Job 11-12; Acts 15-16

Duel Meanings

I savor a cup of coffee
with its dark complexity;
A bite of chocolate melts me—
bitterly and sweetly;
Jazz plays hypnotically
that intriguing intricacy;
The stage fills with tragedy,
exposing my insecurities;
The night stirs me nervously,
lost in the mysteries.

Finding joy ambivalently,
deliverances from mundanity;
Yet cowering at ambiguity,
pleading for consistency;
Stuck in life’s contingencies
missing God’s transcendency.
Taste and see the intensity
as divine opportunity.
Even questioning his integrity,
the Lord draws near benignly.

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Job 9-10; Acts 13-14

Life’s Important Formulas

2 + 2 = 4
a^2 + b^2 = c^2
e = mc^2
∑Life ≠ God
X + Me = ∞

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Job 6-8; Acts 12

Politicks

The Left’s not right and the Right is wrong,
Political idolaters and mindless throngs.
Structural evil, personal irresponsibility,
Running for fame, leveraging liberty.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

Always campaigning, pandering for power,
Caricature assassinations from ivory towers.
Navigating by the hot winds for their sales,
Forgetting a compass, hiding their trail.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

We are content to have someone to shame,
As long as we don’t have to face the blame.
Where has the strength of the people gone?
We are the leaders, not the pawns.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

Not everyone has to agree for us to be one,
Not everyone has to bow to the Son
Yet, without guidance from on heaven high
The nation is lost, its end is nigh.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

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Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10-11

The Sun’s Resurrection

I want to play dawn’s wake-up song—
The music of the spheres
Filling all the spaces.

I want to dance on the day’s first rays—
Quantum leaps on shining beams,
Steps of illumination.

I want to laugh with the earth’s relieved mirth—
An outburst for the morning,
Darkness extinguished in light.

I want to paint sky with the palette of Adonai—
Flinging radiance everywhere,
Splashing joy rapturously.

I want to honor God with praise and laud—
For the happiness this day holds,
Moments crammed with infinity.

I want to live here and now any how—
Constrained only by love,
Free to grab the horizon.

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Job 3-4; Acts 8-9

Fooling Yourself

What makes you think reading a script makes you eloquent?
How can singing a song make you profound?
Being a star will never make you bright.
So, fool, come join fools like me.

What makes you think having a lot of money makes you great?
How can being an athlete make you quick?
Being idolized does not make you a demigod.
So, fool, come join fools like me.

What makes you think wearing a title makes you noble?
How can holding an office make you wise?
Being a talker does not t mean you have something to say.
So, fool, come join fools like me.

What makes you think quoting Bible verses makes you holy?
How can doing good make you immaculate?
Being you does not make you better than me.
So, fool, come join fools like me.

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Job 1-2; Acts 6-7

stark reality

have I ever been naked
baring all
with nothing to hide behind
exposed
even the embarrassing parts
stripped
leaving nothing to the imagination
uncovered
shortcomings and flaws made plain
skinned
shocking, shameful, laughable
peeled
right down to my soul
unembellished
only me
revealed
is anything there

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Malachi 3-4; Psalm 148; Acts 5

Try

Try “umph,” you can go on.
Try unity, you are not alone.
Try angles to get it done.
Try adding a little more fun.
Try trying before chances are gone.
Try out your faith in the Son.

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