This Christmas finds me pondering
the things I'm hoping for.
Like boosting the economy
and finishing the war.
I hope that our new president
will take his cues from God
so he's not swayed by what's "PC"
though criticized as odd.
I want to help the homeless find
a decent place to sleep,
to feed them and to help them land
a job they'll want to keep.
I wish for all who've lost someone
to cancer's deadly curse
good memories of more pleasant days
before they became worse.
I long for shorter time between
those visits with my mom.
I pray she'll live for many years
before I hear "She's gone."
I hope my kids will find a mate
who values what they're worth.
I want all careless litterbugs
to care for Mother Earth.
I pray that people round the world
will search within their hearts
to find the Father's fingerprints
in nature and the arts.
I long to see inventive minds
reduce the spread of AIDS.
I hope that new technologies
reverse mistakes we've made.
I have a dream that what God willed
in sending Christ to us
will be fulfilled as evidenced
by peace, goodwill and trust.
And on a much more lighter note
I want my team to win.
I want to lose a few more pounds.
A few more? How bout ten?
I wish for strength to push away
that second slice of pie
and courage to ask "What's your name?"
when tempted to be shy.
As you can see, what's on my list
are things I cannot buy.
But still, I think they're possible
if, with God's help, we try.
|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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