learn to love

June 30, 2010

Marriage is complex
Honesty and confession
I didn’t know what I was doing
Taking responsibility
I learned how to love
I’ve given a lot of thought
Looking back at my story
I stand outside myself
Look down at my dilemma 
Muse, ponder, and remember
I found a new path
And help along the way
From those who were living free
Seek and you will find
Intimate presence
A woman who likes herself
Even in her weaknesses
Reflects a real joy
Is able to live the day
Peaceful, kind, transparent
I know a woman like that
Been married forty-five years
Complex but very simple
Brilliant but approachable
Rejoice in the day
She is able to do it
Regardless of me
Intense suffering 
Along with desperate prayer
You’ll find peace 
A window of hope opens
To a love larger than life
© Terry S. Smith
June 26, 2010
Written after meditating on Psalm 118

Souls refined

June 22, 2010

Life’s pain is like a furnace
The soul is refined by fire
Hope is born in the process
Joy is discovered
Those of us who know the pain
Who still live in it today
Can listen and understand
And offer new hope
© Terry S. Smith
Dedicated to A. Thomas


June 17, 2010

If you will focus on God
Learning about His story
His powerful love will come
His promise renews
Your focus can be yourself
Or it can be on your god
Only God can deliver
And heal massive hurt
When I rise I will focus
On listening to God’s love
I am made in His image
His love never fails
Terry S. Smith
June 17, 2010
Meditations written after reflecting on Proverbs 17.


June 13, 2010

Children need their space
Room to make their own mistakes
Where it’s safe to fail
Letting go is hard
You’ll need wisdom and power
A daily practice
Let go of the reigns slowly
But you must learn to let go
You’ll decide if you believe
That God is loving
Your message must be 
I believe in you today
My love will always be there
You have room to fail
You don’t have to be perfect
I will love you regardless
Remember the daily practice
God is eager to teach you
He will come if you will ask
Do you believe this
Peace will come from God
It is not the children’s job
To give that to you each day
That you must discern
Set your boundaries clearly
Then trust God and laugh a lot
© Terry S. Smith
June 13, 2010
Written after meditating on Psalm 61-65, and Proverbs 13 & 24.  A blessing for the parents whose children are graduating into the adventurous world of the teenage years.

examined soul

June 9, 2010

Love beyond measure
Revealed in the life of a man
Needs to be examined
His words are flawless
They are filled with compassion
Bringing peace to the broken
Lonely and oppressed
A love that’s demonstrated
No one can compare
With the brilliance of his life
He knew how to think and love
The scholars marveled
The religious were tied in knots
The children ran to meet him
An examined soul
One that’s both loved and hated
One that seeks justice
One that seeks mercy for those
Made in the image of God
© Terry S. Smith
June 3, 2010