Archives For Beauty For Ashes

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How many white pages remain blank?

Ink, less applied,

.  an empty space.

Quiet and inkless.

Wisdom left aside.

Abandoned as worthless?

This divorce between mind and matter.

No longer weaving together;

.    leaving what was woven

.     to yesterday’s empty praise.

Worthiness splattered over the blue and white walls of false applause.

Oppressed by the easy choice of scroll, repeat and ignore.

Condolences distributed for dignity,

.     shattered, then gathered up, then strapped to the service

.     of insincerity.

Pinned, posted, paraded;

.     contributions constantly measured against sterilized pixels.

Beauty soaked and shivering;

.     beauty left drifting;

.         beauty become hostage;

.            lost, gagged and beaten.

It’s pain become high-priced entertainment footage.

Beauty longing for its pain to be known,

When from ashes, beauty rises with new strength to carry its own

Deep within, the Word moves and lifts the injured,

now flightless,

beyond its cage,

Beauty freed, breathes life onto the page.

No longer vacant, this paper wraps itself around wounded words

Under God, clear vision.

In Jesus Christ, one commission.

Through His Spirit, the death of oblivion.


(RL2017)

‘…I will not leave you as orphans’ 

(John 14:18)

Lent Is A Process

March 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

Like art, Lent is a process. There is no drive-thru or ATM.

Lent can remind us that even in our darkest moments we are loved, guided, empowered, renewed, transformed, forgiven and created for fellowship.

It is within the small moments, which all add up to make the whole that we can truly recognise the importance of faith, truth & connectivity.

Of, trusting God’s lead. Of, capturing the gravity in every season under heaven with all our heart, mind & soul. Recalling that whatever God does, He does well; that ‘whatever God does endures forever’ (Eccl.3:1-14)

Bonhoeffer wrote:

‘We must forego our pious self, so that God can do his work in us. Otherwise our “I will” will almost certainly be followed by bankruptcy.’ [i]

For in Jesus Christ, God seeks us, God stands with us and for us. It is out of His brokenness and faith that we are brought up to safely surrender our own.

‘The glory of the Lord has risen upon you…Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing through, I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age.
You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace. Your taskmasters righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction be heard within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.’ (Isaiah 60, ESV)

Easter Tree nametagged


Source:

[i] Bonhoeffer.D, For\going the Pious Self in Riess, J. (Ed.), 2012 God Is On The Cross (p.30)