Gracious words by Gary Bertnick 

Long ago gracious words were spokenThrough a friend’s honesty

And through the sublime work of the Lord;

Things were said

Simple questions were asked

And suddenly a numbing cloud of despair lifted,

Never to return.

The beauty of a new quiet was within

A soft blanket of comforting, soothing peace settled inside,

With little understanding, I stood amazed

In freedom far from my own grasp.

Something good entered my heart and soul

I stood that night in mysterious calm at last;

After battling internal conflicts for years,

Struggles that ebbed and flowed in relationships and circumstances

Pulled and tore me finally into weakened shreds;

It all disappeared

As the Name above every name was revealed

To believe in Him, and then receive faith!

A door to answered prayers opened

And after some months, I took hold fully of the Absolute,

Messiah’s Truth tasted, and seen and heard

Soon to flood throughout my entire being

As the Holy Spirit led a continual Scripture feast

Eating my “daily Bread” became prayerful discipline

Words written from the very mouth of God

The living “Word made flesh”made known to me

One step, one day at a time;

My path into a certain future

Sure hope richly alive in me

The Way of Eternal Life,

The King of Truth now my Shepherd,

My God of trust!

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