2015.09.06: a river flows through us

then Jesus looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) – Mk 7:34

Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water. – Is 35:6-7

a river flows through us
whether or not we know it
whether or not we believe it
whether or not we acknowledge it

the water for which we thirst
resides in a wellspring deep within
waiting to be opened and called forth
even in the midst of the desert

none of us will be renewed
until we hear the word “Ephphatha!”
and allow our souls be opened
so the streams will burst forth

where burning sands once lay waste
water will spring forth on its way
to the all encompassing One Water
as it was created to be

a river flows through us
open our ears to hear the source of life
open our hearts to be reborn in its water
open our mouths to let the river praise

2015.08.18: signs

Gideon answered him, “If I find favor with you, give me a sign that you are speaking with me.” Jgs 6:17

Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?” – Mt 19:27

listen
oh you of little faith

I AM WHO AM

why must you always ask
for outward signs

be still
know that I am
with you always

if you must have a sign
look inward

sense
the river of compassion
rising in you

believe
it is the water of salvation
flowing from the Temple

I will remain with you
till the end