Invisible to the Naked ‘I’

eye

In retrospect now…

Can it be seen?

The increase hidden

Within the dwindle?

So obvious from a new perspective

Footprints in trompe-l’oeil

spanning great distances

and decadent decades

Illusion of a walk

One true step in the right direction

Is a leap…

See it now?

the expanse between this plane of existence and truth?

All that once was

Strewn about…

Stripped and shredded…

desolation in battlefields abandoned

Gathered by gusts into clusters

Tumbling through deserts of deserted pasts?

Gaining momentum…

One step leading to another

Doesn’t it shake,

The very foundations

Of all we once believed

To be progress?

 

This Very “They”

Good…you, me, us, them, they?
Bad…you, me, us, them, they?
All the same
to focus on a day
lived to have been seen
is to detract
from a blessed “Now”
In a Holy Name
The Name in whch
Thy Kingdom come
Thy Will be done
is personified in
“Presence”
irrespective of tense
Not about
hear
nor
dare
But ever…
Omnipresent
Everywhere
All at once
Past. Present or future
In Jesus…
nothing bad
save for us
believing
un-believingly
Any “good” we have to offer
can only come through Him
Who saves all “theys”
Who seek
Who hunger
Who thirst
And further “help” is readily available
for the asking in faith
Whether in pitch of night
or while basking
in streams of sunlight
this new they..
“Arisen”
is far from over
and has only just begun.
(enjoy the song:)
Thanks for reading, have a good “they” 🙂

Christmas before Christmas?

Christmas At Uz
A daily devotion for December 25th
From your friends at RayStedman.org
Read: Job 42:10-11
All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring (Job 42:11).
Doesn’t that sound like Christmas? I suppose you are saying, Wait a minute. Come on, this is not Christmas! Why, this was long before anyone ever celebrated Christmas! This is two thousand years before Christ came. How could there be Christmas in the book of Job?

The first thing to note about this is that the occasion that is described here is a family gathering. Job’s brothers and sisters and all his friends who had known him before are getting together. The uncles and aunts are there as well as all the cousins, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. By this time Job is a seventy-year-old man or even older, and though his own children had all perished, he must have had grandchildren and great-grandchildren by now, and all the neighbors and friends had brought their families. So this was a great family occasion as Christmas is for us and always has been.

The second thing you see here is that this was a time of feasting. They gathered to eat together, and we do that today. We start with stuffed turkey, and we end with stuffed people! This has always been the custom at Christmas. Throughout history and in most cultures where Christmas is recognized, feasting has been a part of the Christmas celebration.

Then there is another thing here that we can associate with Christmas. It is what we would call fellowship. Job’s family and friends gathered to comfort him and to express sympathy and understanding for all the pain and suffering he had been going through.

The giving of gifts also brings to mind Christmas. These friends gave to Job gifts of silver and gold. In the Bible these two metals are used symbolically as a picture of redemption. Silver is the sign of redemption, and gold is the picture of deity; God redeeming people. That is why this is Christmas at Job’s house. Job’s witness to his friends evidently had such effect upon them that in gratitude for what they learned from him, they gave him gifts of silver and gold to express their understanding of God’s redemption among people.

Job discovered two thousand years before Jesus’ birth and eventual death on the cross that One was coming into the world, and, as the angel said to Mary, He will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). This is what brings joy and gladness to believers’ hearts at Christmas time. If you know the Lord Jesus, you have the greatest gift God can give to a person. Out of the richness of your life you will find yourself gladly sharing from all that you have with those who have less, that there may be the ringing out of joy and thanksgiving in a season like this.

Thank You, Lord, for the greatest gift—the gift of Your Son.

A Wild Bird In The Hand (literally)

black and white

Early yesterday morning I was heading to Sunoco on Main Street I saw a bird tending to another bird that appeared to be injured.
I decided to turn around and check it out, both birds were right in the middle of the road and there was traffic coming their way.
As I turned around about five cars passed in that direction and I was praying that they wouldn’t be run over.
Well I stopped and put my hazards on and bent over to pick up the bird, I thought it would try to get away but it didn’t?
I looked it over and it appeared to be more dazed than injured, with a superficial wound on it’s leg.
I turned around and headed towards Sunoco again and brought the bird in with me, the cashier a young lady started shrieking in disgust saying “get that dirty, filthy creature away from me…you’d think she saw the devil?”
While a customer standing in line began asking questions about how the bird ended up in my hand.

So I explained…all the while distracted by the shaken cashier trembling in horror, a few words flashed through my consciousness powerfully…”mercy, compassion, least of these, why was it absent from this young lady, why so fearful?” There was something so very irrational about her reaction, I thought… as I held this delicate pulsating vibrant fuzzy warm tender life in my huge hand?”
When I returned to the truck I gently placed the bird on the front passenger seat and it seemed much chipper and very vocal!
So I went back to return it to nearby where I found it…it immediately flew into the trees and I knew it would be reunited with it’s mate.

So this morning as I was meditating I heard “a bird in the hand”, weird but I literally did have a “bird in the hand” that I had almost completely forgotten about.
I mean it was just a day ago and yet seemed like so distant a memory?
As I was meditating and praying I found that I unconsciously had my outstretched hand open as if to receive.
I looked over and a pair of sparrows were at the feeder as well as a mated pair of cardinals, I came in and typed this…while it was fresh in my thoughts.
What does it mean?
I have no clue, only that I know it means SOMETHING?

Does it mean anything to the reader?

I often find that answers await just a little further down the road if one remains on track, I’ve learned not to sweat it.

If it is a message meant to be heard and understood in GOD’s own timing it will be revealed.

Sometimes the smallest of things lead to great revelations.
Like the bird…some things are simply black or white to us.

With G-D…it can easily, simultaneously, be both and more.

By the way this particular bird had a very bright spot of crimson red,

upon the crown,

of it’s head.

There are things we must learn to accept as True(mysteries), that the most venerable, studious, learned, diligent, dedicated, theologian cannot explain.

Otherwise they wouldn’t be referred to as mystery but “known“.

(aren’t we so very much like fragile little birds in the Lord’s tender loving hands?)

___________________

dove
“if people destroy something made by man they are called vandals. if they destroy something made by GOD they are called developers”

God Bless

Designated Drivers

decorations

In this precious breath given

We resuscitate by C.P.R.

Pound clenched fists into chests

Without discrimination or discernment

Between dead and living

Declension being…

the only means by which to receive

 

As thunder roars in downpours

And lightning threatens

The sounds of wars waged to the East

Prophesied machinations of a beast ensue

While the West seems oblivious

To the chickens come back to roost

In trials and tests bewildered

Getting as good as given

 

Turmoil chaos and unrest

Seething beneath a delusional peace

Policing the world

While creating an environ

With no policing of police

Being torn apart

One and all drawn and quartered

Trampled underfoot in a welcoming “free?” society

By the very same quarters given

 

Fuel costs are down

Shopping carts fuller

Mammon appeased…

The surge towards December 25th progresses as planned

While wall street speculates

and rubs together greedy hands

 

Innocent children are dying to be born

in our very midsts

We awaken by grace to new days given

Greet it with the same old ways of livin’

Anxious to receive and give

As we conceive, perceive

And live

 

And the Giver of all things good

Surveys our follies

With mercy, love and compassion

Hears the cries of joy

And of those in need

least of these…”

Impoverished in pain and pleading

They are by no means forgotten

 

By a G-D,

Who can never be

“outgiven”

We are called to sobriety…
in times of excess
to help guide the affected
safely home
abstaining from man made
 festivities ourselves
There is a reign upon us…
greater than our pageantries
or parades
sad

 

(First image juxtaposed to the last,

makes one want to ask,

just what the hell are we celebrating anyway?)

Broad Canvas/Narrow Focus

mural 2

If one becomes too fixated

On any one particular thing

At one particular time

To the exclusion of everything else

Surrounding the frame around one’s life walk

mural 3 

One can paint the outside surface of the frame

Paint the door jamb

And miss the dingy outside edges

Now in stark contrast

To a freshly painted wall

mural 1

Just as we can become so embroiled in minutia

As to miss the bigger picture

Eyes on a portion pleasing

And miss the panoramic entirety of the mural

Even as it miraculously, mysteriously unfolds

new dimensions …

before us

 within us

mural in progress