Friday, October 13, 2023

For Pastor Appreciation Month, draft no. 3

Pastors deal with lots of guff,

Rants and rage and tedious stuff.

Saturdays are all awash,

Scanning o’er the week’s midrash.

Yet somehow you don’t seem to mind,

Your manner stays cheerful and kind.

There’s but one way this could be true:

Because you trust that God’s got you.

I thank God* for the work you do,

I know that it will bear much fruit.

Pastoring’s not easy, even with gifting,

Praying you let the Spirit do the heavy lifting.   


*Pastor Dan preached on how one should thank God and not people once. See? Some were listening.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

For Laurn, draft no. 3

For Laurn, draft no. 3

Friend since high – nay, middle--nay, elementary days

Who’s near at heart though miles away

Lover of cats, crafts, and secret potions.

Eloquent, sharp, a wee bit coven.

The woman you’d want on the scene,

If you'd caught salmonella or COVID-19.

Laurn Mank has stood the test--

Wishing her peace, and joy, and all that’s best.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Breakfast choices, draft no. 1

I made him scrambled eggs

After we had fought;

It feels good to be reconciled

Just as Jesus taught. 

I could have just stayed angry

and burned the time away--

I'm learning to stay better

and love him, come what may. 

Hand wrinkles haiku, draft no. 1

Hand wrinkles are here

Proof of service and love

No shame in aging