"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, June 18, 2011

the hope and the history

The Hope and the History
Debbie Penington 
June 17, 2011

Like footprints on the beach, my life leaves an imprint.
If I look forward I see nothing but sand as eternity 
stretching before me.
If I look back I see the path that I've taken.  
Steady prints, directed steps 
giving a clue as to what was happening with my walk.
I prefer to look forward, throwing a backward glance now and then. 
If I look too closely at what my feet are doing this moment 
I risk missing out on the hope, 
and the history.  
The hope of an unmarked stretch of eternity before me, 
and the history of lessons learned 
and love lived behind.

Blessings, Debbie


  1. What a lovely post Debbie ~ bless you x

  2. Oh Debbie, I love this. I will remember it.

  3. What a nice post! Certainly something to ponder. Thank you!

  4. Oh beautiful...I love this...I will have to copy this and read over and over again.
    Thanks so much for sharing...so well said

  5. Hi Debbie!
    I see some of my favorite books on your sidebar. I especially love the More With Less Cookbook. Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Almanac is wonderful, too. I look at it over and over again. Have a sweet weekend, friend!

  6. I love this. Hope and history...life lived and the possibilities ahead....ahhh.

  7. Deep thoughts for a Saturday morning! Yes, I hope I learn from my history so the path before me is less bumpy..... as smooth as sand! Beautifully written!

  8. Such a timely poem for me this morning, thank you.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  9. Nicely said -- warms my heart..

  10. NIce poem. Have a great weekend. JB

  11. You are so full of God-given wisdom. Thanks for sharing with all of us! Beautiful words here today!

    You should write a book, Debbie. You have a gift! Seriously!



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