PoHymn: A Rustling in the Stagnant … January 14, 2015

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Pohymn January 14

As Thyself

I want to be seen and heard

I bet you do, too

I want to be forgiven

Look at you–nodding your head

I want to laugh at my mistakes

Can we chuckle together?

I want to discover ways we are similar

Do you agree?

I want to learn to do better

Do you think about your better?

I want to consider the lily without being flowery

Noses to roses

I want my belief to show on my face

Shall we declare a war on frowns?

I want to be simple

Come, untangle the web

I do love you as I love myself

I just don’t love myself very well

I do believe in heaven

The kind that chases away the hell

I shall pursue mercy

So it’s easier for you to grant me the same

While I am learning to live to give

I have decided to give to live

For it doesn’t take the whole world

To change the earth, you see

Just a heart that includes one other

Beating inside you and me.

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G-25: Insulate or Isolate? … May 23, 2014

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handsSo you found yourself in the middle of a raging feud with your brother and a festering jealousy exploded into a violent rage, ending up with you murdering your sibling.

When confronted with the facts, you lied and then got caught–and instead of being executed for your crime, you’ve been exiled to the Land of Nod, East of Eden.

Now what?

The truth of the matter is, life doesn’t stop with the latest happy event, nor does it cease at the conclusion of a tragedy, but goes on.

How? The immediate temptation is to insulate yourself:

  • Why did this happen and how can I avoid it ever happening again?
  • How can I improve my image as quickly as possible?
  • Going forward, how can I play it safe?

This is what happens when people are bruised, offended, battered or just intimidated by the sheer, brute force of responsibility.

They begin to seek protection instead of opportunity. They request a reprieve from interaction instead of gaining strength through fellowship.They lessen their workload, insisting that being overwhelmed was what caused the problem–only to discover that being underwhelmed leaves them bored.

It’s a tough decision, but the most crucial moment in our lives–when we realize that the next thing we do needs to be important –and also better.

There is another path.

Isolate.

1. What did I do?

Sometimes we don’t totally realize the magnitude or the insignificance of our deeds and either overblow them or downplay them, never having an actual assessment of the event. Without this, it’s difficult to repent.

Yes, repent–the magnificent blending of “I’m sorry” and “this is how I’m going to change.”

2. What can I do?

Even though a certain desperation and futility can follow a defeat, the sooner we start convincing ourselves that we can be fruitful and contribute to our own efforts and the common good, the better off we will be.

Yes, as we’ve isolated off our deed, now we need to isolate off the abilities that remain.

3. Where do I start?

I hope it’s not an overstatement to say that the greatest danger in life is to either try to do too much or too little. Too much puts us right back at being overwhelmed–which may be the cause of our deviation in the first place. Taking on too little causes us to feel inadequate and weakened.

Where do I start? Isolate off a beginning point–and get busy.

It is a true statement that there is no sin or action that cannot be forgiven, but even little mistakes can stall us forever if we insulate ourselves from the truth instead of isolate the mishap…and discover a reason to commence.

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Our Father of Earth … June 16, 2013

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Our father which is of the earth

Harrowing is your game

You came to a kingdom

And have done the will

To bring heaven to our space

Your daily bread you share with us

And forgive our missteps because your missteps are forgiven

Temptations are avoided by your leading

And evil scared away in the night through your deliverance

For yours is a glorious power

To establish a kingdom here

For our now

And toward our forever

So it is

So we say,

A man.

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