The Answer Depends

As a tale that is told,
We scamper and sigh.
We give then we take,
We create then we brake.
We submit then we run.
We cry it is done.
Tell me, how can this be?
Is life what we see,
An endless circle?
Yes or No?
The answer depends.
Some roads always end.
Choice is the deal,
Not just what we feel.
Pressure breeds thought.
Watch out – Don’t get caught.
The trap’s being set.
We dare not forget.
The past was a school.
Life’s not always cool.
Choose wisely!

Margarett Inez Bates

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; (Joshua 24:15)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)

Have You Read the Book

Do you know why you’re here?
Have you asked, are you sincere?
Do you listen?
Do you wait;
Ponder and investigate?
With open ear?
Is your life on the line?
Are you struggling;
Walking blind;
Caught in fear?
“Listen Close,”
A voice doth say.
“Life is more than just a day.
And you must care!
Do you know on whom to call?
Have you read the book at all;
The Bible dear?
Give me you heart.
The voice doth speak,
I know your frame;
I know your weak.
But I’m here!
Jesus Christ is My Name
I am every day the same
And always near.”

Margarett Inez Bates

Father Said

You are not your own preserver,
You are not your own keeper.
Look to me, I will supply,
I’m not a man that I should lie.
Have not I told you in my word,
I would feed the little bird?
You by far are more to me,
Than any little bird could be.
So do yourself a real big favor,
Count on me and do not waver.
Forget the things that are behind,
Mistakes you made, when you were blind.
Remember, I have set you free,
So don’t look back but stick with me.

Margarett Inez Bates

Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat or, what shall we drink or, wherewithal shall we be clothed. (Matthew 6:3)

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

This one thing I do, forgetting those things, which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things, which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13)

I Forgive Yesterday

Amid the mug of desperation
Once I stood in consternation
The sight unseen by many eyes
Defies imagination or disguise.
But though I saw and took it in
Then placed it deep
Yes, deep within
As I once more review the sight
I notice there was not much light.
Actions and responses were done in fear
The picture now is very clear.
As I pause again to take it in
I wish not to return again.
Instead I simply say,
“I forgive yesterday”
And with my head held high,
I’ll live today.

Margarett Inez Bates, 2002

Forgive and Go On

Forgive and Go On

When someone does you wrong,
Don’t fret, just go on.
When someone does
A dreadful deed,
Sometimes makes you even bleed.
Just forgive them and go on.
When someone takes
What you have won,
Just forgive them and go on.

Do you have hurts deep inside,
Cause someone took you for a ride.
Don’t fret, sigh, or cry.
Forgive and go on.

Margarett Inez Bates

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)