Friday, July 3, 2015

Be Present.


 
 
Naked thoughts on Mark 6:1-13:
 
He went home to preach. He went home a famous preacher. But they tried to bring him down - tried to "humble" him. Did he think he was better than them? They remembered when he played games with them. They remembered when he gave his mother white hair by running off in the City. They remembered his annoying precociousness. Did his success magnify their failures in their minds? He could not help them. He was amazed at their self induced ignorance!
 
So two-by-two he sent out the Twelve - to heal and exorcise. He sent them with all that they would need. He sent them with almost nothing. It was a field trip to learn faith.
 
"When you are somewhere, stay there until you leave." To some, he is telling them to find hospitality. To others, he is telling them to stop looking to see if the grass is greener on the other side. To me he is saying to be truly there for people. Don't be worrying about the next stop, be in the moment. In my case, listen with my whole self instead of thinking about what I'm going to say. Be present.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Psalmic Poetry: Easy as 1, 2, 3.


 
 
I look up to You!
I know You're there!
As my dog looks at me,
I look up to You!
 
Have mercy, God.
Have mercy, God!
 
The powerful have nothing,
But contempt for Your people.
And the rich have nothing,
But contempt for Your people.
Our collective Soul is tired,
Of all of the vile contempt -
The contempt of the vain.
 
(Psalm 123 told by Tiwago)
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stand!


 
God told me to stand.
He said He'd speak -
And yet I didn't stand!
But when He spoke,
His Spirit entered me,
And made me stand.
I heard Him speaking:
 
"I AM sending you out.
Sending you to them:
To the race of rebels:
To those who rebelled:
They and their parents,
Who've always rebelled.
 
My children are short-sighted.
My children are bullheaded
Go tell My naughty children:
 
'Thus
Says
Your
Abba.'
 
It does not matter,
If they listen to you,
Or hear you speak;
They will know that.
A Prophet's been,
There with them."
 

(Ezekiel 2:1-5 told by Tiwago)