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My heart holds tightly to you still

Updated on May 22, 2015

This is yet once again, an attempt at poetry through some ramblings and my thoughts....this kind of came to me as I laid in my bed last night.

I sometime rant and rave about politics too much, and I thought perhaps I need to change things up a bit.

I don't always give God enough credit.....

so here it is....

Heavenly Father...
Heavenly Father...

Dear Lord, though I do not go to You as often as I should

My heart holds tightly to You still,

Knowing with all my soul

And all my might

That You are always there for me, that much, I’ve always understood.

show me the way...
show me the way...

Especially during the times, when everything is fine and things are going great

I don’t show enough love

To You lord

Why is that?

I think the fear of living my life without faith could endanger my eternal fate.

comfort me and give me strength...
comfort me and give me strength...

But during those times when all is spinning out of control

You gently touch me

Though I struggle

To feel You

Deep inside I know it is You that is comforting and warming my soul

I will forever praise you...
I will forever praise you...
and never let go!...
and never let go!...

Lord, I get on my knees and hold my hands up to You with all of my confidence

That You are there

Arms spread wide

Accepting me

With all my sins, You unconditionally love me with your divine perseverance

The treasures You have given to me on this time here on earth I forever will

Praise You for

My wife, my kids

The love of friends

That You do know, with all my soul that my heart holds tightly to You still.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      voted up! funny I too have thought about writing something a little more uplifting, I get so carried away with just the political fight! Thanks for bringing us back to reality!

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      CMerritt,

      Hi, I believe that our Lord likes to be thanked for all the blessings we receive. As I for one am always asking for a blessing, either to take care of my family, body and soul; or to help me be a better person, and to give me the strengh to help others. And I thank him every day for my blessing.

      And he has blessed you to write from your heart, so please do not say you not a writer/poet, because if you are not one---then no one else is.

      Bobbi

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      CMerritt is definitely my write in candidate. He knows what to do when the going gets rough. Somebody let a poetry bug loose around here and quite a few people got bit. I see it got into your bloodstream.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      It's always beautiful to witness when truth being spoken, I love to hear the sincere cries of any adult with sincerity and honor knowing they are speaking to their heavenly father.

      Beautiful poem with words to live by.

      Bless.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      AR, I think we all get too caught up sometimes and let some of the important things get behind us.

      I appreciate your remarks

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      PurvisBobbi44,

      Thank you for your uplifting comments....I mean no disrespect to other writers on here....I know that I have much to learn about the art of poetry....I am decent at rambling and throwing my thoughts out there..

      I am so very blessed, and I struggle at giving the Lord His constant credit for everything.

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks WD, I would love to have an ounce of talent of writing as MOST of the folks here on HP....you included.

      But I do have fun, rambling.

      Thanks for your comments

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Sky,

      If anything else, my poem IS sincere and from my heart...

      I appreciate your kind remarks,

      Chris

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good job, CMerritt!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow Chris, what inspiration! This is truly wonderful, a prayer for the ages. I can tell it comes from the heart, maybe a little guilt in there for not going to the Lord more often, but the love and confidence you have for him is shining through.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Getting tired of the political debate and taking time off to talk to the Lord, is a nice idea. I think I will give it a try too, been feeling very stressed. :)

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you SubRon!

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wow, thank you Cardisa...very sweet words.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      sensush23,

      Gottas step back and take a look around every once in a while sen, give thanks, take a breath and jump back.

      I appreciate you coming by and leaving a response.

      Chris

      :)

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      CM,

      A break from the usual style is good, and you did a wonderful job with this. Still everyone needs to rant once in a while--so rant on!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks lifegate........I need a break, but I assure you, I will be ranting, very soon! lol

      Chris

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Chris,

      This is so beautiful, inspirational and touching.

      Voted up and away.

      Have a good weekend.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I think it is a woderful poem and very uplifting. This is something we don't often think enough about.

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      Robert E Smith 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      He is there in the bad times to hold us but He says "I'll never leave you or forsake you." When a person knows Him as Savior, He indwells that person and lives inside. He never leaves us, though our thoughts are allowed to leave Him. You made me think it is time I got on my knees. A great example and wonderful testimony of love.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Voted up..This is really great poem

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! This is outstanding work, Chris! Voted way, way up!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you Sue, YOU did make my weekend with those very kind words.

      Chris

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Lucy, I know that "I" am very guilty of NOT going to Him as often as I should....I working on that right now.

      Thank you for your uplifting words.

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      no body,

      Thank you for your very wise words and you are 100% correct. He is always there for us.

      I am so happy that perhaps YOU took time to get on your knees to give thanks,

      I really appreciate, more than you may know, how much your words mean to me...Thank you,

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      htodd,

      Thank you and I appreciate your votes.

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Will,

      Your words are very uplifting to me.

      Thanks for being a mentor and a friend to me.

      Chris

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful and a good message for all of us!

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Very, very nice, Chris.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you Tammy

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi ME,

      I appreciate it,

      Chris

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Chris ...

      Simply stupendous. :)

      And, a wonderful reminder to the rest of us who follow Him as well.

      You did a beautiful job.

      femme

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank your very much feeme for those kind words.

      Chris

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      FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks FriendofTruth!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Your poem is a beautiful expression of a heart that loves the Lord. Thank you for this uplifting experience. It is very good.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you James, I appreciate you dropping by and your gracious comment.

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Lovely poem and we should thank our almighty for providing us all this.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you iquidenetwork,

      I agree, He has provided so very much. I appreciate your remarks.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Just excellent, Chris...a poetic expression of faith and how it reassures you. It takes courage to share your emotions in verse and many cannot do it. I applaud your awareness and you willingness to share it with us. Thanks much. Up and beautiful. WB

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Wayne, It was just one of those times when my brain was cooperating with my hand during an emotional time for me. I think the word expression you used is a better fit than a poem...

      I am always honored with any comments that you have for me....I sincerely appreciate them and you.

      Chris

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear Chris,

      I am so sorry to just now getting here to read...This was such a heartfelt prayer that we all can relate too..even in those times when we feel lost and can't hear our Fathers voice faith kicks in and we know he is there still loving us..Thank you..Chris thank you for always reading and encouraging me..I am trying to read more and be an encourager like you have always been to me.

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      No problem Sunnie, it is ALWAYS nice to see you visit any of my hubs.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      This is beautiful poetry. Thanks for sharing. Voted up. Interesting & awesome!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you James...it is appreciated.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      This was so heart felt and totally beautiful.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks acaetnna, I was having a "God" moment and managed to write it down before I let my day get in my way...lol

      I appreciate your very kind words.

      Chris

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      Some fine words about what really matters most! If we are connected to God we really have nothing to give. This reminds me of what Jesus said our true mission was in John 6:28-9

      "Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

      Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks wba, that is a great analogy....I think He wants us to merely accept and believe.

      I appreciate you coming by and your thoughtful comment.

      Chris

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      What a wonderful poem to our Lord. I loved it

      You are wonderful at this.

      Be blessed.

      Debbie

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Deborah, thank you for those very very kind words....It means a lot to me.

      Chris

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I don't have so much word to say. But, "God bless you", my friend. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank YOU Prasetio, your words mean very much to me. Thanks,

      Chris

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      krsharp05 5 years ago from 18th and Vine

      It's nice to hear that you broke the cycle :) I enjoyed reading your poem.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      krsharp

      thank you...

      :)

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      A beautiful prayer of gratitude to the One who rejoices in your words of dedication. Amazing wonderful words!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you frogy

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Some of my best ideas come to me while laying in bed waiting for sleep. This is beautiful work Chris and a very nice change of pace from the occasional rant. It's all about balance my friend and you seem to have it.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks billy!

      Unfortunately RANTING comes easy for me....I wish I could focus more on trying to be creative with my words...but those times seems to come not nearly often enough for me.

      Thank you ever so much for dropping by and leaving a very kind comment.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      absolutely breathtaking and sublime because it comes from your pure and beautiful heart and mind - lake erie time 11:00pm

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Epi!!

      it DID come straight from my heart....

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I would die to be able to come up with a title like that.

      And the words which follow constitute some of the best most pure love poetry I've ever read here at the Hub - because it comes from your beautiful sincere heart and noble mind - and it doesen't get any better than that.

      sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 11:39am

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