A New Way

This is mercy
To love your enemy as yourself
To be kind to those who are hurting
To think of them as future friends
Where forgiveness reigns
and all can mend.
How will they know
Till you extend the ways of love
in turn
To break chains of yesterday
Resisting the urge to hurt back
With knee jerks under leaves of grass
Instead, apologizing for your own wrong
Depriving the blunder of it’s sting
For God is love inside the slight
Liberating us in His song of peace
Sailing off a unified flight

Kelly S. Griswold

Love Thy Neighbor

I stood up tall today
relied on God’s strength
With the use of the pulley
Lifted my weight

In a Christlike way
set into action
Strength of my faith
Thwarted a faction

Loved my dear neighbor
As it were myself
In humility shored
Shielded in stealth

In more ways than one
Walked away in wealth
Walked away in silence
Walked away In health

Kelly Sampson Griswold

I’d Rather Love

Better to serve than to fix
The Lords perfect love in the mix
Discern how and when
To listen once again
Finding the heart line my friend

Have patience, time will unwind
Our beauty with His healing hand
Perfectly timed
He will water, not nix
Although painful; the lesson is learned …

All the while, the bud gently opens
And love grows anew, flawlessly
The rose; it beholds
The most graceful stem turned
As it grows turns it’s face unto Thee

Kelly S Griswold

Lady Slipper

Lady slippers popping
Lightly dot the ground
The backwoods deep, are sipping sap
In this ancient, shanty town

One Golden fertilizer shell

God springs them one by one 

Perfect porridge from His well

Birthed, His mastery, done

Entrusting to His future 

Faith revealed in such 

His Sovereignty in each new bloom

So soft, The Masters touch 

Seed by single seedling
Old things are now set free
Lord Jesus bares His beauty born
His tranquil sanctuary

Tip toe, lovely moccasin 

My eyes behold Your belle 

Made by Thee, for all to see

His promise, ethereal


Words and Music
Kelly Sampson Griswold

Perpetual Porch Light On

On an old familiar country road
Done kickin up the dust
With every little nook and cranny
Loved past wanderlust

At the end of the road, beyond the bend
A gate, always unlatched
Where your ne’er a stranger, but a friend
In love no strings attached

A country cabin, sits back lone
Perpetual porch light on
With rocking chairs and moccasins
For stories, told till dawn

With fire aglow and featherbed
We’ll all sleep when sleep is due
With Gods’ abundant love bestowed
Neath the grace of another moon

Ne’er a stranger lovely love
I miss you when your gone
God love you and protect you
Perpetual porch light on

Kelly Sampson Griswold

Stand Still

God is bigger, God is more
Than the flak, that is hurled at you
The love you give, in the name of Jesus
Comes through the rented door

Though, the diverse pain oppress
Don’t fear or shy away
For God, and His word is with you now
Forever, it will stay

He surely comes, in the knick of time
No step beyond His will
For you are His and He is thine
All is calm, His peace, be still

All In Him child, put your trust
The opposition falls
His loves abides
His victory rides
Whether short or awaited
The time

Kelly Sampson Griswold

Signs of Spring


Plum trees are budding
Mint is creeping
Willows are weeping
Springtime is springing

Surely and quietly, she’s inching with a crawl
Almost didn’t notice
But for the fragrant dewfall
Pollen is misting through the windy bay
Silently flying to the feeding tray

Birds are a chirping
With alluring song singing
For all of springtime stalling
Spring fever is catching

Nascent white popcorn
Treats for God’s eye
Beautiful sights for all passers by
Mind you, my nose is needing relief
And Springtime’s worth the waiting
With soft handkerchief

Kelly Sampson Griswold

Morning Hymn

Letting go of our will, humbly
Rest in God thy good
His wisdom warms our hearts this morning
Newly understood

Our lone desire to live life strong
In Jesus all our days
Infiltrate Your wondrous love
Into our hearts and ways

Holy Spirit strengthen us
Fill us once again
Though the road is difficult
Your power will sustain

We thank You Jesus for all things
The glue that holds us tight
In everlasting unity
With grace our wings take flight

We glorify You dearest Lord
We live and breathe Your Name …
Sweet respiring wind from You
Holy Spirit fill our frame

Our lone desire to live life strong
For You Lord all our days
Infiltrate Your wondrous love
Into our hearts and ways

Words and music
By Kelly S Griswold

Jesus Softer Than The Falling Rain

“Jesus” softer than the falling rain”

Precious there, a broken heart
Ne’r a weakness to impart
Tis strength disguised, in humble gates
Where artful waves of streaming tears
Learn to lose, because of love
Softer than the falling rain
True Love gains and lives again
Where new dreams doth emerge and call
And fill the hollow, healed in grace
The island stands not merely lone
When water all around it’s sides
Keeps it buffered for a time
Until the island meets it’s form
Where substance of our faith is born

Kelly S Griswold

Return of Spring

All the Happy little Blackbirds
Returning to the brook
Nestling in the trestletrees
Feathering their nook

Back and forth the chit chat
How was your winter too
I’m back for pears and berries
How wonderful the stew

Springtime must be near now
Or so it seems, we wait
When we see the bluejays
Spring has sprung it’s gate

Kelly S Griswold

A song and a smile for your day
All your troubles fly away k