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On The Back Step

  

  

This book is a collection of the writings, mostly in free verse, done over the last 40 years.  The writings are from those printed in the Lutheran Standard, the American Lutheran Church Women Scope, the Lutheran Ambassador, the Sioux Valley News column Country Style and for various church, family, or community events.  Her family encouraged her to compile all her writings into one book.  It is divided into six sections:  Country Days, Nature Entertains, Family . . . and Other People, Special Days, Unto Thee, O Lord, Do I Lift Up My Voice, Conversations With Eve.    

The pictures at the beginning of each chapter and on the cover are of Doris' grandchildren and great grandchild when they were children.  

  

  

  

Excerpts 

Promises for the New Year 

Written in a Rainbow 

Prayer for the New Year 

 

PROMISES FOR THE NEW YEAR 

 

                        Squares dancing on the calendar pages,          

                                rows of unspent days,

                        Oh, Lord, what will these squares unfold?

                        You alone the answers hold.

                             "My child, it is enough to say          

                               I will be with you twenty-four hours a day." 

                        What if these unspent days contain

trouble, sorrow, grief and pain?

                        I am not strong enough to stand.

    "My child, I'll hold you by the hand. 

                              It is enough for you to know 

                             My grace will be sufficient. 

                             As you awaken to each dawn 

                             fresh and new mercies can be withdrawn. 

                            Anticipate the blessings there, 

                            for with my great love 

                            I've packed each square!"                           

                  

By Doris Stensland 

 

WRITTEN IN A RAINBOW 

 

            The portals of the new year loom ahead

                ...............a dark unknown.

            My heart's aquiver with the fear

                        that through this gate I may encounter

                        trouble

                        disappointment

                        death or loss.

            I cannot see beyond.

 

            But then my eyes of faith

                        behold a rainbow 'round these months.

            'Tis firmly anchored to God's Word,

                        bright spectrum of His love.

 

            No lean year this!  An arch of royal purple

                        encircles my tomorrows with this truth......

                        "He destined us in love 

                         to be His sons through Christ."  (Eph. 1:5) 

            I'll walk through each new day

                        aware that I'm a daughter of the King.

 

            Why should I dread, when looking up I see the

                        rosy glow of Romans 8:28?

                        "In everything God works for good 

                         with those who love Him." 

            Our Father's guarantee that all will come out best!

 

            I need not falter, though my path be strange

                        when in neon brilliance these words shine........

                        "I will instruct thee and teach thee 

                          In the way that thou shalt go."  (Psalm 32:8) 

            How can I hesitate if One so great will guide my way?

 

            Then welcome brand new year!

            When rainbowed with His faithfulness

                        you give three hundred sixty-five 

                        new opportunities 

                        .....to walk with God! 

 

                                          - Doris Stensland 

 

 

PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR 

 

            O Lord, my God.....

            Were I a lady Solomon

            with any wish to choose,

            Before the new year just ahead

            I'd make this one request,

                        'HELP ME TO LEAN.'

 

            I stand upon this threshold strange

            and feel I'm but a child,

            Yet one who leans need not be strong,

            Be my support and guide,

                        'O HELP ME LEAN.'

 

            Yes, leaning is a simple thing,

            Yet my independent self

            may lead me from the path

            Thy Loving will has planned.

            So stay close by

            through each succeeding day

            And help me, Lord, to daily lean on Thee.

 

                                                            Amen

  

                                                    - Doris Stensland 

 

 

 

  

For more examples from On The Back Step, see Excerpts.  To purchase the book, see Buy the Book or you may purchase from amazon.com     

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