Reflections

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Reflections

Ancient trees
Stand
Soaking their toes
At the water’s edge
Below
Or knee-deep
Within its depths
which seep
through bark’s
roughened skin

Mirror images
Of plants and earth
Above
Reflections traced
onto a watery world
fitting as a hand
into a glove

Solid browns and green
earthy fingers
Projecting over head
& into the silken surface below
Which ripples and flows
echoing azure skies
And sunlight’s golden glows

God,
If you were to lean
close down enough
As I hold my camera
Tightly within my grip
In liquid’s reflections
Might I be able to trace
The beauty within
The curve of your lip
Upon your face?

Shades of Whispers

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Shades of Whispers

Shades of whispers
In my ears
Under desperate suns
Incite many to fear

Spoken by an enemy
So wise
Deceitful, clever
Bent on telling only lies

Spoken in a serious voice
Misleading always
Inclined to make you
Think you have No Choice

But you do.
A bloodied cross made
Sure of that.
God’s Infinity of Love
That forever lasts.

Chaos

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Chaos

They run, they stride
One spot to the other
Trying each to hide
The fear, pain
From their brothers

And sisters, whisper
As they go
What next, how
Do I know
What comes tomorrow?

How should I act
Is this the right way
I need some help
From this world’s
Chaos
Which seems to hold sway
Over everything.

My death I face
Every single hour
Will someone not tell
Me
Or does anyone
Have the power

To understand which
Way to turn
Where is the help from
This Firestorm,
Pain, struggle, strife
We call life.

Without guidelines
I will fail
Will someone not
Speak
Say a few words to tell
Me how to go?

Until softly and
Suddenly
One hand reaches
Out
In a small voice
Without a shout

Hands me a book
Won’t you give
a Look
Within its pages
One may find
Wisdom
for all the ages

It speaks of a
God
His joy, &
Power
Trying to love us
Through each and
Every hour

Jesus breathed, talked
Walked out
Guidelines in
His love
Sent from
Higher Celestial regions
Above

Never without
Him
Never will force
It
We were not
Created in just
A whim

Formed us in
Joy, did He
For man’s good
He forever gives
His teachings,
Showing us the way
To live

His yearning is for
You
To live within
His guidelines
Boundaries
Perfect until
The end of all time

For without
His boundaries
for our actions
Nothing is left
But the painful
Chaos

More Showers of Flowers

Today was fairly overcast but without the sun, it was nice and cool. Couldn’t resist some more flower pictures from the riverwalk. I even managed to get a red cardinal to pose for me. The locust bushes were heavy with white flowers, and there were cascades of honeysuckle flowers everywhere. Their sweet smells were heavy in the morning air. Have a blessed day and Praise God!!!

 

Following Christ

 

Trying to be a devoted follower of Jesus of Nazareth is not easy. Christianity is not for anyone who wants an easy life. Christ on the last night of his life before he would be cruelly tortured to death said:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:18-20 NIV

The first century church’s members were willing and many times faced severe persecution because of their strong love for their leader, the living Christ/God. In so much of the overly industrialized wealthier parts of the world, the churches struggle because the love of the world has crept into the church too much. Some preachers even preach God just wants to give them prosperity and blessings. This is true. God does love people and want to bless us. However, he does expect a level of obedience and devotion from us even when it means picking up our crosses and following him. Christ says:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
A man against his father,
A daughter against her mother
A daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
A man’s enemies will be the member of his own household.
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 NIV.

Here He is not saying to not love your family or neighbors but simply to put Him first. The first century churches knew how to do that. Their strong faith in the living Christ is what spread a small group starting in Jerusalem all around the Mediterranean until it has been spread around the world.

God wants to give us a much higher level of life, existence. Just to live in His presence is going to be so much higher, better than any level we could live on here in this world with the way it is now. We should make Christ our passion because we truly are His. He left the throne room of Heaven’s bliss and ecstasy to die on a cross for us. Won’t you get to know Him better today.

May you have a very blessed day and Praise God!!!

Longing

Longing

 

Longing

Weak and frail
My physical shell
How much longer
Must I down here roam
Longing for a perfected
home

Orphaned into the
Wild
Of a rough, unruly
Place
Longing for the face
Of love

Though not kept waiting
Long
Soon God sounded
His lovely celestial
song
Of love and delight

Within, I felt amidst
the dark
A light
Small at first but
Still given enough
strength
To fight

To rise
Above my darkened
Heart
That refuses to
Part
With its evil ways

Ancient foe, surely
He knows
He will not win
This battle within
& soon it will begin
The end of
His cruel hold

On our frail
World
From here into
Infinity’s dark
He will
be place, hurled
forever
no more damage
may he do
no more pain to
cause to you
& you & you

Rejoice the light
Arrives
In ever increasing
Tides
Allowed to ride
Will we be
Upon love’s shining
Crystal Seas

Is it Not?

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Is it Not?

Is it not
To be read
A writer writes
Formed words
From thoughts
Within one’ head
Or heart

Others may read
Writers, I, must
Take great care
Walking in line
With you, Lord
Of this I have to
Stay aware

But still there
Is a joy
To express
This God may
Allow
But be careful.
In this can be
Great power

From a Spirit
So Ancient & Holy
Every moment
Remembering
In His Heart
His Creation
Loving us
Completely & purely.