Thoughts on a Friday

Love by George Herbert Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked anything. ~ ‘A guest,’ I answered, ‘worthy to be here.’ Love said, ‘You shall be he.’…

Good is Love

Scattered along the dusty streets are tiendas and eateries labeled La Bendicion, Jehova es mi Pastor, and Emmanuel. ~ Adding to this billboard of grace, pick-up trucks and buses, parked or lumbering by, proclaim, “Regalo de Dios,” or, from those expecting greater things from God, “Regalito.” ~ Among the mix, one windshield declares in iridescent…

Thoughts on a Friday

A Better Resurrection by Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numbed too much for hopes or fears. Look right; look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief No everlasting hills I see; My life is in the falling…

Interrupted

Standing in the front yard, interrupted with the watering can in my hand, I listen and learn from the man with the bike. He tells me of violence he’s done, and ways he’s been wronged, and God’s light in his life. And I wonder how much is true, and whether I should be afraid, and…

An Easter Carol

by Christina Rossetti Spring bursts today, For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play. ~~~ Flash forth, thou Sun, The rain is over and gone, its work is done. ~~~ Winter is past, Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last. Bud Fig and Vine, Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and…

A Ballad of Trees and the Master

by Sidney Lanier ~~~ Into the woods my Master went, Clean forspent, forspent. Into the woods my Master came, Forspent with love and shame. But the olives they were not blind to Him, The little gray leaves were kind to Him; The thorn-tree had a mind to Him When into the woods he came. ~~~…

Thoughts on a Friday

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins (I know that Hopkins’ creativity with language can be a bit daunting.  Don’t feel like you need to “get” it the first time through.  Think of it as a bit of a game.  For a short and sweet interpretation of the poem, check out the end of this post from…

Thoughts on a Friday

from The Eternal Goodness by John Greenleaf Whittier ~~~ …Who fathoms the Eternal Thought? Who talks of scheme and plan? The Lord is God!  He needeth not The poor device of man…. ~~~ I see the wrong that round me lies, I feel the guilt within; I hear, with groan and travail-cries, The world confess…

How to Hide Jesus

from the poem by Steve Turner There are people after Jesus. They have seen the signs. Quick, let’s hide him… *** We’ll build a house for him, somewhere away from the poor. We’ll fill it with brass and silence. It’s sure to throw them off… (For the rest of the poem, continue reading here…)  …

Thoughts on a Friday

Strong Son of God, immortal Love, Whom we, that have not seen thy face, By faith, and faith alone, embrace, Believing where we cannot prove; Thine are these orbs of light and shade; Thou madest Life in man and brute; Thou madest Death; and lo, thy foot Is on the skull which thou hast made….

Thoughts on a Friday

Might this be your prayer this weekend…? O Lord, seek us, O Lord, find us In thy patient care; Be thy love before, behind us, Round us, everywhere: Lest the god of this world blind us, Lest he speak us fair, Lest he forge a chain to bind us, Lest he bait a snare. Turn…

Thoughts on a Friday

A work-a-day week has ended.  And in the snow, we find a reminder, and have yet another chance to ponder…   God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed….