Who is the least of these?
We all are. We can be poor of spirit
and poor of money
and beat down and cast out and left alone.
Reach out to your brothers your sisters
your fathers your mothers your uncles
aunts cousins across the world
and across the street
listen to one another
be there and support
“listen listen love love”
for God is good
and we are ALL His children!
My cats are wannabe escape artists
They dream of being outside cats,
but they’re not.
That does not stop them from trying though.
Every day when my wife and I get home,
they try to get out.
Sometimes, they double-team us,
figuring with our attention divided
they could finally succeed.
Sometimes they get out as far as the porch
as if utterly awestruck at their own accomplishment.
They have tried this enough times
that finally the day came
where one of them managed to escape detection,
slipping past us into the front yard.
My wife was the first to notice, but not until the following morning.
She walked around the house with a can of tuna,
then outside the house.
Finally the cat appeared, covered in cobwebs while trying to seek shelter
from the elements.
We’re not all that different from out feline friends.
We go against ourselves, telling ourselves we are this or that
when we’re not.
God entertains us for a time,
but eventually the truth hits the fan.
And we wander back a little wiser,
with our own tale of woe to tell.
Still, God is patient and kind and has a can of tuna ready.
We’re His after all.
He always is glad to see us return.
The greatest gift we can both give and receive
God’s love, our love.
Practice kindness and Kingness
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.
People fight, they do
it’s part of life
but it doesn’t have to define us
We fight today, we make up tomorrow
We fight not to divide but to wake up the senses,
we want peace to win
There’s a time to clench fists
and a time to let go
Me? I’ve lost all the sensation down there
The blood vessels are too restricted
So, I’m letting go
Let’s shake hands
God be with you!
“But I got stuff to do….”
You will ALWAYS have stuff to do.
“But I only have so much…”
You will ALWAYS have only so much.
“But I just can’t…”
Possibly, but you are more capable than you know.
Try God out. See what HE can do. He is a miracle-worker after all.
Thank you for your kindness and your smile,
as soft and warm as this cup of tea