“If There’s No Meaning”

6/15/17
Written by: Victor P.
Prose

“If There’s No Meaning”

Live a moment,
Live a day,
Live a lifetime,
Live for the sake of living.

Fear of death fills you,
Numb yourself to it,
Drown out the voices,
Avoid the silence,
Can’t escape imminent death,
Feel it in your bones,
Overtaken by the thoughts
Of what could be beyond,
Beyond the grave you fear.

If it’s all from nothing to nothing,
Why fear returning to nothing?
If there’s no purpose to life,
Why hold on so tightly to life?
If there’s no final destination,
No soul, no existence beyond this,
Why bother doing what’s called good at all?

What’s beyond the veil of uncertainty?
What’s behind the doors to eternity?
What’s there waiting for us?
If ultimate truth’s not discoverable
Then we’re all living by opinions,
Subjective individual perception
Colors our meaningless existence.

If there’s no God or if He’s dead
Then we’re as good as dead, too.
No rescue from our emptiness,
No rest from all our searching,
No fruits for all our labor here,
Specks in the void of a Godless universe.

What’s keeping us here all these years?
What’s sustaining us moment by moment?
Can randomness or chance give life?
A fanciful notion conceived in imagination.
If we can see beyond the moment,
What will give us the will to go on?

If there’s no God then there’s no point
To all our trying, searching, striving,
For in the end it all amounts to nothing,
The apex of insignificant contributions
By the spawns of chance and time.

Are we searching for more than who we are?
Is there more to life than existing here?
If God’s not giving the meaning, how can we?

If we’re just here to enjoy our time here
Why are so many miserable and empty inside?
If fun and pleasure can’t fill the void
Then surely there is more to life than that.
If God’s not the answer, who or what is?

Our contenment hasn’t come from people or things
So God must be the answer and the source.
If we haven’t found meaning in everything else
Why not look to God for meaning and purpose?

God revealed that He is there and He’s not silent
But maybe we’re to busy clogging our ears
And too busy to listen to what He has to say.
Hectic, busy, rushing, striving, every day,
We just might be willing to to give Him
The scraps of out time and He best be brief
And to the point if He doesn’t want to disappoint,
Whatever He has to say we’ll give a quick listen
And weigh His words against our desires.

If we’re really trying to find out
What this life is all about,
We must give God time to speak,
Give Him our best attention,
Let Him through His Word reveal
What life is about, the meaning and purpose
We’re searching for and want to find and know.
If we’re not willing to listen to Him
Then we can’t say that it’s His fault
That we’re so empty and restless inside.

If we’re not willing to submit to Him
Without condition, without holding back,
Do we think He’ll reward our half-hearted devotion?
We must be willing to die to ourselves,
Die to our selfishness and our pride,
To live unto Him, to live with purpose,
To live for the reason He made us all.
……….
Glory to God Alone.

“Away With Pedestals” (Long Prose)

6/4/17.
Written by: Victor P.
Long Prose

“Away With Pedestals”

Put me on a pedestal,
Get your hopes up high,
Think me to be someone
With no problems or flaws,
Without imperfections or kinks,
You can think it if you will
But you’ll just be wasting time.

Just watch me fall and fail
Time and time again,
Watch me disappoint you,
See me fail your expectations,
Watch me make mistakes,
See me bend and bruise and break,
See the hopes you had for me
Fall to pieces as reality sets in.

Here’s the simply truth, friend:
If you put me on a pedestal
I just will not stay on it,
It’ll soon be set on fire,
It will crumble, burn to ash,
I will fail you when you least expect it.

See, I’m not a perfect person,
I’m just a sinner saved by God,
I’m not interested in pretending
To keep you happy with me.
I’m not intersted in playing a part
That you have picked out for me
And want me to play for you.

Just forget the pedestal,
The unrealistic expectations,
I know I’m not perfect
And neither are you.

Let’s just face the facts
Though the truth may hurt:
I make plenty of mistakes,
I sin and struggle with temptation,
Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose,
I’m not as strong as I think I am,
I’m not as wise as I could be,
I do foolish things sometimes,
I need forgiveness and grace,
I still need to learn much I don’t know,
I stumble, fall, fail, trip, and slip not rarely.

Sometimes I don’t do what I should,
Sometimes I can’t feel God’s presence,
Some days I just feel empty inside
Until I seek the living God;
I feel unfed and thirsty within
Until I feed upon God’s Word
And drink the Living Water.

See, I am saved but I still sin,
There are things that fill me with wonder
But I’m most amazed by the living God.
I’m living because He sustains me,
Because He gives me another moment,
Not because I’m good or I deserve it all;
All I have I receive from God’s hand.

Without Him sustaining me I’d be dead,
Without His love I’d be dead in hate,
Without His grace I’ve be condemned to Hell,
Without His mercy I’d be dead long ago.

I’ve seen what others do
When pride rules them;
I’ve felt the pain of their words,
I know the end of their ways.

Don’t put me where you’re not willing to stand,
Don’t build your house on sand, stranger, friend.
Don’t put on a pedestal, I just won’t stand there,
I’m not interested in making you disillusioned with me.

Away with all the pedestals!
Away with unrealistic expectations!
Away with all-too-common prejudice!
Away with habitual hypocrisy!
Away with wrong judging!
Away with the idle, vain and heinous,
The things that consume us slowly,
The things that corrupt our hearts,
The things that are abominable to God,
The things that don’t glorify Him!

We need to look at things realistically,
To see things as they really are
Not simply as we perceive them,
We must adopt God’s perspective of things.

Show patience, show grace,
Overlook the common mistakes,
What’s common to all people,
The failures we all share.
Show love without set conditions.

Look at things with a balanced view,
Don’t let you perception be clouded
By some unrealistic expectations,
Don’t put people on pedestals,
They won’t meet your expectations,
They’ll fail you, what’ll you do then?
If you become disillusioned with them
Who will be at fault? Who’ll be to blame?

Avoid the disappointment
And avoid the heartache,
Save yourself time and energy,
You won’t be disillusioned with people
If you don’t put them on pedestals,
Don’t make idols of people or things,
See yourself and others as all really are
And not as you imagine them to be.
…………………..
Glory to God Alone.

“Glory to You, God!”

6/4/17
Written by: Victor P.
Prose

“Glory to You, God!”

O Lord, You are worthy
Of all the praise I can give,
Of all the glory and honor,
Of all the love I can show.

Everything I sing or say or do
Seems to be so small and not enough
Compared to what You deserve
And what Your majesty merits.

You alone are God,
Incomparable One,
Living and True,
Holy and righteous.

You are God alone
Without equal or rival,
No one can compare
To You, living Lord!

You are Creator,
You are Sustainer,
You are Maker,
You are Sovereign.

You are the Potter,
You are the Painter,
You are the Artist,
You are the Sculptor.

You paint the sky
With such masterful strokes,
You light up the night
With the stars You let shine.

God, Your works are beautiful,
They’re aesthetic masterpieces,
My heart is overwhelmed
By Your limitless creativity.

With such design and complexity
You made all things You wanted to;
The inner workings and intricacies
Display Your omniscience and omnipotence.

You have made all there is,
You have created everything,
Everything exists for Your glory,
To glorify You and praise You.

You are holy and just and righteous,
You are merciful and kind and loving,
You are the only living and true God,
You are unchanging, Immortal, only wise God.

Blessed by Your holy name,
You are God forever blessed,
You’re my salvation and hope,
You’re my strength and song.

From everlasting to everlasting
You alone are God Almighty,
I will praise You now and forever,
You are most worthy and deserving!

You are the hope of all sinners,
You alone are able to save the lost,
You are mighty to save even the vilest,
You can forgive even the worst sinners.

Your love is perfect love,
Your mercy without equal,
Your salvation is true and sure,
You keep all promises You make.

Who is like You, Lord?
There is none like You!
You alone are the living God
Forever glorified and blessed!
………………..
Glory to God Alone.

“A Darker View; A Living Hope”

5/27/17
Written by: Victor P.
Long Prose

“A Darker View; A Living Hope”

Just look around you,
See what’s happening
So near and so far away
On this planet even now.

Who can say that there’s nothing wrong?
Who’d dare deny there’s death and pain?
Who’d say it’s all meaningless in the end?
Who says there’s nothing left to live for?

Don’t tell me everything’s okay
Because I know that it’s not.
Don’t spout another cliché,
Who’s not sick of them yet?

I’m not here to spread pessimism
But to call to see things realistically,
To stop pretending everything’s all right
Because the bloodshed says otherwise.

We can’t just sing through it,
We can’t outlast it by idleness,
If we’re to live to see another year
God help us or we’re as good as dead.

This is the world as it is
And you still say
We don’t need a Savior,
You just don’t know
How wrong you are.
Do you really believe
The words you’re saying
Or do you just want a way out,
An excuse, a cheap avoidance, evasion,
To keep yourself from accepting
The truth that’s staring all in the face?

Things look quite dark,
The future so uncertain,
Every day could be our last
So what are we living for?
What are we dying for?

There are so many existing
Like life’s a game to play,
Carelessness and recklessness
Rules in the hedonistic hearts,
Love grows cold but lust burns,
Pleasure’s sought at others’ expense,
Godliness and holiness rejected,
Neglected, overlooked, ignored,
Like nothing matters more
Than feeling good right now,
Getting what the flesh wants,
Wanting what desire burns for,
Coveting without stopping;
Selfishness is consuming lives.

Lost souls seek to numb the pain
Without positive results, only failure,
Nothing of the world can fill the void,
It accumulates, pollutes and corrupts
And pretty soon the rot within sickens,
The emptiness remains, the misery grows.

There’s no hope and no salvation
If you’re looking for it in the world,
The world system hostile to all that’s of God,
It can’t save your miserable and lost soul,
Know that it can’t deliver you from Hell
And if you look to yourself for salvation
You’ll be severely disappointed soon enough,
You’ll find out, God help you, you can’t save yourself.

I’m not here to pat heads and spout clichés,
I’m not interested in tickling eager ears,
I’m not interested in scratching itching ears,
I’m not in the business of parroting platitudes,
I’m not here to play pretend that everything’s okay.

Say what you will and think worse if you want
But my mind’s made up, my purpose remains
To shine the light of hope to a dark world,
To always point back to Christ as the only answer.

Christ is the only hope of this dying world,
Christ is the only Savior of sinners,
Christ is the One who died for the ungodly,
He’s the only way to God the Father,
He’s the Way and the Truth and the Life,
He died to set the slaves free,
To change miserable and lost lives,
To renovate hearts, to change them from stone to flesh,
To bring life where there’s death and misery,
He’s the only one worthy of glory, wholehearted commitment,
All other gods can burn in Hell’s flames forevermore,
God knows they will, all false gods will be destroyed!

So look around and see the dark clouds
But don’t fix your eyes on the present
So much that you’re just standing still
Too afraid to do anything else, really.
Look up and see the sun peeking
Through the clouds, it’s a reminder
God’s still in control, it’s not hopeless,
No matter how bad things may get,
No matter how dark things may seem
Fix your eyes on Jesus, healthy or ill
And know that He has overcome the world,
There’s nothing that can ever stop Him,
He will not fail, He will not lose control,
Nothing can separate His chidren from His love.

If you’re still looking within for salvation,
If you’re still looking within for all the answers,
I promise you you’ll fail in your endeavor
Because it’s a futile one, a waste of time,
You can never save yourself, be sure of that,
You won’t find all the answers to your questions
Looking within your finite mind, that’s a guarantee.

You may think the world doesn’t need a Savior
And much less do you think you need one
But you couldn’t be more wrong
And though you may feel so sure now
That my kind and I are the ones wrong
Time will not agree with your belief,
Truth will not die and fade into the past,
You will see in time that you’ve been wrong
If you don’t persist in your proud stand,
If you don’t continue living in denial
Of the truth that corresponds to reality,
I pray to God you’ll believe one day,
Better sooner than later but I don’t decide,
Your life from first to last breath is in God’s hands,
Realize He’s in control; may you never forget it.
…………………………………………………………
Glory to God Alone.

“Live Every Day”

“Live Every Day” by me.

Something I wrote. Reminders of promises, reality; light in darkness; a look at the bigger picture; to keep things in perspective.

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“Do Not Look Away”

8/25/16
Written by: Victor P.

“Do Not Look Away”

Do not look away
And do not sway
To evil influence
Or false pretense.

We’re dreaming our dreams
And can’t hear the screams,
The suffering still cry,
Their tears who’ll dry?

The eyes that look away
Say what lips won’t say:
Some are too greedy to share
And some too busy to care.

Oh, it’s easy to see
We’re all too busy,
Just too busy to love,
Give of what we have.

We wake up and we see the world,
It seems things are cold and whirled,
Things are not as they could be,
Things could be better, you see.

We’re all prone to doubt,
To wandering further out,
We are falling faster still,
We’re running farther still.

Do not look away,
Avoid the evil way,
Stand your ground,
Hear truth’s sound.

Trying to fill empty hearts
And put back together parts
Broken by words and deeds;
Oh, this is where it all leads.

Honestly, oh, honestly, it’s a sad life
If it consists of emptiness and strife.
Fight it now and rise above,
Life is not life without love!

Who wants things to be this way?
Who doesn’t want it to go away –
All the strife and the wars and the pain?
We must do what we can, it’s not in vain!

Don’t go that way,
Do not look away,
Stop and turn around,
Follow the true sound.
…………
Glory to God Alone.

“Now unto the Lord”

3/24/15
Written by: Victor P.

“Now unto the Lord”

Now unto the Lord be all the glory,
He alone is God all holy, most holy,
None compare, none are His equal.
He shall, nay, He has defeated evil.

None shall defeat Him, no one ever will,
The Lord shall His holy purposes fulfill.
Oh, in the darkest day and in the darkest night
God is near His children, the children of the light.

When troubles come and abound,
Heed soon the wise words’ sound
And place your trust in the Lord
And in the promises of His Word.

Come, give to the Lord always all the glory,
Seek not to leave for yourself any;
Be this a reminder or an epiphany,
Either way, always glorify God most holy!

O now unto the Lord sing praises
For Jesus Christ for our sins did atone;
God Almighty it is Who alone raises
Sinners from death to new life, He alone!

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised,
His Name above all others be forever raised!