Monday, June 26, 2017

Fooling Ourselves


I tire of watered down scripture,
preached from pulpits reducing the word of God,
lessening the impact
of disobedience.

Yesterday what was sinful
is now blessed,
what was detesting in God's sight
is now celebrated.

God's word,
the road-map for my life
is twisted by the faithful
and unbelievers.

Jesus never said that following Him would be easy.
There is much we need to leave behind
before entering
the Kingdom.

If we claim we want to follow the Lord
and place our sins in our pockets,
disguising them as acceptable,
are we only fooling ourselves?



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Matthew 5:21


Leave your trinkets,
your gold,
your silver.
Leave the copper coins
without offering them
in the houses of worship.

First go to the one
who rightfully holds
an action against you
and then,
with the aura of forgiveness,
return to the altar.

Do not murder,
do not strike out with your fists,
do not hate,
or spread gossip.

The one true judge
will record the etchings on your heart,
your loves
and your hatreds,
not as the world adjudicates,
but as He commands.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Monday, June 19, 2017

Psalm 11


I place my trust in You Lord
despite the insistence of other voices
that I should flee.
I am instructed to take wing,
like a bird,
and fly off into the mountains
where I shall find safety.

For my enemy has aimed his bow
in my direction.
His arrows fill the sky
and a new assault is prepared.

Lord,
if my weakness overcomes
and I cry out
from destruction,
be my security.

I place my trust in You Lord,
not mountains
or fortresses.
I will glorify You
when darkness fills the valley.
I will sing praise to You
when my enemy
calls for my surrender.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Unity


Unity
as God's people,
a melody
delightful
to the ear
of He who listens.

But there are those,
who by choice,
have no knowledge
of Him.
They claim a fable
speaks His name
and not history.

And there are those
who claim intimacy,
knowing only violence
and intolerance.
They say
God is on their side
while seething
with hatred.

Unity
as God's people.
We gather
and we pray
for those who cause division
among us.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Water and Spirit (John 3:1-21)



Christ Instructing Nicodemus Crijn Hendricksz, 1604


I came to you in the shadows of night.
I wore the darkness like a cloak,
shielding and protecting me,
from those with whom I associate.

You speak to my heart
and I am drawn to your voice.
But there are those on the council
who wish you did not speak with authority.

You are not of the Sanhedrin,
nor are you a scribe.
But your words,
with deeper roots than the prophets,
are from God.
Not from man.

And that frightens the core of my being.

You tell me that if I am
born again,
I will envision the kingdom of God.
You explain that I must be birthed
of water
and spirit.

I am deeply troubled by your words
and the timing of your presence.
Few of the wise will listen to you.
They will wish to keep you silent
When your voice is what we most need to hear.

I leave you,
wondering where I will stand,
when next I hear your voice speak
as the Son of God,
having come to us with salvation,
without desire to judge our weaknesses,
but to save.



from the collection: Pictures of the Messiah
copyright 2016 - Donald P James Jr