Oh, for simpler days

Harmonious, understandable and peaceful days

When family mattered the most

Parent-child-God in balance

Other family and friends about as wings of assurance,

Winds blew fierce and cold at times

But with clearer perspective

Unnatural appetites did not rule.

When truth was pure truth, honesty a clean drink

Fresh and cool drink on a hot summer day,

Sweet and sour precise

Light and dark distinctly opposites.

As a mere five year-old, he turns on the new Zenith box television

A man- Oral Roberts, talked loudly, touched people;

Some years later Billy Graham stood before huge crowds

Smoothly harvesting converts,

Sad lament, many to never become disciples of the Messiah.

But, chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles

Always ready in Grandma’s cold pantry

Berry pies as well

Food for this young worker who lived just down the long hill

Who laughed and joked often with her and the neighbor,

Who worked and played eagerly

In the old basement, the large garage or the big garden,

As a rough diamond waiting to come into the fires of maturity

To finally listen and learn from above

And come at last before the only Throne

The only God, the only High priest and King,

Great wisdom given in humility,

Of Earth’s destiny, mankind’s destiny, the inner workings,

Where rest and trust and lasting beauty abound

Still, beautiful pool of most quiet, majestic strength

All laid out simply by the clear crystal stream of God’s Spirit of truth.   


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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