“Every Scar Is A Reminder”

10/21,23,25/18. 11/5/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Every Scar Is A Reminder”

Every scar is a reminder
I am mortal, I will die.
Every scar is a reminder
I have made it this far.

Every scar is a reminder
I have lived here this long
By the grace of Almighty God,
He sustains me every moment.

Every scar is a reminder
I have fought for something,
I’ve fought against something,
Won or lost, it was worth it.

Every scar is a reminder
We don’t live in a perfect world,
Life doesn’t seem fair or easy,
Many things don’t make sense.

Every scar is a reminder
Life on Earth is quite short,
Shorter than we want it to be,
Over before we realize it.

Every scar is a reminder
We can’t live in the past,
We can’t go back in time,
We must live in the present.

Every scar is a reminder
There is hope for the broken,
Life past tragedy and suffering,
Joy can live in scarred hearts.

Every scar is a reminder
There’s pain and loss here,
We’re all going to die,
Live to bring God glory.

Every scar is a reminder
There is more to life than
Searching for happiness,
More than temporary things.

Every scar is a reminder
Actions have consequences,
There’s forgiveness and change,
Life’s not without second chances.

Every scar is a reminder
Love is worth fighting for,
Hope is worth holding on to,
Life is not meaningless.

Every scar is a reminder
There’s a God who loves us
And wants what’s best for us,
We can’t live without Him.

Every scar is a reminder
Wounds take time to heal.
Every scar is a reminder
Time is ever moving forward.

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“Love, Hate, and Hope”

11/25/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Love, Hate, and Hope”

Hate like some
And be consumed by it,
Without love in heart
Ruin everything.

Loveless is hopeless,
Constantly failing,
Selfish to no end,
Miserably existing.

No end to falling,
Hate the feeling,
Apathetic to truth,
Indifferent to love.

Burn the expectations,
Disappointing many,
Stop caring for most,
Colder to the majority.

Shoulder the weight
Of miserable existence,
Disengage the world
And feel less and less.

A darkness that swallows
The heart and the hope,
A future unpainted,
Just a black canvas.

Silence doesn’t relieve
The turmoil in the soul.
Driven to desperation,
At the end of your rope.

Screaming for change,
Desperate to hope again,
Need more than just words,
Sick of cliches and platitudes.

Now the truth and hope
Seem so far from reach.
Everything seems dark now,
Where has all the light gone?

Scratching the walls
Trying to get out of here
Into the light of hope,
To be anywhere but here.

Where you haven’t looked yet
You can find what you need.
What you used to ignore
You can trust and live by.

There is much more to life
Than what you know now,
What you’ve learned to hate
May be what you need to love.

Have you thought about it?
Did you just let other people
Tell you what to believe in?
Why do you hate what you hate?

What do you love the most now?
Do you know what you need most?
Do you have meaning and purpose
In this life or are you lost and confused?

“A Little Rest”

12/2/18
Written by: Victor P.

“A Little Rest”

So little silence,
So much noise,
All these distractions
Make me numb.

Trying to think,
Trying to rest,
Trying to manage
My breathing here.

Trying to feel
The same way
I did before.
Life is changing.

Mind is cluttered,
Heart is weary,
I need quiet,
I need rest.

I pray and I try,
I wait for the passing
Of the empty moments
And the grey days.

I think it’s coming,
Some rest for heart and mind,
A break from the rushing
Of weekday work and all else.

The weekend is here
And I won’t waste it,
I’ve heard much noise,
I was distracted often.

I’ve made little time
For what’s important,
I’ll make up for it now,
It’s the least I can do.

Interrupting the routine,
A little solitude here,
Time to think and rest
Albeit for a little while.

It’s quiet now,
The noise stopped,
Distractions are removed,
This is what I needed.

A blessing in plain sight,
Won’t take it for granted,
Won’t waste what I’m given,
I’ll make use of what I have.

I am content
With what I have
When I count my blessings,
When I thank God for it all.

“Everything Is”

10/13/18. 10/14/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Everything Is”

My heart’s crushed under the weight
Of my burdens, trials, temptations.

Everything is darker
And I see it.
Everything is colder
And I feel it.

Everything is confusing,
I can’t make sense of it.
Every routine’s numbing
So I grow to hate it.

I hear whispers saying “Give up”
But I’m holding on to my hope.
I’m still standing, I’m still breathing,
I’ll keep trying, I’ll keep fighting.

I am turning to the Lord now,
In Him I find rest and comfort,
All the troubles and confusion
Will be put into perspective.

I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders,
I’ve turned my burdens over to Him,
God’s strength is made complete
In my weakness, I realize it now.

My heart sings a new song
To the God who set me free.

Everything is brighter
And I see it.
Everything is warmer
And I feel it.

Not everything makes sense
But I’ll trust God who does.
Routines have their place in life,
I will do it all to the glory of God.

My soul will worship God
Who’s done all that I can’t,
Forgave me for all my sins,
Saved me from damnation.

“Oh, The Night”

11/19/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Oh, The Night”

Oh, the night is dark and cold
But my heart is warm and bright,
You’re here with me,
God, I am not alone.

In Your presence, Lord,
I find rest and comfort,
In difficult circumstances
I can trust You completely.

Father, You are faithful;
I am often disobedient.
Lord, You are merciful;
I’m not kind to many.

What cold is in my heart?
What numbness keeps me
From showing others love?
Father, change my heart.

I search for a way
To be free of fear
That keeps me here
Not changing for good.

You’re the one I need most,
You can take away my fears,
You provide what I really need,
My Sustainer, Provider, Father.

“The Broken Want”

11/18/18
Written by: Victor P.

“The Broken Want”

I’ve seen the words
Carved on broken hearts
“You’re worthless,”
It’s a monstrous lie.

They’ve heard so much
It broke their hearts to pieces,
So many lies told to them,
Oh how they’ve suffered!

They try to smile
But their eyes say
The scars are visible,
The damage undeniable.

It’s darkness they’ve been lost in,
Poison of lies they’ve breathed in,
Confused but still want the truth,
Want to be free from condemnation.

They want to hear a truth they haven’t yet:
Want to believe they’re not worthless,
Want to believe somebody cares about them,
Want to know someone loves them.

Sick of the condemnation,
So sick of hearing the lies
They’ve heard so many times,
Need more than the past pain.

Sunday Praise (12) 11/25/18

Sunday Praise (12) 11/25/18. by me.

This is where I want to be –
In Your presence, heavenly Father.
This is what my soul longs for –
You alone, to be with You, God.

I am learning to praise You,
You’re teaching me daily
To obey You as I should,
To love You and people.

The more I think about You
The more I am amazed, God,
You are wonderful, majesty,
There really is none like You.

Daily You are beckoning me
To come, to be closer to You,
To enter Your presence as I am,
Bringing You my thanks and needs.

God, I look to no other name
For assurance of eternal life,
You’re my hope and strength,
You’re always the one I need.

I thank for the rain You sent
To where the fires were burning,
You washed away the smoke,
I thank You for Your mercy and care.

My heart rejoices in You, Lord,
Help me to rejoice when it’s hard,
Teach me to trust You more and more,
Help me to look to You always, God.

I come to You with praise,
With thanksgiving in my heart,
For You deserve it, You’re worthy,
There is none like You, O Lord.

Christ is my life’s foundation
Firm and sound and sure,
I’ve found no hope so real and true
As I found in You, my Almighty God.

Bring me closer to You
By Your love and grace,
I am seeking Your face,
Learning to love and obey.

God, Your grace is amazing
And You are more amazing still,
You’ve saved me, I’m Your child,
You have given me eternal life.

I know life’s not without problems,
There’s pain, loss, and suffering,
One day You’ll make those things end,
One day You’ll make it all as it should be.

Life is difficult, it’s not simple,
I’ve learned this from others
And I’m learning this myself,
You’re the one I always need.

Teach me to not love the world system
Nor things in it hostile toward You, God,
I want to speak truth to all those perishing,
To tell and show them what they need most.

Blessed be Your name,
Blessed be You, O Lord,
My soul blesses You now
And will bless You forever.

You’re greater than words can describe
And more wonderful than I now realize.
I want to give You a worthy offering
That You deserve and will accept.

Change my heart where change needs to be,
Work in me to change me for the better,
To love and obey and to be more like You,
I see no better change than this for my life.

God, for Your love I worship You,
For Your grace I glorify You,
For Your mercy I praise You,
For Your blesssings I thank You.

The Earth is surely full of Your mercy,
I see Your works when I focus on You,
Though some deny You anything at all
I know it’s not coincidence, it’s You, God.

It is good to praise You
Every day of my life,
You’ve given me all I have,
I thank You for everything.

My God, I enter Your presence,
Now is the time to worship You
For Your love and grace and mercy,
For Your truth and judgments and justice.

God, You’re the joy I can’t lose,
You’re my constant in the change,
You’re my hope and strength and song,
I will worship You now and forevermore.