On peace, left with us. An autumn poem.

all around, grace
cathedrals
the liturgy longed
for in the whitewashed
clapboard weary
world
all around, mercy
symphonies
the dry bones of
summer finally finding
technicolor
hope
all around, peace
preaches
eschatology reserved
for rough hewn pews
under azure
skies

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Do your ears itch?

Do
your
ears
itch? Mine do. More
often than I care
to admit beyond the old sayin’
that means
someone’s talkin’ ’bout you (‘cept for the other old sayin’ ’bout
the shoe fittin’)
so yeah, my ears itch.
Don’t yours? After all we long for
something
someone
a chorus
a beat
anything but the divine
surrender to fill the gap lost
in the exegetical mirage and abandonment of
small
Creeds which mean
everything
except to the folks with itches
that can’t be scratched any longer by Word
or Creed or that old
time
religion
but only by the deed of their own
play, the lead in their own
act, a curtain call of
fables traded for afflictions
a swan song snuffing out
grace
and
holy
So do your
ears itch?
Mine do. But for the ache of
truth.

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The Holy Ghost rides in the chariot of Scripture, and not in the waggon of modern thought – Spurgeon

When the going gets tough…

All kinds of situations prevent us from accomplishing the work of our hearts.

Time.

Distraction.

Discouragement.

Fatigue.

But what about people?

Do people ever discourage you from following your dreams and work?

In Nehemiah chapter 6, Nehemiah and his workers are determined to build a sacred wall, but they face intense ridicule, rumors, and even threats of violence from those opposed to them. Still, they carried on, and in verses 15-16 we read:

“So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭6‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

Did you catch that?

A single phrase.

A realization.

“The work had been done with the help of our God.”

Maybe you face a tough assignment today…

…a co-worker who criticizes,

…a friend who discourages,

…a mission field which feels unreachable,

…the unrecognized sacrifice it takes to parent and clean and carpool a house full of kiddos,

…another parent-teacher meeting that leaves you weeping for your special needs child no one understands,

…another therapy session that feels more like heartbreak than healing,

…another doctor who says he doesn’t know what else to do.

Maybe you’re just plain exhausted and overwhelmed.

Whatever or whomever discourages you today, take heart.

And turn towards God.

Your work will get done with His help.

Click here to read all of Nehemiah 6.

And may the work of your heart and your hands be blessed this day and always.

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