18 June 2016

redemption song (day 312)

for a day
of new experiences
and old acquaintances
when a friend
says to you,
'It's nice
to hear
stories of redemption'
and you can
breathe and
(mostly) honestly reply
'It's nicer
to be
part of one'

thank You.

Amen.

#40wordprayers #GA222


16 June 2016

*PODCAST: 'Blinded By The Right' (29 May 2016)

greetings, faithful few 'apocalypsians' (i've never thought to give you all a nickname...what do you think? ;)

thanks as always for reading (and occasionally sharing) my very intermittent blog pieces (mostly poem prayers lately). i truly appreciate you taking the time and energy to do so.

some of you may not know that my 'day job' is helping to lead a faith community as the person they designate as 'pastor' (which i take to mean storyteller, listener, fellow sojourner, and general troublemaker). i have had the joy and honour of serving and growing with Moreland Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR since last December.

our messages from our weekly worship experiences are available via online at the MPC website here.

i thought i'd post a recent one here on my blog for your consideration (and perhaps inspiration, even if you listen whilst exercising and are drenched with perspiration). here is the link to it:

'Blinded by the Right' (click on the title to connect to the site, then click on the play arrow on the audio player to hear the message).

you can also subscribe to the messages via podcast. simply go to the page where the audio file plays (here). below the audio player, you will see the options for 'Podcast' and below that for 'Subscribe'. the 'Subscribe' option include links to subscribe via iTunes, Android or RSS. click on the link and follow the instructions, and you can receive weekly messages from MPC!

thanks again...cheers and peace to you all,
brian

03 June 2016

within (day 311)

it seems
no matter how
we are hurt
by circumstances
or conniving
through new rage
or old age
whatever whirls
around us
surrounding us
in storm
opens up
an Eye
in its midst
whatever heals
us
Is
within us

Thanks. 

#40wordprayers



30 May 2016

before dawn (day 310)

awakening with the birds
all tension and nerves
my body a prison
all routine
no rhythm
but multiple melodies
and implied harmonies
of aviary polyphony
rousing flesh
rustling Spirit
resisting temptation 
to fear It
releasing trepidation
to hear It

Amen. 

#40wordprayers




22 May 2016

simplicity (day 309)

wrestling with wonders
transcending any ability
to articulate
transfixed by thunders
in skies aching
to precipitate
bedraggled by blunders
enacted by eagerness
to elucidate
paralyzed by plunders
initiated by inability
to participate

until
one
giggle
transforms
perplexity
into
simplicity

Thanks.

(and Happy birthday to my Big Blue :)

#40wordprayers 



10 May 2016

vertigo (day 308)

when you awaken
to the world
spinning
out of your
control
and gravity
no longer
works
leaving you
no options
for regaining
control
unmasking your
illusions of
control
what can you
do?

Be.
Still.

Breathe.
Deeply.

Kneel.
Humbly.

Heal.
(Hopefully.)

#40wordprayers





09 May 2016

zeroing in (day 307)

a quiet day
sunshine and Silence
i stretch back
and stretch open
my soul
my self
and one memory
touches that place
sensitive and silent
wounded and wounding
my being
and i recoil
closing in
upon 
my self

(again)

Selah.

(inspired by 'Zeroing In' by Denise Levertov)

#40wordprayers