Character

DSC_1582

Helmet of salvation
Protect my mind from bad thoughts
Help me focus on the happy

Belt of truth
Protect my heart from lies and mistakes
Help me focus on the happy

Sandals of readiness
Protect my soul from anxiety and fear
Help me focus on the happy

Sword of the spirit
Protect my being from danger and turpitude
Help me focus on the happy

Your Word changes my character. Let me dwell in that.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Imperfect Forgiveness

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Peace I give to you; Peace I give to me.

Denial
Hurt rains down,
An umbrella attempts to protect

Anger
After the storm
Still drenched in persistent drops

Bargaining
Imperfect forgiveness
Change the boundaries; name the hurt

Reconciliation 
Another umbrella nearby;
Shelter against the next storm

Acceptance 
Rainbow over the earth offers
His perfect forgiveness

Peace He gives to you; Peace He gives to me.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Solitaire

Ace-Playing-Card-PNG

Tap red and black cards

Cover aces twos through kings

No moves detected

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Adventure

leaves

Decidedly out of place –
Oak nestled in pine,
Sweetgum perched in magnolia,
Poplar tucked in cedar,
Lucky enough to find security hibernating in evergreen homes.

Unlucky ones, those browned by the passing of seasons,
cling desperately to life until they no longer have the power to resist.

Chased by an alarmed beagle, confusing them with dancing squirrels,
they somersault over asphalt, brick, iron and concrete,
they stumble across grass, dirt, straw and sticks,
bumping lightly into the cold froth to begin their own adventure.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Death Row

8947030499_1803e135a6_b

The egg-colored stone walls are softened with age,
unlike the men,
and women,
who hang on until there is no more forgiveness.

The gallows

A rope twisted like a fig vine,
lifted over a piecemeal trap door.

Beneath the trap lifeless forms are dragged
across the smooth dirt floor becoming
dust to dust in the adjacent field.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Baptism

An infant softly struggles to remember the relevant parts of the moment
A covenant
A thanksgiving
A consecration
Sealed with sprinkled water and rubbed oil
A welcome to the future as one of God’s own

The grandmother softly struggles to remember the relevant parts of the moment
The baptism
The peace
The confession
Sealed with intercessory prayer and merciful faith
A welcome, again, to the future as one of God’s own

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Writer’s Block

writersblock

The scores tell the beginning of the story, but not the end.

First story – a comedy with a paint roller at a rooftop bar.
Pretty good, they said.

Second story -a ghost story with a teddy bear at a wine bar.
Not so good, they said.

My ambition to write snuffed? I think not.

I like my words, my sentences, my paragraphs; that is all that matters.

The end is not yet in sight.  There is much more to write.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment