Monday, January 28, 2013

To Life

"I place before you this day life and death...Choose Life"
-Deuteronomy 30:19
Talk about things that go without saying.....this direction seems superfluous in the extreme, a no-brainer extraordinaire, like being told to choose the plane with wings versus the one without.  Do we really need to be told to "choose life" over death?  Rich fulfillment over decay?  Apparently God thought so....

Why this bent in our make up, why this hitch in our mental hardware? 

Perhaps because the choice for life often requires, ironically, a death to oneself, to what one knows, to what one has grown accustomed to and familiar with, and therein lies the rub.

I, like Job, wasn't around when these things were being decided, when this contract was negotiated....

...but I know the One who was.....the One who was willing to die so I would have the choice to live....

I don't pretend to understand it....
but I am so very grateful for it.
may we all have the grace, courage, and strength to Choose Life.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it"
-Matthew 16:25

Friday, January 11, 2013


Squinting into the haze ahead
Straining to see a semblance of...something...
Tentative letting go
of threads which tether me to what I know...
My once courageous heart recoils
leaning back into a leek and onion legacy...
preferring marginalism to manna
the monotony of the perceivable
to the miracle of parting seas
But His unswerving vision
sees the forest in spite of the trees
He knows the way I take
And is determined I should take it
For all my looking back
and the lure of illusory retreat
There is nothing now
but a pillar of cloud
and a Red Sea
in which yesterday is drowned
The past is no longer a viable port
and so I press on
into Unseen
and Unknown,
Trusting this Hand that Shepherds me on
to one day lead me
-E.A.A. "Hindsfeet"  1/11/13
"I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them."
-Isaiah 42:16