Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Love Stories All Around; The Pricelessness of Fellowship

Love is all around,
It inspires me to see it,
Recognize where goodness is found,

In the sacrifice of a great-grandparent,
Well up in years, who gives years of life,
To invest in the young,
Service to others, over self and fun,

The secret gift quietly handed, 
To the loner's hands, whose been socially branded,
No one was looking,
It wasn't for accolades,
It was for LOVE that effort was made,

To say, You matter,
             You are significant,
             You matter to me,
Do your best in this world child,
I pray with the Father you will be,

May have let you down,
But in our God, there is a LOVE,
To be found,

Admiration of men,
Tis de-valued by him,
Men's conduct itself tends to discredit the race,
But in position with God,
That's where we can be strong,

All of us have limits,
We will not be able to live, love, or give as God,
But in Him we can do better, 
And recognize and hold dear, 
The demonstrations of LOVE
Around us, year after year,

Grandparents who live to pour in where they can,
Of LOVE and morals, God word take a stand,
Share HOPE of things eternal, 
And friendships from God, a life that is grand,

The single woman I know,
Physically strong though small,
Accomplished and independent,
She now lives to serve and give back,
By being CASA advocate for 6 or so sibling groups,
In foster-care,
She is the one that has been steadily there,

Hurt lonely people,
Who unite in faith and grow in love,
As they seek to provide a HOME,
Build a home, which honors God above,
And embraces and edifies all who are a part, 
Makes life-long commitment,
To the children who need, who were the reason
For this START 
(new beginning as family)

The over-comers, 
The leaders, the ones who bear,
A history, a past, that you would not guess,
Much has been accomplished,
To survive and stay nice,
Looked for ways to contribute,
Be true to one's word,
Service, dependability, steadfastness,
Be heard,

All around,
I see good and I see bad,
May I glance over the bad, and settle on God,
Focus more on the LOVE and goodness,
In this world around me,
The demonstrations of LOVE, 
By real and true folks,

This is the pay-off, if you invest,
Time, care, stay a spell, 
Get to know the community around you,
And you will see,
Lots of amazing LOVE shown,
In front of me and Thee

The rescuers of orphans,
The preachers to prisoners,
The organizers of good things,
The encourage-ers to who needs,
A smile, a hug, stretched patience,
Phone call, visit, card, tasty food offering,
Service for Him,
Be encouraged around you,
See demonstrations of LOVE,
And do not forget, 
Good and perfect gifts come from above,
You see glimpses of God, when you see LOVE

My heart was touched deeply this week as I attended a great community celebration, and also as I reflect on members that I know from my community and my local Christian fellowship.

Each line, each stanza of my poem... people, situations,  came to my mind.  Each line, phrase, stanza is in honor of someone I know.

I know that there are heroes like I see here among me, all over the world.  A blessing of fellowship, or getting to know the people around you, is getting to know their stories.

I am inspired.

May you learn the stories around you, and be inspired.

Endure.  Persevere, with hope, mercy, and grace.  
Love will grow in your fellowship, as strive to 

focus on the good and lovely. 

build one another up.

If you would enjoy more encouragement towards fellowship, please follow the link to a wonderful collaborative blog called Telling Hearts...... Introduction to Telling Hearts Fellowship Series

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