Handwriting On The Wall
A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son,
Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.
While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall
It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den.
I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again.
She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
Where is your little brother right now?
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.
She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear–he knew that meant doom
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.
Lamenting all the work it would take to repair,
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally distraught.
She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said, I love Mommy, surrounded by a heart.
Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall.
Success is speaking words of praise,
In cheering other people’s ways.
In doing just the best you can,
With every task and every plan.
It’s silence when your speech would hurt,
Politeness when your neighbor’s curt.
It’s deafness when the scandal flows,
And sympathy with others’ woes.
It’s loyalty when duty calls,
It’s courage when disaster falls.
It’s patience when the hours are long,
It’s found in laughter and in song.
It’s in the silent time of prayer,
In happiness and in despair.
In all of life and nothing less,
We find the thing we call success.
On Top of the Rock
by Dr. Rick McGrath, Ph.D.
There are many rocks in my life to overcome
There are big ones and small ones too
All need to be scaled but when?
I must muster the courage
Will it be today?
I say yes!
Time to end this terrible fear that I have
It’s a matter of my mind made up
Get up and take that first step
Can’t wait for another day
Now is the time
Victory is now mine, the rocks climbed and defeated
I sit on top of my rocks with a new sense
There was big ones and small ones
I scaled everyone of them
I have no more fear
Because I started!
Stand By Me
by Dr. Rick McGrath, Ph.D.
Sometimes life has it difficulties
When the odds seem impossible
Many times there are casualties
For me, all things are possible!
Problems mount unbelievable
But who will stand by me?
Who will be accountable?
I will not faultier you see.
Can I count on you to be there?
Or do I have to face this alone?
Will you be honest and fair?
Or will I be the one you disown?
I will stand and give you my best
I want to know I can count on you
Your love for me I won’t contest
I will give you my love and life too.
In the end I will make my stand
With or without you I’ll conquer
I will draw my line in the sand
In me you’ll find no surrender.