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By Peter O
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"You shall love the Lord, Your God,
with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, with all your strength.
This is the First Commandment." Mark 12:30



Turn Your Noble Eyes,
Fashioned in gentleness,.
To my kneeling and
Sheath this call with Your Grace.

With welcome
My HEART absorbs You,
Centers on You and
Not the fevered world's scrawl.

With welcome
My SOUL greets You,
Feasts on Your Love and
Not drink the "I's" sapping poison.

With welcome
My MIND clears of all,
Enlightens with Your TRUTH and
Not the sinuous path of doubt.

With welcome
My STRENGTH invites You,
Stretches on Your Grace and
Not the mechanics of habit.

This is my dream, my desire, BUT,
To live this real, You the First, ONLY
With Your Grace-Power.

On my own,
I am powerless,
A worn gravestone.

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Submitted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Last Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012

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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