2017.07.01: posers

imposing storm clouds
posturing like rutting bucks
all show no substance


2015.09.12: into the storm

“I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.” Lk 6:47-48

This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. – 1 Tim 1:15

He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Ps 113:7

here i am, Lord. safe and sound in my house built upon the foundation that is you. i have dove beneath the waves of popular culture and dug even deeper through the sifting sands of doctrine that hides the bedrock that is you. here i am at last in the temple that you built in the beginning of time for those that listened and heeded your commands. i am grateful that you came for a sinner like me. you lifted me up from the vise of powerlessness. you carried me, bathed me, nursed me, fed me, encouraged me, and gave me your life. without you, i wouldn’t have arrived here. when i tried to climb the mountain of guilt and indebtedness you leveled it so that we are standing eye to eye. with a simple embrace of unconditional love, you set me free. for the first time in my life, i know what i want to do. why are you smiling, my Lord? will you accompany me, Lord? if you lead, i will follow you into the storm…

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