Posted by: Lisa | December 22, 2014

One Moment Yet

“This is what the LORD Almighty says,
‘One moment yet, a little while,
and I will shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land. Greater will be
the future glory of this house than the former;
And in this house, I will give peace,’
says the LORD of hosts!”
(Haggai 2: 6, 9)

Wait, wait and wait
some more, for the Lord
promises great peace
joy and happiness.
These exist in God,
the eternal God -
Who changes all in
an instant. Calms
the sea, waters
the land in quaking
power. Listen, listen
and hear of glory
from the mouth of
One Who cannot lie.

Posted by: Lisa | December 20, 2014

God’s Time

Erasure poetry based on Luke 1:8-17, 23-25.

Once when [Zechariah] was serving as priest
in his division’s turn before God,
according to the practice of the priestly service,
he was chosen by lot
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
at the hour of the incense offering,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth,
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
and he will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn the hearts of fathers toward children
and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.

After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived,
and she went into seclusion for five months, saying,
“So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit
to take away my disgrace before others.”

God chose sanctuary
when people pray
at the hour of fear.
Angels hear and rejoice
for the Lord will fill
his children in spirit,
turn people for home.
Time conceived –
seclusion done–
for time has seen
grace before.

Posted by: Lisa | December 19, 2014

Go on Living

“Seventy is the sum of our years,
or eighty, if we are strong;
Most of them are sorrow and toil;
they pass quickly, and we are gone.”
(Psalm 90:10)

My God, this body is a damned obstacle!
I don’t want any person or thing
in this world. But –
how am I supposed to wait
70-80 years for You?

God: I am right here,
right Now.
Open to Me.
Embrace Me.
While you’re doing that,
go on living your life.

Posted by: Lisa | December 18, 2014

The Living Give Thanks

Meditating on God’s Word, I pray:

O LORD, “Day and night You give me over to torment;
I cry out until the dawn.
Like a lion You break all my bones;
Day and night You give me over to torment.
Like a swallow I utter shrill cries;
I moan like a dove.
My eyes grow weak, gazing heaven-ward:
O LORD, I am in straits, be my surety.”
(Isaiah 38:13-14)

I don’t know how to live.
What does this mean?
This world is death;
my own life seems like death.
It’s a bottomless pit, I fear.

But, “It’s not the netherworld that gives You thanks,
nor death that praises You. [it cannot!]
Neither do those who go down into the pit
await Your kindness.” [they cannot!]
Help me get to a place where I can truly declare:
“The living, the living give You thanks,
as I do today.
The LORD is my Savior.
I sing in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life.”
(Isaiah 38:18-19)

You are faithful, O LORD,
even when I am not.

Posted by: Lisa | December 17, 2014

Trust the Potter

“Woe to him who contends with his Maker;
a potsherd among potsherds on the earth!
Dare the clay say to its modeler,
‘What are you doing?'”
(Isaiah 45:9)

Endless troubles
swirl the mind,
the body bends,
aches forward
straining to hope.
This beauty calls,
creation here –
pains of birth
promise newness
if ears can hear.

Trust caresses
but costs dearly,
calls for space –
more emptiness –
and feared darkness,
gathering questions.
Just agreement to be.
These rubs rub the right
way if we but stay
and embrace the fear.

Posted by: Lisa | December 16, 2014

Break Out

I glanced at the TV at the gym today and caught the tail end of some commercial.  For what, I don’t know.  A little boy, sitting at the dining room table in his house, blew bubbles into his milkshake, creating a bubble volcano that spilled over onto the table.  He smiled proudly at his creation.

I immediately thought:  If I’d done something like that as a kid, I’d have gotten the crap beat out of me.  Same with John.

Yet the little boy clearly experienced his own power, his own ability to DO something, to create something.  Wow.  I wonder what that would be like.  I wonder how I might see the world and my own abilities differently if I’d been allowed to experience my own creative abilities as a child.  Ah…

Break out of the box!
Build a pile of rocks.
Run, jump, yell -
hell, fly if you wish.
See potential each
moment in dirt,
in water. Sure,
it might look
like mud – but fish
dive deep, then fly
high. I know since
my creativity
drew them out,
threw them to new
worlds of delight
in depth and height.

Posted by: Lisa | December 14, 2014

Third Eye

The center, a portal
surrounded by unceasing
thoughts, desires calls
to simplicity: Just
concentrate without
effort, begin to see
space containing the One
thing that matters above
and below, all around.
Here, just here, only
now, watch and wait
expectantly in peace.
Sharpened eye sees,
takes aim amid
restless waters
concealing building
plans for new cities
rising high to nowhere.
The deep, seemingly
dark roundness filled
with Love illuminates
the Way so easily
lost by mortals, calling:
come back, just return
to Me.

Posted by: John | December 12, 2014

A Minute, A Moment

A minute is left-brained, a moment is right.
A minute can be counted, a moment cannot.

A moment can be spiritual while a minute is secular.
Time is found in minutes while moments may last a lifetime.

Minutes are impatient, moments are not.
We think minutes and feel moments.

God is found in moments.

Posted by: Lisa | December 11, 2014

In the Sea

“In this world you will have trouble.”
(John 16:33)

“If you are alive and breathing, you will have trouble in this world. Either you will hunt the dragon, or the dragon will hunt you. There is no escaping it.”
(Jim Burgen)

Sea monsters
jump and dive
with gaping mouths
and teeth of daggers
never satisfied.
Hunt for the next meal
composed of human
souls, men and
women of faith.

Pray and work, then
pray and work.
Gasp for breath,
just one more
breath before going
under yet again.
Remember how to swim,
reach and kick. The surface
is not out of reach.

Relax and float,
trust the arms, strong
arms of support
bearing the weight.
Yes, float and trust.
Risk a breath now -
breathe -
air fresh and new.

Posted by: John | December 9, 2014

Purgatory

Here’s a John and Lisa collaborative poem:

I say it’s hunky-dory
living in this Purgatory.
People wonder where’s the glory
or if it’s the end of story.
But in this territory,
everything’s allegory.

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