o, Sweet the Blood of Jesus

Oh the sweet, sweet blood of Jesus

Cleansing and nourishing

to the body and soul

His sacrifice is our atonement

His suffering is our joy

for now He stands as king and LORD

above all the nations and angels and Universe

All of us call out His praise

For He is glorious and wonderful and good

His blood flows free through my veins

Mary, Did You Know?

Over and over again,

Jesus tells us who He is,

what He will do

And even though we acknowledge

what He is saying

and His ability to do it,

we are still mystified by Him.

Mary His own mother,

The disciples

every single one of us

are amazed by Him

when He makes good His promises

maybe because we have a seed of cynicism

within us,

but more likely because Jesus,

God, the Holy Spirit

Triune and Complete

remain incomprehensible and awesome

to us

because that is their nature.

They are greater,

they are above

The Majestic that lives right beside us

Let us meet Them in the secret place

where they work wonders

and hear the whispers of Their heart to ours,

so that we too might be amazing.

The Monsters Inside Us

In my dream I am being chased by Sweetums, the muppet

down an endless hallway

I run and I run, but I can’t escape

so he overtakes me and gobbles me up

and I’m in the belly of this muppet

in the dark

saying to myself,

“It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream!”

But I can’t wake up

and I don’t wake up until I shut up.

That’s when I finally awake.

 

Life is like that.

There are monsters in our lives

that we can’t outrun,

we can’t negotiate or reason with.

There are monsters we must embrace

Because they’re not monsters at all,

but rather instruments of change.

 

And change is scary.

But God is good.

He will get us through.

All Saints’ Day

The saints

the miracles

the legends

the sufferings

the tortures

the blood

and the glory.

Contemplating the servants of the Divine

the rich history

gives you a greater appreciation,

a holy community

to draw from when you feel alone

and powerless

and ineffectual.

Verily you carry the seed of these heroes past!

Live in light of that ineffable truth.

 

Here, Today

*Mark 6:7-12

 

Jesus sent them out

in pairs

first the twelve, then the seventy-two

He sent them out with nothing,

reminding us all we don’t need all the baggage

all the stuff

to accomplish His mission

We just need Him

And if His message is not received

that is okay,

just knock the dust off and keep on going.

We’ve got to do,

miracles to perform,

demons to expel.

Let the Kingdom of God begin here today!

The Good Samaritan

*Luke 10:30-36

 

Let’s look at the parable

of the good Samaritan.

You got this guy, cruising down the road,

gets beat up and robbed and left to die

in a ditch.

A bunch of well-to-do, well-respected

“pious” peeps

from his own nation stroll by,

but they’ve got places to be,

especially if he’s dying

Cuz a dying man would make a “holy man”

unclean.

Along comes a Samaritan,

who doesn’t have all the lingo and the rules,

he just knows someone is hurt,

doesn’t matter that the Jews and Samaritans

usually don’t get along,

he’s got a conscience, so he lends a hand,

he goes over what is expected of him,

cuz he’s just doing it to do it

you know?

There’s no expectation of reward.

And the “dead” man gets better and the Samaritan goes on his way

and who knows if they see each other again,

it’s not about anything more than doing the right thing.

We only have the moment.

Sure, we can brush it off with excuses and agendas,

but we all have a call to do something good,

each person’s call is different,

but it’s there, beckoning.

Keep your ear to the Earth

and your eyes to the skies

and you’ll find it.

Do good, my friends.

In all things, do good.