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By Peter O
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"Create in me a clean heart, O God, renew an upright spirit
in my soul." Psalm 51:10


You are a Big God, Father Creator,
Clearly greater than
All the planets and stars and galaxies;
Certainly greater than
My eyes and tongue, my thoughts and will,
So, please, through Your Grace-Hand,
Mold my soul in gratitudes's frame. For,

Gratitude cleans my soul,
Bathes my soul with THE Truth:
You are my Creator, I, Your creature;
Scrub off all loyality to my will
With honesty to Your Will.

Gratitude purifies my soul
As fire flames off the useless,
What no longer works, the dead and
Allows for the fervor of growth, and
To be strong with Jesus.

Gratitude prunes my soul,
Cuts off the rot and  infected
As a vine is gtrimmed to bear fruit, and
Frees my soul to spread in joy --
The  fruit of Jesus.


I thank You for You, the Creator-God;
I thank You for Jesus, the Fleshed-God,
I thank You for the Spirit, the Healing-God.

I thankYou for Your gifts --
Salvation and grace and eternal life.

Yes, I thank You for my Gethsemane --
The pains of my life,
The temptations and failures, for,
They open my soul's windows
So that You no longer stare through,
But come through.

Thank You. 


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Submitted: Sunday, September 15, 2013

Last Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013

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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