by Valerie Seaton (Used with Permission)
I wrote this poem for someone who has became a very, very dear friend to me. My husband’s ex-wife. We chose to forget the past and to give each other a fresh start, just as Jesus did for us.
For Teresa from Val
You cannot judge another when you look beyond what’s seen.
For out of hurt and anger, we do things that we don’t mean.
But in the eyes of forgiveness, there’s always a ray of light,
A chance to make things better, a chance to make things right.
For when you choose the path of love and refuse to act in hate,
You’ve started down the wonderful road that leads straight to Heaven’s gate.
From time to time as you travel that road, God gives you a special friend.
One who knows you in and out and stays through thick and thin.
I thank the Lord every single day for putting us on the same road.
You always lift my spirits and help to lighten my load.
It’s true they say our friendship’s rare, some even call it weird,
how the two of us have done this thing that others tend to fear.
We’ve looked beyond the picture painted by strokes of hurt and tears,
and chose to look toward the future, seeing many happy years.
There’s no need to question our friendship. I know why we’re so close.
Because when God gives a gift, it’s never the least. He always gives the most.