Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Kingdom



The Kingdom of God is within you and all around you, not 
in buildings made of wood and stone. Split a piece of 
wood and I am there, lift a stone and you will find me.




Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, " 'Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. 
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?' "

Acts 7:48-50

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hong Kong Too


You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; 
and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Isaiah 54:14



Hong Kong
Says no
We do not consent for you to rule over us

What is the price of freedom
Who is truly free

China too
Be free
Wake up in the arms of the Lord
Here in the land of the living
The Lord bless you and keep you

Do you know what it takes 
to break the back of 
Totalitarianism?

Faith.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Monument and a Name


Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 56:3-5


The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, 
"I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”
Isaiah 56:8

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Blame


You know what it is, the battle of good and evil. There is not a them, a monolithic group of citizens from somewhere else (or here) who are the enemy. It is not a country or a political party or the guy down the street. There are people just like us in the highest office of this land and others faraway, across the sea, where His hand holds us high: North Korea, Russia, China, Brazil, France, Iran. I mean everywhere, I am not picking just a few. We, us, people like you and me are everywhere in every nation. Just ordinary, powerful, not destroying, not plotting, just going to the grocery store.

You and I are here minding our own business, confused by the liars on the news calling us names. You get a name...and you... We each get one. It doesn't matter if they fit. You get called something and stuffed into a category. They want us to fight each other instead of the lie. Above all, they do not want us to look at the truth and understand. There is a great battle of good and evil in our world. You may think I'm your enemy because I voted for Trump, but I am not your enemy.


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10



Monday, August 5, 2019

Tea


Tea came and sat with her on the balcony. It told her great stories of a man from the East, a dragon, the end, a beginning. Fire erupted in her soul, but not the kind that burns, fire that fuels. The story continued. She loved the redemption at the end, and throughout, as each character came to life. In her hand, a cup of tea, in her mind a story, in her heart, praise.

She was from faraway, the land of scarves and swaths of bright cloth, and tea and sunshine, the colors more vibrant and the rain sideways. Her steps were safe, over stones set for her by the kindness of family. Her words were fire, the kind that heals, and her tea was strong and sweet.



Friday, August 2, 2019

Red


Though your sins are like scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow...

From Isaiah 1:18



Isaiah 45


"Ask me of things to come; 
will you command me concerning 
my children and the work of my hands? 
I made the earth and created man on it; 
it was my hands that stretched out 
the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
I have stirred him up in righteousness,
and I will make all his ways level;
he shall build my city and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,” says the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 45:11b-13


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Feather


A prayer 
like a feather 
floats on the wind 
On the will of God
From a heart
Just a request
A question
It never stops floating there
With God
Being heard

For a person small and simple
Or a leader great or famous
For a disheveled man in a suit at a train station
For the President
The other one
Were you good or were you bad
Did they fool you too
I got an answer
You will too


He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; 
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4