Don’t just sit there,
huddled over your bruised ego.
Don’t you know that the death of self
is the beginning of life,
everything that is beautiful and affirming
the things that foster community and love
while everything else will blow away like leaves?
It’s far too easy to live in the past-
to focus on what WAS said, what WAS done.
We can spend a lifetime chasing the cars of history,
instead of living in the now,
which is such a living thing. If you turn away
for even one second, you miss it.
Then, it’s in the past.
Life is an hourglass with the past shrinking and the future expanding
right before our eyes,
to cling to the past is like
living in a room of ever-shrinking walls,
to embrace the future is to surrender to an ever-expanding horizon
Moses and Aaron never arrived
at the Promised Land;
but, still they trod in faith
the path set out for them,
trying to make tomorrow
better for next generation.
Standing on the brink of infinite horizons,
I take a breath and say,
“all right, God, what’s next?”
This road I am I on had not been an easy one
Still I look to the stars in wonder
for the world is wonderful
and I am born anew in the eyes of its people
and its Creator.
What hope, what excitement
awaits in the new day
“for we are crushed, but not abandoned
torn down but not destroyed”
I am blessed. You are a blessing
let us never cease looking to the stars,
to each other, and to God
Some long for “the good ol’ days,”
but I often wonder when those days were,
for it was not long ago that women were,
little more than servants
and minorities slaves
and anyone with any disability whatsoever,
mental or physical,
was to be locked away in poor houses,
neglected and abused.
No, friends, we cannot go back,
for to go back would be to be like Pilate,
who knew what was right
and what must be done,
but feared loss of face
and public outrage
and so washed his hands of the matter,
and handed over responsibility
to the bloodthirsty mob.
For that reason, we must press forward,
with Christ as our guide,
toward a better tomorrow.
We must do what it right,
because it is right
because it is good,
because we can.