28 July 2016

Now (day 316)

reluctant to
slough away
on a journey
i'm too tired
and sore
to make
on a pathway
too long
and foreboding 
to take
but waking Winds
spark aching limbs
and muddled mind
and stressed spirit

to step into


Now

Thanks.

#40wordprayers


20 July 2016

the Flow (day 315)

maybe praying
doesn't change
the direction
of the River
but rather
it opens
up new
Tributaries
and possibilities
broadening the scope
deepening the Hope
of where
the Water
might reach
and how
the Flow
might teach
us to trust

Thanks. 

(and thanks to Dave Bangsund for his impressions on the image of the River which expanded my own)

#40wordprayers


01 July 2016

evolving (day 314)

for the reminder
from a dear life-giver 
that in life
all of the goals
and striving
do not automatically lead
to arriving
and as the world 
is revolving
the purpose resides not
in solving
but in serving
and evolving...

Thanks. 

Amen. 

#40wordprayers



30 June 2016

branch trail (day 313)

a road
for rail
transformed into
a branch trail
in a land
known more
for superficiality
and pretense
than simplicity
and openness
yet each traveler
i meet
warmly greets
my sweaty face
with smiling grace
offering branches 
of blessing

Thanks.

#40wordprayers #TustinBranchTrail



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