Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Symphony of Praise--By Betty Jo Mings--United States

My Symphony of Praise

Lord, make my life a symphony
Of praise -- an offering.
Remove each strident, squeaky chord,
And sweeten every string.

Please keep the instruments I play
Attuned in harmony,
So no discordant notes can spoil
The finished melody.

And keep me centered on The One
Who leads with matchless grace;
And after life's crescendos fade,
Provides a resting place.

Betty Jo lives in Garden Grove, California, with Rowland, her husband of over sixty years. She has three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandsons. She started writing poems as a child. Betty has two published books.  Her poems have also been featured in books, newspapers, and other periodicals, as well as dozens of sites on the Internet. She was recently inducted into the Aviation Poetry Hall of Fame. She continues to write poems that come straight from her heart – poems which honor and reflect her love for the Lord.  Her poems are also available on her personal Website,


  1. Thank you, Helen Dowd, for the following comment--

    Betty-Jo, as always your poem in Whispers is lovely. It's rhythm and rhyme makes one feel as if there is an instrument playing. I hear a violin, played perfectly. There is nothing more heavenly than a well played violin. There are not too many things worse than the discordant sound of a poorly played violin. Like a violin, life must stay perfectly tuned. Christ is the only One who can make us stay atuned to His heavenly music...Blessings, Betty. Your poetry is the BEST!. Helen

  2. Thank you, Christine Tate, for the following comment--

    I love how you compare praising the Lord to a symphony, a pleasing melody unto the Lord. I especially like the lines in the last stanza where you say to be "Centered on the One who leads with matchless grace!" Thanks for an inspiring poem. God Bless you!

  3. Hi Betty Jo.

    Absolutely beautiful. One can not help but think of to St. Francis Prayer.


  4. Lovely poem, Betty Jo.. a great prayer. I'd like to read more of your work.

  5. Very beautiful work here... with great spiritual message... a pleasure to read this one for you. God bless