Seth Gatchell



DISCOURAGEMENT August 10, 2020   It’s not circumstances that bring discouragement, Nor negative people, nor disillusionment. Then what is happening that puts me in the mopes? A mistake hard to see: trusting in misplaced hopes!   FALSE hopes that start out well but in the end? They sting! FLEETING hopes only last until the birds…

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July 4, Independence Day


For 25 years I have led about 120 2nd graders in a patriotic program. The kids learn and sing 10 patriotic songs, and I teach them the stories behind the songs. After our show two years ago I wrote this poem. REFLECTIONS AFTER THE SECOND GRADE PATRIOTIC PROGRAM November 8, 2018   One hundred and…

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LISTENING   A.P.B.: Missing here! A right ear and left ear! No sign of whereabouts! Relations in the pouts!   Listening: you go first! Listening for heart’s thirst.   Listening for their mopes, Listening for their hopes.   Listening for their thoughts, Listening for sore spots.   Listening when they’re curt, Listening for their hurt.…

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SPRINGS OF WATER May 5, 2020   Where does it all come from, seeming endless supply? Out of the rock and ground? Water that satisfies! Washing, cleansing, scrubbing, bathing, cleaning, rinsing, Showers, pouring, clearing; my soul’s purifying.   Such sweetness on hot days, oases in hot years. Washing suffering’s tears and bringing joyous tears. Satisfying,…

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O, Risen Christ


This short prayer was written by Macrina Wiederkehr. I absolutely love this poem, especially with Good Friday and Easter approaching. –Pastor Seth O RISEN CHRIST “O, Risen Christ… When I search for you in the darkness Show me the light of your face. When my darkness is too heavy Send me the dawn. When I…

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INSIDE THE MALE SOUL That for which my soul longs, a window inside me. Longing for connection, alive, loving and free. A stronger me to face troubles, disappointments, A settled inner peace; rest in His enjoyment.   I’ll invite God inside to walk in my tired shoes, To stand when heart wearied, sing praise and…

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