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.

 

Holy God, Mother & Father

Holy God,

You are Mother and Father

Jesus, my brother

other believers, my siblings

I rest within Your house

I obey Your rules

I belong to Your family

What a heritage!

What a legacy!

Teach me the stories of

those who came before me

I have all eternity

perhaps, if they have a moment,

they could tell me themselves,

tell me the stories of how they came

to know You and the adventures You took them on

and the things they learned,

and I could tell them the same.

The Secret Self

“No one will hide an extremely valuable thing in something of equal value. However, people often put things worth countless thousands into a thing worth a penny.”  -Gospel of Phillip 1:22

We stash money in mattresses and piggy banks to keep it safe. We bury treasure in the sand. In the same way, we have a soul inside this humble flesh, waiting to be brought out, to shine in the darkness of the present day.

How we all long to see it! How we celebrate when the light shines forth!

Get to know one another. Let your secret self out.

How wonderful is the light of your soul!

Body Issues

I’ve had plenty of body issues in the past:

Spent a lot of middle and high school anorexic

Had a horrible self image of myself,

thought I was garbage,

the eating patterns began to wane in college,

thanks to the support of friends and family

and a solid therapist.

The self image still lingers.

Now, I love to eat,

and I’m working on loving myself more.

 

Funny, the more I invest in others,

the more I forget my own problems,

but you still need to love yourself.

Generosity and good deeds

do not a full recovery make.

 

I surrender my life to Jesus daily,

I’ve gotten into this whole naturist thing.

It’s all connected.

It begs the question:

Do you love who you see in the mirror?

It’s not a complicated question. The simple questions are

the hardest to answer.

Jesus made me. I can either accept this form

or throw it out.

Sure, I’ve made mistakes,

but Jesus always responds with grace.

Do I trust Him?

Do I love Him enough to believe He loves me?

At Haywood Street Congregation,

we have a simple mantra, a call-and-response:

Q: Whose child are you?

A: God’s child!

Let it be, LORD. Let it be.

Jesus Christ, LORD in Flesh

Why does it matter that Jesus rose bodily?

Can’t we be content, as the Gnostics were,

that Jesus rose in Spirit.

Can’t He be Jesus a disembodied life-force,

loving us, His children?

He could have, but He chose not to.

He came to Earth in the flesh,

passed through the birth canal,

grew,

spent time with family

and disciples

and passersby.

He healed by touch.

He broke bread.

He sweat blood.

He was nailed to a cross.

He knew what it was like to have His strained last breaths

taken from Him.

Then, He rose in flesh.

He had Thomas place His fingers through

the holes in His hands,

just to see He was really here.

Jesus is not an apparition.

Jesus is not a dream.

He is our friend,

our Father,

our judge,

and our guide.

He is as real as you and me.

 

What a wonderful person to spend

the whole of eternity with!

To not just contemplate him

intellectually

or theologically

but physically.

We do not just study Him,

we experience Him

in truth.

Our senses are His to explore

and excite.

Fully God, fully man

Praise the real, holy and righteous God!