Contagious

 the unknown evolves when we are silent
when we close our eyes and refuse to see
slowly fear creeps upon the heart
it is contagious and drives people apart
 
don’t let the unknown win
 
fear grabs hold of the train tracks
crushing out all light as the windows pass
the horn only tells contagious lies
intending for hope to surly die
 
don’t let the fear win
 
take responsibility for yourself
don’t fall into that contagious mob
let go anger and hate from what is different
stand up straight on the solid ground
 
don’t let anger and hate win
 
peace and love can spread their wings
if we open the doors otherwise unseen
let their contagious song be heard
and break the chains crumbling our world
 
let love win
 
 
 
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A Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank You for the breath of life. Thank You for the depth of Your love. Thank You for never giving up on me.

Please help me to shine Your Light with the gifts you have bestowed on me. Show me how to see with Your eyes all that is happening in this world around me. Guide my heart to hear those in pain, so that I may wrap Your arms around them. Rid my mind of judgment and resentment, so I can be free to love and understand myself, and free to love and understand others.

As I hear sirens pass down the road, I pray for all involved. As I listen about a recent shooting, I pray for all involved. As I learn of a natural disaster destroying cities, I pray for all involved.

But what I understand from Your Word is that prayer includes action.

I pray for guidance to move in Your direction; not sit back and ask: “Why?”

I pray for courage to answer the question: “What more can I do right now?”

Amen

Moments

 Years are swallowed by hungry thieves;
days and hours soar away unseen;
minutes and seconds fall into deep holes;
moments are what we are meant to hold.
 
Moments come as flashing lights,
but then disappear deep into the night.
Hold on to each passing butterfly,
and forever shine the beauty of life.
 
A moment says “Hi!” with a smile;
it sees the color of a stranger’s eyes;
it embraces life in passionate grace,
or, if allowed, it takes that same life away.
 
This world is a shadow,
made with the dust of time.
We are mere mortals, but
it’s in moments where we change lives.

Dreams

the clock keeps removing time
lost among the weeks and days
lost among the rush of life
only to surprise us late one night
 
the sky paints the night dark gray
the clock continues to tick and tock
the day rolls by in a boxcar seat
each moment leaving behind a dream
 
dreams which never come true
dreams lost and wasted
the clock continues its annoying drum
ignoring the chaos created
 
taking a step back into time
allows for reexamination
the clock stops and silence falls
to permit a great reflection
 
sometimes dreams are what we chose
a curtain drawn in sleep
other times dreams partner with imagination
guiding us to follow that which we seek
 
as the clock starts to sound again
reality becomes clear
my dream to have a life worth living
is possible even with a mountain of fear

Love, Acceptance, Intervention

thank you, Lord
I have a safe place to be
there’s Peace and Support
Love and Understanding
 
Hate seems to be
magnified
since my younger days
or maybe I wasn’t exposed
 
Love
Tolerance
Acceptance
grew within our home
 
peaceful debates
inside my childhood walls
no place for Hate
no place for assault
 
I learned early
I don’t have to agree
or like every person
inorder to be me

I learned instead
Love
even if repulsed by
different thoughts
 
Love
Acceptance
Intervention, Prevention
some roads to start today
 
to combat Hate
live in Openness
Intervene before
souls are maliciously swayed
 
Loneliness - a major culprit -
a wanting to belong and be seen
but hiding behind deceitful ideals
is only reproachful and cowardly
 
sadness fills my heart
when we don’t understand
the power of individual actions
affirming existence and connection
  
smile
“hi”
“how are you”
today may seem trivial
 
but I have witnessed
the transformation
from acknowledging a person
as an individual
 
we must see all people
the world chooses to ignore
don’t let anyone live in Isolation
show them they are not alone
 
Isolation and Ignorance
only breed Fear and Hate
a dangerous place to be
consuming and contaminating the soul
 
stop Greed
stop Anger
stop Isolation
stop Division
 
teach
Love, Compassion
teach children
they are seen
 
Intervene
before the youth are lost
to violence inspired
by Evil
 
I’ll never tire
of reminding
to teach
Love and Respect for all
 
Hate
may be powerful
but let us choose
Love, Acceptance, and Intervention 

for these are inspirational tools

I Am Still Here

years of pressure
build up inside
no light to see
no hope or drive
 
escaping deep
inside my head
excluding the world
to feel safe instead
 
I tried to run
but never could hide
so I injured my body
to soothe my mind
 
I didn’t understand
what was happening to me
I still don’t know
I’ll just let that be
 
looking at my battle scars and
remembering how life was
today a thought occurred to me
as I listened to my Pastor’s words

Jesus came to live with us
He knows how humans work
He showed us His unconditional Love
by being among us in the dirt
 
often when asked
“how are you doing today”
my popular response was
“I am here”
 
today I heard
and understood that
Yes!
I am still here!
 
‘still’ is just
one
additional word
but it creates a whole new meaning
 
‘still’
provides room for
Faith and Hope
and remembrance of His being
 
He walks with us
He walks in us
Yes
I am still here

Spinning Thoughts

spinning
spinning
spinning
around go my thoughts
 
I need to grab
just one
this continuous circus must
stop
 
I feel this chair
as I sit
I feel the floor
and tap on it
 
something is off
something isn’t right
I wish I could feel some emotion
instead there’s nothing but sight
 
am I real
or am I not
I can’t pinpoint it
with these crazy thoughts
 
these thoughts I have
won’t go away
maybe I can accept
that they are here today
 
let them become
background noise
this way I can pray
for peace and more
 
right now
I accept God’s peace
and can reflect it
with saying “Hey”
 
the return smile
from saying “Hi”
moves the noise back
behind the unbearable line