, brief, officer down, they’re left with grief

Out on patrol, they do their best, to be alert for each behest

Supermen and women too, all take the heat for what they do

Accountable to every one, for all their battles, lost or won

No secret foe that they can’t meet, while they’re walking on their beat

Good examples that they are, impact lives both near and far

The hope we had back years ago, is melting like a lava flow

It seems this world is headed down, from peace to war, it’s dying frown

God’s law today is worthless to, those who want to take from you

Protect us now from worthless men, who hate their fathers, not their sin

Their rebellion eggs them on, they reject God’s only Son

The call comes in and out they go, how will it end, they do not know

When threats exist they man their post, it’s public safety they want most

Protecting all who come their way, no matter what they have to say

When others freeze, they will respond, they give their best, their word’s their bond

Facing down both gun and knife, giving life for valued life

By Justin Ogden

Copyright July 1, 2016

One Good Word

 

One good word is yours to say, to help a friend along their way

A chosen sound that leaves your lip, to help them when they’ve hit a dip

To you, it’s really no big deal, but to them, it’s very real

Words have power, that’s evident, to our mouths that power is lent

Mental blocks are swept away, by what we tell ourselves today

Our words will impact others here, and often times we speak them dear

And other times in anger rent, it takes much work to mend and splint

But sometimes, just a single word, can mend a heart and change what’s heard

Attitudes get worse or improve, based on what we would behoove

Choices, like the things we say, can impact others every today

So if you meet a hurting soul, give a word like a dinner roll

Choose them wisely, keep them brief, and they won’t bring you too much grief

Change a heart; change a life, words can put an end to strife

So be the picture of God’s grace, speak His word and seek His face

For our time is limited, that good word starts inside your head

So think of things both true and just, and speak them when you may, you must

And watch the fruit that your words bear, they’ll be your reward up there

And one day when you’re down and out, and all you want to do is pout

All the words you’ve given away, will come back to your heart to stay

Outlook altered, motivation, we’re acting like we’ve had vacation

One good word, encouragement

Unto you the power is lent

By Justin Ogden

Copyright August 12,2016