Satan’s Last Legs

Now his time is so short
And he knows it
And he rages at signs of defeat
And he pushes the envelope harder
Whispering licence and lusts
Oh so sweet.
Yet another is cooling to darkness
And now hearing the Voice
Of relief
“Come you weary
And laden to shelter.
Leave the chaos for rest
Through belief.
I am more than the fabled
Good Shepherd
I have sought you
And bled for your heart.
See the manacles
Fall to the dust, Child.
Slewfoot flees
And his minions depart.”
Oh that many were blessed
With the vision
Of the Heavenly City
Drawn near.
And the One on white horse
Claiming victory
O’er the master
Of fraud and of fear.

Doug Blair, Waterloo ON

Complete Brokenness Sees Clearly

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“Thou art the man!”

The prophet Nathan had seen through King David’s charade with the illegitimate child by Bathsheba. A year had gone by since the unfortunate death of her husband and the hasty marriage to the King.

The prophet had told a little parable to catch David in his own wrongdoing and the King fell hard. His words of repentance are recorded in the 51st Psalm. Truly it is a prototype for clearing the slate with God.

Four very incisive concepts stand out in this prayer:

  1. Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight. We are not talking about the comparative righteousness of mortals here which might be traded off as one offends the other. We are talking about transgressing the absolute holiness of God. Any single sin brings condemnation. Let us not presume to prioritize them. Sin bars access and fellowship. The king…

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Chapter Four of Michael Downey’s Book

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4. Speaking in a Fleshly Way: Participation in the Mission of Word and Spirit

A couple of poems recently would suggest that I have been attempting to encapsulate messages in chapters of Downey’s book. But chapter four defies such presumption. It is too broad. It is perhaps the best macro-exposition of the church’s purpose in the world that I have ever read.

It starts with the bracing realization of the kenosis (self-emptying of God the Son in the flesh – Philippians 2). It confirms the Father’s approbation at Jordan’s Baptism and at Tabor’s Transfiguration (Matthew 17). It shows a microcosm of worshipful living in inter-racial harmony at an extraordinary convent in Ecuador. It puts all Catholic sacraments in their proper places as expressions of that Love manifested in the Father’s Word made flesh (Son) and continually communicating in the energies of Breathing (Spirit).

It is crowned in the images of…

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