Lent: Flame of God

Flame 🔥 of God… (Lent) From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher From silken self, O Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee. From subtle love of softening...

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Advent Poetry: Mary (#9: Third Week)

Mary… A revolutionary— Emptied of self, Filled with the Babe, Her own path she made To Elizabeth. From demeaning words She ran, To embody A revolutionary plan. God’s love circled ‘round; The outcasts, poor, despicables He found, To bear faithful witness To the incomprehensible Profound. Mary, The Revolutionary; “Yes” changed...

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Advent Poetry: Listener (#8: Second Week)

listener… Righteous, blameless, Shamed by her disgrace, Elizabeth, in humble awe, Turns to face God’s mystery, From a teenage form— How does she know within, That Messiah is to be born? Without fanfare of Angel, No dream or sign to guide, She understands the mystery— Her awe she cannot hide....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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