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2015.06.30: within the calm

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”. Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. – Mt 8:26

as captain of the ship
i can’t control the storms
but i can find the calm
within the calm i can decide
the best course of action
to avoid the storm if i can
to outrun the storm if i can’t
to confront the storm if i must
always placing my trust
within the calm

to live or die is not the question
that has already been decided
how to navigate a course
through the sea of life
is the question: so
live with abundant joy
love with self abandon
die with unfaltering faith
hope always

no matter the storm
no matter the gale
no matter the undercurrent
no matter the downpour
he is in the calm
he is the calm
he is

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2015.06.29: epitaph

I have competed well;
I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith. – 2 Cor 4:7

no better label
can be placed on a pilgrim
faithful to the end

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2015.06.28: image of God

For God formed us to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made us – Wis 2:23

we were not created for this world
we were created for Eden
as this world is but a shadow of Eden
we are but a reflection of our Godlikeness

as the reflection imitates the image
we yearn to grasp our true nature
the longing of our deepest desires
a return to Eden and our true selves

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2015.06.27: of faith and truth

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” – Mt 8:10

where were the naysayers
when Magellan sailed around the world
where were the naysayers
when Armstrong stepped on the moon

it’s always the people of faith
who discovered the freedom
to follow their imagination
to a more complete picture of the Truth

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2015.06.26: awakening of wisdom

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. – Ps 128:1-2

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” – Mt 8:1-2

oh happy human fault
it wants to take credit
for success of good fortune
it wants to ascribe blame
for failure of ill fortune
only through the awakening of spirit
and the eyes of wisdom
can the monkey mind see
the rain falls on the good and the bad
illness and death visits the bad and the good

blessed are those who are grateful
who shares the fruit of an abundant harvest
who ministers to the ill and welcomes the outcast
they are the children of God
they manifest heaven on earth

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2015.06.25: the play

Blessed are those who do what is right,
whose deeds are always just. – Ps 106:3

if each of our lives were a play
who is the protagonist
is it the type of character we always wanted to be
did we write the script
are we acting to someone else’s scripting
who is directing us behind the scenes to make sure we stay true to our script
who selected our supporting cast
who will make our costumes and do our makeup
who are the invisible hands that make sure the stage is well set and timely lit
will they make us better or worse
who is our audience
how will we define our success
is our success determined by how many people we drew
does it depend on how much we can charge for each ticket
who will judge our performance
will we read the reviews in the paper
will we reflect on our performances with someone we trust
will we be satisfied when the curtain draws close
will we count ourselves blessed

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2015.06.24: gratitude

I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know. – Ps 139:14

when i stop to realize
the creator of the universe
and all things seen and unseen
stars and nebulae
atoms and quarks
also created me
how can i be any less glorious

when i stop to recognize
the artist who painted
the glowing sunsets and rosy cheeks
the colorful flowers of the fields
and fashioned the feathers and wings
of the peregrine falcon
and the sinew and muscle
of the galloping cheetahs
also molded me
how can i be any less beautiful

when i stop to notice
the companion
who was present in the beginning
is present now to me
in this moment
how can i be any less loved

when i consider all things
how then can i respond
to one who is most generous
the only response that is
genuine and authentic
and only i can give
my gratitude