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Romans 5:18-19 In Poetical Form

I know you didn't choose this life, Neither did I for that matter, And I understand the quality of your soil For I came from similar ground. We together are crippled Clumsy, scarred, and insecure, Having grown from the same tree, Poisoned up from the roots. But we no longer need to explain our ineptitudes Nor use our pasts as excuses. These shadow-lives no longer outline us, For the sun has cast us all into light. For just as our roots set us up for certain failure, So this transplant has guaranteed us victory. Just as through one, the many were stunted, So now through one, life-giving nutrients flow. Don't you know that the curse has been reversed? You've begun anew unfettered to those shadows. That is why I understand the quality of your soul; I see myself through that selfsame blood. Upon Christ our tree is now growing With his perfect blood coursing through our veins, And the innocence we believed lost or stolen Has been returned to us as thi

The Art of the Enneagram 4 In Christ

"Reflection" by Abigail Stevens I hear emotions like dissonant tones Or slashes of red across my canvas, And I stop painting to think. Let me contemplate this interruption. Don't rush me on or hide this with colors, Or play your horns louder to drown out this discord. Don't you see I'm drawn in? It is my bread and butter. It is my craft and my passion, To be encompassed by these emotions And discover the truths behind them. I do not fear the discomfort Or the emptiness or the pain. I revel in the search and the dissection To find what they say and what they mean. Do not fear. You won't lose me Because I'll return when I've found A burning coal in this throbbing heart. And I'll show you what I've discovered. I will give you words for your feelings And I will breath life into your coldness. I will teach you how to feel again And to be unafraid of dissonance and red stripes I can show you the wholeness That I'v

God of the Dark

God in the dark With me in this space Void of hope or joy Having lost hold on this place. God in the dark Somehow here Ruling here But not lifting My spirit unto light. God of the sickness Holding health But not giving, Full of power But not willing. God of the Dark. Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? I have made my bed in the depths And settled on the far side of the sea, Is even here your hand upon me? Shall you, here, hold me fast? Then you must be the God of the Dark As well as the light. And God of the emptiness As well as the fullness, And the numbness as well as the feelings, Of the disease as well as the health, And the unsound as well as the sane. Not passive But lord here Just as much as bright day For darkness and light are alike to you. Then all that I lose— My plans, my joys, my sanity— I lose it not into nothingness But into your hands For your right hand holds me fast And my soul, in the dark, Which is you, Knows that full well.

The Wanting Ships

All my wants are ships set sail For Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and Narnia. Having read the books I'm determined now to find them: The lands of ancient lore and magic to wield, And the lion who'll answer my questions. Before long, one ship sinks in a storm, Another is raided by pirates, One sprung a leak and must moor far away, And another has crashed on the rocks. Only one of my ships reaches dry land, And it is Japan, not worlds of my fancy. Can you blame me for grieving When all my wants are snuffed out, And dreams dashed on rocks? My ships were bound to fail For I've sought out fake worlds Instead of this charted one where I live. But all is not lost, no, nor dreams unfulfilled If I nurture a taste for the orient, And study the repair of broken vessels, And learn from experienced captains How to do battle with pirates. I may yet join the ranks of explorers And discover what there is to find In this world I didn't invent or dream up. There the l

Taking Stock When Life is Crazy

I thought I'd share a way of thinking about life that I've found extremely helpful. This has helped me after the births of my children, during the holiday seasons, and when on vacations—whenever life is busy, really. It is during these busy seasons that I often forget to take care of myself and as a result begin to run low in one of these four areas: my physical well-being, my mental space for thinking, my engaging in multiple healthy relationships, and my focus and reliance upon the Lord.  When I run around all day, I frequently forget to eat (physcial neglect). When I go from one family function to another, I have no time to recharge on my own (mental neglect). When I am ill for a week, I don't go anywhere or see anyone (relational neglect). Lastly, when I think I've got my life managed quite well, I forget about God (spiritual neglect). I've come to realize that I am responsible for meeting all these needs. No one is responsible for them but me. It'

Romans 5:12 in Poetical Form

We are not water droplets, separate and divided, Each harboring his own secrets within. Rather, we are a sea, Enmeshed with the crimes of the world As the world is enmeshed with ours. Like the ocean currents, Round and round, All connected, In relationship In effect to one another. Unrestricted by time or place. Our sea, Our humanity, Our immorality, With Adam savoring the fruit, With Israel nailing Christ to the cross, With Germany butchering Jews, With America electing poor policy With industries polluting the earth, We are all participants In the shockwaves that ripple this ocean. My sin is yours, And yours is mine. No one is innocent. No one is blameless. "We have sinned against the Lord, Our God, Both we and our ancestors," (Jeremiah 3:25b). "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—" (Romans 5:12 NIV)