2 Strange Letters

There are 2 strange letters

on your word I see

Their placement on the front

Doesn’t make sense to me

I am pretty good at reading

But these 2 don’t fit

They don’t describe what I see

It’s the meaning I don’t get

The first letter I have seen

In books and other things

The second is also familiar

But confusion is what it brings

The word is badly changed

And it doesn’t reflect the truth

It doesn’t show how I see you

Whether aged or in your youth

These 2 strange letters

Throw everything off track

They mess up your description

And set the meaning back

Without these intruders

The definition wonderfully fits

They initially seem harmless

But shatter hearts to bits

The letters are “I” and “M”

But I remind you they don’t work

The accuser uses them untruthfully

To diminish the Master’s work

The word in question is “perfect”

And in its purest form

Is how I look at you daily

Through sunshine, snow, or storm

Don’t let the enemy convince you

That you are not good enough

And that God can’t possibly love you

With all of your broken stuff

While you may be human

And lacking in many things

You are perfect; you are loved

You are a child of the King

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The Fight

Ladies and gentlemen
Welcome to the main event
A fight of the century
The bout worth every cent

In this corner, Daddy
Big, strong and wise
In the opposite; daughter
With the biggest blue eyes

This fight will put chills down your spine
It’s bound to be a thrill
Let’s listen to this verbal match
Lean in quietly and be still

The smallest one starts it off
Let’s hear her first swing
With a phrase she starts the brawl
Then Daddy steps into the ring

“I love you so much” she begins
We can almost hear the crowd roar
Their eyes stare each other down
She gets the very first score

“I love you more than you will ever know”
Daddy says with a smug grin
Then little lady fires back
The intense struggle is about to begin

“No, I love you times a million”
She says thinking she was going to win
But Daddy was ready for her joust
He cracks his knuckles, takes a breath, and leans in

“You are out matched little one
You don’t have a prayer
Mom and I asked God for you
We loved you before you even breathed air”

Daughter tried to fire back
But Daddy didn’t let her go
There was more that needed to be said
He was not nearly out of ammo

“I love you more than wide is wide
I love you farther than the planet Mars
I love you all the way to God and back
Way past the twinkling stars

Don’t try to defeat me in this
Because you have already lost
I would do anything for you
No matter what the cost

Sometimes mom and I can get mad
And raise our voices to correct
But never forget how much we love you
You are mine, despite whether or not you object

And with that final blow
The 4 year old accepted defeat
Not a thing could be said
As she stated at her little feet

Then, suddenly she looked up
with joyful tears in her eyes
She kissed Daddy on the cheek
And he realized this was all a guise

All she really wanted
Was to hear her Daddy say
That He loved her without conditions
And then she ran off to play.

 

-Landon DeCrastos

Grateful

My belly’s full of food

My heart is full of love

My family is all around me

And even more looking from above

I can’t thank God enough

For everything I possess

I deserve none of it

It is all by grace; I confess

Sure, these material things are great

And the money I earn is fine

But I honestly can’t say

That the any of the credit should be mine

I owe absolutely all I have

To the one who gives grace and hope

When I am standing on the mountain

Or at the end of my rope

I know I do not have much

In comparison to most

But, I can say I am content

Even though I cannot boast

I am truly grateful this year

For all the little things

And I pray that I will continue

To thank The Lord for what He brings.

-Landon DeCrastos

The Little Seed

Have you ever really tried
to grow an apple tree under your bed?
While giving it no water
And making sure it’s not fed
 
Have you tried it in winter
when there is less sun during the day?
And the wind outside is cold
And growth is chilled away
 
Have you prayed for soaking rain
to saturate that seed?
When it was hidden away from the light
Away from every natural need
 
When it didn’t grow to full height
Did you shake your fist at God?
When no youthful plant emerged
Did you find it rather odd?
 
What then happened
when you pulled the starving seed out?
Gave it light and water
Did you see the seedling sprout?
 
You probably saw something
Perhaps a glimmer of hope
When out of the dirt you began to see
nature’s periscope
 
A seedling erupts from the soil
It has everything it needs
To flourish and live it’s life
Even among the weeds
 
God is the author of all growth
And he applies it to our soul
He wants us to step into the light
He is the water that makes us whole
 
We can’t expect to have joy in life
If we are always in the dark
If we always search for the negative
And never revive our spark
 
We could get angry with God
About why our fruit does not thrive
But ultimately, we could seek the light
And do much more than just survive.
-Landon DeCrastos

Faith Despite Life (Poem)

It can be so hard
Waiting in my boat
Being tossed by the waves
Barely able to float

The thunder roars
And the winds overwhelm
My fear overrides
With no captain at the helm

Suddenly I remembered
At the apex of my fright
I am supposed to live by truth
And not by sight

As a child of God
I learned to obey
And anticipate miracles
When I fervently pray

So I will bow my head
And do more than survive
With trust in my heart
As long as I am live

I make the choice today
To not worry about my strife
And live every day in faith
Despite what happens in life.

-Landon DeCrastos

I’m Sorry, America

I’m sorry, America
Please accept my apology
For only thinking about myself
And less about your eternity

We see struggles in this place
Of every conceivable kind
Struggles that are buried deep within
And others that are easier to find

The world is in turmoil
We see fighting, famine, and strife
People often feel so lonely
With no immediate hope in their life

I’m not sorry for what I have done
But rather what I have not
I have a story that has blessed me
But I rarely share the plot

I’m sorry for not sharing what I know
The most vital message of all
That Jesus came to save the lost
And reverse the curse of the fall

Each day in the local news
We see addiction, anger, and hate
And here I sit in my comfortable chair
Mentally judging people’s fate

I’m sorry for not sharing Jesus with you
Like I absolutely know I should
I think it is fear, or laziness
Or other things that feel so good

I can’t speak for every person
I can only speak for myself
I just know there are times
When I put my beliefs on the shelf

I know I should share about God
And about a life changing choice
To accept the Creator’s love
And hear His delivering voice

If I would have done what is right
If I could have eliminated my fear
I could have made this world better
And accomplished my mission here

So, I am sorry America
The problem is partly me
I will promise to share the hope
That I have found Jesus to be

I once was lost, but now I am found
I was blind but now I see
Jesus rescued my life from the grave
And changed my eternity.

Even in the mess we are in
For which I am partly to blame
I resolve to share hope and joy
And love the world around me in Jesus name.

-Landon DeCrastos

What if the Church…(repost)

What could possibly happen
if the Church made a decree
That no single mother
Would ever go hungry

That no little child
Would go unembraced
That the lowly would be educated
Through the struggles they face

What if the sinner was served
As if it were right
And, instead of spewing venom,
We prayed for their plight

What if our enemies
Were looked at with care
Could we really love them
Would we even dare?

What if we were given
Just one single day
What would we do
Would we give ourselves away

What about if…
We were given only two
Would we still set out
To please God in all we do?

What if all believers
Decided right now
That God’s work was too vital
To simply throw in the towel

I think I know the answer
I think it is clear
For His promises are sure
And can eradicate our fear

A revival would come
Like has never before
We would be the Church
And like Christ even more

So mobilize sleeping giant
It’s time to stand up and fight
We are the hope for the world
Serve others with all your might.

-Landon DeCrastos

Offend the Night

That lump in your throat.
It’s injustice and hate.
It’s disappointment
when God seems to be too late
 
we see kids dying
adorned with flies.
We see politicians
replacing truth with lies
 
we see disunity
among those dark and light
as if human skin color
is looked at as a plight
 
we wish to go our own way
and regard our bodies as our own
we witness unbearable evil
invading our comfortable homes
 
we are desensitized to greed
because we still want more
we let impurity in
through the front door
 
We are utterly surprised
when people are sold and bought
As if everyone else is to blame
and we are not
 
when are we going to really see
the true cause of this all?
A dependence on our own wills
Humanity has devolved to a crawl
 
The God who made human hearts
Is calling us to obey
Not to confine our freedoms
But because abundance comes through His way
 
Many can’t do the equation
The dots simply do not connect
If we will look at the world around us
And simply pause to reflect
 
“Giving Jesus a try”
is simply not enough
He wants our whole hearts
No matter how impure and rough
 
Transformation will infect the world
And will show people what is right
If we embrace freedom’s call
And offend the seemingly endless night
-Landon DeCrastos

Giants fall

How hard do giants fall?
From ivory towers, or empowered calls
At one time they stood so tall
Thinking they were immortal

The firey end that pride brings
When once they acted as kings
Enjoying power and such nice things
Basking in sin’s basic reward

Above the law was their boast
Pleasure to the uttermost
Their passion became their ghost
And left their values behind

What once was their first love
No longer fit like a glove
Their power no longer from above
And their blessing became self made

For them, the way they can restore
That which the enemy broke and tore
Their pride, their soul, what they had before
Must come from the one who knows

The one who knows their very life
Who can pull them out of sinful strife
Who can cut to the heart like a knife
And expose lies with the truth

Flee to the still small voice
Giants who have forgotten how to rejoice
Cleanse your heart with one simple choice
Repent and be restored.

-Landon DeCrastos

Living as Dead

When you ponder deeply in your mind
Soon, you will inevitably find
The world has always been far behind
Christ’s kin; a step ahead

Before you object, please let me explain
Because all you see on this human plane
Disobedience, strife, trauma and pain
And children going unfed

These indicate another day
One that is defined by decay
Before the king had His way
And conquered through the blood He shed

When you think about all we see
Constant struggle within humanity
It makes perfect sense to me
That we often reject where we are led

The day I mean is in the past
One that the devil hoped would last
The king came and won at last
And put this fight to bed

The problem many do not understand
Is they live in a time and land
One that they build with their own hand
The fight still rages in heart and head

We are so addicted to our ways
And the sin that takes up our days
Victory is won, but we are still in this phase
Of living as if we are dead

So, reject what your heart tells you
That all is lost and you will always be too
That this old kingdom still reigns anew
And accept the one who bled.

-Landon DeCrastos