What is a Decade Worth?

Originally published Saturday, 04 January 2020.

No one has seen God at any time;

if we love one another, God abides in us,

and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:12 (NASB)

A decade’s worth of family
Enough to fill the heart
With hope, love, and happiness
Even when we are apart

A decade’s worth of hugs
Enough to go around
At least one for every day
Will make our joy abound

A decade’s worth of prayers
Enough to hear from God
If we pause to listen close
To discern the Spirit’s prod

A decade’s worth of kindness
Enough to make another’s day
All our actions steeped in grace
Helping neighbors find the way

A decade’s worth of love
Enough to vanquish hate
Even when it taunts us
Love never takes the bait

A decade’s worth of writing
Enough to tell the story
To touch someone’s heart
And bring to God all glory

What a decade is worth
Depends on how you spend
Each day and precious moment
From its beginning to its end

Linda L.

Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.