Good Friday

 

 

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I Thirst

I gave it all

My everything

Not one more drop left

Of me to give

Empty

And now

I thirst

© 2011 Julie Clark

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Heaven Smiles

As a teenager

in the midst of despair

I wrote:

 

“Heaven smiles

but I look up

upside down

and think

it’s a frown.”

 

Now I have learned

through the constant

showers and waves

of love

to straighten my back

stand upright

lift my head

and gaze

into those deep pools

of unending love.

 

This is prayer:

to dare to look up

to dare to speak

to dare to listen

to dare to be loved.

 

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Undeserved

I didn’t deserve this

I didn’t plant the seed or bulb

I didn’t tend or care for it properly

It was just there when we moved in

Then the blackberry brambles took over

and one day my fearless sons decided

to clear them out

and oh yeah, I forgot there was a camellia under there

and now look what is happening

grace upon grace

undeserved favor

is smiling on me

with every open bloom on this bush

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Burning Bush

Burning bush

soaring eagle

spring buds

angelic singing

still small voice

Stop

pay attention

turn aside

take off my shoes

holy ground

What is the message

for me

today

Listen

it will come

 

 

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Summary

Just to summarize

what life boils down to,

the essence of our being

here on planet earth

is love.

Simple? yes

but it takes a lifetime

to learn

best to get started

as soon as possible.

 

 

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Fire

God uses the fodder

of our everyday lives

to fuel the flame

of His passionate

Refining

Transforming fire.

The result:

unimaginable beauty,

pure gold.

 

 

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Ash Wednesday

The big problem

of pain or illness

is it is constantly

screaming for attention.

It drives me away

from anything else but myself,

pulling me steadily inward.

This is no way to live

or die for that matter.

I want to learn

new strategies

of living and caring

in the midst of it.

 

I have a role model

to study and learn from.

I think of Jesus.

His last days of life

His suffering and agony.

He didn’t go inward

and far away.

He stayed with us.

He instructed his friends

to put away their swords.

He looked at Peter

at the rooster’s third crow.

He had a few words

for Pilate.

A few more for the woman

on the path to the cross.

He took care of his mother.

He forgave his tormentors.

He brought comfort to another dying man.

He looked up.

He gave himself to God.

 

© 2014 Julie Clark

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A Lifeline

Be a lifeline of hope

a connection of kindness.

We never know who we will meet

on this winding road of life.

I may have just what that person needs.

The interesting thing is:

What we practice comes

rolling back, multiplied

upon us.

One day I may  need

some hope

or my children

kindness.

It’s a wise investment.

 

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Who Are We?

I Practiced What I Preached on Sunday.  I asked about my new name since battling my third cold of the season I was feeling rather Sick and Tired.  The answer is embedded in the following poem as well as some excerpts from the sermon.

 

“Who are we?”

Asked the Poet King

the Battle Weary Psalmist.

 

There are days I feel

just like a Breath

or a Passing Shadow

as this Shepherd of Sheep

and a Kingdom felt.

 

What is my name?

Surely not

Sick and Tired.

If I listen open-hearted

the message will come

With an eye of faith

I can almost see it written

on the wing of the messenger:

Overcoming One

Who Loves My People.

That’s a name I

can grow into.

 

My identity is not

in how I feel or

how another calls me

or sees me.

No, it is in

How my Maker made me

to be like him

Image Bearer

full of Glory

full Grace.

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Pass Out Hope

Pass out hope

With a smile

Lend a hand

Watch it grow

Kindness is language

Of the heart

Words we speak

Looks we give

All together

Send a message

May they say:

“You are loved

Worthy of attention

Something in you

Is of great value

Lift your head

Come alive

See the smile

In God’s eyes”

 

© 2013 Julie Clark

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