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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 05-26-2000 07:32 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Dear God

Dear God, please tell me what Iíve done
To warrant such distress
My heart is filled with sorrow
And my soul with helplessness
I thought my fears were all behind
My dues already paid
And now I fear tomorrowís light
My heart is still afraid

Dear God, please tell me what Iíve done
To warrant utter joy
And so much love and happiness
From just one little boy
Youíve blessed me with four grandsonís now
Four times from up above
I never thought I would be blessed
So graciously with love

Dear God, would you explain to me
Why I must bear the weight
Of dreaded illness that befalls
My family of late
Is this just one more little test
To prove my faith in Thee
Itís very hard to understand
Why you have chosen me

Dear God, I was just wondering
Why You honor so my life
With blessings much more wondrous
Than those others full of strife
My gardenís filled with floral hues
My table lacks no meal
My heart can bearly hold the loving
Sentiments I feel

Dear God, if You could weigh my fate
Upon Your heavenly scale
The truth of life would be displayed
In ways that never fail
Contentment would outweigh the pain
Not in the numbers shown
But in the spiritís well of truth
How deep the soul has grown

You can't weigh sorrow, grief or joy
On any scale that you employ
The spirit has no width or breadth
God only ever measures depth

Elizabeth Santos




[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 05-26-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Sunshine
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1 posted 05-26-2000 07:42 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Elizabeth, for all of the weight I see in this poem, I also see many silver linings.  It is not easy to hear "count your blessings" but you have many, and I count you and yours among mine.  Thank you.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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2 posted 05-26-2000 07:49 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Oh, my friend ...
God sits counsel with you in
the blessings you bestow with
your optimism.
What a joy to read your perspectives.
You do indeed count your blessings.
Your 'depth', He has measured ...
and you have met the yardstick of
His standards ... I'm sure of it.
Love ya', Lizzie.
~*Marge*~


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Nan
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3 posted 05-26-2000 07:53 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I do believe that we all have a balance of blessings and burdens that befall us at different times in our lives... The burdened times are surely difficult. I have great faith in your strength, my friend.. God Bless
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 05-26-2000 08:25 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
No need to say how wonderful this poem is.
I once wrote a poem called "Delemma" it went something like this.

We float
a field
of gravity hence
Weigh
only
in a sense.
We feel
the pull
of gravity hence
weigh
only
as in dense.
A self
made field
that only acts
upon itself.

I don't know if this will have meaning to you
but it does to me. Love Sy
Severn
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5 posted 05-26-2000 08:45 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Lizzy I have to say that this is one of the most precious poems I have read in my life.

Thankyou for sharing this.

Your wisdom and brave heart are inspirational.

You deserve the very best of God's blessings and they are often found in small and unexpected places.

Like in a flower as you say. I saw four monarch butterflies today...all together in a garden - how beautiful they were! God speaks through things like that...

Many hugs
K

Kit McCallum
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6 posted 05-26-2000 08:56 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

This was an incredibly moving poem and touched me deeply Elizabeth.  Please check your e-mail shortly for a message.

Best wishes,
/Kit
Denise
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7 posted 05-26-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is very touching, Elizabeth. God has certainly given you insight and wisdom in all of it. This is excellent. It has blessed me deeply.

Denise
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8 posted 05-26-2000 11:41 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Liz--you have filled my heart up with this wonderful poem to God...your faith and beauiful soul shine so pure and true..your courage is undaunted by your questioning.  Much love and hugs to you, my sweet friend.
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9 posted 05-26-2000 12:57 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Liz

This poem is so deep and perceptive - you are truly a sage (but not a sage hen).
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10 posted 05-26-2000 02:10 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Liz, you amaze me with your wonderful understanding and talent. It's good that you see life is such a way. God bless you, my friend.

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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11 posted 05-26-2000 04:38 PM       View Profile for TerryW   Email TerryW   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit TerryW's Home Page   View IP for TerryW

Liz~
     My dear, I love this.  So heartfelt, so true.  Such a powerful way to realize your blessings.  You have done a wonderful job!  Absolutely amazing!

Love Ya~



 ~you reached inside, you touched my heart,
and I am all the better for it~
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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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12 posted 05-26-2000 05:57 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Oh My God,

Oh my dearest Lis, this piece tugs my very soul. Today is Rosemary's mom & dad's 50th. I don't have words to tell you my heart... Ain't that somethin'..! I can't believe how time flies. All I could offer Rj. was "I hope we celebrate our 50th. in Heaven... All my best to you and all of yours. Rosemary sends love and prayers as I do also.

Peace in Christ... (Lucky) Dale & Rosemary

[Liz, this is written by Dale as I'm confined to the lap-top. I didn't notice that Rosemary's name was on top. She will probably reply too, sorry 'bout that.]



†The spiritual wind that holds survivors aloft, plants the seeds from which bloom new hope ... R.J.G.



[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 05-26-2000).]
Lorraine Nisbet
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You have touched my heart, Elizabeth and I thank you.

~Lorraine
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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14 posted 05-26-2000 06:52 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Dear Liz,

     This is an extraordinarily deep, beautiful and moving poem.  This one did much more than bring tears.  It touched the core of my being, where all my own pain lies, but also where all my faith is deeply rooted.

     I know from your writing, that you are a child of God, and that you have nothing to fear, except for anguish down here on earth.  Therefore, I can say with confidence, that I am going to love getting to know you and Tony in Heaven some day, when we all get there.  Your faith in God shines with a rare brilliance;  I can almost see Godís gentle, sorrowful face smiling down on you with such a deep love.  I know He is grieved at your sorrow, hating to see you or any of His children in pain.  I know He is tenderly, greatly proud of  your firm faith in His love, and ultimate reward in Heaven; and filled with love for you.

     This is an imperfect world, but He is a perfect God.  Your poems show me that you already know what Jesus said.  John 14:27-28 - ďPeace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.Ē

     And, I need to mention a comfort my mother taught me forty years ago, which has soothed many a heartache for me - a verse I am certain you know as well, about Heaven:  Rev. 21:4 - ďAnd God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain ...Ē  These, and many other verses have held me up during devastating earthly times.  I love you, my friend.  I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers.

     Love,    Rosemary

~ ~ ~



 The spiritual wind that holds survivors aloft, plants the seeds from which bloom new hope ... R.J.G.

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15 posted 05-26-2000 07:42 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Liz, I will echo all before me ... You, my friend, are such an inspiration .....
Love & (Hugs)
Elizabeth Santos
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16 posted 05-26-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I appologize for not responding individually to this poem, but my time has become more limited. Please know that you all sure did pull my heartstrings with your love and your sweet responses to this poem, and I read over them several times. Thank you so much for your input to this topic, which is so important to me
Love
Liz
Roemary and Dale, you will see an e-mail shortly
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17 posted 05-26-2000 11:55 PM       View Profile for Rosebud1229   Email Rosebud1229   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rosebud1229

Elizabeth I truly admire your wisdom in this poem for God does understand all things even when we tend to let go he's always there for us. These words are very inspiring to me. comes from the book The Great House of God by  Max Lucado.... God is
                   the shepherd who guides,
                   the Lord who provides,
                   the voice who brings
                   peace in the storm,
                   the physician who heals
                   the sick, and the banner
                   that guides the soldier.
                   And most of all, he......
                   is.


 
Meadowmuse
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Liz, your poetry always reflects your innerspaces and I admire that so much. Much love and peace to you, my friend...

~ Claire

 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau


Cerenity
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19 posted 05-28-2000 10:21 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Liz,

This is just simply the most beautiful thing I have ever read. The words Dear God have sush power, it can mean we are in need or just simply praising his name and what he has bestoad upon us, but for what ever reason we call on him for I know he hear's are prayers and indeed loves us no matter what that is the most wonderful thing about him is no matter who or what we are he still care's and when some one like you that has blessed so many people with your loving kindness is in need I have no doubt he is with you. I want to thank you for blessing my life for your personal help and also for so many beautiful poems that I have had the privillage of reading, they have givien me such unmeasuable joy in mind and life and I am sure others feel the same about your poetry too. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Love,  Cerenity
Elizabeth Santos
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20 posted 05-28-2000 11:13 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rosebud,
These are beautiful words you quote. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks for sharing and for responding to this poem with such lovely thoughts

Claire,
Thank you, dear friend, your words are so kind.

Cerenity,
What lovely comments you honor me with. I don't know what to say, it's so nice when a poem you write has meaning to someone. Thanks for your generous remarks, and accept my love in return

Liz
 
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