Poema da gratidão

Gratidão
Imagem: Google Images  (Sydney Couple and Family)

Mais 365 dias estão se passando, e chegamos assim ao fim de mais um ano. Gostaria de usar uma palavra para descrever o ano de 2015: gratidão.

Agradeço pela Sua doce presença, que nunca me deixa. Agradeço pela força para superar as adversidades; pela fé, que extingue as impossibilidades; pela esperança, que não desaponta; pelo amor, que tudo sofre, tudo crê, tudo espera. Agradeço pela pregação da Palavra, pela revelação do Espírito, pela graça do Pai. Agradeço pela luz… e, meu Deus, pela cruz! Agradeço pelo corpo açoitado e pelo sangue vertido pelo Filho, Jesus. Agradeço pelo inexplicável perdão; pela paz, saúde e restauração.

Agradeço por cada despertar ao amanhecer, trazendo o renovar das Suas misericórdias sempiternas. Agradeço pelo paladar dos alimentos, pela xícara de café… ah, e pelo prazer do chocolate! Agradeço pelo barulho do mar, pelos matizes das estações, pelas pinturas do Criador… pelo perfume das rosas, pela alegria dos sorrisos, pelas gargalhadas sem-fim. Agradeço pelos livros, versos e canções.

Agradeço pela família: pelos de perto e pelos de longe. Agradeço pelo amor de mãe, pela lealdade dos amigos e pelos laços de irmãos; pelas conversas descontraídas, pela gentileza do próximo e pela cumplicidade dos que nos querem. Agradeço pela ternura do beijo, a empatia do olhar e o carinho do abraço de quem se gosta. Agradeço por aqueles momentos que são tão bons, que nos fazem querer interromper o relógio…

Agradeço pela disposição para trabalhar, pela criatividade para criar, pelos colegas para colaborar; por crescer, aprender e contribuir para que a vida de alguém seja melhor. Agradeço pelo sono, que a energia refaz, e pelo sonho, que o entusiasmo traz.

Agradeço a Deus, por não faltar provisão; por suprir cada necessidade, por conceder benção após benção. Agradeço por tudo, enfim; agradeço a ti, meu Pai, por Tua vida em mim!

Bendize, ó minha alma, ao SENHOR, e não te esqueças de nem um só de seus benefícios.” (Sl 103:2)

Desejo que, no final do próximo ano, a sua lista de agradecimento possa encher páginas e mais páginas. Por que não fazer de 2016 o melhor ano que você já teve até o momento? Só depende de você. Lembre-se de que, com Deus, você é maioria.

Feliz Ano Novo! Que Deus te abençoe!

Poem: Winter is past

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Let us sing at the crack of dawn
And arouse the skies, my maiden!
For the grief of yore is gone,
And our hearts are now joy-laden.
Through trust which outbraves the foes,
That looks on hope, ever more confident;
The glowing light ‘gainst all our woes
And henceforth triumph runs rampant.
Lady, See how His bounty doth appear?
Crowning this moment in love we bask,
For the sweetest melody we aught to hear;
‘How hast all of this come to be?’, ye ask;
By simple faith, I grant, that of a child
Winter is past and now the days grow mild

Alexandre Gazola (June 12th, 2015).

Poem: Be Thou Removed

“When mountain walls confront thy way,
Why sit and weep? Arise and say,
“Be thou removed!” and they shall be,
By power of God, cast in the sea.

All power on earth, all power in heaven
To Christ, the Son of God, is given;
And from the throne He will endue,
And hindrances shall flee from you.

O’er all the power of fiend or man,
Say to the Lord, “I surely can!”
Take from Him power on earth to tread
On serpent’s sting, on dragon’s head.

Whate’er thou art, O mountain high,
Where’er thou art, in earth or sky,
Whene’er thou art, truth is the same:
“Be thou removed, in Jesus’ name!”

“Be thou removed!” Faith bids thee start
For yonder sea—Arise! Depart!
I may, I can, I must, I will
The purpose of my God fulfill.”

Joseph Ellison (1866-1955)

Poem: Father of Jesus Christ, My Lord

Today I’m quoting a few beautiful verses about faith written by Charles Wesley. I came to know about this poem while reading an excerpt of the book “Faith, the link with God’s power“.  The entire poem can be read here.

The thing surpasses all my thought,
But faithful is my Lord;
Through unbelief I stagger not,
For God hath spoke the word.

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, ‘It shall be done!’

– Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Poem: How be the weather?

sonnet_gazola_2I wonder if the weather be beauteous to-day,
Like dazzling tulips that bloom in the spring time,
And spread out an extant glitter along their way,
Bringing forth nature’s finest long-lasting prime.
Through the window another gaze upon the sky,
And there comes the wind and rain I will’d to shun!
Alack! Will the rough weather my hope do dry?
Or shall I on the morrow perforce see the sun?
Herein lies wisdom, discernment and knowledge:
I’ll rest upon His name, be still, and not dismay’d;
In all of my ways anon God I so acknowledge,
And thus my joy and peace are left unsway’d.
For as the waters raise and make the seeds bud,
The blessing of the Lord shall come in, like a flood.

– Alexandre Gazola (April 21st, 2013).

Poem: Come, my soul, thy suit prepare

While I was reading the book “Transforming Grace” (by Jerry Bridges), I came across a few beautiful verses of a hymn written by John Newton (the same guy who composed “Amazing Grace”). May these words minister to you as they did to me:

Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say thee nay.

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.

– John Newton – Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779)

Poem: On this road trip

On this road trip

I’m driving my car along this road
Up and down the hills I go
Have been in this place too many times to tell
I know every nook and cranny so well!
Across the horizon, I see a breathtaking landscape
Rushing before my eyes on this trip I undertake

As I stare at the marvelous sunset with no hesitation
I’m blown away by the beauty of God’s creation
Through the windshield, the beams of sunlight flashing
They remind me that: “From the rising of the sun to its setting,
The name of the Lord is to be praised!”
Oh, I’m utterly amazed!

The sunshine slowly fades as my trip rolls on
Giving place to a gorgeous night, the day is now gone
Now I just see the highway illuminated by the headlights
And a few other cars and trucks that pass me by
It’s challenging to see up farther ahead
And, behold, yet some miles to go, a sign said!

Over the radio comes a song about God and His ways
My thoughts start to wander off away
Wish you here by my side throughout
So we could talk, laugh and sing it out
So we could in His presence be still
And together praise Him for His perfect will

As time goes by and I’m about to reach my destination
I realize that life itself is a journey, with no exaggeration
A journey full of purpose, indeed
Not an easy one; agreed.
But God promised He would bring us through it all
When the going gets tough, on Him we should call!

While I arrive I’m set up to believe one more day
“Thus far the Lord has helped us”, I must say
I’m all set to keep on dreaming, trusting and waiting
I’m ready to continue expecting, hoping and praying
After all, in due season, He shall bring it to pass
He’ll do things that nothing will be able to surpass!

― Alexandre Gazola (September 3rd, 2012).