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Retired archaeologist and governmental tree-hugger. I'm a: United Methodist lay pulpit supply preacher; semi-professional photographer; and poet.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Darkness

I wear a heavy cloak of invisible midnight;
Even on the clearest day, it shades me,
From the sun - 
The umbra of a pall;
And even though it can be seen by none,
All sense its oily presence -
An odor,
Like the stench of rotting meat -
A miasma of introverted worry;
And so,
I walk away.

I walk through the woods.
I walk through the prairie.
I walk beside still waters.
There I find the sun reflected by the finest jewels -
Bright flowers at my feet, frail and hardy all at once.
Thus the sun sneaks in, up beneath my hidden cloak.
Thus the fecund smells of Spring, 
And the soft scents of Hope,
Light a candle in the darkness!


(photography by tiwago)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mountain Time

Meet with Me Moses
Come to the mountaintop 
Wait for Me Moses

So Moses went up 
Up to the mountaintop

So Moses went up 
Up to the mountaintop

The Cloud covered the mountain
The Cloud covered Moses
God's Glory covered the mountain
God's Glory covered Moses
Glory consumed the mountain

So Moses went up 
Up to the mountaintop

Moses was within the Cloud
Moses was within the Glory
God surrounded Moses for forty days
Moses was within God for forty nights

(Exodus 24:12-18 told by Tiwago)

Monday, February 20, 2017

From the 1549 Book of Common Prayer

"We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of the earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers.

We praise you for these good gifts and pray that we may safe-guard them for our posterity.

Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your name, now and forever."

(photography by tiwago)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"All the creatures - not the higher creatures alone, but also the lower, according to that which the each of them has received in itself from God - each one raises its voice in testimony to that which God is, ...each one after its manner exalts God, since it has God in itself." John of the Cross

(quote from the Green Bible; photography by tiwago)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fang for Fang

The primitive ancient ones said (my Dad was particularly fond of saying) "an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth"; the negative reciprocity of schoolyard revenge. This is the wisdom of the world, and as a child, it made a lot of sense to me - but "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Corinthians 3: 19). Jesus told his followers to not resist, and then gave them a better way to resist: "If someone hits you, try to get them to hit you again." By such an act, we both gain control of the situation and expose them in a more publicly negative light. If someone is demanding, show them up with extravagant generosity.

Jesus taught them and us a vengeance of positive reciprocity! Give to all who take from you! Love all who hate you! Pray for all who curse you! The sun shines and the rain falls on good and bad alike - His grace goes where it will go. We too should shine on all. We too should let mercy fall on all.

All people love those who love them, and are kind to those who are kind to them - that is the human way. But the God-Way is a higher way. Be good regardless, and if you must take revenge, let it be the sweet revenge of goodness.

"If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on their heads, and the Lord will reward you." Proverbs 25:21&22

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Paul reflecting on Proverbs 25:21&22 in Romans 12:20&21.

(photography by tiwago)