Category: Poetry, Psychology
Shadows provide shade and shelter, mine to my son just till he’s ready to unzip middle-school pajamas and soar into the sun. Night holds future bodies still, revealing what’s inside, peeling the last curl of humility that laughs from a ripe insecurity, called pride, spilling secrets tightly coiled in the nucleus…
Category: Art, Beauty, Nature, Poetry, Psychology, Suffering
Open your eyes.
See the bioluminescence,
from the abyss,
or God’s firework show
in dancing waves of light,
the Holy Grail of sky watching,
the aurora borealis,
the northern lights.
Category: Devotionals, JESUS, Morality, Psychology, Spiritual Formation
We need to hear and heed this NOW more than EVER! Be kind. Be understanding. People are fragile, whether they show it or not. Learn to recognize the frightened child in everyone by listening rather than speaking. Just as you were when you were a child—afraid of failure—you will undoubtedly be tempted as an adult…
Category: JESUS, Morality, Nature, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Theology
If words are a bubbling brook
above the geyser of our hearts,
to say something about
the nature of our spirituality—
a disjointed but shared reality—
in the womb of bad religion.
Category: JESUS, Morality, Poetry, Psychology, Spiritual Formation, Suffering
A carcass with a pulse,
a miracle dipped in myrrh,
perfumed a Jewish beard
and consecrated a blameless soul…
Category: JESUS, Literature, Morality, Poetry, Psychology, Suffering
This world is so unfriendly and unkind. How’s a teenager with Zeus’s ADHD, the rage of Achilles and the passion of Paris supposed to survive the suburban hostility of drive-by bullets of bullying and cliques of cruelty with privileged popularity without losing his mind? If you want to get to know me then…
Category: Morality, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Psychology, Spiritual Formation, Suffering
of our own making
show up relentlessly
until we look introspectively
at the mess we’ve made
when we’ve felt incarcerated
without the possibility of parole
as both our own judge and jury.
Category: Poetry, Psychology, Spiritual Formation, Suffering
Kindness is more than a word,
although all words have spark of light
because words bleed meaning,
infused with divine birthright
even out of the mouths
of mortals and neophytes.
Category: Art, Beauty, Morality, Poetry, Psychology, Suffering
Everyone wants to know
life’s greatest mystery.
read your history
and exchange your brokenness for beauty,
your porcelain mask for the Japanese art
Category: Poetry, Psychology, Suffering
Just walkin into a room
requires all the courage
I can muster.
Exposed like a nerve.
Afraid to smile.
Do I let you in—
a place you don’t deserve
to make fun of my face
and call me “Herman Munster”?
holdin my skateboard,
takin jokes to the extreme,
trying to find my tribe,
my people group.
I’ll know when I’m home:
kind eyes find me
as collective lips pronounce,
“We-e-e a-a-are Groo-oot!”
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