A dozen years ago we woke
to chilling news that left us broke.
The peace of mind on which we'd banked
was stolen in a day.
Four hijacked jets like flying bombs
destroyed our apathetic calm
as we collapsed in corporate fear
unsure of terror's plans.
We fled to church and joined in prayer.
And though such piety seemed rare,
the slogan on our currency
called us to trust in God.
And as we think back to that day
when friendly skies turned ashen gray,
Lord, we remember those who died
and those who saved far more.
Now once again we wring our hands
as we try hard to understand
what's happening in Syria
and how we should respond.
When crisis rears its ugly head
and hope dissolves to haunting dread,
the most agnostic finds his knees
and verbalizes faith.
When terror knocks at freedom's door
and we despair at what's in store,
the posture most appropriate
is that reserved for prayer.
Lord, as our leaders seek to lead,
on their behalf we intercede
requesting that their minds be bathed
with wisdom birthed by You.
May moral courage guide their hearts
as they make choices sure to start
a chain-reaction far from home
whose outcome is unclear.
O God, our help in ages past,
when votes in Congress have been cast,
remind us You are still in charge
and long for worldwide peace.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.