102 days Deo volente.

Month: July, 2012

Do you think that the people following Moses were surprised when they got to the Red Sea, and saw, the Red Sea? What about John the Baptist when a guy came in with a sword and a platter? What about disciples when the Roman guards showed up to arrest Jesus, and really arrested Jesus? What about Paul when he was stoned, beaten with rods, spent a night and a day in the open sea, and then spent a few years in the joint for his trouble? Thinking the everything is going to go our way doesn’t seem to be the picture of the our place in the world that God gives us, not that that’s not great when it happens, but uncommon, and for reasons beyond our investigative capacity, not always for the best.


Does it profit me?

When I gain the world

and lose my soul?


Neath the daunting sun.

Under the looming shade.

Clinging to the solace of flesh.


Dining on lavish worms.

Sipping on putrid wine.

Abiding in the living dead.


I slave for I hunger.

I hunger for I slave.

Gained much, profit little.


Shall I then invest in my soul?


Forsaking gold and silver.

Crucifying my body.

Rebuking my friends.


Aye heavy swing the sword.

For he came not in peace,

But to set brother on kin.


I pray that you listen to reason.

Yet I am christened with foolishness.

My zelousness branded blind passion.


body battered, heart bruised,

spirit broken, soul unbowed.

Still unyielding.


For whilst my mind remains open,

My heart is convicted.

My body thus governed,


Till conviction succumbs to reason.

And truth set me free.

If this not be chains of freedom.