Our Old Bibles

Our old Bibles never die
They just sit on shelves
Waiting for the day when we
Will read them for ourselves

For when the word of God is planted
In a listening heart
It grows a little day by day
Till thoughts and actions start

To change as Jesus comes to rule
In ordinary ways
His love replacing selfishness
And hopelessness with praise

Our Old Bibles by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022 
all rights reserved. Use by permission only. 

My Turtle Friend

Hurry up turtle you’re smack in the middle
Of the road and we’re so late today
Turn left or go right and step on the gas
Hurry up and get out of our way!

But He didn’t speed up he just turned with a smile
And said “Pleasure to meet you my friend.
This sky is so blue and the sun is so warm
Take a look it soon comes to an end.

But I couldn’t stay calm and I fussed and I fumed
And I laid on the horn with a beep
Till I turned and I saw by the side of our path 
Baby robins in a nest fast asleep

Then I bowed and I prayed - So ashamed yet so glad
For my turtle friend’s wisdom and grace
For I saw God was giving a place for my rest
And His courage and strength in that place!

Wait for the Lord, be strong and let you heart take courage
wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 ESV

Joseph’s Pause

He had trudged on for days
Through the cold and the heat
Till the dust of long roads
Was caked hard on his feet 
And behind on the donkey
Mary followed as best
As she could though she ached 
And she wished they could rest
Then she touched Joseph’s shoulder
And he turned with a smile
Their eyes knowingly met 
So, he paused for a while

Then he looked to the village 
At the crest of the hill
And remembered God’s promise
Was to be there fulfilled
And he picked up the reins 
Then pressed on one more mile
Trusting this was God's place
For the birth of His child

Joseph's Pause by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2021 all rights reserved
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Luke 2:4-5 KJV