An Education

“I wanna write a romance novel,” she says,

“where things are messy, things are perfect,

where romance isn’t smooth,

and the lovers don’t quite know what they’re doing.

Otherwise, you go into love thinking everyone’s got it all together,

and that’s not the case at all.

We’re imperfect beings, our fiction should be an education in that

So that reality goes a little smoother.”

The Deeper You Go

There is a strange interplay to be found

between science and magic,

I could explain intimacy in terms of chemical reactions

Oxytocin is released

when an owner pets his dog,

when a child suckles at her mother’s breast,

when two people make love in the night

This oxytocin is the hormone responsible for bringing us closer together, for creating bonds,

but what service would I do to anyone to just leave it at that

Intimacy is so much more, and yet

still the simple matter of biology remains

Life is both an equation and an occasion,

a formula all people can enjoy.

Does knowing the inner working of a machine make it any less magical,

seeing the backstage of a performance any less engaging?

Indeed, tearing away the curtain, revealing the man at the controls

only makes it more beautiful,

if there is any beauty to be found in the first place.

That is the division between fact and fraud,

the latter can only take your so far

before the thrill expires,

whereas the former only gets more amazing

the deeper you go.

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.

Sheep and Goats

Judas and Peter betrayed God,

yet Peter kept going.

Not only that, but he was given the keys to heaven.

See the measure of our faith is not

whether or not we fail.

I mean, we all fail

It’s whether or not we’re willing to get over ourselves

and look to God

in spite of it that separates the sheep from the goats.

Lean

What do we mean when we discuss love and beauty?

The ads throw out those words all the time.

Just because those words sound nice doesn’t make them

any more worthwhile than “biscuit” or “hamburger.”

 

Love and beauty must be experienced to be real,

it lies in a hand-hold, it blossoms in a word of encouragement

With no effort at all, we can tear down someone struggling to get back up,

to believe in themselves.

 

We can believe in them. We can uphold their worth.

My friends, be there for those who need it

and we all need it from time to time.

 

Let us join together and not only sing, but live out the simple words,

“lean on me when you’re not strong.”