Psalm 2014:7

What’s in a Leaf for Life?

You bud to life in spring.
As with life you’re cool and clean,
A lovely, tender green.

What’s in a leaf for life?
Enough green to make hearts sing
Of God and His everything!

What’s in a leaf in Fall?
When by red and orange tis blushed;
When by rain its rustlings hushed?

Were a leaf to think,
Would he ever know
That God rules all below?

Were a leaf to choose,
Would he still choose death
That he might give breath

To another leave in Spring?
A leaf as lovely still as him
To bud, as he, on yonder limb

To catch my roving eye
Next Spring to yonder bough?
Will I wonder again, as now?

Suppose he’s thinking now,
Of men in life
And all their hurried strife.

Is he, like I, wondering
Why men here on earth
Have so little regard
For men of fellow birth?

Does he ever ask his fellow leaf,
“Will men ever learn to think?
Will man, at his troubles wink?”

Will  he, the face of God discern;
And being soothed by me, sing
Of God and His everything?

Of His works for men on earth?”
But leaves don’t act that way,
Only our imaginations play.

They live together, though as we,
But still they have no strife.
So, what is in a leaf for life?

A leaf lives only to give –
Give food, give life, give shade,
Give repose to the lovely meadow glade,

And calmness to beast and bird.
And to man, gives rest
Where he can think his best.

Think of God, and man
Of man and strife …
Of what’s in a leaf for life.

A Writing Challenge

A few weeks ago one of the staff members challenged us to try our hand at composing a Psalm, after the manner of King David. “Fashion it in today’s English and today’s issues, but make it read like it was written 3,000 years ago.”

To give these Psalms a reference, I call them by the year in which they were written, followed by a sequential number. Thus my first one was Psalm 2014:1

Psalm 2014:1

I will praise you, o my Lord

Praise you for your infinite grace.

When my enemy surrounds me

I will lift my voice in praise.

I will praise you for comfort

Praise you for leading.

When my internet goes down

And my blood pressure goes up.

I will give you, O Lord,

The focus of my life.

When my car won’t start

Its battery dead,

Even then will I praise your name.

When my router crashes

And my hard drive won’t spin,

I will turn to you, O Lord,

For it is you who saves.

Though I walk in the shadow of the rainbow

I will fear no evil.

Your mercies are beyond understanding,

Your wisdom beyond belief.

I will turn to you for my answers,

To you for my comfort.

Yea, though I am on the brink of despair,

You lift me from the pit of my own understanding.

Under your wings, O Lord, I am protected.

Deliver me, O Lord, from the counsel of the ungodly.

Deliver me from me.

I will praise you all of my days.

May I live in the house of the Lord forever!

Amen

 

A Psalm of Don