My mother's hands are gnarled and quite wrinkled.
The kiss of time has left its beauty marks.
Those slender fingers clutch for more than mem'ries.
They reach in love to comfort hurting hearts.
My mother's hands upraised in praise to Jesus
call me to worship and to seek His face.
My mother's hands still fold to ask God's blessing.
They grasp His hand and hold on for dear life.
Much like a toddler takes her daddy's fingers,
my mother clings to God with knuckles white.
My mother's hands recall her deep devotion
inviting me to serve the Lord she loves.
My mother's hands are strangers to an iPad.
But they make music when she's asked to play.
An old upright or baby grand piano
provide the keys on which her fingers pray.
My mother's hands can entertain her neighbors
while worshiping the One who owns her heart.
My mother's hands will one day cease their motion.
Deprived of life, they'll lay unclenched and still.
They will remind me of her faithful service
responding to a call that she fulfilled.
My mother's hands will on that day direct me
to fix my gaze on our eternal home.
*the above poem can be sung to the tune "Finlandia"
|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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