As I reflect on my lifelong love – and commitment – to horses, I remember wondering at times: Will I be able to care for them? Feed them? Keep them?
Thus far I’ve raised four generations, and at times it’s been absolutely challenging. The economy. The weather. Moves. Marriage. Children. Divorce. Work. Health.
I wrote this poem with heart-felt angst after the economy dropped – going into winter’s snow and cold – December 2008. At that time I truly didn’t know how things would work out.
Thus its special meaning to me, because, indeed, God came through. : ~ )
Times got tough. We tightened our belts. Our family had to work long and hard. Yet our horses continued to be well-fed and cared for. And I consider that one of the Major Miracles of my life!
I believe God hears our cries – and also our praises. I believe we’re tasked with the job of praise! So Horsemen, keep the faith going into winter this year . . .
Lord God, hear our Horsemen’s Prayer:
Horseman’s Prayer of Praise
Bless my horse, Lord God above,
Bless his gentle soul.
Keep him fat, keep him sleek
Keep him warm from cold.
Help me, God, my horse to keep
In good times and in bad.
Fodder in his feeder deep
And what ‘ere he needs to have.
I praise You for creating him
For entrusting him to my care.
For when life presses hard on me
My horse is always there.
His ears prick forth when I arrive,
Nostrils nicker hello –
Happy hooves trod my way
And follow where ‘ere I go.
Willingly he bears my weight,
Without complaint he soars
Where ‘ere I wish, he doth me take
As one who doth adore.
For You have made him strong and fast,
Faithful, swift and true.
Bless his soul where ‘ere he goes
For he’s my constant blessing from You.
And when he’s gone into the earth
Receive his gentle soul
For he’s lived his life with love and grace –
And fulfilled his earthly goal.
Copyright 2008, 2013