God is such a funny term,
So generic and easy to use,
It slips off the tongue smoothly
Either in praise or in a curse,
Easy to make trivial,
To seek to box in
By certain theologies or beliefs,
Thinking that the mind of God can be known,
By simple quotes,
Then they understand
Treading is what people often do,
Just trying to keep the head above water,
Struggling to stay afloat
With no surcease in sight.
Often alone with no one to say a kind word
Or offer a helping hand.
They are all around us,
Passing our way on the street,
We pass each other every day,
Nodding and smiling
Then forgetting the face of the one just past.
Like a river people come into our lives,
Some part and flow around us
Others come ashore in one way or another.
Some to bring joy into our lives,
Still a few to bring great suffering,
Teaching us how to deal with...
I came in and sat down in the small waiting room,
The people there were waiting their turn to be called in.
Quiet, low key, perhaps tired,
Some are better at dialysis than others,
Many give it up since it is so hard on their bodies
I sat down with my book and started to read,
Then ever so softly I heard a soft humming,
Gentle in its...
Science makes us wise in how things work,
governments can bring some order into our lives,
but it is the human heart that makes changes,
neither governments nor science,
it is the soul of man that loves,
the spirit of man that sees God’s image
in all those around them that allows...
Prayer is about communion with the Eternal,
it has many forms,
thinking, listening, silence, struggle, peace,
are all aspects of prayer,
it is the Infinite that is always ‘Yes”,
even when we can’t say "Yes" ourselves
There are times when we can only wait in faith.
A way of being
My heart is often lazy and slow,
wanting to stay in its torpid state,
as if new life would shatter its walls
to allow the light within.
To desire life is stronger still
for the spirit of man seeks healing and joy,
a way of being that does not drain nor tire
but propels one on to greater...
So much suffering,
it is like an ocean, bottomless,
though not true I know O Lord,
it is your love and mercy
that has no end.
Help us all on our journey
though this strange world of struggle,
failure and sin,
as well as love, joy, peace and community.
Dealing with life/pain/and the inner life
I remember my dad talking when I was young about shell shock, now called post-traumatic stress disorder. My father only talked about it a couple of times, but the symptoms where the same. Broken marriages, violence, alcohol abuse and suicide where what he mentioned. Now my...
We do have a spirit
No matter what ones religious belief, or lack of, we do have a Spirit that needs to be attended to. The Spirit within each of us is made for joy, love, happiness.... if we do not develop our inner life we will look for other avenues to attain what we most desire....what we are made for. When we...
We do choose
It is hard for many to understand but we do choose to hate or not to; to judge or not to. It is just that hating and judging come so easy, they are instinctive. As a Christian (and I would say for any who seek to become more loving and human) we are free to develop the greatest of all the spiritual gifts, which is of course...
Yet they continue, the good policemen and women
I have a lot of respect for the police. I believe that many of them, perhaps the majority become policemen and women because they actually want to serve and protect others. I have seen the police show concern and respect...