Absolution

What a wonderful word!

The idea of our past mistakes being forgiven absolutely.

Are there still consequences for our actions? You bet.

But now we are not stuck in the past,

having instead been given a new way truth and life in which we can walk,

a future of promise.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

Plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

Poker Face

I think it’s humbling and hilarious that we spend years out of our lives with our cards tightly pressed against our chest, not wanting to give anything up to God.

Jesus let’s us play our little game for a while, but eventually He just looks at us with a certain sadness and says, “Three of clubs, two of diamonds, king of hearts, ace of spades, and jack of diamonds.” After allowing us a moment of stupefied wonder, He leans in and says, “now, let’s talk about why you feel you need to beat me in the first place.”

Brag in Your Defeats

Brag not just in your victories, but also in your defeats

For the entire world is full of sunny days

and if we are wont to announce our cloudy ones,

people should consider themselves broken

if they happen meet a tinge of shade.

We are not always champions,

it is natural to hit points of exhaustion.

So, the higher up you go, make sure to

lets others know

that you too get low

as you sprout up and grow

to Heaven.

Performers, Get Fed

Performers, get fed

Return to the fountain of your youth

Lest you continually drink from an empty well

and sing and speak with a mouth so dry

it spurts out dust and fly

instead of living waters.

 

Sit in the stands, in the pews

Be one with the audience, the congregation

Remember what drew you to the altar, the stage

in the first place.

 

We must be born again daily

or die slowly,

turning not into an aging beauty

but a skipping vinyl

playing the same song again and again

til people cup their hands over their ears

and either throw you out the window

or simply walk away.

True Romance

True romance is found in pajamas,

sitting around reading a book,

and talking at tea shops

until the words run out.

 

True romance is day-long outings

to places you have never been before,

to explore something at a whim.

They’re in compliments over dinner

and simply holding hands while walking down the street.

 

True romance is found is the quiet running of errands

the conscious choice to spent time together,

being engaging,

laughing, listening, being a sounding board

to the day’s (mis)adventures.

 

True romance is found outside of solutions

when drama is spilled forth,

in the simple words “that stinks” and “I’m sorry.”

 

It’s helping out someone in need,

a friend, a family member, some guy on the street.

It’s cheering your partner on as they pursue their dreams,

and calling them out when they go astray.

 

It’s forgiving and being forgiven.

It’s serving God together

and hanging out with mutual friends.

 

It’s a hug. It’s a touch. It’s a smile.

It’s all the little things, as fluttery as a butterfly

caught up in the wind.