Sunday, December 18, 2011

The poem : "Tribute" from the book "I Choose You"


May the Lord cup your face in his hands and

Look deeply into your eyes that the pain and anguish

Be extracted by the touch of a holy and caring God.

May you be complete in the hands of your Maker,

And be made whole in His embrace.

Know that to live for Christ is great joy and peace.

And to serve him greater than riches or gold

For to serve Christ there are treasures untold,

And to die in him there is rest in his everlasting arms.

May the depth of your healing so exceed the pain

You once experienced that you may heal others

Who have suffered so profound a loss.

May fulfillment and completion be yours once again,

May you be free to love purely and rejoice richly,

In holiness, without pain, without guilt, without shame.

by Carlos Garcia

"I Choose You" by Carlos Garcia available on or

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tribute (Tragedies of: December 7th Attack on Pearl Harbor, Oklahoma City, 9/11 and Personal Tragedies)

Some might ask, “Why are we not spared of pain as Christians?  What does God’s word say to us in that regard?  I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT).  In this world we will go through hardships, but Jesus promised to be with us through them. 
December 7, is remembered as, [1]“The day that will live in infamy” these were the words spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.  It would be many years before any attack could come close to mirroring what took place that fateful day on December 7, 1941.       

This was a pain our grandparents carried with them.  They had to come to a place where they laid down that pain and loss, but to many of the generations following, it was a distant experience. 

For over fifty years no one attacked our land until 1995 with the Oklahoma City bombing.  It was heart wrenching watching the effects of an implosion from within, an attack by one of our own.  I remember watching teary-eyed as a baby was brought out of the rubble of the bombed capital building.  The pain came close just by observation.                                                                                                                      

Many times when we go through a tragedy, it engulfs us, overwhelms us, we isolate ourselves, and at times it feels like the pain will never go away.  Please remember that this pain is only temporary, not perpetual.  How many times have we thought we were alone, abandoned, without anyone in this world, only to realize that God was near.  May this excerpt from “Tribute” encourage you:                                                 

*May the Lord cup your face in his hands and 

                                                                                                                                           Look deeply into your eyes that the pain and anguish                                                                                                                                       

Be extracted by the touch of a holy and caring God.        

We go through tragedies, but how do we handle them?  What should we do?  Pray, read God’s word, keep your mind on the Lord and give the heaviness that weighs you to Jesus and stay connected to God’s people.  Jesus paid the price for all our heartache that would ever come into our lives.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)

The attack of the Twin Towers on 9/11/01, the Pentagon, and the loss of life on [2]AA Flight 11, UA Flight 175, AA Flight 77 and UA Flight 93 brought tragedy up close and personal.  When it took place, it was difficult to find peace, hard to figure out what was going on, but those who called upon the Lord were able to find true comfort and healing.                                                                                                                 

God’s Word becomes so real to us when we take the time to read the Scriptures such as:                                                                          

·         So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

·         Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)             
There is no tragedy, hardship, disappointment, attack, loss, loss of loved ones, violation that God cannot bring us through.  He is our strength and our help in our time of trouble. There has never been a tragedy that God has not been able to bring someone through to the place of healing and restoration.  Can you image being in the place that you are so thoroughly healed that God uses you to minister to others in those same areas of hurt? 
*May the depth of your healing so exceed the pain
                                                                                                                                                                        You once exerienced that you may heal others
                                                                                                                                                                         Who have suffered so profound a loss.                                                                                                                             .
The issue is not will God heal us, but will we allow him to touch our heart and heal our pain? 
*Excerpt from “Tribute,” available in the e-book I Choose You: A Poetic Journey, available on or


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You’re Not Your Momma

They say you’ll be just like your momma,
Whose reputation was far less than pure.

But who says you have to stumble,
Who says you must trip and fall.

Pave you path in purity,
Heartache free and free indeed.

Greater things are ordained for you,
So believe for better things to come.

And you’ll reap the reward,
Of godly decisions made.

By Carlos Garcia, III
Copyright 2011 * "The above poem written by the author of “I Choose You: A Poetic Journey" * E-book available on and I Choose You,”

Monday, November 7, 2011

You Are

Poem I wrote today
To My Wife:

You Are...

You are strong,
You are beautiful,
You are gracious,
You are precious.

You are lovely,
You are holy,
You are decisive,
You are overcomer.

You are persistent,
You are resilient,
You are a fighter,
You are strengthened.

You are unique,
You are exquisite,
You are a treasure,
You are priceless.

You are my love,
You are my dove,
You are my life,
You are my wife.

by Carlos Garcia
P.S. I am proud of what you do, but more so of who you are.
Copyright 2011 * "The above poem written by the author of “I Choose You: A Poetic Journey" * E-book available on and
Please note: “You Are” does not currently appear on “I Choose You,” but speaks of the type of poem that are written therein.