Monday, October 16, 2017

I Asked a Flower



I was hiking
Beneath a hot
September sun -
I was sweating,
And meditating;
When lo I came
Upon a brightly
Burning bush! So,
I sat down there,
Within her aura,
To have a talk.

Her name was Sophia;
She was a Cardinal.
Hence, I assumed that
She was wise in the ways
Of rooted things, and of
Flying things, and also
The mysteries of Church.

So I asked my new Teacher
About the secret of Life -
And after a flowing moment,
She gifted me her answer:

"Growth."

Tiwago


(photography by tiwago)



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just As I Am


Tho I am
sharp 
and
prickly
and 
sparse
and 
withered
-
still
I bloom

Just as 
I am;
I AM.

Tiwago



(photography by tiwago)





Thursday, October 12, 2017

If You Threw a Party and Nobody Came


Just then, Jesus told another mystical tale:

A powerful person
Gave a fancy wedding
For their beloved child.
We were all invited,
But nobody went.
Again, invitations
Were sent to all:
"All is now ready!
Please come and
Celebrate with us"

Some of us
Laughed it off;
Some of us
Were too busy;
Some of us 
Mugged the Messenger;
Some of us
Killed the Mail-carrier;
None of those invited
Were worthy to attend.

On the third day,
People went out
Into the streets
Of the City, and
Everyone was
Invited to the party:
Good people;
Bad people;
Random people.
The wedding hall
Was at capacity!

It would be easiest to end the story here. It makes perfect sense to me, seems fair, and touches me as a random powerless person. But the parable continues! Why?

The Father saw someone 
Who hadn't dressed up:
"Friend, who let you in,
Dressed in blue-jeans?"
The man was confused -
He had an Invitation!
"Throw this man out!
Many are invited,
But few are let in."

How am I to understand the ending, unless someone explains it to me?

(Matthew 22:1-14)


(photography by tiwago)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How Does One Rejoice?



Exult in the Lord. I repeat, exult in the Lord! But, you say your life sucks right now? I know what you mean - the world is messed-up! It's hard to laugh and cry at the same time. What do you do?

1. Let your vulnerable gentleness show so that people will know that the Lord is near.

2. Instead of useless worry, be in active prayer and proactive thanksgiving - let God know what you are worried about and why. The indescribable tranquility of God will tend your thoughts and emotions, and keep you from making things even worse.

3. Lastly:

  • Whatever is True;
  • Whatever has Honor;
  • Whatever brings Justice;
  • Whatever is Uncontaminated;
  • Whatever is Calm and Beautiful;
  • Whatever is Useful and Beneficial;
  • Whatever is Perfect and Praiseworthy;

Focus on Goodness. Strive for it for yourself and for others. Let shalom flow through you.

(A meditation on Philippians 4:4-9)




(photography by tiwago)


Friday, October 6, 2017

Gold



The Lord of all the Cosmos
Created two forms of Gold.

One's the sweat of alien Suns;
The other's imbued with Breath.

One is matter of great Value;
The other is a hunk of Metal.

                        Tiwago


(photography by tiwago)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Parable for New Canaan



Listen:

There was a fair and fruitful land where lived a prosperous people. They had violently moved aside and subjugated the original inhabitants of the land to make more room for themselves. Unlike the first people, these new people did not know or acknowledge that they were but tenants and stewards of the land. They grew fat and comfortable.

Then, the Lord sent to them new immigrants to share the rich bounty of the land and the Lord's providence - but the people refused to share the fruit of the land, and denied space and dignity to those the Lord had sent them. Wave after wave the Lord sent; people fleeing hate, and war, and hunger, and worse. More and more were these servants and messengers of the Lord excluded, rejected, and vilified.

Finally, the Lord sent Their only Son to knock down the walls and to open hearts. The people saw this, and so they slew him.

What should be done to these wicked greedy people?

(Matthew 21:33-46)


(photography by tiwago)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Jesus Weeps.



We idolize the vile tools and icons of Death;
Lusting after unrighteous and unholy power.
Life is a cheap commodity bought and stolen
For profits, votes, and perverted deviance - 
...and Jesus weeps.

Leaders of state and church glib-speak 
With their serpentine silver-tongues,
As their wild-eyed prophets of Hate 
Shout with tongues of fire and lead -
...and Jesus weeps.

We laugh at Jesus 
(Mock him yet again)
For his un-manliness;
For his soft weakness -
...because Jesus weeps.

Tiwago


(photography by tiwago)





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