American Religious and Inspirational Poet
Helen Steiner Rice
American Religious and Inspirational Poet
Love changes darkness into light and makes the heart take a wingless flight.
Love is unselfish, understanding, and kind, for it sees with its heart and not with its mind
My garden beautifies my yard and adds fragrance to the air...but it also my cathedral and my quiet place of prayer...so little do we realize that the glory and the power of He who made the universe lies hidden in a flower
Nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile than the sunshine and warmth of a beautiful smile
So rest and relax and grow stronger, Let go and let God share your load, Your work is not finished or ended, You?ve just come to a bend in the road.
The way to real growth is not to become more powerful or more famous, but to become more human and more tolerant.
A mother's Love is something that no one can explain It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain, It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may For nothing can destroy it or take that love away... It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking... It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns, And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems... It is far beyond believing when the world around condemns, And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest , brightest gems... It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation, and it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation... A many-spendored miracle man cannot understand And another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand.
We walk in a world that is strange and unknown and in the midst of the crowd we still feel alone we question our purpose, our part and our place in this vast land of mystery suspended in space we probe and explore and try hard to explain the tumult of thoughts that our minds entertain? but all of our probings and complex explanations of man?s inner feelings and fears and frustrations still leave us engulfed in the ?mystery of life? with all of its struggles and suffering and strife, unable to fathom what tomorrow will bring ? but there is one truth to which we can cling, for while life?s a mystery we can?t understand the ?great giver of life? is holding our hand and safe in his care there is no need for seeing for ?in him we live and move and have our being.
Adversity can distress us or bless us the way we use adversity is strictly our own choice, for in god's hands adversity can make the heart rejoice - for everything god sends to us, no matter in what form, is sent with plan and purpose for by the fierceness of a storm the atmosphere is changed and cleared and the earth is washed and clean and the "high winds of adversity" can make restless souls serene - and while it's very difficult for mankind to understand god's intentions and his purpose and the workings of his hand, if we observe the miracles that happen every day we cannot help but be convinced that in his wondrous way god makes what seemed unbearable and painful and distressing, easily acceptable when we view it as a blessing.
When you are in troubled and worried and sick at heart and your plans are upset and your world falls apart, remember God's ready and waiting to share the burden you find much too heavy to bear-- so with faith, Let Go and Let GOD lead your way into a brighter and less troubled day.
For nature's greatest forces are found in quiet things like softly falling snowflakes drifting down on angels' wings, or petals dropping soundlessly from a lovely full-blown rose, so God comes closest to us when ours souls are in repose
For the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living are found in the heart that is filled with thanksgiving
For you can't do a kindness without a reward, not in silver nor in gold but in joy from the Lord
God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow, teach me how to wait on you when my way i do not know. Teach me sweet forbearance when things do not go right so I remain unruffled when others grow uptight. Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart so I might hear the answer you are trying to impart. Teach me to let go, dear god, and pray undisturbed until my heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know your will.
Happiness is just a state of mind within the reach of everyone who takes time to be kind - for in making others happy we will be happy too, for the happiness you give away returns to shine on you
I see the dew glisten in crystal-like splendor while God, with a touch that is gentle and tender, wraps up the night and softly tucks it away and hangs out the sun to herald a new day
In everything both great and small, we see the Hand of God in all.
It takes a Mother?s Love to make a house a home, a place to be remembered, no matter where we roam.
A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.
A mother's love is like an island
In life's ocean vast and wide,
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the restless, rising tide.
A mother's love is like a fortress
And we seek protection there
When the waves of tribulation
Seem to drown us in despair.
A mother's love is a sanctuary
Where our soul can find sweet rest
From the struggle and the tension
Of life's fast and futile quest.
A mother's love is like a tower
Rising far above the crowd,
And her smile is like the sunshine
Breaking through a threatening cloud.
A mother's love is like a beacon
Burning bright with Faith and Prayer
And through the changing scenes of life
We can find a haven there....
For a mother's love is fashioned
After God's enduring love,
It is endless and unfailing
Like the love of Him above.
For God knew in His great wisdom
That he couldn't be everywhere,
So he put His little Children
In a loving mother's care.
Friendship is a priceless gift
that cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
than a mountain made of gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless,
it can neither see nor hear
And in the time of trouble
it is powerless to cheer.
It has no ears to listen
nor heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort
or reach out a helping hand.
So when you ask God for a gift
Be thankful if He sends
Not diamonds, pearls, or riches
But the love of real true friends.
seeks happiness, it’s true,
But finding it and keeping it
seem difficult to do.
Difficult because we think
that happiness is found
Only in the places where
wealth and fame abound.
And so we go on searching
in palaces of pleasure
and monetary treasure,
Unaware that happiness
is just a state of mind
Within the reach of everyone
who takes time to be kind.
For in making others happy
we will be happy, too.
For the happiness you give away
returns to shine on you.
If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-
Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
Time is not measured by the years that you live but by the deeds that you do
and the joy that you give. And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one to love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone that would brighten the life or lighten the load Of some weary traveler lost on Life's Road. So what does it matter how long we may live if as long as we live we unselfishly give.