Breath

“One day the Eternal God scooped dirt out of the ground, sculpted it into the shape we call human, breathed the breath that gives life into the nostrils of the human, and the human became a living soul.” —Genesis 2:7 (VOICE) The culmination and capstone of God’s creative work was the creation…

Christianity, Jesus, the Gospel, and the Enneagram

What people think about God is the most important thought they think[1]; beliefs about God affect behavior, self-awareness, and relationships with the Divine, self, and others. Humanity’s image of God is formed and shaped by parents, friends, experiences, culture, and church representatives. A dysfunctional image and distorted understanding of God…

The Cross & the Lynching Tree

If it is necessary, every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy. Mississippi Governor James K. Vardaman 1903 My mentor and friend MaryKate Morse believe, “the first step towards being a redemptive presence in our communities is to truly enter into the lived experience…

The White Peacock

The white peacock, different, unique, one of a kind Living in a world of bold, brilliant, bright color. The white peacock, regal, exquisite. Yet, so different. Different feathers, different voice, different ways. The white peacock crosses the road, wanders the yards, away from the bold, brilliant, bright colors. The white…

Gospel Hope and Virtue

Gospel hope is a vision and a promise of transformation. The transformation of habits. The restoration of relationships. Christian hope is an invitation to live differently, in an alternative reality of flourishing and shalom. It is hope is against the present patterns of fear, practices of greed and violence, and…

Two Become One

The final poem of a trilogy honoring my beloved parents. Two Becoming One “…the two become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 the Holy Three creating two out of one                                     mysterious                                                 sacred two becoming one    no longer two       but one          yet still two the ways of the…

Mom’s Feet

Over the next three weeks, I will be posting a trilogy of poems about my beloved parents. The first is called Mom’s Feet.     “Ah how beautiful the feet of those on the mountain who declare the good news of victory, of peace and liberation” Isaiah 52:7 Mom’s feet have…

Mango Highway – the Fast Track to Heaven

I find myself on Merritt Island in the state of Florida. And it is Mango Season – do you hear my joy? I love mangos! Have you ever thought of enjoying a mango as a super-fast highway to a little bit of heaven?     Merritt Island Mangoes, not just…

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