Monday, December 8, 2014

lessons on walking, from a high school chorus





dark
descends
early now
and
this is 
disconcerting
because light 
is
an
anchor
holding steady the stumblers
is this why i love 
Christmas's light
so much?
is this why i love
celebrating the
overcoming-darkness light 
that
came
to walk with us?
oh 
stumbler
may you walk in the light
through this season


how about you? what reminds you of Christ the most in this season?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

on feeling thankful for stinkbugs?


last thanksgiving. my twin, carol is left, then dad, then me.

and
for these i am thankful 
stinkbugs
 as they land on my lamps
i'm reminded that i enjoy the american luxury
of uninterrupted electricity in my home
health
not too many years ago i wouldn't have eaten
even one cookie
but saturday-sunday? 
three of us ate 44 lemon crinkles in 23 hours
and 
shame didn't show to the party
my dad
it's our first thanksgiving without him
but my gratefulness runs deep to have had
forty-three years of his wit and wisdom
scripture
isaiah's words are my weapon
as i stave off the sad of loss and the fear of future
Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.

What are your thankfuls this week?

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

on living the first peter

i finished 1 peter 3
my greenway friends william and lynn captured this light
but
before closing the book i
returned to the
verse-i-think-i-can-live-by-today
finally, all of you, have 
unity of mind,
sympathy,
brotherly love,
a tender heart
and 
a humble mind
i circled humble mind,
laced  up my asics
and 
headed to the greenway for 
running 
and 
nature
and
prayer
and
living out this humble mind
a little more than halfway in 
i
felt
GREAT!
i practically pranced when i saw my average pace was
9:09!
and i'm 44 years old!
i did a little cadence in my humble mind
9:09 and i'm 44
9:09 and i'm 44
9:09 and i'm 44
and then i heard chatter,
the talk of people 
riding bikes in a leisurely manner
and i thought
how sweet, a couple out for a morning ride
while i run these 9:09 miles
and then i heard...feet
what? not cyclists?
runners?
holding a normal conversation while practically 
sprinting past my 9:09?
how can this be?
i'm supposed to be the best out here today
they called out a cheerful 
good morning,
one even turning and running his 7:30 pace backward a few steps
sigh-huff-puff
sigh-huff-puff
and i guess
when we don't humble ourselves
He does it
for
us

what are your thoughts on humility? are we even capable of humbling ourselves?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

26 words to start your day

dreading the day?
feeling overwhelmed?
i accidentally looked at my calendars
this morning
which always makes me feel
boxed-in-and-suffocating
so i'm saying  these 26 words today....
shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

know that the Lord is God.
amen

what is one of your go-to scriptures for the overwhelming days?

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