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"No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs." - Psalm 119:54 (CEV)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Steamer Trunk


For some idea of what's been keeping me so busy lately . . . cleaning.

Steamer Trunk

Memories packed
In crumbling packages,
Stuffed into
A basement closet.

Someone comes
To clear out the cobwebs
And stumbles upon
Years enclosed in boxes.

Someone once had
A steamer trunk
With their name carved in the side,
But who knows whose
Trunk it was;
The name has been erased by time.

Strands of Christmas lights
Arranged in cups,
She remembers her father
Made it for her mom.

Well, it's been seven years
Now since he passed,
Easily-forgotten memories
Are all we have left.

Someone once had
A hat and glove,
Someone once wore them to go out,
But now they're stained
By layers of dust,
No, no one wants to wear them now.

And isn't time
The worst enemy
Of our natural desire?
'Cause all we want
Is to always be remembered.

And maybe God
Made cobwebs and dust
To remind us this life is not about us,
'Cause one day
Someone will throw away
Our hats, our gloves, and our steamer trunks.

Someone once had
A steamer trunk
With their name carved in the side,
But who knows whose
Trunk it was;
The name has been erased by time.

Someone once had
A hat and glove,
Someone once wore them to go out,
But now they're stained
By layers of dust,
No, no one wants to wear them now.

Someone once had a steamer trunk.

Someone once had a hat and glove.

Someone once had a steamer trunk.


©2013 Mary Schieferstein


Reasons 4122-4196 today,

(Oddly enough, working on this as 10,000 Reasons is playing on the radio)

Counting whenever I get a chance,

Because it's not about me at all -

It's all about Him:
  1. His love is great, higher than the heavens (Psalm 108:4)
  2. His faithfulness reaches to the skies (Psalm 108:4)
  3. He has rejected His people (Psalm 108:11)
  4. He no longer goes out with His people's armies (Psalm 108:11)
  5. He tramples down His people's enemies (Psalm 108:13)
  6. He stands at the right hand of the needy (Psalm 108:31)
  7. He stands at the right hand of the needy to save their lives from those who would condemn them (Psalm 109:31)
  8. He makes His enemies a footstool for His feet (Psalm 110:1)
  9. He will extend His mighty scepter from Zion (Psalm 110:2)
  10. He will rule in the midst of His enemies (Psalm 110:2)
  11. His troops will be willing on His day of battle (Psalm 110:3)
  12. He has sworn (Psalm 110:4)
  13. He will not change His mind (Psalm 110:4)
  14. He is a priest forever (Psalm 110:4)
  15. He is a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4)
  16. He is at His right hand (Psalm 110:5)
  17. He will crush kings on the day of His wrath (Psalm 110:5)
  18. He will judge the nations (Psalm 110:6)
  19. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead (Psalm 110:6)
  20. He will judge the nations, crushing the rulers of the whole earth (Psalm 110:6)
  21. He will drink from a brook (Psalm 110:7)
  22. He will lift His head high (Psalm 110:7)
  23. His great works are pondered by all who delight in them (Psalm 111:2)
  24. His deeds are glorious (Psalm 111:3)
  25. His deeds are majestic (Psalm 111:3)
  26. His deeds are glorious and majestic (Psalm 111:3)
  27. His Righteousness endures forever (Psalm 111:3)
  28. He has caused His wonders to be remembered (Psalm 111:4)
  29. He provides food for those who fear Him (Psalm 111:5)
  30. He has shown His people the power of His works (Psalm 111:6)
  31. He has shown His people the power of His works, giving them the lands of other nations (Psalm 111:6)
  32. The works of His hands are faithful and just (Psalm 111:7)
  33. All His precepts are trustworthy (Psalm 111:7)
  34. The works of His hands are established for ever and ever (Psalm 111:8)
  35. All His precepts are established for ever and ever (Psalm 111:8)
  36. The works of His hands are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness (Psalm 111:8)
  37. All His precepts are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness (Psalm 111:8)
  38. He provided redemption for His people (Psalm 111:9)
  39. He ordained His covenant forever (Psalm 111:9)
  40. Holy is His Name (Psalm 111:9)
  41. Awesome is His Name (Psalm 111:9)
  42. All who follow His precepts have good understanding (Psalm 111:10)
  43. To Him belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10)
  44. Those who fear Him are blessed (Psalm 112:1)
  45. Those who find great delight in His commands are blessed (Psalm 112:1)
  46. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, His Name is to be praised (Psalm 113:3)
  47. His Glory is exalted above the heavens (Psalm 113:4)
  48. No one is like Him, the One who sits enthroned on high (Psalm 113:5)
  49. He sits enthroned on high (Psalm 113:5)
  50. No one is like Him, the One who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth (Psalm 113:5-6)
  51. He stoops down to look on the heavens and on the earth (Psalm 113:6)
  52. He seats the poor with princes (Psalm 113:7-8)
  53. He seats the needy with princes (Psalm 113:7-8)
  54. He seats the poor with the princes of His people (Psalm 113:7-8)
  55. He seats the needy with the princes of His people (Psalm 113:7-8)
  56. He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children (Psalm 113:9)
  57. Judah became His sanctuary (Psalm 114:2)
  58. Israel became His dominion (Psalm 114:2)
  59. He turns the rock into a pool (Psalm 114:8)
  60. He turns the hard rock into springs of water (Psalm 114:8)
  61. To His Name is the Glory (Psalm 115:1)
  62. To His Name is the Glory, because of His Love and Faithfulness (Psalm 115:1)
  63. He is in heaven (Psalm 115:3)
  64. He does whatever pleases Him (Psalm 115:3)
  65. He is the help and shield of the Israelites who trust in Him (Psalm 115:9)
  66. He is the help and shield of those in the house of Aaron who trust in Him (Psalm 115:9)
  67. He is the help and shield of those who fear Him and trust in Him (Psalm 115:9)
  68. He remembers His people (Psalm 115:12)
  69. He will bless His people (Psalm 115:12)
  70. He will bless His people Israel (Psalm 115:12)
  71. He will bless the house of Aaron (Psalm 115:12)
  72. He will bless those who fear Him (Psalm 115:12)
  73. He will bless those who fear Him - small and great alike (Psalm 115:12)
  74. The highest heavens belong to Him (Psalm 115:16)
  75. The earth He has given to mankind (Psalm 115:16)


(Sylvia's already made it to - past - 10,000!  So amazing to think of who He is like this!)

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4 comments:

CynthiaJSwenson said...

It's so good to find you on a Sunday Mary because reading your reasons to worship is such great Bible time! I've been on a cleaning rampage myself lately & am pondering about how to store up treasure in heaven since it's the only treasure that will last. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

Sylvia R said...

Lovely, melancholy, and haunting.

Mary said...

Thank you, Cynthia! I am glad it is so beneficial to you!

Funny how cleaning makes us think about these things, huh? It really helps to remind me what's important.

Love & prayers for you, too, friend!

Mary said...

Thank you, Sylvia! I suppose that's what I was going for, because that's how I felt. I think I've read so many mystery novels where cleaning old things results in discovering haunting secrets (and occasionally dead bodies) that those steamer trunks kind of scared me a bit. I suppose that's why they were on my mind when I took time to write.

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