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February 16, 2022

Bright Twilight Summers 2-16-22


Betty is sad because friends will all tease her.
Jimmy is mad at his new 4th grade teacher.

Joseph is crying.  His allowance is paltry.
Ruth screams loud because her corn is too salty.

Mary's self centered, says her penniless spouse.
And David is sick of repairing his house.

John still simply envies his neighbor's new car
as Suzie complains that the store is too far.

But Katie has joy despite her bone cancer.
How she loves Jesus who holds ev'ry answer.

God hears those complaining when things don't go right,
but He loves His children content in their fight.

Whatever the challenge, whatever the test,
remember that Jesus knows hardships the best.

So many see crosses on ev'ry small thing...
and they miss the best of what life has to bring.

And don't get wrapped up in the drama of others,
Live God's warm colors of bright twilight summers.

©2022 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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February 1, 2022

That Old Deep Well 2-1-22


That old deep well
could not repel
the thoughts that came to mind.
It had a job.
I did not sob
but sought what I might find.

I could not run
in this hot sun
and had a healthy thirst.
I can't deny
my mouth was dry
so I put myself first.

I stepped on plank,
turned hard the crank,
but it seemed to refuse.
It didn't care
that life's not fair
but I'm not one to lose.

So I had hope
in that old rope
to lift that bucket full.
With all my might
I grabbed rope tight
and then commenced to pull.

To fill tin cup,
the rope wound up.
around that rustic log.
On weathered board
I questioned Lord.
Then barked, my lazy dog.

Sometimes I think
to get a drink
that I must- on my own-
work very hard
with disregard
for what I should have known.

Now I might think
refreshing drink
should cure my ev'ry ill,
but it does not
though God forgot
those sins that hurt me still.

Did woman at
the well react
to her specific need?
To sin no more,
I think it's for
the rest of us to heed.

God does forgive
the way we live
like woman at the well:
But she had grasped
what Jesus asked,
so others she could tell.

My old tin cup
can't measure up
to God's tremendous flood.
We'll never thirst
when God is first,
for Christ had spilled His blood.

Our water chills.
God's water fills
displacing all our strife.
We must begin
to offer Him
our dedicated life.

©2022 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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John 4:7-14
The Woman of Samaria

7 A woman of Samaria *came to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away to the city to buy food. 9 So the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, though You are a Jew, are asking me for a drink, though I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus replied to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “[c]Sir, You have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do You get this living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well and drank of it himself, and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”