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By Peter O
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How?
"Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
Phil 1:27

Father,

Let my way
Be the gospel way.

How?
With the Holy Spirit --
Invite the Spirit into my soul's home
As my friend, my soul-sentry; and,
Borrow the Spirit's Shoulder and Back and Legs
As I walk through the yelling bullets
Of the world, the flesh and the Devil.

How?
With grace -- drink grace, for
As water is necessary for life,
Grace is for the gospel life, so,
Bathe in grace,
Soak with grace, and
Never thirst.

How?
With the "Beatitudes" --
"Blessed are the _______,"
They lead the soul
Out of a motherless exile with it's ice storms. and
Walk with these cloudless truths,
The firmament of true joy.

How?
With forgiveness --
Sin's frame is in our birth. our origin:
The propel for pleasure and power,
The spur of pride; yet, no matter
The maw of sin I left, forgiveness waits,
It is one word for "welcome home."

How?
With love --
Love is a tree, an oak,
It's root is faith which
Digs deep into the soil of grace;
Love shades ALL --
Friend and foe,
Strong and weak,
Always THE Dove nesting in it's branches.

A big order,
And I  slip and fall often,
But I pray to get up.


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Submitted: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last Updated: Monday, January 12, 2015

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.


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