Wide Open – Poem

I open wide my mouth
and swallow your name
the words rush out again
like rivers of flames

The sacrament pours in
heals and seals my tattered soul
the words that flow along reveal
and unravel like a scroll

In and out I drink and then
I’m drowning in this bliss
the words from my mouth
become faith’s healing kiss

I open wide my mouth
I hold tight with my fists
I release what I’ve been given
These words of life persist

I pour out your name
upon itching, hungry ears
I sing of freedom, grace and love
I’ll sing for all my years

Feed my starving tongue
So I can spill it out again
My song is free, my life is love
My words repeat your holy name.

Unzipped – Poem

I zip myself up
into your embrace
I zip out the world
all the trials I face

I keep joy in my heart
this joy buried so deep
your waters surround me
my joy in it steeps

I pull in the stuffing
and zip myself closed
I draw in and secure
there is nothing exposed

Your joy is a whisper
that grows like a wind
to rustle the grains
where the shadows had been

My cocoon is my safety
it’s there I’m made whole
the patches of joy
placed all over my soul

I revel in this, Lord
your sweet, safe embrace
where your joy like vines spread
to create a holy place

Psalm 28:6-7
Blessed be God—
he heard me praying.
He proved he’s on my side;
I’ve thrown my lot in with him.

Now I’m jumping for joy,
and shouting and singing my thanks to him.

Frazzled (with Faith) – Poem

When the seasons change color
and the leaves crunch dead
My first instinct is blankness
and fear, confusion, dread

But a new season comes
with a full dawn of light
a new day, a spring
new sounds and new sight

Fazed
becomes amazed
Glum
turns awesome
Fright
changes to right
and Despair
hits a snare

Because a new season comes
with a full dawn of light
a new day, a spring
new sounds and new sight.

Romans 8:31-39
31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.