it’s not faith that’s the factor.

it’s not faith that’s the factor

or the lack thereof

it’s the dust of the storm when it comes

the unavoidable choke of it

blocking the sun

filling the lungs

which

strain and forget

strain and forget

to breathe

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of course the head knows

all about

power in the blood

but the flesh knows that age old song

goes hand-in-hand

with the slice of the knife that brings it forth

*

no, faith is not the factor

as much as

the billowing force of winds

and dust

ineludable

*

no matter the scarves we frantically tie

around our faces

all must settle

before we release

the great exhale of peace

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So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

~Mumford & Sons

jonesing on faith. a poem.

great is the gap
between faith and fear,
winds of weariness chipping away
until giant craggy places erupt from the smooth plains.
doubt dredges deep against sharpened cliffs of blessed assurance,
and
a river runs through
hope, twisting
toward the
Sun.
*
at any rate,
for whatever it’s worth,
Indiana Jones knew half
the battle of the canyon
is
taking the first
step

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consider. a poem.

when old faithful

doesn’t seem so faithful

spinning and toiling is all that’s left

except to pray

which at times I have my doubts about

though it pains me to admit

seems my mustard seed isn’t up to snuff these days

isn’t big enough to move some mountains

makes me wonder why I bothered moving all the ones I have before

what’s it worth to the lilies anyway

they sit in their fields happy as ever

and fall comes

still

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Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clotheyou, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
~Luke 12:27-31