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Mirage

“Mirages are things that aren’t really there that you can see very clearly….’How do you see something that isn’t there?’ ‘Sometimes it’s much simpler than seeing things that are’” --Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Distant paradise. I see it so clearly…a hope, relationship, relocation…the thing that’s going to fulfill my inner longing. Hope and a future defined by me. I stretch and reach, attempting to grasp air. I want this not that. Reality smudges. Satan sends the snake. “Did God…

Gather Me Close

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37 Gather me close, under Your wings. I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive. Claimed my own understanding. Went my own way. Gather me close. You give weary souls rest. Take away my heavy. Carry me…

The Fence is a Lie

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that…” Martin Luther King Jr. It seemed innocent enough – people I knew, church people had the thing, the item I wanted. I justified. Even Jesus’ garment was of such good quality, solders drew lots to acquire it not knowing in doing so, they fulfilled prophesy. For me, it was a left or right moment cloaked in worldly desire. To purchase an expensive, unnecessary fashion item or align myself with the…

Scattered Seeds

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 Those who sow in tears reap shouts of joy! Sow in hunger and need. Sow in belief for what’s to come. Harvest. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in His shadow. Under His wings there is refuge. Seek the Lord. Shield of faithfulness. Sow righteousness,…

Rejoice Always

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sound carries loud across backyard into the house. Excited exclamations punctuated by shrieks and screams as I try to concentrate and work. Irritated, I rise and look out the back porch, flung open wide to embrace the cool evening air. Boys and dad fish illegally in the back yard pond. I watch slightly annoyed by the…

Never Give Up

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 You are God – there is no other. You are God – there is none like You. Almighty is Your Name. You are the first and the last. Alpha and Omega. Beginning and end. I am the Lord’s servant. His splendor displayed. My reward is with my God. He is my strength. Light of…

Tree of Life

Fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true. Bear and abide. Branch attached to vine. Fruit bearing branches pruned. Encouraged to bear even more. Heart’s produce praises God. Acknowledges His Name. Father glorifying fruit. Vine identification. Spirit of life and peace. Humility and gentleness. Love bearing fruit full of sap and green. Grapes never gathered from thorn bushes. Figs won’t grow from thistles. Good trees grow good fruit. Taste and see that the Lord…

Storm Rider

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the One who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13 Come to Me - I give rest to those who labor. The heavily laden. The burdens you carry I never intended. Lay it down, let it go. I long to gather you close. Learn from Me, for I am gentle. Humble in heart. Draw near. My steadfast love endures forever. When the…

Consuming Fire

His voice shook the earth and Moses trembled in terror and fear. The untouchable mountain burned with darkness, gloom and storm. What was commanded could not be borne. Then God. His voice shook earth, water, sky. Now He promises. Promises to shake not just earth but also the Heavens. A kingdom that cannot be shaken. Mount Zion, city of the living God. The heavenly Jerusalem. Thousands upon thousands of angels assemble in joy. Jesus, mediator of the new covenant. Sprinkled…

Inside Out

Bright morning sun has me squinting hard as I bend down to peer through the open window of a car now coasted to a stop beside my dog, Lucy. “What's going on?” my neighbor asks. I pause considering an obligatory response then plunge forward in a current of honesty. “Walking in anger and unforgiveness.” He doesn’t miss a beat, “That’s all of us.” Trials are a test – not pass or fail but to improve strength and reveal weakness. I’ve…