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Gratitude's Psalm
by Robert Barra 
09/07/12
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You have trumped my pride with Your grace,
   beating my bitterness with Your kindness.
With my life I see Your face,
   even with all my wretched blindness.

You have given more than I had sought,
   and Your gift shows me Your Love.
With this Joy that You have brought,
   came the gentleness of a dove.

If I was only a fourth as grateful,
   I'd still have reason to praise Your name;
      and if my life was three times fateful,
         through it all I'd know Your fame.

This is the blessing that leaves me dazed;
   I'm confounded by what You've done.
In spite of my sin Your love's unfazed,
   this, the washing, the blood of Your Son.

Then You gave even more*,
   while I was lost, beyond Your pleasure.
This is my life, it's reason for:
   to know Your ways of boundless measure.

So make me know Your plan for me;
   it will soften this hardened heart.
Through the Truth, set me free;
   tear my life all apart.

Break my heart, unto utmost Joy,
   and I will be the better man.
Still in Your eyes I'm like a boy;
   while in my eyes You're the I AM.

Behold, my brothers, the one unseen;
   who firsthand knows the Lord is kind.
Though I've been worse than mean,
   I have become gratitude defined.

9-7-2012

Where today could have been a bitter day of regret and painful disappointment, the Lord sought to bless me with a surprise visit on another website from my younger daughter, Elizabeth. She is the mother of my only granddaughter, Hayley Marguerite. Where someone once sought to hurt me He has sought to bless me with the return and reconciliation of one of my most prized things in my life.

Today, if things had gone as planned I would have been married to someone. Because she acted foolishly (third suicide attempt; once with my; two other times before I knew her) I had to end the engagement. So where I was expecting this day to be one of regret and disappointment it turned out to be one of dumbfounding joy.

After years of not talking I found myself catching up with my youngest daughter,  Elizabeth. She found me on this site and sought to reach me. Her name here is 'Select'. So I plan to use the weekend that would have been my honeymoon to catch up with my daughter, the mother of my granddaughter, Hayley Marguerite.

This is a pic of them:

http://allpoetry.com/journal/9951689-Lizzie___Hayley-by-M0ofi3

I thought to share my joy with you.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." ~ Ephesians 3:20-21

"For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands." ~ Psalm 92:4


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