1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 3; Psalm 97; Romans 1

Trying to Get to God

It’s hard to see God with all the smoke making my eyes tear
and the heat of celestial fire threatening to consume me.
Then there’s the hosts of angels crowded all around him,
bowed with an ear-shattering song of worship.
The saints—let’s not forget the cloud of witnesses—add to the uproar,
finally in beatific harmony together.
Oh, and on the margins of that throng,
my way is blocked by prostrate worthless god.
All as the heavens reverberate,
stars fall down,
lightning flashes,
Earth trembles,
mountains melt,
trees bow,
the seas stand still,
lions are silenced,
and all hell is loosed.
Jubilant,
rapturous,
wrathful,
thrilling,
terrifying,
wonderful,
scaring the bejesus into me.
But still, the Lord is way up there in the dazzling radiance of the infinite throne;
I’m still way down here.
I can’t fight my way any closer.
I’m not sure I want to.
I turn to my friend to ask what I should do.
He says, “Come, follow me.”

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1 Kings 4-5; 2 Chronicles 2; Psalm 101; 2 Thessalonians 3

Pewology

though a pew is long, it isn’t made for sitting long;
it’s not like a couch where we want to stretch out
sure, we might nod off, but the pew gets no credit at all
no, the pew humbly serves
to make us straighten up,
to look forward,
to orient our bodies to the cross
the pew has the added duty of forcing us to share space,
to sit together, even if it is uncomfortable
after spending the week in armed chairs that roll wherever we want
to facilitate this fellowship, the pew holds all that’s necessary
for singing together and praying in unison
the pew spends the rest of the week in silence in the sanctuary before God
preparing for another opportunity to help us be in an attitude of worship
in that exact same spot

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1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2

if Truth be told

your little answers answer only trivialities

such dusty deceptions mean nothing to me
your wheezing windbag philosophy
of delusions of what actuality actually
is leading to your rebellion devilishly

against Truth
who is the Word
whose mere whisper of a Breath blows you away

misconceptions and misdirections will not deter the Way
i follow

Life lives
lies die

i don’t have time to waste
sitting and listening to your disgraced
pillowed tales placed
on the pedestal as fact-based

give me Ultimate, not ultimatums
I know Truth
or, to be accurate, Truth knows me

arrogance and eloquence cannot smother the Light
i follow

Life lives
lies die

you don’t get to vote what is true
as if popularity is any clue
this wishful wisdumb in what’s new
viral celebrity endorsed sprue

my Teacher
hit me hard with the Rock
let the Book Worm be my Guide

bona fides and false praise will not stop the Faithful Witness
i follow

Life lives
lies die

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1 Kings 2; 1 Chronicles 29; Psalm 95; 2 Thessalonians 1

David is Dead

The mass media made sure David could never get elected to office
because of his adulterous scandal and cover-up.
What a shame.
The Board of Elders blocked him from being in leadership
when he couldn’t even lead his family.
It’s a pity.
Animal rights protesters flocked to his headquarters
for the vicious way he accosted a lion and a bear.
Too bad.
Community organizers disqualified David from being an advocate for the needy
owing to the fact of his excessive wealth.
Poor guy.
Seminary professors protested his library being built
inasmuch as he was a bloody war monger.
Who did he think he was?
With all his career aspirations dead,
David’s Father welcomed him home.
Wonders will never cease.

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1Kings 1; 1 Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1 Thessalonians 5

When Things Get Sticky

I’m stuck to you
You’re stuck with me
We’re stuck in this faithfully
We’ll stick through
We’ll stick it out
We’ll stick make no doubt
We’ll stick at it
We’ll stick by
We’ll stick as staunch allies
Sticks and stones may break our bones
But conflicts will never hurt us
We’ve gotten stuck
We stick like glue
Stickiness is me and you
Like cellophane’s
Sticky force
We are stuck by a hidden source
We run with sticks
We stick out our tongues
At slick tries to make us undone
Sticks and stones may break our bones
But nothing can tear us apart

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1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4

in concert

adore the Lord in symphony
glorify with flutes and piccolos
prophesy on the saxophone
pray to God using the harp and lyre
prostrate yourself with the slide trombone
let the strings release holy fire
preach the word with a vibraphone
pave the way through oboes
hear God speak through the timpani
as the triangle takes the lead

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1 Chronicles 22-24; 1 Thessalonians 3

Temple Building

I watched the masons in the quarry
chiseling
the stone free to be
carved and abraded
according to the plan.
I saw the nailers
forge and pound
wrought iron rods,
sharpening
them into countless fasteners
for the plan.
I admired the woodsmen who
chopped down
the cedars and the craftsmen who
sawed and carved
the planks
as planned.
I looked on as the smiths
melted and cast
bronze as faithful and durable adornments
of the plan.
I was awed to see precious gold
hammered
into leaf to make precious all it covered
according to the plan.
I humbly offer myself here in the master’s hands for the
trauma
of transfiguration
as he planned.

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