Friday, August 11, 2017

Dark II


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"He made darkness His secret hiding place
His canopy around Him was dark waters,
and thick clouds of the skies."
-Psalm 18:11

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We have a God
Who does not wait
For us to grope our way out of the blackness
Toward some state of elusive "Enlightenment"
Before He deigns
to commune with us...

...No, we have a God
Who, from The Beginning,
Got His Hands dirty,
Forming us from dust...
Who, when we bed down in hell
lays down beside us...
Who, descended to The Pit 
And faced down Death
Unwilling to let go of even the Lowest of the Low...

We have a God
Whose Love goes as deep as our deepest darkness
Who is Light
Yet chooses this darkness as a dwelling place
Because He knew that's where we'd be hiding...

Because He knew
That's precisely
Where we'd need
To Find Him

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"If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall fall on me'
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall Not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You."
-Psalm 139:11, 12


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

To Matter or Not To Matter.....



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The Great Gift
Given Every Human Being
is
Choice

Contrary to what the Talking Heads Du Jour
are doling out,
Peddling from their pie holes these days,
Our lives do not Matter
just because we were pooped out onto the planet;

Mankind has been presented
with the Extraordinary Privilege
of Making our Lives Matter...

...Or Not.

To accept the welfare checks of self-esteem
being written out wholesale,
paid to the order of "Whosoever Will"
from a bank account woefully in the red and desperately overdrawn
Is to abdicate our God Given Freedom
of Earning
and Owning
How we Matter to Mankind,
Is to indulge in unpareleled naivete and ineptitude,
being conned with cubic zirconias
out of the Diamond of our Dignity.
To buy in to vacuous verbiage is to Sell-out,
Is to willfully choose Slavery
to the Fickle and Groundless
And Very Changeable
Dictums of the Day.

In the end, it will be a jury of our peers
Which reviews the resume we leave behind,
Wherein our value to humanity is determined:
Whether or not our lives benefited our fellow-man in any way
Whether our lives made other lives better
Whether our lives
Did indeed
Matter...

...or Not.

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"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you, that I have placed before you this day, Life or Death, Blessing or Curses;
Now therefore Choose Life, that you and your descendants may live."
-Deuteronomy 30:19

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Emergence



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Like a Genie in a lamp
An Oak tree in an acorn
A Message in a bottle

I am all of these

Although

To be clear,

He is the Genie
The Oak tree
The Message...

I am only the lamp
the acorn
the bottle,

Rubbed raw
Buried
Broken

So that He may
In the end
Emerge

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"He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake."
-2 Corinthians 5:15

Monday, March 27, 2017

Running



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This Fugitive Futility,
Don't you know?

I AM The Voice from which you run
I AM The Ship on which you steal away
I AM The Fish by which you are swallowed
I AM Shore

Sail your Jonah heart
As far as you can
Into the horizon of your choosing,
You find you run in circles,
Journey ends where it begins
One and the same
God's Global Boundary
Deity's Design
Set in place to safeguard
The Beloved

See in this Planet upon which you've been placed
The metaphor of Me it is meant to be
The Textbook in which you live
This virtual reality
in which you learn
What Is Real

So run if you will
As far as you can
All your running leads back to where it began

Into The Waiting Arms of Omnipresent Omega
Into My Encircling, All Encompassing Embrace
Into the womb of My All-and-In-All Ancient Longing Heart
Which has held you all along

Which you never really left
Anyway

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"You have hemmed me in, behind and before, and laid Your Hand upon me...Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your Presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, You are there.  If I take the wings of morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me."
-Psalm 139: 5-10

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ocean





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You think your mistakes
Greater than My Mercy,
Your lostness
Greater than My Found

Your Grave error
Lies not in missteps and sins
As you suppose,
But in thinking Me bested
by these, your foes

You, Beloved, are the Boat
Carried in the Current of Me...
This River,
Always
and
Ever,
Finds
Home

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"The Lord your God carried you, and protected you, just as a man carries his son, all along the way which you traveled until you arrived..."
-Deuteronomy 1:31

Hung



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Even You were suspended
Between Two Places
Feeling the Crucifying Agony
of Duplicity...
...For this too then,
You Died...

Between Heaven and Earth
Wings and Roots
Lift and Landing

Hanging here
In this no-man's-land
Nailed to the cross of my crossroads
My own hand holding the hammer

On the cusp of burial
On the verge of Resurrection,

Hoping in the God
Who Never Forsakes Me

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"For there is only one God and one Mediator between mankind and God,
The Man Jesus Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself
as a Ransom."
1 Timothy 2:5

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rest II



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We want to make sense of the Macro
Yet it's like trying to connect the dots in the stars
We draw a few lines from one point of reference to another
Then draw our conclusions based on those scrawls and scribbles
While there are still galaxies of dots undetected

So if our lens is limited
If we cannot zoom out enough to get the full picture
(Of which we have but a vague awareness, at best)
Maybe the answer is to zoom back in
-At least for a moment-
On the Micro
On the diminutive dots we've collected
And use the Micro to understand the Macro...

...Or at least to have faith in the Macro...

To Sometimes
Just Sometimes
Rest our minds
As best we can,
To become
Once Again
Like little children,
To be at peace with the little we know,
And leave the Stars
to Him.

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"Come to Me, you who labor and are heavily burdened,
I will give you Rest."
-Matthew 11:28

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lost?




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I'm amazed after all these years of walking this path that I still so often am without bearings.
My inability to "Get it right" is laughable, my propensity toward perplexity, unparalleled.

In the movie "Out of Africa", there is a scene depicting Karen Blixen's journey over unfamiliar territory in which she says to her traveling companion, "I think I may have gotten us lost."
By way of reply, he simply answers,
"God is great, M'sabu."
He then puts his head down,
and goes to sleep.

Maybe it's time for me to have a little more faith in God's greatness
than I do in my lostness.

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"God is great, M'sabu."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Warden



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Do we cling,
Sometimes,
To prison bars
From Outside the Prison?

Desperate for Freedom
Desperate for The Key

When all that's needed
is for us
to

Let Go

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"If the Son makes you free,
Then you are Unquestionably
Free."
-John 8:36

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Abundance



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Nerves rubbed raw
By so much non-reality
Here, I am fed
By Flight
By Stillness
By the Ancient
Eternal
Sameness
of Things...

Nerves rubbed raw
Healed
By Raw, Velveteen Beauty
Which Still
And Always

Abounds

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-e.a.a. 1/28/17

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Paradox



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Closing my eyes
I see

The blinds open
And there
The Solid Form
of what previously
was Shadow...

This Path we navigate
by Paradox
The Way
Wending upstream
Against our pragmatic paddles

Better to Let Go
Lie Down
In the Bottom of these Boats

Better to Let
This Strange Current carry us,
Into the Ocean
Of Alpha and Omega

Into the Beginning

And Into

The End...

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I Corinthians 13:12

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pendulum



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Swinging
Back and Forth
hanging by Some Invisible Fulcrum
a Hand Which Holds us
Which keeps time

Right...

Left...

And that too seldom breath-of-a-beat
Between the two
When we find ourselves

Dead Center

And our soul thrills...
The micro-moment
Which marks Home
Where, one day,
When all days are done
When the Pendulum is stilled

We will step
From stopped Time
into Eternity

No more Right
No more Left
No more "This way?"
No more "That way?"
But only

THE Way....

Tick

Tock

Tick

Tock........

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"Lo, I AM with you Always, even to the end of the age."
-Matthew 28:20

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The World in Black and White



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If we do not find
our Raison d'etre in
Divinity
We will find it in
Inanity

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"In Him we live, and move, and have our Being"
-Acts 17:28

Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's Time...


"Restore us, O LORD God Almighty,
Make your face shine upon us
that we may be saved."
-Psalm 80:19

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May 2017 be

A time to be born
A time to plant
A time to heal
A time to build
A time to laugh
A time to dance
A time to gather
A time to embrace
A time to mend
A time to love

and may it especially be,

A time for
Peace

-Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

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Peace be with you all,
Happy New Year
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Life that mattered



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"The thief comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy,
I have come that you might have Life"
-John 10:10

~ Merry Christmas ~

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fire



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Rushing Wind,
Blow
Through these
Our Upper Rooms

Remove with your Breath
fears
short-sighted sentiments
dreams which displace your Dreams

Propel us from our hiding places
Into this planet You so love,
Potent
Powerful
Pentecost...

For a Second Time
Make us Flaming Tongues
Onto which You turn
The Bellows of Heaven

Flood again
 Your beloved world...

...This Time,
in
Fire

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"His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones"
-Jeremiah 20:9

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement



"OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME,
YOUR KINGDOM COME
YOUR WILL BE DONE
ON EARTH
AS IT IS
IN
HEAVEN."

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"I have given help to one who is mighty [giving him the power to be a champion for Israel];
I have exalted one chosen from the people."
Psalm 89:19

Monday, November 7, 2016

Choose.


"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you, 
that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses,
Now choose life"
-Deuteronomy 30:19

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Poised on the brink of Choice:

Life or Death
Birthright or Bowl of soup
Blessing or Curse

Hanging in the balance...

...Heaven halts and holds its breath
As again the familiar scene plays out
Man wielding the Fearsome Weapon of Free Will

The consequences of which
Have been unleashed
Unmercifully
onto
Mankind,

A piece of fruit from a forbidden tree
A road not taken
An Ishmael

The terrible tension
The tears of Time Immemorial
The Anguished Cry

The worlds watch, 
Weeping
While with a glad hand
We forfeit freedom
And once again
Choose
Barabas

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"Choose this day whom you will serve."
-Joshua 24:15

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Choose.


"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you, 
that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses,
Now choose life"
-Deuteronomy 30:19

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Poised on the brink of Choice:

Life or Death
Birthright or Bowl of soup
Blessing or Curse

Hanging in the balance...

...Heaven halts and holds its breath
As again the familiar scene plays out
Man wielding the Fearsome Weapon of Free Will

The consequences of which
Have been unleashed
Unmercifully
onto
Mankind,

A piece of fruit from a forbidden tree
A road not taken
An Ishmael

The terrible tension
The tears of Time Immemorial
The Anguished Cry

The worlds watch, 
Weeping
While with a glad hand
We forfeit freedom
And once again
Choose
Barabas

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"Choose this day whom you will serve."
-Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Oasis



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Lovely Light moving
Like water flowing
Reflecting

The True Beauty

You who sit and stare
Mesmerized
With this mirage

Turn and See

The Oasis

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"In the image of God
He created them"
-Genesis 1:27

Monday, October 3, 2016

Flood


"Your Kingdom Come"
-Matthew 6:10

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The current of me
Consumed in The River
of You

Flowing, Coursing
into this world,
Covering, Flooding again,
Leaving nothing afloat
But the Ark of New Beginnings

Suffering no lower life
Save this only,

The Dove
The Olive Branch
The drop of me

in the Deluge
of You

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"Within me, I carry God.  Within God, I am carried.  There is no separation, only the forgetting of union."
-Julia Cameron

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Omega



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From the "Let there be..."

To the "Did God really say...?"

From Eve's death-dealing "Take and Eat..."

To Christ's Life-Giving "Take and Eat..."

From the start to the finish
From Alpha to Omega

Just as In the Beginning was The Word,
In the end,
The Word Himself 
will have

The Final Word.

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"Who has performed and done this,
Calling forth [and guiding the destinies of] the generations [of the nations] from the beginning?
‘I, the Lord—the first, and with the last [existing before history began, the ever-present, unchanging God]—
I AM He.’"

-Isaiah 41:4

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blue or Brown?




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Disdain in man is a fickle tide
Careful how you dole it out
Careful who you decide to despise
For Tomorrow
That tide will turn.

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"Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in His name [identifying themselves with Him] after seeing His signs (attesting miracles) which He was doing. But Jesus, for His part, did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people [and understood the [a]superficiality and fickleness of human nature], and He did not need anyone to testify concerning man [and human nature], for He Himself knew what was in man [in their hearts—in the very core of their being]."
-John 2:23-25

"One day they're crowning you king, the next day they're crucifying you."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Racism or Terrorism?



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Our problem,
(as we've been led around by the nose of late to believe)
is not
  Racism

Our problem
is 
Terrorism

Racism is merely the Trojan Horse,
the fox we've all been chasing around,
like chickens with our heads cut off
While our country and countrymen, black and white, are under attack
While our government turns a blind eye
While we go on ignoring The Man behind the curtain,

Our heads too easily turned by shiny objects 
bright tv screens
smoke and mirrors
bells and whistles
and the like

If the atrocities committed on our country's soil beginning
in Dallas,
in Broad Day Light,
in Cold Blood,
had been perpetrated by any other terrorist group,
we would have declared war on them,

not offered them a tea party at the White House,
much less funding 
much less press time.

Newsflash: Terrorists' lives don't matter.

Ours do.

The problem's not getting solved
Because we're solving the wrong problem.

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"Leaders should never bury a problem; you can be sure it will eventually rise from its grave and walk the earth again."
-General Colin Powell

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Dare You. (Re-post of 7/21 - Bears Repeating.)





"Let us Dare to think, read, write, and speak!"
-John Adams

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil 
is for good men to do nothing." 
-Democratic President John F. Kennedy quoting Edmund Burke

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Our fear until recently, was of terror from without: terrorist groups like Isis and the Taliban, and the threat these groups posed against Americans.



Now there is a new terrorist group - and Isis must be laughing up a storm - as cowards who call themselves Americans, claiming to represent an entire demographic, willingly enslaved themselves to agendas of others who care nothing for them and began Thursday, July 21st, to terrorize their own country, 

and the lives of their own countrymen, black and white,


all the while insisting,
that their lives matter.

(This begs the question: To Whom?)

Isis doesn't need to send terrorists into America anymore; 
with the support of these pawns and puppets, 
a pandering media, 
a mute public,
 and an anemic government, 
they will likely, instead,
 simply send their regards.

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"They had lives to live and families to take care of...they needed to feel safe crossing town...More than anything they needed a sense of security and the knowledge that someone was in charge -- Someone in charge of keeping ministries from being burned down, museums from being looted, infrastructure from being destroyed, crime from exploding, and well-known sectarian differences from turning violent."
-General Colin Powell, 
regarding the Iraqi citizens after Houssein's regime had been dismantled

"Bad ideas don't die simply because they are intrinsically bad.  You need people who will stand up and fight them, put themselves at risk, point out the weaknesses, and drive stakes through their hearts."
-General Colin Powell

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Soak




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I seek not Rote and Rhetoric,
Tedious Recitations,
Tired, Tiring Prose...

I crave a Companion,
Like David,
Earthy, Amateur,
Unprofessional, Unpolished,
Who was after My Heart,
Not only My Hand

I tire of jots and tittles,
i's dotted, t's crossed...
I search for one
who would trade dogma for Deity
Who would know Me
not just what is said about Me

I long for one
with whom I can walk,
A sponge I can soak
and saturate
in Spirit

Through whom I can be wrung out
into this,
My beloved world...

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"Here am I, Send me"
-Isaiah 6:8

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remember.


I wrote this six years ago, a tribute to the day we all remember, and to the ephemeral unity the destruction paradoxically brought to our country, its leaders, and their constituents, when, for an all too brief and beautiful moment, congress stood together on the steps of the white house, actually holding hands, and there was a fleeting forgetfulness of differences and division, a trading of the self-serving status quo for one of self-transcendence, a laying down of the vitriol that too often trademarks our government, and a taking up of the standard,
 - may it be said of us again -

"United We Stand"




Two towers fell today ten years ago
Two lives torn apart and ten million more
Two parties came together and cried out to One God
Dual towers downed ending duality on our sod

But oh what ephemeral unity
Was born of death that day
That Tower fell so swiftly
So silently gave way

To ambivalence and bickering
To answers we could not find
To forgetfulness of heroes
To the novocaine of time

The best of human nature
Could not stand the test
But sadly deferred
Humbly bowed
And laid itself to rest.

 
-E.A.A. "Hindsfeet" 9/11/10

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"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity...For there the LORD commands the blessing"
-Psalm133:1,3

Friday, August 26, 2016

Live



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We breathe our single Breath
of this life,
While just on The Other Side
of the ephemeral
Waits
The Eternal...

The thinnest veil,
One step over,
We find ourselves
- and are Found -
in Breath Himself

We fall into
What has filled our lungs
and finally

finally

Live

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"...God Who holds your breath in His hand..."
-Daniel 5:23