writers' Corner

Are you a poet? Do you write stories?

If you would like to share any of your writings then email them to carnmoneyparishchurch@gmail.com

Bluebells and primroses
Daffodils in drifts
Snowdrops peeking through the snow
Heaven must be like this

The sound of children's laughter
A toddlers faltering steps
A Mother's smile
A country mile
No charge for all of this

The heavens in their glory
The sun to shine by day
The moon by night a wondrous sight
With stars along the way

The mighty seas are calling
The mountains meet the streams
Appreciate it's not too late
Mankind must dream the dreams

Elizabeth Beckinsale

My Prayer I ask you Lord to hear us pray
For normality in work and play
Let us walk together and join in praise
Voices united the spirit to raise

Remove all fear
On the earth I pray
To the bereaved bring comfort
Each and every day

In sickness bring health
Lord I ask of thee
May life be lived
As it ought to be

Return the freedom to travel and meet
Wherever we wish - each other to greet
Who knew that a hug could be missed so much
Or how important was the human touch

May we hold our children
Free from fear Lest they fall
Or shed a tear

Education once again
Schools to reinstate
Teaching us to love
Love replacing hate

The joy of living in health and strength
The young and old to tend
Forgiveness Lord and your healing hand
I pray you will extend

Elizabeth Beckinsale

The Great Conductor

God came and spoke to me
He said son you're like a train
At first he had me puzzled
The he started to explain

You've been through a long dark tunnel
But now there's light again
Your future's bright and sunny
With just a spattering of rain

There's an end of the line for everyone
And there's a bend or two
Your're the carriage, I'm the engine
I will pull you through

I've given you a buffer
To ease the bumps along the way
We'll journey on together
Clickety clacking through each day

Colin Beckinsale

There is a Time for Everything

There is a time for everything
Lord you know the reason
If we place our trust in you
You'll guide us through each season

You will take us by the hand
To face the road ahead
If we keep our eyes on you
There's no need for fear or dread

On this journey we will laugh
Sometimes we will cry You tell us it's ok to grieve
You will help us to get by

In happy times if we're lucky
Your goodness we get to glance
You provide the music
Then say "Come and enjoy the dance"

So go with the flow, enjoy God's plan
After all he is our King
Have faith and always be assured

Linda McCullagh


Lord help me today
To do things your way
Not to yield to the sin
That makes my world dim
Hold my head up high
Let me look to the sky
Where your shining example begins

Jesus right from the start
Examine my heart Make it pure, make it clean
On your grace let me lean
Fill it with love that only comes from above
Let the world see, my Saviour has been

Father I pray
As I step out today
Be my friend and my guide
Stay close by my side As I continue the race Lord
Show me your face
My desire is to fill you with pride.

Linda McCullagh

The Indispensable Man

Sometime when you're feeling important;
Sometime when your ego's in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You're the best qualified in the room:

Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining,
Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.

You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you'll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There's no indispensable man.

Saxon White Kessinger

A Cross and a Red Leather Purse

Florence, who was a neighbouring caravan owner, made a beautiful cross in its pocket with a message for my purse which I carried everywhere I went until one day I discovered that the purse was missing out of my pocket.

As days went by I prayed it would be brought back to me, even if the money was gone. It would be great if the cross remained.

Coming back from a trip near our home there the purse was near the hall door.  It had been put through the letter box. There was nothing missing.

Can I share the message?

I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do or say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and the comfort I share
With all who know my master
And give himself to His care.

So I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I’ll let Him be.

Please keep safe.
Lots of love, Frances L

The Wonder of it All

Can you sometimes see the hills reaching up,
Or the clouds reaching down and blends.
The sky smears with a ray of amber,
As the calmness of the evening descends.

A moving picture created in the sky,
Makes way for the darkness of night.
Which enhances the sliver star shapes
All twinkling, useful and bright.

Then as dawn approaches evenly,
A grey sky with streaks of white is seen,
A haze  of light wipes out the black.
There stands the same hills with gold in between
The wonder of it all.

(And God call the light Day and the darkness he called Night.
And the evening and morning were the first Day
Genesis 1 verse 5.

Lots of love – Frances L