Praise You, O God,
For your goodness though all the Earth.
Your steadfast love has endured through all generations
From the beginning of time until now.
Your love, as you promised,
Will continue to the end of time.
I’ve seen your glory
And felt your love
From the day of my birth.
You blessed me with a strong family,
A prosperous home
With parents who gave and a sister who cared.
Mom and Dad continue strong,
57 years of marriage and counting.
You touched me at camp as a teenager,
Revealing yourself in a special way
Through the unconditional love of counselors and, especially, other campers.
You entered my heart as Savior
And I’ve been learning ever since what it means to call you Lord.
At college I learned the ways of the world;
You opened my eyes to new ideas and thoughts.
You introduced me to my future spouse there,
And other friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
Off to the working world you sent me,
Young and naïve, but willing to learn.
You revealed my passion,
Then led me to a job where I could use it
For more than two decades.
We raised a family, three boys,
Our pride and joys.
Good health you blessed us all with,
A home of our own
Where we could lead a strong family.
You gave us servant’s hearts
Through our church and community,
Where we could love others
And praise you.
O Lord, why did it not last?
We could have served you forever there.
But life was too easy, was it not?
You had lessons to teach us,
New people to meet,
New opportunities to pursue.
Out-of-state moves, two of them, Lord.
I have no home on this Earth.
Like your son, I wander,
Seeking to do your will
Wherever you take me.
You lead us to brothers and sisters
Wherever we land,
Those who love you, Father,
Whom we can worship with side by side.
We see you everywhere.
Even in the struggles, Lord,
And those are many.
If all is sunshine, where is the rainbow?
But Adam and Eve knew good, and only good.
It wasn’t enough for them.
The serpent tricked them.
Their gain? They learned evil.
I know evil too, Lord, see it firsthand every day.
It’s easy to see it in your people, God,
But I see evil in my own heart as well.
I cannot place blame
Because I am not innocent.
In the midst of this you came to Earth, Lord:
To offer a return path to goodness,
A road to your heart.
I am not a worthy traveler, Father,
And yet you invite me along.
Who am I that you hold my hand?
I stumble and fall, bruise my knees, every day.
My hands are bloodied with sin.
And yet you wipe them clean
With your own blood.
I still seek my place on this Earth, Lord,
Still pursue you.
On Sundays and Wednesdays, yes,
In gatherings of your people,
I find rest in you.
But I seek more, Father,
Because you want me to seek more.
Are you among the tax collectors and sinners?
That’s where you live most days, Jesus.
Outside the walls of the church,
Where the people who need you reside.
You send me there, Lord, so that’s where I go.
Good health you’ve blessed me with
So I’ll use it for your glory.
I’ll serve you in the morning when I wake up
And find ways to serve throughout the day.
Not because I’m anything special, Father,
But because you deserve it.
Thank you, Lord, for saving my sins,
Even my sins.
It’s easy to get pessimistic in this life, Lord,
Looking only at worldly pleasures
And worldly troubles
In my own life and in the news.
So much to complain about, isn’t there, Father,
And yet what do you say?
Rejoice always, and again I say, rejoice.
That’s what you say, Lord.
Can I do that? Is it possible?
It’s a choice, isn’t it, Lord,
I can see life through my eyes or through yours.
Your eyes are beautiful, Father.
You see the good in all people
All have sinned, and yet you desire mercy for each one of us.
You said that too, Father.
I’d rather sit at your judgment seat than in the defendant’s chair on Earth.
You know my deepest heart, Lord,
While man knows me only a little.
You’ve given me acting skills, Lord,
That I can hide behind.
I tell others what they want to hear, and no one questions me.
But you know me, Father. You know my secrets. I cannot hide them from you.
I fall before you, Father, a broken man,
Sinful, weak and impure.
Yet I carry on.
This life is a marathon, not a dash; your road is long,
Longer for some than others.
I’m ready to get off now, Father,
To fall into your arms.
If today is the day …
But if tomorrow comes, I will rise and serve you again.
Such as I am
Because of who you are.
Until you call me home, Lord,
I will rise and serve you again.
You give life meaning, Father;
Why else should I awake in the morning?
This day will pass,
But your steadfast love lives forever.
Even for this sinner,
Your steadfast love lives forever.
Praise you, Father.
It’s why I live.