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Friday, April 27, 2012

Grandad's Lap

another poem from years gone by that touches on the substance of part of our discussion in Weds night Bible Study.

Grandad’s Lap

one of the best memories
that i hold
is as a three year old
climbing up on Grandad’s lap
while he sat in the rocking chair

he’d wrap me up
in my favorite beach towel –
the pink one with the seahorses on it –
and we’d rock

i don’t remember
whether we talked or not -
it really isn’t important

what i do remember
is the security and love
and well being with the world
i felt
as i sat there
with my Grandad
and we rocked

even now
it’s that picture in my mind
sustaining me
as i bring my hurts
as well as my joys
to You
and climb up on Your lap
and from that perspective
learn what real security
and love are

© 1978 kathy jo schramm

The Pruning Time

Discussion at our weekly women's Bible Study reminded me of something I wrote several years ago.  I decided it might be worthwhile to share it here.

the pruning time

there are times
when i feel
i have to work so hard
and grow so much more
than others
just to be me

i am tempted to rebell
and say it's unfair

and then i remember
You are working
towards perfection
with me
You are working
    not for the moment
    or for the day
  but for eternity

this is
one of those times

there are also times
when i feel i have grown
  so much
and You make me realize
if i am going
to look back to
where i've come from
i must also look forward to
where i am going
and who i am called to be

i get so discouraged
because it looks so far away
so impossible
out of my reach

then You remind me
that the only reason
i've come so far
is also the only reason
i can go on....You

this is
one of those times

i've made
a commitment to grow
and You are showing me
that for healthy growth
there's a need for pruning

it's necessary
to cut back
the places where
scars have formed over wounds
in order for a full blossoming to come

i know You would
have me fall short in nothing
through You
and i thank You
for this time of pruning

@1978  kathy jo schramm