2015.09.19: spiritual gardening

Jesus taught, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.'” –  Lk 8:10

prepare well the ground
place it well off the beaten path
away from choking thorns
and things that block the light
weed out entanglements
remove all hardness of heart
baptize with life giving water
and nurture daily with love
then prepare to be
surprised by providence

2015.01.24: call of the sinner

When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind. – Mk 3:21

it’s easy to feel less than perfect
when scripture tells stories
of those who answer his call
without so much as a hesitation
yes for them seems to be reflex
like a knee jerking when tapped

it’s so hard to say yes
when the trials are unknown
what if yes means
facing one’s greatest fears
what if yes means
rejection by family and friends
what if the cross
is heavier than one can bear

it became easier to say yes
after i spent but one hour
in the Garden with Him
for it wasn’t in the desert
that temptation was the greatest
it was in the Garden
that saying yes was agony

the Garden changed the call
it’s no longer “Follow me”
his words were “You can’t go
where I’m going yet”
for me the question became
“Will you remain with me?”

it’s so much easier
when saying yes simply means
opening the door of the heart
to Him who promised:
“I am with you always,
until the end of the age.”

it’s so much easier to say yes
when recalling His words:
“I did not come to call
the righteous but the sinner.”
Here i am, Lord, a sinner.