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Margaret’s Prayer

The two Margarets were Scottish covenanters. Margaret Wilson was only eighteen years old and unmarried. She and Margaret MacLachlan were executed by drowning in the year 1685. Margaret MacLachlan was an elderly widow, killed for praying with her family. Margaret Wilson was killed for refusing to swear religious fealty to the king of Scotland. Both were tied to stakes on the beach at low tide, which Margaret MacLachlan closer to the water. This poem comes in after Margaret MacLachlan had died, and Margaret Wilson was being urged to give in. I’ve always admired both of these women, but I feel more of a connection to Margaret Wilson, who I wrote this poem about. I know it’s not great, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

“Please pray for the king,” called her family from the shore
“I will not deny Christ, I will soon be with my Lord” 

“Pray for the king now! The water’s at your shoulder
Swear the oath before you die,” demanded the old soldier 

“No, no, no,” she groaned, “no sinful oaths for me
“I am one of God’s children, death just sets me free” 

Shouting a curse, he thrust her head beneath the waves
Pulling her back up he said,“pray for the king, you will be saved” 

“Save my life and lose my soul?” she looked at him with scorn
“I knew that I might die for Christ the day I was reborn” 

“Just say God save the king and we can all go home”
Tears filled her clear gray eyes, but she was not alone 

“Lord,” she said, “save the king, from his wickedness and sin
“And help him to be a light for You to those under him” 

With another curse he let her go and let her die
And after one last choking breath she went to be with Christ

~Stephanie Joy

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“White As Snow”

White as snow, white as snow
Though my sins were as scarlet
Lord I know, Lord I know
That I’m clean and forgiven
By the power of Your blood
By the wonder of Your love
Through faith in You I know that I can be
White as snow

~Author Unknown


Randomly…

I’ve gotten a few requests recently for an update about life. Well, that’s not exactly what I like to write about, mostly because I’m not much good at it… but I’ve got this awful case of writer’s block or something. So I figured I’d give it a try…

I had my graduation reception a couple weeks ago, and it was beautiful. Nothing really fancy, but still so nice. And I’m still working on my thank you notes… my apologies for my slowness on those to anyone reading this who’s still waiting for one. Since I’m so at a loss as to what to say right now, here’s my favorite quote from all the notes and cards I received… “Instead of approaching the canvas of our future with an unsteady hand and crossed fingers, hoping everything will work out okay, why don’t we take the supply of talents and blessings He has given us, and let the Master Artist direct our brush?”

I’ve also been working full time, of course, and saving for college. Business has been rather slow this summer, which some are blaming on the economy. Why do we blame everything on the economy anyhow? Personally, I’m thinking the lack of customers is due to the oddly cool weather, and I’m certainly not complaining about that. Over all, the summer’s been pretty busy so far, but somehow I’m finding it rather relaxing. I guess that’s what happens without school… but, yes, my summer has been spent in working, writing thank you notes, taking long walks, baking bread, playing with my camera, and, well… actually I think that’s about it. My life may sound boring, but there’s actually plenty happening around me to keep things interesting.

Yes, you read correctly, after boycotting the kitchen for almost two years, I’m baking bread. I randomly decided a couple weeks ago that I wanted to make bread, and then realized I never had. Being the perfectionist that I am, I’ve now decided that I need to learn to make good white bread. Practice makes perfect, right? I sure hope so, because I’m getting quite a bit…

For those of you who have noticed and are wondering, yes, I’m wearing a lot more skirts and dresses. There is an explanation for that, hopefully coming soon… as soon as I manage to get my head back on straight.

Oh, and just for the record I had a lovely Independence Day, despite the slightly disparaging post. I spent most of the day talking with one of my best friends, and in the evening had a nice time doing dinner, fireworks, and a movie with my family, and of course the random teenagers who seem constantly attached to the family.

Next week, my older brother and his family are coming to visit! He has the two most precious kids… and I can’t wait to see my niece and nephew! Anyhow, I’m kinda excited about that…

The other day I was shopping with mom, and suddenly noticed that there was school supplies out when I was walking though the store! I suddenly realized school starts in less than six weeks. It still seems almost unreal that I’m actually going to California. I keep telling myself that I need to get more organized… but day after day passes and nothing gets done. But then, I will be done at work a couple weeks early, so maybe I can get organized then… I hope. It’s like school ended and my entire will to keep moving died. I need my adrenaline back!

Well… that’s my life… I imagine it’s pretty boring to most of you. And that’s really all I have to say, except that the other day I found some quotes I liked, so I figured I could post those here, too.

“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul who we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of our faults.” ~ Charles Kingsley

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Sit in revery and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘all right, then, have it your way.'” ~ C. S. Lewis

 

Alright… now I’ve written quite a bit and not really said anything. Now I’ll stop boring you all with my random scribblings. Just one more thought…

God is so good! It seems like there’s a little something every day to remind me that He loves me so much.

Life is a love song that He’s always singing
A message of grace and love from our Lord
Life is a dance but you’re not the one leading
Let God take your hand, follow Him to the floor


“My Friend”

My friend, I stand in judgment now,
And I feel that you’re to blame somehow.
On Earth I walked with you day by day,
And never did you point the way.

You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
You could have led me safe to Him.

You taught me many things, that’s true;
I called you “friend” and trusted you.
But I learn now that it’s too late,
And you could have kept me from this fate.

We walked by day and talked by night,
And yet you showed me not the light.
You let me live, and love, and die,
You knew I’d never live on high.

Yes, I called you “friend” in life,
And trusted you through joy and strife.
And, yet, on coming to this dreadful end,
I cannot, now, call you “my friend”.

~Author Unknown