Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Glittering with new joy
Reminding us
God is beautiful
And so are we.
Just to the side of the garage, there is a small pile of snow that will not go away although the temperatures have been high enough to melt it.  
There are 2 ways to view this:  the snow is tenacious, strong, unwilling to bend to the expected and, instead, providing an alternative that says "live strong".  
OR:  Like a growth or an aggravating cough, it will not go away.  It will stay and remind us that the world is cold and frozen and has no real alternatives.

Question:  Which do you choose?
Another question:  Which do you LIVE?

Monday, January 30, 2012

For who are we but mere specks upon the earth.
Snowflakes drifting;
Living here for a brief time;
Then gone.
Beautiful while we are here;
But forgotten soon.
A word that today
Seems to have no meaning
Greed, lust, addiction, gluttony
These are words people do not say
But live
How do we purge our world
In such a way
That other demons will not replace these?
To live honorably
To die with true dignity
We need integrity to return to our world
to our lives.

This is my first post to my blog.  Somehow, it seems fitting to begin a new thing today.  In 1979, my father committed suicide on this day.  These days I try not to remember the pain of that time, but the fact that it catipulted me into a new way of being.  And that experience was a part of what led me to ministry.  It is a part of who I am, but also a part of who I am becoming.

As I begin this part of my journey, I give thanks to the God who created all of us for all the people who have helped shape, mold, punch, prod and hold and bless me to the place and person I am and am becoming.  God's graces to each of you...and believe me when I say I pray for you, I truly do.