Monday, January 30, 2012

We got the poison, He got the remedy...

“...with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love”
-Ephesians 4:2


There is a sickness of sorts,
a malaise of mind,
sometimes of body,
the cure for which is offered freely,
but can be very difficult to swallow...
even when one is aquainted with the Heart of the Healer:

...It is our (my) very human tendency as very human beings to fixate on others' failings,
instead of focusing on the forgiveness offered for our own.

It is the difference between bitter and sweet waters;
we can be toxic waste or an oasis,
a seat of judgement or a Mercy seat.

We can finger where others are and where we think they should be,
or we can live knowing "but for the grace of God, there go I."

We can live liberated, liberating lives
or we can exist oblivious to our chains forged in contempt for our fellow man.

We can ignore our logs and pick at splinters
we can shift focus from ourselves to the other thief on the cross
we can rejoice in the incremental difference we gleefully perceive
between our brokenness and that of our traveling companions,
that thing that makes our brokenness look just a little less broken...


We ( I ) can acknowledge, and find freedom in the acknowledgement,
that we are all at the mercy of a merciful God...
all inexplicably esteemed as treasures in His trove,
equal parts  prodigal and prized,
ruffian and royalty...
...We can remember, and relax in the remembering,
that --Thank God -- His economy is different than ours,
His estimation of worth -- our own and that of the one we feel justified in judging -- is based on what He was willing to pay for us.

So the next time we find ourselves doling out damnation,
treating ourselves to the anesthetic, the incomparable intoxicating cocktail of Self-righteousness and Superiority,
May we see on that person the pricetag
placed there by Providence
May we see them as He sees them
as priceless...
as deeply Loved
and in so doing, may we see ourselves clearly,
as priceless,
as deeply Loved,
and in turn,
be Healed.

"Judge not, lest you be judged."
-Matthew 7:1


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crossing II


Emerging from this Womb
This season that has held me
Now fully formed
Ready for the Light...

...Tenuous steps...
As I Let Go what I know
And Lean In to a new landscape...

...Face Flooded with the warmth of rising sun
of a new circle
Seemingly just begun...

Nocturne's veiled vigil ends
and tireless, tenacious, determined Day
finds me,


...and once again Ready
for Flight...


-e.a.a. "Hindsfeet"  1/11/12

"For I know the plans I have for you...
plans for hope and a future."
-Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, January 5, 2012

In the Beginning, God....

"In the Beginning, God"
-Genesis 1:1


"In the Beginning, God..."

Those four Words,
potent with powerful encouragement
comprising such comfort
as we embark on the year to come...

...Not solitary,
but setting out
with One Who knows the way
Who made the way,
and Who is the Way.

Not only here, now,
at the genesis of our journey,
not only "in the Beginning, God",
But throughout our days and weeks and months ahead, God.

In our Beginnings, God
In our Middles, God
In our Endings, God....

...from cornerstone to capstone,
Alpha to Omega,
Beginning to End...


...We can trust Him to carry us through.

Happy New Year, my dear friends,

-e.a.a. "Hindsfeet"  1/1/12


"He who began...will also complete"
-Phillipians 1:6