Blue Skies
(What God Has Promised)

God has not promised
Skies always blue
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through.

God has not promised
Sun without rain
Joy without sorrow
Peace without pain.

But God did promise
Strength for the day
Rest for the labor
Light for the way.

Grace for the trials
Help from above
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love.

Annie Johnson Flint

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I Will Not Doubt

I will not doubt, tho' all my ships at sea come
    drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I will believe the hand which never fails,
   from seeming evil worketh good for me.

And tho' I weep because those sails are tattered,
    still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered;
    -- I trust in Thee!

I will not doubt, tho' all my prayers return
   unanswered from the still, white realm above;
I will believe it is an all-wise love which has
    refused the things for which I yearn;

And tho' at times I cannot keep from grieving,
    yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing,
    -- undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, tho' sorrows fall like rain,
    and troubles swarm like bees above a hive,
I will believe the heights for which I strive
    are only reached by anguish and by pain;

And tho' I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,
    I yet shall see through my severest losses,
    -- the greater gain.

I will not doubt.  Well anchored is this faith,
   like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;
So strong its courage that it will not quail,
    to breast the mighty unknown sea of death.
Oh, may I cry, tho' body parts with spirit,
    I do not doubt, so listening worlds may hear it
    -- with my last breath.

Annie Johnson Flint

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For Ryan

Tho' we were never privileged
    To meet you face to face
Your precious life has touched us
   And fortified our faith.

We marveled at your courage
    Your hope for each new day
Boldly facing pain and fear
   The illness brought your way.

We lifted earnest prayers
    That God would make you whole
While in your child-like wisdom
    You gave Him full control.

Secure in Daddy's loving arms
    You slipped away in sleep
To awaken in Jesus' arms
    The journey now complete.

Angels rejoice at your return
    With body new and strong
You run and play among old friends
    And join their victory song.

So farewell, mighty warrior
    God keep you in His care   
Until our journey's ended
    And we can meet you there.

Sherry Arnold
Northwest Arkansas Church
November 1997


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Of Things To Come

I remember as though it's yesterday,
our baby boy who arrived this day.
While now I reflect and earnestly pray,
the memories warmly come.

I see him in our daughters' eyes,
in their smile and in their stride.
The memory of him remains alive,
by His loving grace.

In His hands I trust through faith,
our precious boy resides and waits.
Within the bask of golden gates,
our reunion is assured.

Nine years ago we had a son,
we yearn for now of things to come.
To the day in which He says, "well 
done", in celebration and victory.

I remember as though it's yesterday,
For our baby boy arrived this day.
And today I praise His loving way.
The memories warmly come.

Shaun N. Turner
In loving memory of Ryan Maguire Turner
November 16, 1998



Change of Season

Off, the wind blows leaves 
The birds take flight to the south 
It is time to rest 

                                       Ted Slonicker


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