Divine hands shape, sculpt the future

Those same hands shaped the past;

One formed with the dust of the earth

The other, with beauty followed.

A man works with the strength of his hands

The mind’s control,

Struggles in the world to make a living

To provide for his needs, and his family’s.

Sweat pours down, the sun impartial

Muscles strain

Self-disciplined, stretch even more

The heart yearns, the soul longs for deepest satisfaction

For an illusive rest, a lasting peace.

One life takes shape

Food and clothing,

A house, a place to lay their heads

And satisfaction slowly follows

At times gladness wells up,

Contentment finally settles;

He does not involve himself with great matters.

Or things too wonderful for him as written in God’s Book.

The man who works with his hands

Looks calmly to heaven and the future

Finds peace in honest simplicity,

Discovers a secret, quiet place within

True strength to be found standing,

At the very end. 



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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