Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lord, Let me be your servant. Use me as you choose. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed for you or be put aside for you. Let me be full; let me be empty. Let me have all things; let me have nothing. With a willing spirit I freely surrender everything I am and everything I have to your plan for me. I make this covenant with you, O Christ, with all my heart and soul. You are my Savior and Redeemer.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It feels as if the dream has died, and the time has come for me to face the facts and realize the truth of the matter.
I no longer see a perfect American future; a perfect wife, a perfect marriage, perfect kids, a perfect job, in the perfect suburbs, perfectly happy.
No this dream has died.
The weight of the world is too much.
The giants before me have toppled over without a crash or a fight; simply a sigh as they breathe their last and disappear. With their towering figures gone, their shadows are gone too and the light illuminates so much that I never saw before; the slippery slope of temptation and the terrifying reality that none are immune.
And while the light has fought forth and revealed what was hidden in the black, the darkness has attacked too, taking those who were once well and casting them naked into the sea of sickness, pain, and death. Or leading them willingly to the well of youth and nudging them to dive in head first, only for them to realize the living water never was there. The dry rock bottom breaks both necks and reputations.

It seems that at the dusking of my day of innocence the black is winning, claiming what used to surround me, by force, by trickery, or by recruitment. As the night and reality settle, fear rises up. Will I be the next statue toppled? Will I dive willingly to my death into a dry well? Will I run towards an oasis in this desert only to realize that the mirage is not matter but a cavity? Simply a deep ravine calling me to jump into the cool blackness, to give in to the world and rest in its simple shadows.

But as my eyes grow dry and the kaleidoscope from tears dissolves into pure sight, a single light is seen in the moon-less sky; a single star reminiscent of one long ago.

A thin dirt path, well traveled but walked poorly, with many footprints on all sides and only one set steady in the middle, grows visible in the single-star light. Dust rises from it as I start to walk, yet I shake it from my sandals at the night around me as I begin to run. Is this where life truly begins? Where Joy and Suffering dance a beautiful waltz down this same path, a dance heavy with sorrow, yet filled with hope, building suspense to a climatic finale, only for them to keep their hands clasped together as they bow at the curtain call. Their fingers are interlocked. A keen eye will notice a wedding band on the left hand of each. I see the weight ahead. I have felt the weight behind. I see the dance ahead and know the end of the dance has come before my beginning, but its echoes beckon me on. I see many mirages and lies that look like life in the light of the night.

I run. East. On the dirt. Towards the sunrise.

The son who rose yesterday has yet to fail me. He shines. And he will shine. He will return in the morning. I will be there.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

4/8/12 (Easter)
A poem:

My legs are broken, I cannot stand,
The battle is lost, I have no plan
The ship has sunk, my fears resound
The growing darkness shows no bounds.
Like a bird, hope’s flown away.
And I wonder if pain is here to stay
Death creeps in, as the golden leaves fall
And with trembling hands, I mourn it all
Yet you question still:
Can you wait just three more days?

I watched my father die that night
The twinkle in his eyes passed in the twilight
The warmth of life left his hands
And my heart questioned reprimand
My family continued its broken state
With anger and sadness we searched for our place
A lonely mother, a lost brother
What could I do to even begin to recover!
This all happened years ago,
Yet the weight continues to wound and grow
Who am I, if not a son?
And what of all things left undone?
Yet you question still:
Can you wait just three more days?

Alone I sat in a foreign land,
Actively seeking the living plan.
Yet no ears seemed to hear my cry,
And life seemed to be lived only to die.
Minute by minute I asked for a sign,
And prayed and hoped that one I would find.
To know that the Lord was real and true,
This was all I longed to do.
Like a criminal, my doubts encaged me
And my fears began to enslave me.
I was scared to return back home,
To try to live the full life I once had known
To see true friends and be in community,
What if they rejected me?
And some rejection I did meet,
Some of my dreams were met with defeat.
But distant, faint, and deep in the night
There was a shimmer of some future light
And for all this you once again asked me,
Can you wait just three more days?

He cried out, “why have you forsaken me?”
And “Please God, take this cup from me!”
Yet high on that cross, he lost his ground
And felt the wrath of God abound
The father’s gaze left the face of his son,
And all loving hope seemed foregone.
His body bore all mankind
And his heart yearned for a future time
Yet when his breath had breathed its last
It was then the walls all cracked
The curtain was torn, a bridge was built
Life was given for his blood was spilt.
Yet this son of man had a few days more,
To live behind a large stone door.
But when the stone was rolled away,
All the world seemed to hear him say,
“My peace I leave you, my peace I give,
I bring life different than the way you live,
Trouble may seem to break you down,
But rejoice for I have risen from the ground.”
And it is for all this I say,
That despite the pain I feel today,
That I believe you are who you say,
And I will wait just three more days.