Posted in Spoken Word

A Pause (selah)

https://youtu.be/dJ-y0CXVWHo

Turning off the screen, we pause,
For we’ve seen far too much obscene for one life to handle
One more event where God’s beloved scramble

Away from danger, crying out and wondering if they’re heard
All while conversations remain in the realm of the absurd
So oft’ distracted by the rights of the many as if they negate the plight
Of those underfoot, under feet planted firmly
Proclaiming solid ground – because it’s easier than hearing the sound

Of lament
Of our discontent
Of lives spent wondering if there’s room for them at the table
Wondering if they’ll ever be able to face another day
Wondering what they might say to children looking for answers
Because for some cancers there are no cures, only treatment
And mistreatment is all they’ve so far known
A world that’s shown them more shadow than anyone deserves
Throwing curves every time they step up to the plate
Or simply telling them to wait

Wait until it’s your turn
Wait to get what you have earned
Wait until the resources you needed have been burned
to fuel the fires – meeting the desires of those who were heard first
But there is hope for those who thirst

And the heavens burst with the glory of One who has revealed
An existence healed of all that once has bound
A resounding call for Freedom and reconciliation
But to hear, we may need to change the station

Because we’ve been arguing with straw men for far too long
Assuming the strong voices and the ones who offer the choices
spoke with authority, assuming those with seniority
have always done it right, siding with those who win the fight.

But there is a redemption arriving, a New Life thriving
That embraces every color
Protects every student seeking to discover
Embraces every adjective we might uncover
And covers all with “BE LOVED”.
Whether you’ve been shoved, or your arms are extended
The old ways of living have ended, as God has befriended humanity
When we couldn’t be doing worse
Breaking the curse

Offering Life Anew
Not just to wait here in the Pew, forgiven to get out there and do
To proclaim that me and you, we’re New Creation
Salvation in Jesus is not just something that happens in our hearts
It happens between them as well. Not just heaven and hell
But living Word for worlds in pain. For those moments you can’t explain
Where suffering pours like rain on soggy ground
We declare that peace can still abound.

This is not by a cheap grace found in false pretending
Not by sending hallmark sentiments while remaining on our own
Jesus. left. His. throne.
We don’t respond alone, but united in His mission
No more wishing things would change
No more living estranged, but joining Jesus as He goes
Nurturing as He sows for harvests already begun
Laying down guns for gloves and spade
Seeking to bring light where there is shade

In a world of those fighting to win,
While some are waiting for it to be rid of sin
We hear Jesus inviting us to begin

Listen to the hurt, see the unseen,
Suffer with those in pain
Love others beyond learning name
And in all of this – proclaim…
Jesus.

Posted in Different Books, Different Scriptures, Different Thoughts, Spoken Word

Side: B

I finally made sure the second year of daily lectionary poetry is available on Amazon! It was written in response to daily scripture readings from Lectionary Year “B”, but the poems can obviously be read/enjoyed however and whenever you want. So whether you’re my mom, or my kids 20 years from now, you can finally have access to a few hundred more of my poems!! Lol. In all seriousness – I do hope these words can be a blessing to anyone who discovers them. Writing them has continued to be a beneficial practice for my mind and heart each day…

 

 

Posted in Spoken Word

Revelation 3:1-6

To the messenger in Sardis
From Jesus, Lord of all
He who holds all in His hands
And lifts us when we fall

Lord, You know what we have done
Yet doing is not living
Your words examine our remains
For anything You’re giving

You call us out from sleeping clothes
Awaken from our slumbers
Come and strengthen what remains
Free from what encumbers

Our works are fully incomplete
Offered in our own strength
We know the depth, Lord, of Your grace
Show us now the length

May we be called “Alive” by You
Not only by consumers
May Your Kingdom come today
Not only songs and rumors

We hear your Word, attentive ears
Humbled to confession
We will conquer, not by works
But by Your intercession