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Listen to Your Life

Listen to your lives for the sound of him.

Search even in the dark for the light and the love and the life because they are there also, and we are known each one by name.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Delay”

How can one hear a whisper
The whisper we each long to hear

I know you and I love you
And I will lead you to Life
If you will follow


How can one hear that whisper
Over the blaring TV screen
The even louder unsocial media
Telling us we are No Good
Unless we show this color
Drive this vehicle
Fly this flag
Wear these shoes

All hollering you are No Good
Unless you spend this extra dollar

Over the subterranean rumble
Signals from family:
You aren’t who we hoped you would be

How can one hear that whisper
Over the substances we use
To kill the pain of being No Good
The loudest voices of all
Telling us, time and time again,
You are No Good

Is there any hearing left
Any ability to discern?

Oh God, have mercy
Whisper loudly


Listen to your lives for the sound of him.

Search even in the dark for the light and the love and the life because they are there also, and we are known each one by name.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Delay”

Grace and peace to you…

dw

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Bad Freedom

Freedom is more than a matter of aimless choice. It is not enough to affirm my liberty by choosing “something.” I must use and develop my freedom by choosing something good.

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

A so-called freedom
Riling people up
To tote their guns
And speak their hate

Bound by their forgetfulness
That the meek shall inherit the earth
And peacemakers be called the children of God

May they remember


Grace and peace to you…
dw

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light and darkness prayer the real self

Life with the Darkness Gone

Life: that’s what we all hunger for, wait for always,

whether we keep coming back to places like church to find it or whether we avoid places like church like the plague as the last places on earth to find it:

both delivered in part and derelict in part, immigrants and mongrels all of us.

It’s life as we’ve never really known it but only dreamed it that we wait for.

Life with each other, Life for each other.

Life with the darkness gone.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Delay”

Jesus, you said

I am the Light of the world
I am the way, the truth, and the life
I came that they might have life abundantly
My joy I give to you

May your words prevail this day
in my life
and in our world

Light shining in the darkness,
the darkness not prevailing

May it be


Grace and peace to you…

dw

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