• Advent Poetry: Suddenly (#7: First Week)

    suddenly… Four hundred years of silence, After Micah prophesied, “To the temple suddenly will come The One in whom you take delight.” Then the silence broke in splendor, Templed Zechariah bowed aghast; God’s Gabriel suddenly appeared, Spelled out priest’s upcoming task: “In silence do your waiting, No voice to be...

  • Advent Poetry: Intervention (#6)

    Intervention… (First Sunday of Advent) God has intervened, Penetrated history, In a most unseemly way; Womb, blood, dirt, the poor- The first coming of our Lord, Unexpected – shattered doors Of man’s hypocrisy. Shepherds, who are they? Simple laborers, unprepared, In touch with sky and earth- Believed; Chosen Messengers of...

  • Advent Poetry: Advent Eve… (#5)

    Advent Eve… How can there be a Promise Without True God, it to complete? How can hope be fully sustained, Faces cheered who once did weep? Only because the God who said, “My Word forever will stand,” Before the foundation of earth was laid, Spread out an Eternal plan. So...

  • Advent Poetry: Fullness of Time (#4)

    fullness of time… Do you believe in a promise unseen, In a “fullness of time,” incomplete? Are you strong to rise up in unwavering faith, While waiting with fear — then repeat? Does “fullness of time” draw you closer to God, Bend your will in submission to Him? Or as...

  • Advent Poetry: Coming (#3)

    coming… In the chaos of our lives, He quietly appears; In a smile- happy dance, Reminding us He’s here, Here within our now, The reign of God begins, Like templed Zechariah, Home-bound Mary, too We must rise up to live it out— Current peoples with Good News. A welcome, a...

  • Advent Poetry: Open… (#2)

    Did she feel ready As she steadied Her heart, To receive The words of God? Was she ready? Would others affirm As she listened; counted cost? Did others commend, believe, Or judge her life a loss? What if today God displayed An open door unsought— Unimagined— Never even thought? Would...

  • Advent Poetry: Door to Advent (1)

    Advent (time of anticipation) is coming. It begins December 3, four Sundays before Christmas. Whenever I go on a trip, I need a time of “priming” (preparation, getting ready) in order to truly anticipate what is coming. I trust these simple thoughts (over the next 3 weeks) will do that...

  • Lent Season: Coming Closer

    coming closer… While Christ walked, Through treacherous days, Within His group, Some fell away. His words too strong, His love too great, They took offense, Defended self; Moved far away. Foxes watched their Master, Before they slept in dens; Birds peered down within warm nests, Pondered evil of small men....

  • Lent Season: Intentional Peace Embracement

    “Be strong and of good courage… He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength…My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” “Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.” (taken...

  • Lent Season: Forevermore

    forevermore… He gazed upon the Father, The Father and He, One; Father, Holy Spirit, Son; The greatest test of greatest love, Begun… How can three in One be ripped apart? Set aside eternity, Wrap in weak humanity? Become all putrid sin, Instead of Holy Son, Lose the gaze that matters...