Riding in the Car with Roger

We met outside church,

you sang those songs you wrote with an old country twang

Susan gave you her coat

Katie and I drove you to Ingles

We talked about God and Jesus and YouTube

You bought us cookies and Coca Cola

and then we dropped you off

outside Homeward Bound.

 

At the time we met,

you were thinking of driving out to California,

but I’m glad you’re thinking about staying.

The world needs more people like you.

La Carretera Real

How far would we go,

how hard would we work,

how much would we give

to possess something real?

Wouldn’t it all be worth it,

to hold, to taste, to keep as a totem

in our pocket something that cannot be taken away?

In this world of sand and glass,

wouldn’t be nice to transcend beyond the illusions,

to kiss the face of God?

o how glorious it would be

to be like the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears,

wiped His feet with her hair,

to then be taken by the hand by Him,

to be lifted up,

to hear our Lord say to His disciples,

“remember this woman, because she really understands

what’s going on. Remember her, for now and for all time,

for she, like me, has died to herself to gain something more.”

The Heart of Evangelism

The Heart of Evangelism lies in the sharing of the story

of Jesus,

how He, as God, came to earth as man,

walked the earth, performing miracles

and communing with the saints

until the time those self-righteous could stand Him no longer

and so crucified Him, according to their twisted pleasure.

But the grave could not hold Him,

and so spit Him out like Jonah’s whale.

He appeared at on the shore,

before the disciples, who had fled back to their old ways,

and He commissioned them for a new task,

to tell His story, to every corner of the earth,

until the Earth is no more.

My friends, we are a part of this story,

we share in this same commission:

to share who God is, was, and will be

no out of obligation, but because He loves us

and we love Him and we want the world to know that.

For Love to Be Genuine

For love to be genuine,

it must be personal and specific.

Jesus did not simply say, “I love you,” to the crowd and move on.

He called Zacchaeus out of the tree and dined with him.

He met with the woman at the well and counselled her,

unpacking her demons until she danced to a new freedom-song.

My friends, do not let slogans and memes speak for you,

when you speak of love.

Let your heart speak what is true, and empower your flesh

to follow suit. So all will know

that you love them.