Monday, November 20, 2017

Instructions in Faith


Tell them
there is a shelter,
a voice that will calm
the storm.
Assure them of His dominion
over every trial in life.

Teach them
that wrongs are forgiven,
never made right.
Sin is a wound
healed
by grace,
not man's desire.

Instruct
for the glory of the one
who freed
your soul.
Take no pride
in the faith
of a single student.

Show them
the sainted life.
Walk the precise path
you preach.
Bear responsibility
for those you unify
and divide.

Lord,
often in our desire to share
Your word
we preach the fabric
of ourselves
without wearing the garment
You wove for us.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

White Veil


The last leaves
have prepared to fall,
trusting the designer of beauty
to change the color of their garments
and separate them
from the branch of life.

Faithfully ready
to let go,
to float gracefully to the soil,
a journey directed
by the breath of creation.

November chill,
makes brittle
what was once ripe,
preparing our souls
for December
and the white veil of winter.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Come Broken


Come broken,
sing the songs reserved
for the holy.
The diseased offer praise
when their wounds are scabbed over.

Come empty,
fill your stomach
on morsels,
crumbs given and thrown out,
blessed by the blood of the Son.

Come lonely,
your streets are filled
with those who seek.
Listen for the whispering prophets
in garbage laden alleys.

Come sinner,
do not condemn yourself
any longer.
The harlot has been made pure
and the thief witnesses paradise.




Copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Monday, November 6, 2017

Seek the Lord (A Prayer for Sutherland Springs)


Seek the Lord
in the darkness.
Do not let the shadows
define your journey.
Lean on His wounds
when anger tells you to strike back.

Seek the Lord
when the world says
there is no reason for doing so.
Kneel and pray
for the holy ones
and the sinners.

Seek the Lord
when deep voids surround you.
He stands in the light,
risen from an empty tomb.
The saints of Revelation
bask in His glory,
evil is crushed
under His foot.

Seek the Lord
in the darkness.
Do not let the shadows of this day
change the course of your journey.
Cling to Him
when it is most difficult
to see His light.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stand Prepared

Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise.   
The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them,  while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps.   
The bridegroom was late in coming, so they began to nod and fall asleep.
 
“It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’   
The ten young women woke up and trimmed their lamps.  Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’   
‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. 
Go to the store and buy some for yourselves.’   
So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. 
The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

While there is still time,
kneel
before the Lord.
The virgins are ready
with oil for their lamps.
Be focused now,
while the grass is still green,
soon it will wither
and be blown away as dust.

There are those,
striding through their days
without a single word
of prayer,
concerned only for the world
and its pleasures.
Where will they be
when they are struck down
by the same world
they worship?

While there is still time,
bow
your heads in humility.
Jesus took every stain
on your flesh
and wiped it clean.
The oil for your lamp
is in abundance,
stand prepared,
bask in His radiant light.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr