light and darkness Poetry the real self

No, Lamb of God

O God, deliver us from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, because the sin of the world is our heart’s desire, our uniform, our derby hat. O Lamb of God, have mercy upon us. Christ have mercy upon us.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Air for Two Voices”

Unpopular, this.
Too often too true.

After we do our God thing
(or not)
And get down to the business
Of doing Our thing

God doesn’t have a ticket,
The bouncer at the door explaining
It’s sold out.

Grace and peace to us all…


Photo by dw

Current Events Music Prayers

Lamb of God – music for perilous times

Live during Communion at All Saints Church, July 2017.
Music by dw. Video by dw. Performed by worship team.
See prior post for more information.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world:
Grant us your peace.

Praying for Ukraine
And Russia
And for the whole world

Please pray with me

Grace and peace to you
and to the whole world…


Photo by dw

Current Events

Nothing New

I cannot make good choices unless I develop a mature and prudent conscience that gives me an accurate account of my motives, my intentions, and my moral acts.

The immature conscience is one that bases its judgments partly, or even entirely, on the way other people seem to be disposed toward its decisions. The good is what is admired or accepted by the people it lives with. The evil is what irritates or upsets them.

The immature conscience is not its own master. It is merely the delegate of the conscience of another person, or of a group, or of a party, or of a social class, or of a nation, or of a race. Therefore, it does not make real moral decisions of its own, it simply parrots the decisions of others. It does not make judgments of its own, it merely “conforms” to the party line.

It makes true love impossible. For if I am to love truly and freely, I must be able to give something that is truly my own to another. If my heart does not first belong to me, how can I give it to another? It is not mine to give!

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island, “Conscience, Freedom, and Prayer”

There is nothing new under the sun.

What we bemoan now we bemoaned seventy years ago
Seven hundred years ago

What we give away now, we gave away then

The freedom Jesus promised
To burn at the stake
To defy a tank
To hang on the cross

For the truth

Grace and peace to you…