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Burdened No More

At times the burdens of life can make you depressed. It can weigh you down and deplete your energy and enthusiasm for life. It can cause you to isolate yourself, and can make doubts grow to daunting proportions. God’s inspiring Word provides a shining light into a world filled with darkness.

Despite whatever you’re going through, choose to believe God’s promise is revealed in His indelible Word, with attributes of love, truth, and hope.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” –Isaiah 40:29-31

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6

There were days when the worries of life pulled me down.

Often, I felt burdened hoping for brighter days to come around.

Life’s been hard with nothing much to show.

I grew aimlessly tired in a world of turmoil and woe. 

I needed a spiritual lifeline to rescue me from despair.

God was listening intently, so I promptly knelt in prayer.

His awesome grace and mercy swiftly turned my life around.

I once was lost, but now I’m truly found.

Edward L. Wright © 2017

The Original Facebook

In February 2004 Mr. Zuckerberg launched “The Facebook”, as it was originally known; the name taken from the sheets of paper distributed to freshmen, profiling students and staff. Within 24 hours, 1,200 Harvard students had signed up, and after one month, over half of the undergraduate population had a profile.

The network was promptly extended to other Boston universities, the Ivy League and eventually all US universities. It became Facebook.com in August 2005 after the address was purchased for $200,000. US high schools could sign up from September 2005, then it began to spread worldwide, reaching UK universities the following month.

September 2006, the network was extended beyond educational institutions to anyone with a registered email address. The site remains free to join and makes a profit through advertising revenue. Yahoo and Google are among companies which have expressed interest in a buy-out, with rumored figures of around $2 billion. Mr. Zuckerberg refused to sell.

The site continued to evolve and in 2007, users were able to give gifts to friends, post free classified advertisements and develop their own applications, e.g., graffiti and Scrabble.

The legal case against Facebook dates back to September 2004, when Divya Narendra, and the brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who founded the social-networking site ConnectU, accused Mr. Zuckerberg of copying their ideas and coding. Mr. Zuckerberg had worked as a computer programmer for them when they were all at Harvard before Facebook was created. The case was dismissed due to a technicality in March 2007 but without a ruling.

Criticism of Facebook: stems from the company’s prominence and has led to international media coverage and significant reporting of its legal troubles and the outsize influence it has on the lives and health users and employees, as well on its influence on the way media, specifically news, is reported and distributed. Notable issues include Internet privacy, such as its use of a widespread “like” button on third-party websites tracking users, possible indefinite records of user information, automatic facial recognition software, and its role in the workplace, including employer-employee account disclosure. 

The use of Facebook can have psychological effects, including feelings of jealousy and stress, a lack of attention, and social media addiction, in some cases comparable to drug addiction. 

Facebook’s operations have also received coverage. The company’s electricity usage, tax avoidance, real-name user requirement policies, censorship policies, and its involvement in the United States PRISM Surveillance Program have been highlighted by the media and by critics. Facebook has come under scrutiny for “ignoring” or shirking its responsibility for the content posted on its platform, including copyright and intellectual property infringement, hate speech incitement of rape and terrorism, fake news, Facebook murder, crimes, and violent incidents streamed through its Facebook Live functionality.

The company and its employees have also been subject to litigation cases over the years, with its most prominent case concerning allegations that CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke an oral contract with Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra to build the then named “HarvardConnection.” social network in 2004, instead allegedly opting to steal the idea and code to launch Facebook months before “HarvardConnection” began. The original lawsuit was eventually settled in 2009, with Facebook paying approximately $20 million in cash and 1.25 million shares. A new lawsuit in 2011 was dismissed. Some critics make predictions of Facebook’s end based on the problems which they identify.

Facebook has been banned by several governments for various reasons, including Syria, China, and Iran.

Sources: The Guardian: July 2007; Wikipedia “Criticism of Facebook,” June 2017

The original Facebook is the Bible. Just imagine if everyone was as devoted to the Word of God, as to this social media device. Our world would be a better place.

Jeremiah 29:11-12, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

As I thought about the topic of “Facebook,” I decided to write a poem entitled, “The Original Facebook.”

“The Original Facebook”

Our world is spiraling downward in total disarray

Worldly maladies continue to breed and won’t go away

People succumb to ignorance and human discord, hoping for brighter days

However, God has an explicit plan to follow, but many won’t give Him praise

Social media continues to rob many of their time to know our precious Lord and Savior

If everyone read His Word, it would transform their rebellious behavior

God wants to prepare us for evangelism, so we’ll knock on countless doors.

There may be times; we’re sharing His mighty Word, while scrubbing dirty floors

God created the “original” Facebook, for us to read; as well as, to follow

It’ll improve and impact our lives; for it’s not a bitter pill to swallow

His mighty Word speaks truth to power on how we should behave

Therefore, we must get our “house in order,” before we die and go to the grave

Edward L. Wright (c) 2017

Don’t Wait Too Late

“Don’t Wait Too Late”

Don’t wait too late to develop a relationship with Christ. While reading several passages of scriptures, I thought about the value of our time on Earth. I thought about the importance of developing a relationship early in life with Christ.

One passage of scripture of particular importance is Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”

There aren’t any guarantees that we’ll reach our “golden” years. Our time on Earth is only for a short duration. Therefore, we should “prioritize” how best to utilize our time wisely. We’re not here, because we’re good. We’re here because of God’s goodness, through His grace and mercy.

Another passage of scripture paints a vivid picture of what will happen to us as we grow old. John 21: 18-19, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”

Psalm 90:9-10, “All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

The world will pass away and everything in it. Therefore, the importance of spending quality time meditating on God’s word should have the utmost priority. Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

We live in a “fallen” world filled with senseless and gratuitous violence. The world has become a “darker” place because of ungodly people. We need to continue to meticulously study and meditate on God’s precepts every day to maneuver through life.

I like what Psalm 73:25, says “Do I have anyone else in heaven? There’s nothing on earth I desire except you. My body and my heart fail, but God is my heart’s rock and my share forever.” We should have a desire to be obediently faithful by serving Him every day of our lives.
  

Distraction or Blessing

Is the use of social media smartphones, and the Internet, a distraction? How can it be used as an evangelistic blessing?

Are we diligently searching for wisdom and knowledge? James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Proverbs 18:15, The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”

Are we utilizing our time wisely to study God’s inspired Word? His timeless and indelible Word, is our GPS, to successfully guide us through the storms of life. Much of what’s written is for our good, in order to shape and mold us, as a serviceable vessel for Him.

Many people waste “countless” hours on social media or other venues, and less time to invest in their own salvation. A person may have a thousand “likes,” on Facebook, or a million followers on Twitter, and it won’t mean a thing when you die, and face eternal judgment. Ephesians 5:16-17, “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Our lives on this Earth should be in accordance with God’s precepts. James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-9, And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 15:14, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”

— Poetic Thought –

There are those who become obnoxious when separated from their smartphones and when they run out of cash 

Social media, cable television, smartphones, and the Internet can become a distraction, perhaps a blessing 

Therefore, efforts should be undertaken to eliminate irrelevant things we’re possessing

Many live as though tomorrow is promised, thinking they’re in control 

Often spiritually “ill-equipped” with a malnourished soul 

The use of social media can become a powerful tool to share the glorious news to the unsaved 

By evangelizing to the masses of how to be free and not enslaved

Edward L. Wright © 2018

Guard the Heart

Philippians 2:5, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

We must guard the heart. The most important decisions in life start from the heart.

For the mouth speaks of what the heart is full of.

If good thoughts are stored, goodness will abound.

If evil thoughts are stored, evilness will abound.

Therefore, we must guard our heart from everything that flows from it.

Words can flow out of the mouth praising or cursing.

Either to encourage or denigrate.

It’s easy for people who aren’t of the faith to exhibit anger, deceit, bitterness, jealousy, and unforgiveness.

Even for those who say they’re of the faith.

“A time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body, but not in spirit.”

Therefore, we must not masquerade, as though we’re saints.

Simply, “going to church,”and not to “worship”doesn’t please God.

We must love and worship God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Amos 5:21-23, says, “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.”

What is our relationship with God? Is there one?

Are we in right fellowship?

If we have a relationship, shouldn’t our behavior and actions change for the better?

God’s word says, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

It’s easy for those to attach the “Christian”label, without any sacrifice and suffering.

Most aren’t willing to devote a portion of their time to read, meditate, or pray.

Only when their “backs are against the wall,” they remember to give God a minute.

Edward L. Wright © 2019

What Does It Profit?

People often pay more attention to their bodies, yet neglect their souls. Our bodies will shrivel-up, but our souls will last forever.

Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

1 Samuel 16:7,But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Our souls are of tremendous worth.

Yes, more precious of the rarest commodities on Earth.

The devil knows Christians can do great deeds.

By spreading the gospel of love and assisting with needs.

God purchased us, through his one and only son.

He gave us an eternal soul before time begun.

What’s at stake, if our soul is lost?

Have we ever considered the eternal cost?

Often, we act as though, we’re in control.

We pet and pamper our bodies; yet, neglect our soul.

Though outwardly, our bodies are wasting away.

Yet, if we live in Jesus, we’ll be renewed everyday.

We must remember this world will be destroyed.

Those who possess delusions of grandeur will be devoid. 

The whole world is a prisoner, and the devil wants control.

What can be profited, if we lose our soul?

Excerpt From: Edward L. Wright, Ed.D. “Anthology of a Spiritual Mind.” iBooks.

Lying

“Unhealthy practice of twisting the truth to mislead others.”

I recall an article from “LA Progressive,” dated July 19, 2010, it stipulated “spinning was sweeping the news.”  During this period, it meant the profoundly unhealthy practice of twisting the truth to mislead others into supporting the spinner’s agenda, e.g., political, or journalistic news.

The term “spinning,” was considered a new label for an age-old strategy of persuasion. Usually, you’d find the usage of this strategy with TV commercials, car salesmen, politicians, etc. Their tactics were to exaggerate, hide, or otherwise distort the truth, in order to coax others to spend money on products or to increase voter turn-out.

Currently, through social media, television, and radio, we don’t know what to believe. The term “fake news,” is intermingled with “spinning.” We expect our politicians to represent their constituents and work with one another, on each side of the aisle. Unfortunately, “partisan” politics often impedes the progress for getting anything done. 

What is the truth? Even those who deliver the news may be delivering “opinions” rather than facts. The division between news and opinion used to be clearly delineated. Most journalists uncover facts versus opinions. However, there are those who chase after ratings and become a source of entertainment. News outlets should seek the truth to uncover lies. Whatever happened to objectivity regarding political or journalistic issues? Obviously, those days have long passed. Whatever happened to public responsibility to seek the truth?

The Bible provides a myriad of scriptures about lying. Depicted below are several:

•    Proverbs 12:22 – “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.”

•    Proverbs 12:19 – “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.”

•    Proverbs 17:7 – “Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-how much worse lying lips to a ruler.”

•    1 Peter 3:10 – “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.”

•    Psalm 34:13 – “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”

If we want to be a blessed nation and become a greater example to others, we must exhibit our love for God. Therefore, each of us must diligently find the truth through God’s word. 2 Chronicles 7:14 –“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

People should look at the creator and sustainer of life for divine truth and guidance. The world is getting darker every day. Without God, there is no hope. This is not “fake news,” it’s from the word of God.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of listening to Brother Richard A. Rose, deliver a memorable sermon. Brother Rose’s sermon was entitled, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.” The sermon focused on the importance of salvation and fully surrendering to Christ’s Lordship.

As I reminisced on the sermon, I thought about the time I came to Christ, during my early twenties. Even though I committed myself to the Lord, I voluntarily responded to the call not actually thinking about total commitment, sacrifice, and surrendering, to His sovereign authority.

During my youthful years, I straddled the fence attempting to live with one foot in the world, and the other one with a half-hearted effort to follow Christ. Through a myriad of failures, fears, and disappointments, I learned to trust Him for wisdom and guidance.

God is the creator and sustainer of everything. One of my favorite verses is, Isaiah 66:1-3: “This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”

Through the years, my faith and prayer life has steadily grown. I remain cognizant and continue to rely on Him. I’m so thankful for his countless grace. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, not from yourselves, but the gift of God — not by works.” I’m so thankful for this marvelous gift that God has bestowed.

If I want to go to heaven, I must deny myself and follow Him. Mark 8:34, “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” What does this mean? He speaks of self-denial, crucifixion, and daily death.

Luke 9:23-25, “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”

True salvation produces a heart of obedience. The power of His word through the Holy Spirit enables us to walk in love, with faith and courage. If we’re true believers, we should exhibit godly behavior. How often do you see fellow believers exhibiting questionable behavior? 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” True discipleship aligns with God.

John 12:24-26, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

How can we adequately prepare for the heavenly journey? In accordance with 2 Timothy 2: 15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

Most people want to go to heaven, but no spiritual preparation is undertaken for the eternal journey. 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

If we want to go to heaven, we must grow to attain spiritual maturity. Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore, let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.”

If we’re spiritual, we must be diligent and present ourselves well in handling the word of truth. How must we present ourselves? 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Understanding and applying God’s word determines our final destiny. Therefore, we need to have an active working knowledge of the word. Most people when asked to locate various scriptures, don’t know whether it’s from the old or new testament. God’s word is our sustenance for spiritual daily living. The Bible isn’t meant to be placed on a bookshelf for collecting dust. It’s meant to be read, meditated, and applied.

We live in a world of disarray. We can’t continue to live in ignorance by taking chances by relying on our own human wisdom. We must develop a greater understanding of our Savior, and maintaining a sustainable relationship.

It’s important to read and apply His word daily. This ensures we put on the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-17, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Everyone wants to go to heaven; however, what is our spiritual condition? Matthew 7:21 -23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and, in your name, perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

It’s a fact, we’re all destined to die. How should we live during our remaining years? Are we prepared for the heavenly kingdom? What is our spiritual heart condition? Are we living Christ-like? We’ll never attain perfection; however, every day we must strive to get there. If our lives are filled with anger, sexual sin, jealousy, criticism, and unforgiveness, we’re only fooling ourselves, if we think we’re going to heaven. We must do all we can to prepare while we’re on this side of life. Hebrews 9:27, “Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

1 Peter 4:18, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Everyone wants to go to heaven; however, is everyone ready?

“Everybody wants to go to Heaven”

Everybody wants to go to heaven,

But nobody wants to die.

My pastor preached to the congregation

Who shouted, “Preacher, you ain’t telling no lie.”

Bring your children to Sunday school, and bring your behind too.

How’re we ever going to grow a church, if you won’t follow through?

When they come to Sunday school,

They’ll learn more than just the Golden Rule.

Everybody wants to go to heaven,

But nobody wants to die.

My pastor preached to the congregation

Who shouted, “Preacher, you ain’t telling no lie.”

“We’re not just in the business of feeding and clothing.

That’s not what we do!

We want to evangelize to the masses, so bring back one or two.

Everybody wants to go to heaven,

But nobody wants to die.

My pastor preached to the congregation

Who shouted, “Preacher, you ain’t telling no lie.”

The size of our congregation is two fifty, or more.

However, when evening service comes, folks aren’t breaking down the door.

It’d be nice to have more youngsters in attendance at all times.

Studying to understand God’s Word won’t initiate any crimes.

Everybody wants to go to heaven,

But nobody wants to die.

My pastor preached to the congregation

Who shouted, “Preacher, you ain’t telling no lie.”

Everybody wants to go to heaven,

But nobody wants to die.”

Excerpt From: Edward L. Wright, Ed.D. “Spiritual Reflections of a Poetic Mind.” iBooks.

God’s Promise

God’s promise was to never leave or forsake me. However, the absence of my short-term memory has left me dependent on others for daily living.

Often, I stare in the mirror, not recognizing the person staring back. I ask myself, “Who is this decrepit person?”

While looking in the mirror, I place my wrinkly hands on my face. My fingers pulsate with pain from arthritis with each movement.

My wobbly legs prevent me from standing for long periods. I cautiously descend to my wheelchair to prevent falling.

While ambulating with my wheelchair across the other side of the room, my body experiences uncontrollable tremors.

I grow frustrated and depressed thinking about my physical and cognitive infirmities.

I feel guilty and ashamed of having someone care for me.

If only I could dress and feed myself. If only I could prepare my own meals. If only I had my short-term memory. If only I were continent. If only I would not repetitively ask my caregiver the same questions.

While gazing out of the living room window, a ray of radiant sunshine compliments a beautiful blue sky.

I see several hummingbirds hovering near a large Oak tree with their beaks devouring nectar from the feeder.

I see a young woman pushing her infant in a stroller on the sidewalk, as others congregate to take a peek.

I see a beautiful Blue Jay, flying near a Maple tree, while sparrows perch on various tree limbs.

Despite my infirmities, I’m thankful for God’s goodness, and the beauty I see.

God’s been so merciful, for I could have been dead and gone.

As I reminisce of yesteryear, I’m thankful to God who brought me from a mighty long way.

Throughout my relationship with God, I’ve always been an avid reader of His Word.

While thumbing through various Books of the Bible, I turn to Isaiah 46:4.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

While meditating on this passage, I realize its simplicity, truth, and relevance.

I realize that I don’t have to go through the aging process alone.

Despite whatever issues I’m going through, I know God will never leave or forsake me.

I also reminisce of Psalm 139, of God creating and knowing everything about me.

I’m comforted in knowing I’m in the Master’s Hands.

I’m no longer afraid of life, or death.

Glory be to the God of all comfort.

Edward L. Wright © 2019

Freedom

Freedom consists of knowing God is in control. Freedom is having peace, joy, and laughter, in our lives. When we’re faced with torrential storms, God is there to rescue us through His loving-kindness. We don’t deserve all the chances that we’ve been given. We should always be mindful of how He bestows grace and mercy in our lives. After all, we could have been dead.

I’m sincerely blessed to have Inspire Press, choose my poem, “Freedom,” for publication in their new anthology series, “Inspire Kindness,” released December 8, 2018. This series incorporates stories, devotions, poems, testimonies, along with salient overviews of real events. https://www.inspirewriters.com/series/inspire-anthology/

Last year, I had the distinct privilege of having two of my poems chosen, “Loving-Kindness” and “Crossing Over Jordan,” in the anthology series “Inspire Love.”

Freedom. A love like no other. God is the author of love and He showed his great love for us by sending His Son to die for each of us. The anthology series, “Inspire Kindness,” incorporates stories, devotions, poems, and real world events.

FREEDOM

Lord, you saved me from my affliction when I was lost in the storm

 I had no peace, joy, or laughter, having felt the wrath of your mighty arm

You placed my feet on solid ground when I was quickly sinking deep in sand

Your loving-kindness rescued me from danger by your sovereign hand

I don’t deserve all the chances that you have given me

I’m forever blessed that you removed my shackles to set me free

Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy, that I truly don’t deserve

Help me to remain faithful, obedient, and always serve

Edward L. Wright © 2018

Inspire Kindness