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Where’s the Peace?

Peace is the very essence of God’s love, and, to me, the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, our peace is often gained or increased by trial and/or discipline, which can be unpleasant or painful.

At times it seems life is just one discipline after another, and we wonder when we will get to the peace. But if we seek God, we will find His peace. Yes, we will always have difficult times, but when God’s peace begins to seep into our hearts and minds, we will be quicker to hand the difficult situations to Him, knowing He is in control.

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No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

 

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For Should I Choose

For Should I Choose

 

a-me-212When I was a little boy

I’d get hurt, and I’d cry

He’d tell me to stop crying

Or get something to cry about

A whimper or sigh

Would bring his fury upon me

I learned that silence

Was the way to avoid pain

 

To this day I seldom show pain

Or angst… in front of people

I’m a strong and tough individual

Because I was made to be so

But I am also very caring and sensitive

To the needs of others

I try not to let the softer side of me show

Hiding it

Behind a quick and sarcastic wit.

 

A song often haunts me

Slipping unbidden into my thoughts

                        And in the naked light I saw

                       Ten thousand people, maybe more.

                       People talking without speaking,

                       People hearing without listening,

                      People writing songs that voices never share

                     And no one dare

                    Disturb the sound of silence.

An old Simon and Garfunkel tune

 

It can take hold of my heart

And squeeze the life out of me

Smothering me with sadness

Bringing a lump to my throat

And a chuttering, sighing sob

Struggling for release

 

Always

I swallow hard and hold it back

For should I choose

To let the sound… any sound

Pass my lips…

I will surely

Disturb the sounds

Of silence

 

Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

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Stay In Your Seat!

I wrote a poem, A Striking Example, based on the story you are about to read. It’s a painful tale about my first day of fifth grade in Mr. Powell’s class; a day that began with me having a very painful tail.

It was common knowledge that Mr. Powell was a feared and respected teacher and those of us who’d drawn him as our fifth grade teacher knew full well we would have to toe the line or suffer the consequences, via his “board” of education. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay In Your Seat!

I wrote a poem, A Striking Example, based on the story you are about to read. It’s a painful tale about my first day of fifth grade in Mr. Powell’s class; a day that began with me having a very painful tail.

It was common knowledge that Mr. Powell was a feared and respected teacher and those of us who’d drawn him as our fifth grade teacher knew full well we would have to toe the line or suffer the consequences, via his “board” of education. Read the rest of this entry »

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