“How Long Is Forever?”

I know of such an awful thing
That makes me want to cry.
And once again I’m asking
Oh God, in Heaven, why?

Some lives are changed forever-
They’ll never be the same.
They’ll carry grief forever
And always feel to blame.

Today at early evening
Before the darkness fell,
I went to look beyond my porch
To see if all was well.

The autumn leaves have fallen,
The woods are deep but clear.
I can see our mountain town
And its lights from over here.

It’s very calm and peaceful
‘Cept some rustling in the leaves-
I pierce the darkening stillness
And see the deer beneath the trees.

They’re beautiful and agile,
I watch for quite a while.
They make the scene so simple
And tempt me so to smile.

I felt content and happy
But then remembered grief.
The deer knew nothing of it
So journeyed on among the leaves.

In standing here, I’m guilty
Of wanting to forget
Someone else’s sorrow-
And sure I’ll pay a debt
For wanting to be happy
And grateful mine are well-
But how can that be so,
When they are still in hell.

How long is long enough
To mourn the loss of those
Who can’t be called my ‘very own’-
But yet I surely know.

What would Heaven want of me?
What would be correct?
I will mourn their loss forever
And my heart will not forget.


“His Majesty In The Mountains”…..Lyrics by Lynda

“His Majesty In The Mountains”

‘Twas told to me not long ago
That in a garden,fair,
You’d surely find the Heart of God
If you’d but tarry there…..

That all throughout the Bible
Many gardens do abound,
And in among the flowers,
God’s Spirit can be found.

I do not doubt that this be true.
For yes, indeed I know
God truly loves a garden
As the Scriptures clearly show.

But, I too, know a special place
I feel our God to be:
For high upon the mountain tops
Dwells He, majestically.

‘Tis in among the lilies
One sees His gentler side,
But deep within the mountains
The strength of God abides.

And in the gardens many,
His compassion can be found;
For amidst His blooming tulips,
He never wears His frown.

But on the rolling hillsides,
The meadows green and still,
Among the cattle grazing there
The Peace of God prevails.

And so, for some it may be true-
Within a garden’s walls,
Among the perfumed blossoms there,
You hear Him gently call.

Not so for me. I see His face
Upon a mountain’s wall.
And in the valleys stretched below
I see Him there the best of all.

“A Child’s Christmas”……Lyrics by Lynda

” A Child’s Christmas”

To view another Christmas
Through the eyes of children small,
To feel their wonder and excitement
Over anything at all.

To live again the marvel
When first you saw a tree,
Unbelieving of its beauty,
In your house for all to see.

“Look momma at the angel”,
(Sitting high upon a branch),
“And all the lights are twinkling
Like a ballerina dance.”

Then, too, the decorations
In the home, the stores, the street…
So great his fascination,
“Can I touch them please?” he squeaks.

The aromas known to Christmas,
Rich with cinnamon and spice,
The little child is asking
“What smells so sweet and nice?”

And on that day of baking
Those cookies, pies, and breads,
A toddler comes a’ begging
For that cookie “dressed in red”!

And every night, they go to bed-
Such questions in their eyes!
“Do you really think he’ll bring
That doll that blinks and cries?”

How incredible the fantasy-
A jolly bearded man
Making toys and raising reindeer
In a snowy, distant land,

Who visits every little child
Real late on Christmas Eve,
Leaving dolls and trucks and bikes
To all who still believe.

Then off he rides upon his sleigh,
His reindeer at the head.
And leaving every house, he waves
To those all tucked in bed.

In the midst, each mother tries
To tell of long ago:
“One Christmas Day a babe was born
And His name you need to know.”

So thus beside each Christmas tree
There lays a manger scene
In hopes that little children
Will learn what Christmas means.

But think I do it must be hard
For one so small to see
The joy of Someone’s birthday
With those presents ‘neath the tree!

And yet surprised we moms have been
When Christmas Eve is done,
When Santa’s notes are written
And his snack left out in fun,

When then we tuck our toddler in,
His mind a blur of toys,
We thrill to hear him whisper low,
“Happy Birthday, Jesus boy!”

“Christmas Passing”……Lyrics by Lynda

“Christmas Passing”

To leave us here on Christmas Day
With broken hearts and wondering why…
Of all the times to go away,
Of all the days to bid goodbye.
Our grieving souls are deep in pain,
So blinded by these endless tears.
If only you could come again,
If only you could join us here.

But “is” it such an awful thing
For “him” who must depart,
To see, firsthand, the angels sing
Their carols on such holy harps?
For surely at this time of year,
A wreath is hung with care
On Heaven’s door to beckon near
Those whose journey takes them There.

And maybe just inside its Gates
There stands so great a tree-
And perched within its branches wait
Snow-white doves for all to see.
Atop its leaves are silver bells
That never cease to ring-
They have a message for to tell
And this they seem to sing.

And there upon its highest limb
There stands a brilliant star-
The one that shone o’er Bethlehem
To guide those from afar.
But Here it shines forevermore,
And still to mark the Place
Where we can go to yet adore
The One who dwells in Awe and Grace.
Perhaps inside- such brilliant lights
Do surely deck the halls
To reassure there is no night
While spreading warmth to all.

And there sits He whose birthday is
Remembered o’er the earth;
And Here such joy it seems is His
While all recall His Holy birth.
For surely Heaven celebrates
In a way we’ve never seen-
Such rejoicing inside its Gates
Is more than we could dream.
For such an honor it must be
To be called to pass that Way-
A chosen one, and thus to see
Heaven’s joy on Christmas Day.

“First Snowfall”…..Lyrics by Lynda

“First Snowfall”

Such a winter wonderland
A world made white with snow.
All of God’s Creation
Transformed within its glow.

The hush and stillness in the air
Can creep within your soul.
The peace that comes with such a calm
Not often do we know.

The ever falling stars of snow,
Noses pressed against the pane.
Excited children beg to know
How much snow is in the lane.

And such a change it is to see
These woods so dressed in white
Like a thousand lighted candles
Burning strong throughout this night.

Thus quietly a hopefulness
Is born within my self:
Perhaps the good and beautiful
Can win above all else.

“Halloween Night”…..Lyrics by Lynda

“Halloween Night”

Halloween night is a spooky one-
The night when witches and ghosts all come.
The moon shines bright across the sky
As all the bats go flying by.

The kids are yelling “Trick or Treat!”
With floppy hats and tails on seats.
Soon a bang is at the door-
Another gang is back for more.

They all want candy, lots to eat-
For after all, it’s trick or treat.
Different costumes all disguise
Beneath them little glowing eyes.

Witches, ghosts, cats, and brooms,
Gobblers, pumpkins, and the moon.
Each takes a bow in all delight
As they are part of Halloween Night!

“Scattered Flowers”…..Lyrics by Lynda

“Scattered Flowers”

Where have all the flowers gone,
The trees with all their leaves?
The birds aren’t singing cheerful songs;
The days so quickly leave.
Children playing merrily,
Young mothers in the park-
Their days are brightly shining,
Mine are finged with shadows dark.
The newlyweds are starry-eyed;
Then with babies newly born.
Was I ever one of them?
Have I always been this worn?
I used to see a mountain,
But now it’s just a hill.
A wide and rushing river
Is now a stream that’s almost still.
The thoughts of my tomorrows
Brought smiles upon my face.
But now my brow is fearful
With sadness set in place.
Where have all the flowers gone?
They wilted, blew away.
For they were part of what was youth
That dropped on by but couldn’t stay.