Christian Poetry
(Page Two)
(permission has been granted to use David Buttram writings)

Shared With You By
Kraig J. Rice

A Marriage Prayer
By David Buttram

"Lord, be in this marriage
In a special way,
May we feel Your presence
Each and every day,

Grant us both good humor
To surpass our coming years;
May there always be much laughter
May there always be less tears.

Give us strength and courage
To follow in your will,
To trust You in the valley
As we do upon the hill.

Give us both the eyes of love
So we'll always see
The goodness in each other,
Secure us, Lord, in Thee.

Give us words of kindness, Lord,
Help us both to live
So our lips are ever quick
In saying, "I forgive."

Give us hearts that beat as one,
Bind us ever near;
May our love grow deeper, Lord,
With each passing year.

Lord, be in this marriage,
Keep our love brand new;
May we love each other, Lord,
The same way that you do."

Rocking Alone
By David Buttram

"I saw an old Mother with silvery hair
Sitting alone in an old rocking chair.
She seemed so neglected by those who should care,
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair.

Her hands were callused and wrinkled and old,
A life of hard work was the story they told.
Bless her old heart, do you think she'd complain?
Though life had been tough, she'd live it again.

And I thought of the angels as I saw her there
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair.
It wouldn't take much to gladden her heart-
A small simple token on somebody's part.

A letter would cheer her empty life there,
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair.
I know that a child in the orphan's home
Would think he was in heaven if she were his own.

He'd never be willing to let her sit there,
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair.
I look at her and think what a shame,
The ones who've forgotten, she loves just the same.

And I think of the angels as I see her
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair."

Happy New Year
By David Buttram

"I do not know, I cannot see
what God's kind Hand prepares for me.

Nor can my glance pierce through the haze
which covers all my future ways.

But yet I know that o'er it all
rules He who notes the sparrow's fall.

Farewell, Old Year, with goodness crowned,
a Hand divine hath set my bound.

Welcome the New Year, which shall bring
fresh blessings from my God and King."

A Little Fellow's Dad
By David Buttram

"I may never be as clever as my neighbor down the street,
I may never be as wealthy as some other men I meet;
I may never have the glory that some other men have had,
But I've got to be successful as a little fellow's dad.

There are certain dreams I cherish that I'd like to see come true,
There are things I would accomplish 'ere my working time is through;
But the task my heart is set on is to guide a little lad,
And to make myself successful as the little fellow's dad.

It's the one job that I dream of; it's the task I think of most;
If I fail that growing youngster I'd have nothing else to boast;
For though wealth and fame I'd gather, all my future would be sad,
If I failed to be successful as that little fellow's dad.

I may never have earth's glory; I may never gather gold.
Men may count me as a failure when my business life is told;
But if he gives his life to Jesus then I'll be so glad-
For I'll know I've been successful as a little fellow's dad."

Christ All In All
by David Buttram

"Christ for sickness, Christ for health,
Christ for poverty, Christ for wealth,

Christ for joy, Christ for sorrow
Christ today, and Christ tomorrow,

Christ my life, Christ my light,
Christ for morning, noon, and night,

Christ when all around gives way,
Christ my everlasting stay,

Christ my rest and Christ my food,
Christ above my highest good,

Christ my well beloved, my friend,
Christ my pleasure, without end,

Christ my Saviour, Christ my Lord,
Christ my portion, Christ my God,

Christ my good shepherd, I His sheep,
Christ Himself my soul doth keep,

Christ my leader, Christ my peace,
Christ hath given my soul release,

Christ my righteousness divine,
Christ for me, for He is mine!

Christ my wisdom, Christ my meat,
Christ restores my wandering feet,

Christ my advocate and priest,
Christ who ne'er forgets the least,

Christ my teacher, Christ my guide,
Christ my rock, in Christ I hide,

Christ the everlasting bread,
Christ His precious blood has shed,

Christ has brought me nigh to God,
Christ the everlasting Word,

Christ my master, Christ my head,
Christ who for my sins hath bled,

Christ my glory, Christ my crown,
Christ the plant of great renown,

Christ my comforter on high,
Christ my hope is ever nigh,

Christ is coming in the air,
Christ - Come quickly is my prayer!"

I Said A Prayer For You Today
by David Buttram

"I said a prayer for you today
And know God must have heard-
I felt the answer in my heart
Although He spoke no word!

I didn't ask for wealth or fame
(I knew you wouldn't mind)-
I asked Him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind!

I asked that He'd be near you
At the start of each new day
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way!

I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small-
But it was for His loving care
I prayed for most of all!"

2 Poems
By David Buttram

Whatever The Care By David Buttram

"Whatever the care
That breaks thy rest
Whatever the wish
That swells thy breast

Spread before God
That wish, that care,
And change thy anxiety
To prayer."

Needy By David Buttram

"I have more food than I can eat,
Others die of hunger on the street;
I have more clothes than I can wear,
Their feet and legs and arms are bare.

My walls are thick, warm and dry,
Their walls are wind, rain, and sky;
I have the love of noble souls
Their lot is cold and empty bowls.

O Lord, I would remember them
When needy cries rise again."

Remembering and Forgetting
By David Buttram

"Forget each kindness that you do
as soon as you have done it;
Forget the praise that falls to you
the moment you have won it.

Forget the slander that you hear
before you can repeat it;
Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer,
wherever you may meet it.

Remember every kindness done
whatever be its measure;
Remember praise by others won,
and pass it on with pleasure.

Remember every promise made
and keep it to the letter;
Remember those who lend you aid,
and be a grateful debtor.

Remember all the happiness
that comes your way in living;
Forget each worry and distress,
be hopeful and forgiving.

Remember good, remember truth,
remember Heaven above you;
And you will find through age and youth,
that many hearts will love you."

That Name
by David Buttram

"That Name I just heard is delightfully sweet,
Jesus is Christ! And Him you must meet!

Now He is meeting poor sinners in grace,
He knocks at your heart, give Him a place.

He hears you blaspheme: but oh, if you knew,
How much He loves sinners, how much He loves you,

You would fall at His feet and adoringly sing,
Jesus! My Savior! My Lord! And my King!

He left us this message while He is above,
A message of mercy- a message of love:

Tell sinners I love them- tell Adam's whole race,
And this is the day of My patience and grace,

Yea, more - go, beseech them, beseech them for Me.
Beseech by My Blood- by My death on the tree;

It cleanses from sin and fits them to be
At once and forever in Glory with Me.

Ah! These are sweet words, and wondrous to tell,
How God in His mercy saves sinners from Hell.

The story's so simple- so plain to the lost,
To be saved without doing- saved at God's cost.

To be saved as ungodly, unrighteous, undone;
To be saved by faith in the Blood of His Son."

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool"
(Isaiah 1:18).

Have You Thought About Your Soul?
by David Buttram

"Have you ever stopped to wonder
What this life is all about?
Why you're here and where you're going
When your lease on time runs out?

Maybe you've been too busy
Trying hard to reach your goal.
Would you let me ask you kindly
Have you thought about your soul?

If you've never thought it over,
Spend a little time today;
There is nothing more important
That will ever come your way,

Than the joy of sins forgiven,
And to know you've been made whole
In the Name of Christ the Savior.
Have you thought about your soul?"

Falsely Accused
by unknown author

"I hear the accuser roar
Of ills that I have done
I know them well, and thousands more
Jehovah findeth none

Though the restless foe accuses
Sins recounting like a flood
Every charge our God refuses
Christ has answered with His blood"

Running With A New Crowd
by unknown author

"My old companions, fare you well
I cannot go with you to hell

I mean with Jesus Christ to dwell
I will go with Him and tell"

Little Drops of Water
by unknown author

"Little drops of water
Little grains of sand
Make the mighty oceans
And the beauteous land

So the daily pressures
Subtle though they be
Serve to shape the oddballs
We call you and me"

A Moment With Him
by unknown author

"We mutter and sputter
We fume and we spurt
We mumble and grumble
Our feelings get hurt

We can't understand things
Our vision grows dim
When all that we need
Is a moment with Him"

One Little Lad
by unknown author

"One little lad with one small lunch;
But the tiny bit of food
Grew in the hands of Christ our Lord
and fed a multitude

One little life like yours and mine,
in the hands of Christ can win
the hungry souls of men today
and rescue them from sin."

by unknown author

"I find it most engaging
to watch friends who are aging.

Some handle problems neatly
with subtle skill, discreetly.

While others groan and rant and rave
and generally misbehave.

It makes me think, as years go by
I'm going to keep a watchful eye

On ATTITUDES, which say far more
about you than your yearly score."

In the Crucible
by unknown author

"Out from the mine and the darkness,
Out from the damp and the mold,
Out from the fiery furnace,
Cometh each grain of gold.

Crushed into atoms and leveled,
Down to the humblest dust,
With never a heart to pity,
With never a hand to trust.

Molten and hammered and beaten,
Seemeth it ne'er to be done,
Oh! for such fiery trial,
What hath the poor gold done?

Oh! 'twere a mercy to leave it,
Down in the damp and the mold,
If this is the glory of living,
Then better to be dross than gold.

Under the press and the roller,
Into the jaws of the mint,
Stamped with the emblem of freedom,
With never a flaw or a dint.

Oh! what a joy the refining,
Out of the damp and the mold!
And stamped with the glorious image,
Oh, beautiful coin of gold!"

Something Always New
by unknown author

"So many things I have are old,
Some badly worn-out too.
I look around quite longingly
And wish that they were new.

But then there always comes to me
This thought, and so I say,
At least I have, with all the world,
Each morn a brand-new day.

The hours are clean and fresh and bright,
A gift from God to me.
And even in the tasks assigned,
I have the liberty

To fill these hours with lovely thoughts,
With faith and hope and prayer.
Plant seeds of goodness that will grow
And bounteous fruitage bear."

Who Is It?
by unknown author

"Every time I pass a Church
I pay a little visit,
So that when at last I'm carried in,
The Lord won't say, "Who is it?"

He Was Right!
by unknown author

"Motorists who practice the Golden Rule while driving live longer.
Remember this epitaph?
Here lies the body of William Jay,
Who died maintaining his right of way.

He was right, dead right, as he sped along,
But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong."

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