In This Dark


Upon Psalm 17

         In This Dark

In this dark, we are afraid and we grieve;
we feel alone and we are lost.
Children die in paths to prosperity,
passengers perish in civilian planes,
and homeless friends hunger.
There is peace somewhere, and peace to come.
And there is justice.
As for me today, I open my eyes again.
Make me right.

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, 20 July 2014

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Fully Here


This Good Earth

The grass so green,
Emeralds can’t quite cut it,
I raise my eyes.
Sunshine stuns.
I am in this world completely.
It nourishes me and holds me.
God’d goodness is here displayed.
His nurture and care is here displayed.
This good earth is here to love.

(c) Tom Bolton, Bay View, 13 October 2013

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Thursday Prayer — July 10


Tom Bolton:

Amen

 

I appreciated this prayer by Pastor IRVIN BOUDREAUX          on Thursday.

Originally posted on A Pastor's Thoughts:

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anger, stress, and worry.

Made the sun go down

on problem solving and planning.

May the sun go down

unrushed and on deadlines

May the sun go down

on this day’s work – now done

Made a sacred circle of the sun

frame the harsh outline of the cross.

May it signal brighter days ahead,

new energies and emerging hopes.

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We Know When there is Peace Yet Found


On reading 2 Peter 3:11-14

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We Know When there is Peace Yet Found

Upon morning routines and walks here and there,
upon reading words open and inviting,
we seek this holy place.
How long shall we search for peace not known?
Have we known it somewhere in lives yet to live?
With new blemishes seen, we seek our place.
We seek the peace of Christ,
exhorted to a holy life.
There may be heavens here,
places scarcely known or imagined.
We seek this home here.
We seek this home where we know it may be.
Here we seek a home of peace.

(c) Tom Bolton, Bay View, 8 July 2014

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Are There Yet Struggles


On Col. 3:5

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Are There Yet Struggles?

It sounded easy at one time.
Filled with hope, I knew it would be.
My struggles over, my face glowed.
And yet the battles with my flesh showed.
Peace behind me, and peace ahead,
my life seemed ready for new ease.
Did I know fully the direction of my life?
Did I know new ease and freedom from strife?
Sin crowds in sometimes,
countered in a constant battle.
Faith leads us to glorious hope,
but doesn’t end life struggles–Nope!

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, 17 June 2014

Colossians 3:5The Voice (VOICE)

So kill your earthly impulses: loose sex, impure actions, unbridled sensuality, wicked thoughts, and greed (which is essentially idolatry).

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Abba Prayer


Tom Bolton:

Sharing from 2012 again. I’ll be resuming new poems on July 1.

Originally posted on Hopeful:

I wrote this poem in October 2012 as I was studying and experiencing prayer.  I know I posted it to by blog before, but folks seem to connect to it.  It resonates with me, so I’m repeating it with my Sunday morning devotions.Young Father Holding His Young Son (4-6)

      Abba, Thank You Today

Abba, Abba, how I missed you,
Even as you were by me all the time.
In your presence, you are so large, so great,
so much like when I was a very young one.
Your Name shines everywhere, every day.
You fill me up each day.
You pick me up each day.
You embrace me each day as I accept your presence.
How great is your presence here today each time we invite you in,
Each time we open our eyes to see,
Each time we listen and hear you.
Sometimes your words are so hard for me to hear,

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Prayer


This percolated through me during worship on May 18, pondering John 14 and soaking in the message.

         In Prayer

In Jesus’ name, I have prayed.
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there is great comfort, because
I believe!
I believe!
The pain is diminished, and I know healing.
I too know the place.
In days not too far removed, my heart fluttered.
Anxiety fluttered through my mind,
through my body,
shook my soul.
Jesus then prepared his disciples,
prepared us,
prepared some yet to be.
He prepared us all for pain yet to be,
and for places yet to love and to comfort us.
The relationship has opened to this cavernous place, where
we are full, whole, still alive.
Eternity:
Rivers flow wide around and below us,
vines flourish,
trees bud out and green up deep and rich,
and the blue sky glistens and shimmers.
We live and life is abundant.
Grace flows through us.

(c)  Tom Bolton, West Allis, 18 May 2014

John 14  in The Voice (VOICE)

Ultimately Peter is telling the truth. He is more than willing to lay down his life. But none of His disciples understand the magnitude of the persecution and hatred that is about to be unleashed.

Even Peter, Jesus’ dear Peter, is afraid. He protests any inference to Jesus’ impending departure. Each of the twelve would do the same. Jesus calms their fears over and over again with stories, metaphors, and outright promises, saying, “I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you” (14:18).

14 Jesus: Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together. You know where I am going and how to get there.

Thomas: Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the path?

Jesus: I am the path, the truth, and the energy of life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, you know the Father. Rest assured now; you know Him and have seen Him.

Philip: Lord, all I am asking is that You show us the Father.

Jesus (to Philip): I have lived with you all this time, and you still don’t know who I am? If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. How can you keep asking to see the Father? 10 Don’t you believe Me when I say I abide in the Father and the Father dwells in Me? I’m not making this up as I go along. The Father has given Me these truths that I have been speaking to you, and He empowers all My actions. 11 Accept these truths: I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me. If you have trouble believing based on My words, believe because of the things I have done. 12 I tell you the truth: whoever believes in Me will be able to do what I have done, but they will do even greater things, because I will return to be with the Father. 13 Whatever you ask for in My name, I will do it so that the Father will get glory from the Son. 14 Let Me say it again: if you ask for anything in My name, I will do it. 15 If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you. 16 I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you. 17 The world does not recognize the Spirit of truth, because it does not know the Spirit and is unable to receive Him. But you do know the Spirit because He lives with you, and He will dwell in you. 18 I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you. 19 In a little while, the world will not see Me; but I will not vanish completely from your sight. Because I live, you will also live. 20 At that time, you will know that I am in the Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. 21 The one who loves Me will do the things I have commanded. My Father loves everyone who loves Me; and I will love you and reveal My heart, will, and nature to you.

God becomes flesh and lives among humanity, not just to have a transaction with people and ultimately die, but to continue to be with them and to send His Spirit to be present with believers. So God calls His Spirit-indwelled people to something greater, something more significant: they are here as redeeming forces on this earth; their time here is about reclaiming the things He has created. Believing God has created the entire cosmos and that it is restored in Jesus, the believer’s work here through the Spirit is to say, “This belongs to God,” and to help point out the beauty of creation to everyone. And most of all, to live in it themselves by the power of the Holy Spirit who plants the teachings of the Lord in their hearts.

The Other Judas: 22 Lord, why will You reveal Yourself to us, but not to the world?

Jesus: 23 Anyone who loves Me will listen to My voice and obey. The Father will love him, and We will draw close to him and make a dwelling place within him. 24 The one who does not love Me ignores My message, which is not from Me, but from the Father who sent Me.

25 I have spoken these words while I am here with you. 26 The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in My name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you. 27 My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful. 28 You were listening when I said, “I will go away, but I will also return to be with you.” If you love Me, celebrate the fact that I am going to be with the Father because He is far greater than I am. 29 I have told you all these things in advance so that your faith will grow as these things come to pass. 30 I am almost finished speaking to you. The one who rules the world is stepping forward, and he has no part in Me; 31 but to demonstrate to the cosmos My love for the Father, I will do just as He commands. Stand up. It is time for us to leave this place.

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