Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4

Desktop Theology

My theology is as messy as my desk—
piled up with books of learning,
plenty of junk mail,
along with unanswered requests,
and to-do’s to do.
There’s no apparent system to observers.
It looks pretty cluttered.
But I know what’s there and why it’s there—sort of.
Okay, honestly, most of it probably belongs in the garbage.
I’ll throw it out eventually,
but it will sit awhile first.
I don’t know why.
For now, it’s just easier.

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Isaiah 40-42; 1 Peter 3

Dried Flower Arrangements

Faded beauty faking it
Flowers and foliage of different size, color, and texture
Together, but not too crowded
Turning on a lazy Susan
Rootless stems propped up by foam
A little hair spray to keep them intact
Essential oils add a remembered fragrance
Withered lives made to look natural
Exposed to the elements they would fall apart
These dried flower arrangements make themselves at home in the sanctuary
Right next to the ornamental Bible on the altar

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2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38-39; Psalm 75; 1 Peter 2

At Least During My Lifetime

Look at the horIzon and what do you see?
RIght In the mIddle is I, meaning me.
Hence my vIsIon for lIfe: make today okay.
That’s all that matters because that’s where I stay.
If I can borrow on all the tomorrows,
Then I can contInue to defer all my sorrow.
WIth some luck, I won’t be around to pay—
My offsprIng wIll Inherit my debts one day.
I want to hold onto my comfort and peace;
I want to enjoy every whIm and caprIce.
I can’t be bothered by this grImy aIr;
ConservatIon Is a duty I sImply can’t bear.
I will subdue all the earth’s fIne treasures
DIvInely placed to supply all my pleasures.
How can anyone thInk It such a heInous crIme
To have two I’s focused on my lIfetIme?
God Is nIce to take such good care of me.
So I’ll let hIm worry about my legacy.

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Isaiah 36-37; Psalm 76; 1 Peter 1

Bought Love

Sugar- and sentiment- coated Valentines turn sour
That pretentious artsy doggerel leaves me dour
Inane love songs you can’t sing strike no chord
Wilting bouquets and cutesy trinkets make me bored
Love is bloody
Love is hard
Love is fiery
Love is scarred
Love is shocking
Love is pure
Love is humbling
Love will endure

Love is not a misplaced treasure you stumble upon
Not an inferno assuredly growing wan
Love is not a fluttering heart or endorphin high
Love is sacrifice that dies so it will not die
Love is bloody
Love is hard
Love is fiery
Love is scarred
Love is shocking
Love is pure
Love is humbling
Love will endure

God forgive us when we sell love as a commodity
In this world what is genuine is a scorned oddity
No wonder living Love was crucified on a cross
We throw away the gold and wear the jeweled dross
Love is bloody
Love is hard
Love is fiery
Love is scarred
Love is shocking
Love is pure
Love is humbling
Love will endure

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2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chronicles 32; James 5

What to Pray For

Troubled?
Pray for more whoa.
Blessed?
Pray for gratitude.
Ill?
Pray for people to pray for you.
Tested?
Pray for its passing.
Rich?
Pray for generosity.
Poor?
Pray for generosity.
Quarreling?
Pray to gather.
Enemies?
Pray for your prey.
Ineffective prayers?
Pray for pure motives.
Reading this?
Quit reading this and pray!

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2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4

Foundational Reverence

Rugged worshipers
Carpet turn-or-burners
Face the truth with buried faces
Bow to the limits
Nothing below, everything above
In total surrender
Pay fealty and be the sacrifice
Find God there on the floor

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Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Know Mercy

At his mercy
God’s mercy
Have mercy
Show mercy
Mercy me
Mercy you
Mercy Gentiles
Mercy Jews
Mercy us
Mercy them
Mercy the saved
Mercy the condemned
Mercy her
Mercy him
Mercy sloppy
Mercy prim
Mercy outlaws
Mercy in-laws
Mercy good guys
Mercy scofflaws
Mercy now
Mercy then
Mercy goodness
Mercy sin
Mercy one
Mercy all
Mercy immense
Mercy small
Mercy verb
Mercy noun
Mercy full
Mercy abound
Tender mercy
Sweet mercy
God’s mercy
Cry mercy

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