My birth-day and my name-day came around
Today. And with a little thought I found
It easy to appreciate the things
That bless me most, despite the happenings
That grind us down throughout each day life.
My God – You have preserved me from the strife
That threatened to undo me. From the scum
Who schemed to bring me down and when undone
To pick my bones clean and throw them away:
Despite their evil schemes: I’m here today.
My home, my wife, my children – all of these
I hold them all with open hands. One sees
Them as Your gifts I share with You awhile:
A mother’s laugh, a child’s growing smile.
While momentary, these are precious things
I overflow with joy – and my heart sings.
These gifts from You I never did deserve.
I’m blessed. You love me – and without reserve.
Come Jesus – take me home. If not today
Walk by me as I trek the narrow way.