How Blessed

I strive to write a Thanksgiving poem each year. This year though, I’ve been writing quite a bit of poetry through the Psalms, and a couple weeks ago wrote one on Psalm 32 that I think gets at the core of what I’m thankful for this year – forgiveness.

I don’t know what your year was like – horribly exciting or terribly boring. Either way, even if you don’t feel like you have much to thank God for, you have forgiveness and the gospel – and that’s reason enough to praise forevermore! We are blessed…

How Blessed (Psalm 32)

How blessed it is to be forgiven,

How awesome to be justified,

For now our sins have been all driven

Through Jesus who for us has died.

How painful is the path of sinning,

How dark and dismal is that place.

For sin sends our hearts downward spinning

But down and down reaches His grace.

How great it is – my sin is covered!

How wonderful to share it all.

For all my sin’s to Him uncovered,

Forgiveness now for every fall.

How thankful should forgiven ones be,

How tender to His plans and pulls.

For His great love is all around us –

Surrender to His lead and will.

How joyful now we shout and sing out,

How glad our hearts to rest in Christ.

For in Him we can hide from all doubt

So confident He’s paid sin’s price.

Grace on Grace

grace upon grace

Based on John 1:16:

Of Your fullness we’ve received

Throughout our sinful year.

Through each day Your grace was weaved

Since last time we were here.

Family’s here at this great feast

And so is Your dear Son.

Never left us, never ceased

To give us grace in tons!


Grace on grace You’ve given us–

Your grace for days we fall.

Grace for every time we lust

And grace to pardon all.

Now that we have hindsight’s view

We find You all the way.

Grace You gave, now we give you

Our thanks this grace-filled day.


Of Your fullness we’ve took part

Throughout this crazy ride.

In all stress Your will You’d chart,

And make us trust our Guide.

Looking back we see Your hand–

You worked out all things right.

Why would we now doubt Your plan?

You have the end in sight!


Grace on grace You’ve given us–

Your grace for days of doubt.

Grace for times when we don’t trust

And grace when we stress out.

Now that we have hindsight’s view

We find You all the way.

Grace You gave, now we give you

Our thanks this grace-filled day.


Of Your fulness we have known

Throughout life’s push and shove.

Mercy on hard days You’ve shown–

We can’t exhaust Your love!

Family’s gathered in this room.

But there’s someone who’s not.

Give us rest and please come soon!

To take the ones You’ve bought.


Grace on grace You’ve given us–

Your grace for days of death.

Grace for times we’re in the dust

And grace till our last breath!

Now that we have hindsight’s view

We find You all the way.

Grace You gave, now we give you

Our thanks this grace-filled day.

-M@