(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

That Is All I Can Do

Father...
I am doing the best I can,
To keep my eye fixed upon You.

Doing the best I can,
Father.
To keep You focused,
Glued in my view.

And,
Yes...
I know what it means to stray.
You have been with me everyday.
So you have seen that happen!

And,
Yes...
I know the circumstances,
Of my actions.
When I have not obeyed.
And to awaken afraid to suffer,
Through those consequences.

With a feeling of enemies approaching.
As I would sneak to take a peek...
From behind closed curtains.
To discover those fears,
Making a 'home' inside me.

Father God...
I am doing the best I can.
I choose to prove I can do much better.
By preparing to combat,
Those storms that confront me.
Those that come.
Giving me reason to run!
But You will not allow it.
You wish me to sit...
Trembling.
As I experience every bit of thunder,
That roars.

I cringe when passing by those lessons you teach.
Everyday when I walk across many diverse streets.
Trying to understand,
I do.
Why there is unhappiness all around.
And why those who claim to have faith...
Stumble disrespectfully on solid ground!
You teach...
That I do not want that for me.
You teach with such vivid depictions.

Father...
I am doing the best I can,
To keep my eye fixed upon You.
Yes,
It is true.

I try doing the best I can,
Father.
To keep You focused,
Glued in my view.
And that is all I can do,
My Father.
Until You...
My Guiding Light,
Disapprove of it!
With a wish not to ever,
Get You upset.
With false steps I take.

Father God...
I am doing the best I can.
And I choose to prove I can do much better.
Quickly.
Before repeating...
Any of Your lessons.

And that is all I can do,
My Father.

Until You...
My Guiding Light,
Disapprove!

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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