February 21, 2009
With multi-entendred meaning
And metaphoric sleight of hand
The multi-colored words will write
An image on your mind
Some words will dance quite naked
And bring a blush upon your face
Or anger or wrath or smile or laugh
And touch your soul with life
But subtle words will slither
Unnoticed in the layered muse
With meanings dense and so obtuse
They’ll hide before your eyes
Beware the simple verses
Or the ones that writhe and convolute
For the meanings may float like flotsam and boats
Or silently glide beneath
January 26, 2009
I’ll never hold my mother
I’ll never have the chance
I’ll never live to see the light of day
Why did you end my journey?
Why did you take my life?
Why did you choose to end my chance to love?
Only by God’s forgiveness
Only by God’s grace
Only by God’s power we’ll be healed
We’ll wait to meet in heaven
We’ll wait for our first hug
We’ll wait to share our stories and our lives
God will cover painful choices
God will heal the painful wounds
God will bind our hearts in overflowing love
January 26, 2009
We wait for troubled waters to finally be stilled
We wait for dreams and wishes to finally be filled
We wait for some tomorrow when we shall finally be
All together, all is better, all in eternity
We had some fun and good times, with laughter as we’d fall
We had some small and big plans, our life was very full
We had our precious moments and memories so warm
Life together is life better, life in eternity
Side by side we labored, shouldered all we could bear
Side by side we wrestled, rested only in our prayer
Side by side encouraging each other as we’d go
Worked together, walked together towards eternity
I’ll miss your lilting smile that brightened up my day
I’ll miss your calming touches that kept me from going astray
I’ll miss your warm embraces, the joy you raised in me
Love together, love is better, love in eternity
Until I go to meet you on that eternal shore
Until I lay my burdens and my labors are no more
Until I greet you once again, my heart will ache for you
All together, all is better all in eternity
December 29, 2008
One of the first responses to the Old Testament law as given in Deuteronomy is that it does not seem very forgiving. It seems to lay out very plain consequences for any of the injustices mentioned: small injustices have less severe consequences, large injustices have very severe consequences. Unlike our current laws in the US there is no room for “mitigating circumstances.” Injustice will not be tolerated.
A scan of the laws in Deuteronomy will also show a high value given for dignity, even law breakers have dignity. This particularly struck me in the case where if there is a fight between two men, if the wife of one of the men tires to help out her husband, but in the process grabs the other’s “private part” then her hand should be cut off. This kind of value of dignity is further seen in Davids refusal to lay a hand on King Saul and in the archangel Michael’s refusal to “slander” Satan. But as I consider this high value of dignity, I think of the lack of it on display in our culture.
In our current culture, many give a high value to such things as sacriligious humor, lack of respect for others and self-centeredness. Our popular music and television programs are filled with irreverance and sexual immorality: attitudes that reflect a lack of respect for others.
December 24, 2008
With the current tools of science we can see giant objects from the distant past that are hard to imagine. We can also see objects so small that they actually pass into and out of existence. The conditions necessary for us to live requre all sorts of special conditions that make our existence very tenuous … yet here we are, like ephemeral dust sprinkled on a pebble in the universe – self-conscious dust that wonders at the world, wonders if we have a purpose, wonders if we were created or if we are just a weird happenstance.
We cannot see all it’s dimensions, grasp all of its details or understand all of who we are. All we have is glimpses, touches and nuggets of wisdom. But those glimpses, touches and nuggets are enough to let us connect to the one who made us all.