Going Home

Ron Arko was my spiritual father, my Paul and my Barnabas, always encouraging me, my writings, and my blog posts. He was always there for me when I needed him. The irony is that I need him here right now to help me get through his going home. Wounded you stepped onto the battlefield, while others walked away disheartened from …Continue reading →

from above

Love’s breath beckoned me forward. Fear of cloud’s rain and storm’s gain Held my lungs ransom. Death quivered Life considered But nothing could explain What jittered inside me. From ropes of despair to angelic hair, From heart’s bleeding to joy exceeding Is what one woman saw. I now fight for love from love and with love To honor the One …Continue reading →

Stuck

Don’t get stuck in the rut of seeing the forest from (the perspective of) the trees. If you get close enough to any tree you will see blemishes, imperfections, and problems. Stand back and see the trees from (the perspective of) the forest and watch your worries decrease and your joy grow. When you see beauty as a whole or …Continue reading →

footstool

Two years have passed and life has just begun. You see what lies hidden when everyone else is done. The earth is your footstool. You watch from across a sea of stars as the day waves from afar and the moon drinks its warm cup of incandescent light. The earth is your footstool. One more day is all you need …Continue reading →

Tire Swing

Lips of mine look to the north      and sail away. You will find a suitable home      with her to stay. There you will savor      the sweetest wine,      the most delicious jams,      and exotic fruit. I pray you don’t miss what you don’t already know–         the hearty feel                     of a conversational meal and …Continue reading →

Sacred Garden

Pink peonies and tulips, red poppies and roses, grape hyacinths and hydrangeas, yellow pansies and posies, daffodils, lilies and buttercups color our sacred garden. The diversity of these flowers remind us of our own scope of influence–the community around us that God has called us to love and tend to. The work of uprooting weeds that seek to level our …Continue reading →

Blurred Lines of Morality

What to do when you feel overwhelmed about the blurred lines of morality? What to do when you feel grieved over the cross-pollination of good and evil, right and wrong, in our ever-changing culture? There’s been so much media-attention recently concerning the political views and actions of the Right and the Left. There’s a presidential election on the horizon and …Continue reading →

Carmel and Its Charm

On a recent trip with my wife to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, we got to experience most of what makes this town so charming. Besides being known for its celebrity-influenced politics–Clint Eastwood as former mayor and Doris Day as animal welfare activist–Carmel is world famous for its European-style architecture. Below are some personal pics of our short but inspirational trip for your …Continue reading →

Colors on Canvas

The effects of the wind speak loudly of the wind’s existence, intelligence, and power. Carving paths on the side of mountains, stirring seas, sweeping roadways, strengthening elaborate root systems, and even feeding fires, the wind is everywhere, touching everything, but taking credit for nothing just as a brush in the painter’s hand fails to take credit for colors on canvas.

Works of Faith

Works of faith, not works and faith, is what pleases God. A sincere faith that produces good works is most beneficial for the preservation of all creation. It’s in our best interest to investigate, refine, and express our faith in order to “redeem our consciousness” (Luther), and preserve our purity for the sake of others. Works and faith would force …Continue reading →

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