THE GIFT…a short story

As I sat on the park bench I happened to glance down and see a peanut sitting inconspicuously behind one of the legs.  Naturally, I bent over and picked it up.  Glancing up, across the walking path, I noticed a squirrel suddenly stop his constant hopping and digging to give me a hard stare of anticipation.

Laughing aloud and looking down at the small nugget of gold, that I obviously held in my hand, I debated whether to toss it over to the little grey fur ball or hold it out as an offering.

Isn’t this what we do in life sometimes?  We know what the right thing to do is, yet we hesitate and try to figure out another path. 

Instinct tells me to toss the peanut to the squirrel, so why don’t I do just that?  Is it God whispering to me to toss the small gift, and, in return, me trying to rationalize another or better way?  Perhaps.

Am I being selfish to want the squirrel to come and take the prize from my hand?  Why do I need that confirmation of its trust? 

In the end… I tossed the peanut to the squirrel and he cracked it and ate it then and there.

My reward was found in my own smile and warmed heart!  Thank you, Lord!

Hebrews 13:16  “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

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HER SEASON

The last sunset to grace her eyes

Brought her tears of joy

This precious gift of life was ending

In this she had no choice

Tree, Sunset, Amazing, Beautiful
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But, oh, what delight she knew

From childhood to old age

The seasons that she’d witnessed

Blessed throughout her days

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And as her loved ones gather ‘round

To pay their last respects

She smiles as each one kisses her

And hugs her around her neck

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A whisper, barely audible,

To bid them all goodbye

As her heart stops

And she smiles down

Above from where she flies

SANGUINE… a poem

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Float away

Like a leaf on a river

Ascend high

As an ash on the breeze

Dive deep

Like the great Blue Whale

Burn hot

Like lava into the sea

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Be wise

Like the owl in the night

Speak loud

When defending the truth

Forgive completely

When the anger has passed

And laugh like you did

When you lived in your youth