Poem : Start Over

man in a maze

When you’ve trusted God and walked his way
When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way …
Start over.

When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why …
Start over.

When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And you’re all alone and it’s up to you …
Start over.

When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren come along …
Start over.

When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still …
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill …
Start over.

When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it …
Start over.

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you …
Start over.

Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “God’s Will Done”
Don’t just sit there ………… ..


– – – written by Woodrow Kroll of  “Back to the Bible”

3 thoughts on “Poem : Start Over”

  1. I was watching for the dawn but when it came it was just darkness becoming greyness. Then from the hedge a Robin began singing and I remembered they were our only bird that sings its song in every season and fron that came this……

    In the biting cold of another dawn I stand
    whilst the passage from night to day
    brings me no more definition, just a greyness.
    Like the world’s accidents and cruel incidents
    the greyness lies as heavy as the dark night.
    Its weight cold upon my heart and Soul.
    Then suddenly from the silent greyness comes
    Robin song, just like sunshine piercing clouds
    and in that instant my soul began to stir
    remembering that in this tiny red marked breast
    winter’s cold nor its greyness, penetrate
    Here within this small soft feathered frame
    a heart sings its joy on all the seasons round
    and into the grey dawn I call in prayer
    Oh you who give this small bird its song
    Its courage to sing through all of life’s colours
    Give my heart the wisdom of the Robin’s song
    Give my soul the trust and strength to do the same
    Let it sing in constant praise of your Divine light
    down all colours and the pathways you may send
    as you guide me through the seasons of my life
    Lord, Let this always be my Anam Amhrán.

    and despite the Winter greyness I knew sunshine

  2. “BE!”
    Within this word, time began its pulse
    in it’s echo the Heavens were given seed
    Universes flowered across the vacuum
    suns lit pathways in the black vastness
    The raging molten became calm and solid
    light and warmth coated cold dark rock
    Ice and hardening sculptured a world
    and in it’s melting great seas were born
    Yet still the echo rang across new land
    Settling in cracks, pools and fissures
    bringing carpeting, sky reaching, verdance.
    And the resonance breathed life upon it
    to walk its ever changing surface
    and swim within it’s vast and salty depths.
    Yet into some the echo breathed a question
    So that their eyes turned heavenwards
    And their hearts began to pulse.., how?
    On it went, time carried, word whispered.
    Age upon age heard it resounding.
    Until the echo once more became a Word
    given to be cradled and crucified in wood
    Hearts that pulsed to who, then knew.
    The echo still lives within each of us
    It is written across each mortal soul
    The one simple word that commands
    each of us to ….Be!

    “Lord of my days grant me the courage and wisdom to “be” all that you want me to. All light, all darkness, every incident upon my skin and in my life I offer you. Let the echo of your commandment stay ever in my ear’s and heart. I ask this in the name of My lord and Saviour Jesus Christ……….AMEN”

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