"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." 2 Timothy 2:20-21
The past year has brought nightmarish difficulties to our household. The LORD has sustained and encouraged us through it all - by His Word, His Spirit, His people, His material provision.
In this poem - which I compiled over the months - I focus on some of the blessings He has provided. These are all things that have touched my life. Yes, even the bat, which I saw during the day on one of my walks, clinging upside down on a neighbor's tree trunk with tiny brown babies tucked under her wings.
Long this may be, but there was much more I could write. (Like about how Gammy stayed with me while the family went to Jennifer's wedding. Then a few days later brought elderberry extract to our sick family.)
Please forgive the creative grammar. Sometimes the cryptic language is meant to have double meaning or to protect someone's identity. Other times it was used because it better suited the rhyme & meter.
~ Thank You, LORD... ~
~ By Julia Kautt, April 2008 ~
...For Butterflies & bats, dragon flies & bees
...For bright red geraniums,
English ivy on trees,
...For cardinals, chickadees, gray mourning doves
...For dear, helpful children,
a husbandwho loves.
...For sunshine & rainstorms, & even mosquitoes
...For relatives & friends, we have multitudes of those
Who express loving care in myriads of ways,
...For understanding looks, Janette Oke's books*
and for laughter on "bad hair days."
...For produce baskets, a car,
...For the Word of God daily which brings us such hope
...For pencils & paper, a commission to write
...For pillows & fans, air conditioning at night, (Also during the day!)
...For teacups & quilts & funny greeting cards
...For wild brown bunnies in neighborhood yards
...For astonishing drawings, from big hands & small
...For bright family portraits hung on my wall.
...For dishes & voice in three-part harmony
...For Mozart, Bach, Handel & Canon in D
...For piano, violin, mandolin, guitar
...For my children's making lovely music from afar.