2015.09.18: immortality

For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. – 1 Tim 6:7

nothing can take away
the faith that carried me
through the valleys
the purity of joy
on the mountain tops
nor the hope
that when the great darkness comes
the brightest light will follow
for if all else fails
the love the i’ve experienced
the love that i’ve poured out
is enough
for eternity

to love
and to have been loved
without reservations
that is immortality
a taste of the divine


2015.08.05: the Father’s will

Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith!* Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. – Mt 15:27

Lord Jesus, i am grateful
that it was your will
that my daughter be healed

my faith was just as strong
when i prayed to no avail
to the gods of my ancestors

many are the mothers
who have greater faith than mine
yet their children remain uncured
and cry out in the night

i am grateful for the outcome
yet i was already strangely at peace
with the will of the Heavenly Father

2015.07.05: faith of gratitude

He was amazed at their lack of faith. – Mk 6:6

let me not strive
for false security
nor food or shelter
nor fame or fortune
nor sense of belonging
for all can be taken away
at the whims of unjust rulers
and the fateful hand of death

cultivate in me, Lord
a virtue of gratitude
let me not covet
what i don’t have
but let me be grateful
for what i’ve been given
all i need is your love
you are enough for me

2015.06.16: God with us

Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed
who gives bread to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free;
the LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD protects the resident alien – Ps 146:6-9

little faith is needed
to believe in a god
who lifts up the oppressed
feeds the hungry
free the falsely imprisoned
gives sight to the blind
loves the righteous
protects the unwanted strangers
all that would be required is gratitude

on the other hand
to keep believing and hoping
when you are oppressed
when you are hungry
when you are imprisoned on false charges
when you are blind
when you are unloved
when you are persecuted for being a stranger
that is FAITH

when God is in the world
those who are grateful and able
of the own will and volition
lift up the oppressed
feed the hungry
free the falsely imprisoned
be a seeing guide for the blind
love the unrighteous
welcome the stranger
that is Love
then the body of God is visible
God is with us