Poetry by Lanette Kissel

Many a Crown

My Hopes for You

Celestial Wonder

The Mother Daughter Bond

Many a Crown

It wasnít a King or a powerful ruler
born in that stable in Bethlehem,
but our blessed Savior and Redeemer,
also known as the great ďI AMĒ.

He did not come to be our physician
though He truly had the miraculous skill.
Jesus came to address a more important need,
to be the healer of our spiritual ill.

He came to pardon what we have not done,
and offer forgiveness for what we do,
pardon for accepting worldly falsehoods
blinding our eyes to the One who is true.

Prince of Peace, Lord of Life, Mighty Counselor…
Our Lord could wear many a crown.
But the most important name is Sacrificial Lamb.
For all of us He cameÖto lay His life down.

— Lanette Kissel

My Hopes for You

I would hope you invite Christ into your life.
Just know that He will always be there,
that there is nothing too big or too small.
You can take it all to the Lord in prayer.

I would hope you learn to practice compassion,
a quality this world is needful of,
that you will be capable of feeling emotion,
that you will be able to express love.

I would hope you can learn to be patient,
and that you will learn how to cope,
that you will realize in your darkest hours
that there is always hope.

I would hope you will learn the value
of showing your fellow man respect,
that you will learn to value your quiet time
and take the chance to reflect.

I would hope that true love finds you
at the right moment in your life,
that you will find your heartís soul mate,
and that she will become your wife.

I would hope you would have a family,
that children are part of your plan,
that you will be an involved and caring father,
a genuine family man.

I would hope you realize that accumulated wealth
is only monetary treasure,
that integrity, character, and a life well lived
are truly a personís measure.

The very last hope I have for you,
I will now to you impart.
Instead of thinking with your head,
I hope youíll think with your heart.

— Lanette Kissel

Celestial Wonder

I spread my blanket beneath the night sky
so that I can admire the view.
The night is so peaceful and quiet.
Itís the time I feel closest to you.

After your death, I could not cope.
I simply did not know how.
I hope somehow you are able to see
that Iím doing much better now.

As I lie here on the grass,
I wonder, are you looking down at me?
Will the heavens open just enough
to allow you to see?

As I marvel at these celestial wonders,
the moon and every star,
I know one day it will be my turn,
and I will come to where you are.

I miss you and I will always love you.
I know this much is true.
And I canít help but wonder
now, which beautiful star is you?

— Lanette Kissel

The Mother Daughter Bond

Itís a relationship which
begins at birth,
And grows to become
one of the strongest on earth.

In many families it comes
as no surprise.
It may be the closest of all
their family ties.

Itís a caring love
that lasts forever,
a bond that even
death cannot sever.

There is simply no feeling
quite as fond
as that of the
mother daughter bond.

— Lanette Kissel

Above poetry Copyright by Lanette Kissel

My Hopes for You (a letter to the son I carry) published in The Gem, Motherís Day, May 11, 2008

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