Doing Good is Something Everything Can Agree On

I am heading to Kairos this week. As part of Kairos, we go into a prison (in our case, it’s Craggy Correctional Facility), we feed them and share Jesus with them.

Funny, as I began posting about it, people from all walks of life approached me and offered to contribute, even those who may or not identify with the Christian faith. That’s the rub. Christianity is not dead. It’s roots began in the feeding of the poor, the embrace of the outsider, the visiting of the prisoner, the caring for the sick. People were so moved by this that they ran to Christianity in droves.

As the numbers began to grow, we gave them chairs to sit in and roofs to block out the elements and walls to provide structure to our meetings. In short, we became comfortable and contained.

But the Holy Spirit is a wildfire. Everyone, I don’t care who you are, knows when it’s on the move. It will burn down walls. It will light new paths for the wayward stray.

As I wrote letters to our 35 inmates, I began to weep because I knew how much God loves us and how far short I fell from loving in that same way. Change is needed. In my heart. In this world. Let’s make it happen, people! Today.

Transubstantiation

When we accept the redeeming blood of Christ

into our veins

When we invite the Spirit of the Living God

into our souls

Our very bodies are not our own

Yes, we have traded our mortal flesh

for the eternal skin of God

When we walk through life

it should not be you they see

but Jesus Christ returned,

ready to do miracles

feed the poor

hang with the lowly

hear the voice of the Father

and live intentionally,

bearing His sufferings

for the greater good.

People Are Watching

“I couldn’t do that, people are watching”

It’s exactly because people are watching that we must do it

Do what is light and love and true

For if we do not, if we are silent,

we silence the Holy Spirit inside us

the voice, our Jiminy Cricket,

that instructs on all that is pure and good and holy.

Do it so that people will see,

for their sake and for yours,

a taste of something good

 

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

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.