Receiving end

Its not easy to get out from under the weightOf being a persistent recipient.Where no one expects anything of youAnd that compounds until you don’t either.Making passivity a part of your identityAs though all you have capacity forIs to eat what others have produced.Generosity is not for the richNor love for the lovelyAnd showing up […]

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Sundays

Are made of early morningsGetting ready for church,Electric sermonsEncounters with JehovahConversations with the neighborsEasy walks in the neighborhoodAfternoon napsLong drivesSunset viewsSoccer matches on the TVHalf-read books on the tableHeavy dinners andHeartfelt phone callsGood musicOld moviesNew ideasAnd the sinking feelingThat Monday is on its way.

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Happy clappy

Blatant joyUnabashed glee andUnrestrained merrimentAre surprisinglyHard to sit with.Often off putting.Even in bad taste sometimes.It’s as though one’s mind is asking“How can you be so happyIn a world of so much brokenness?How can you still be like a childIn this way?’’Christian joyIs not escapismOr tone deaf positivity,Or reserved for the short windowsWhen life is going […]

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A coin in His pocket

We are not expansive enoughTo know how significantOur lives are going to be in the end.Maybe we will be celebratedAnd our efforts will have countedFor generations to come,Maybe our work will be creditedTo another,Maybe we will be cancelled posthumouslyMaybe no will remember us.Either way, we won’t be thereTo make a better case forThe life we […]

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Dinner Table

We become fuller versionsOf ourselvesThrough the people we choose toEat with,We share fresh familiar mealsThat all at once bring back old memoriesAnd usher in a warm senseOf future possibility.Fathers and mothersBreak bread at the table,Feeding the childrenWith food and wisdomIn equal measure.Mama brings out the cake-The icing is as thickAs the love she smothers us […]

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Metronome of Jesus

He lived His life on earthAt the pace of Heaven.Thirty yearsWas not too long to wait,Three yearsWas enough time for execution,The measure of his infleunceWas not in the number of followers,He would not be hurriedAnd yet was always open to digressions,He confidently sought the audience of thousandsAnd aslo craved solitude with His Father.The metronome of […]

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“I’ll do it alone”

Said the womanBefore she threw herselfOff a jagged cliffOf rugged self determination-Pioneering a new wayDoesn’t mean walking alone,The path may be unbeatenBut it doesn’t have to be lonely.And just because no oneUnderstands what you’re trying to doDoesn’t mean you should stop tryingTo find your tribe,Not everyone’s gonna get itThe first few times around.Yes, it often […]

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On being too woke

To be able to “see through everything” Is not a gift of insight, But rather it is the worst kind of blindness. The person who can go a lifetime  Without ever living deeply for anything, The professional skeptic who  Never quite devotes them self To anything more than their own opinion, Is not sophisticated- They […]

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Community is free

But it doesn’t come cheap  Because doing life with others Demands the death  Of the parts of us  That are incompatible with human fellowship: The uncompromising selfishness The incessant need to be right  The eternal reach for control. We hold onto our absolute individual rights and freedoms At the expense of belonging to something greater, […]

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Generic Advice

Generally sucks. If you actually care  About the person you are about to  “Educate” Pause and consider  If you actually know them, Or have a sense of the world they inhabit. Do you care enough  To listen before you pontificate  Your tried and true insights? As you lay out your vision  For how their life […]

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