The Moment Before

Why is it that, in Exodus, God tells us that

They created the deaf, the mute, and the blind

yet in Leviticus we turn around and push them aside?

Why is it, in Genesis, that God creates

both man AND woman in Their own image

yet we get bogged down in gender roles

and social norms?

Why is it, in Romans, that we can bank

our entire faith on the fact that Abraham

came before Moses

and so are justified by grace alone,

rather than by works,

yet keep trying to earn our salvation

and set up obstacles for others to jump over to do the same?

God is calling all of us into immediate and total reconciliation with Himself.

Are we bold enough to take Him up on His offer?

Love Bomb

“Sorry to unload on you like that,” he said

“I’m glad you did,” I said,

“So many times we go through life,

carrying burdens, situations

not knowing who we can share it with

but not quite able to bear the burdens ourselves.

We lose sleep, become stressed

because we feel all alone.

Yes, we talk to God and that is a great place to start,

but we still fear the judgement of others.

It’s not until we tell another human being

and they meet us with open hearts and minds

that we can begin to lay our burden down-

or, rather, finally have someone

to carry that burden along

til the carrying is done.”

 

Like God

Adam’s sin is Joseph’s sin is our sin

The Deceiver wasn’t lying when it said

the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

would make us like God.

We were created in Their Divine image, male and female alike

Thanks to nearby Tree of Life, we had eternity

to be transformed more and more into Their likeness

But we grew impatient

We knew our Divine calling, but we wanted it know

and so we took it before our Kairos time

and it destroyed us.

But God’s story is one of redemption:

sending Their Son,

then the Holy Spirit

to wipe the past clean

and start the journey anew

so that we could become more and more like Them.

Democracy

Democracy is scary

a thousand voices screaming out into the void

every time we trust the masses

we soon skulk back in fear

what if they’re wrong?

but when the pendulum swings the opposite direction

there is no worse fate:

closed hearts, closed minds

an iron fist clutching the intrepid heart of a teenage nation.

Lady Liberty, hold your torch high

shine the way for all to see

the glorious future that waits for

us who dare to let you lead.

Existential Jesus

Kierkegaard was right

Suffering is not the end,

but the redefinition

the renewal

of all things.

our suffering,

though may be the end of our

romantic notions

our theories and projects,

does not catapult us into chaos

nor consume us,

but rather catapult us into completion.

upon the cross, Christ proclaimed

“it is finished”

but that was not even the end of His EARTHLY

ministry

He returned after His death to continue

doling out the Great Commission

upon which His church was spread.

and so in death we also continue

our suffering

is only just the beginning

of an abundant life.

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