Presence and Presents from 2014

Last week, I re-blogged four of my posts that received the most hits in 2014. This week, I am going to re-blog 4 of my poems that most pleased me in 2014.

In April, I was getting ready to have surgery to remove cancer from my right kidney. The medical procedure seemed surreal to me. But my mystical connections with Holy God seemed concrete. This first favorite of 2014 is from April 15:

********************************Favorites of 2014**********************************

I am pondering Bonhoeffer and Genesis 1:27 today.


“Man only knows who he is in the light of God.”

Christology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

Genesis 1:27

In the Light of God’s Presence

It is here in the light of Christ,
where we glimpse our true image,
an image of God.
It is here in this fellowship,
where we see His glory in images glimpsed,
and fresh recognized.
In the praise of this daily worship,
we find ourselves fresh in His image,
awake in this light, this life.
We seek and find wisdom,
bashfully we admit our bold pursuit.
In His name we search for meaning.
In morning shave and wash,
we see a glimpse that we scarce believe,
seek to grasp Him and know Him and know me.
In the light, we seek to know Him.
In the Word, we seek to be with Him.
In the cross, we understand a little.
I would stay in this light.

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, 10 April 2014


About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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