I have never walked alone

He was right thereWhen my feet swept the streets in the darkness.He sat with meWhen no one else would.When I was overlookedHe gazed upon me with intent.When I lost all my friendsHe called me by name.When I was deeply misunderstoodHe saw me.When I felt alone in the crowdHe singled me out for Himself.Distant lands and […]

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The business of redemption

We cannot redeem ourselves.There is no soap strong enoughTo scrub our pastNot enough self-help and motivational contentTo unquestionably alter our trajectoriesThere isn’t enough self-care in the worldTo truly make ourselves whole.Our stories didn’t need edits-They needed to be re-toldPowerfully re-weavedDecisively remastered,Where the marks we’ve made with our failuresAre met with the indelible strokesOf a Master […]

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Here again

In deep need of mercyAching for graceFor Something bigger than meTo get me outside of meAnd help me see that my fearsDon’t actually blot out the sun.When earth’s darkest dayGives way to earth’s darkest nightThere will be OneWho will do more than merely gentrify the darkness.No.He has waded into our sadnessImmersed Himself in our filthHe […]

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More than yesterday

This journey with GodIs not a walk towardsIncreasing independenceAs though He were a teacherWho is expectant that one dayI’ll graduate to a lifeWithout need of Him.In HimThere is no coming of age,No handling of my businessApart from Him,No upgrade to self-sufficiencyTo a life embedded in the self-will.To walk with the FatherIs to know you are […]

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The Table

There’s nothing as indomonitableAs the calm of the soul.A steadiness that resistsUnion with oblivionA warm seatIn the face of a blizzard.There’s a promised tableThat is setIn the midst of enemiesAnd on it sits a feastOf treasures that defy our povertyAnd delights that contradict our miseryYou see, the goodness of GodNeed not be warmed up toCleaned […]

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Cana

Despite their best effortsOf endless wedding planning,Repeated head countsAnd scrupulous budgets-Reality had outdone them.At the worst possible momentThey found themselvesLacking,In need of a miracle.The jars of wineThat were once overflowingHad now run dry.So Mother MaryMade a request of Jesus,One that would set in motionA public lifeThat would lead to a public deathAnd ultimately a greater […]

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Rehoboth

Open spacesWholesome roomsWells deep enough to quench thirstFor multiple generations,Food so nourishingIt feeds not just bodiesBut souls.A space that has ceased to beContested for.It is a beautiful thingTo be a given by GodA place to call home-Ground on which to flourishA place on this earthThat is yours to prosper in,A quiet place to rest your […]

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Redemption stories

Some of us will never haveThe moral upper hand.Having messed upRoyally,What talk can there be ofRedemption?Where can one goFor a better story?We will not always have the strengthTo pull ourselves out of the dirt.Someone needs to come for us.Come for me.

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