Monday, February 19, 2018

If the Children Should Speak (A Question)


If the Children should speak,
what would they say,
to Pontius Pilate,
Judas,
Caiaphas
and Annas?

Would they understand
that the greatest good
ever given to mankind
comes
through an act
of violence?

Would they understand
that God saw these betrayals,
denials,
this political warfare
before the judgement was cast?

Would it scar their innocence
to see the blood
of their Good Shepherd
spilled out
from a broken vessel?

If the children should speak,
would they stand alone
in the riotous crowd,
listening to sonnets
of fear,
or would they shout
refrains of love
into the face of mockery?




copyright 2018 - Donald P James Jr

Friday, February 16, 2018

Open Door


You open a door
when I ask to see the other side
and I,
a frightened child,
hesitate to enter.

If access were not
for me to gain
I am sure
You would have closed off the route
or made it difficult
for me to traverse the threshold

I ask for guidance
and when Your touch is obvious
I still tend
to doubt myself.

Hold open the door
long enough for me to enter
and bathe me
in Your grace
despite my uncertainties.



copyright 2018 - Donald P James Jr

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lover/Healer of My Soul


Lover of my soul,
cradle me in the palm of Your hand.
Mold the features of my life
into a creation
reflecting You.

Healer of my soul,
ease the anguish and anxiety
encumbering my being.
Strengthen my spirit
with the grace of Your word.

My redeemer,
my deliverer,
guide every step of my journey
along the road
leading to You.

Lover of my soul,
live within me, as I in You.
Shield me from faithless dogmas,
keep my heart
directed toward truth.

Healer of my soul,
shelter me
where peace resides
and comfort me
in Your embrace.



copyright 2018 - Donald P James Jr


Saturday, February 10, 2018

If He is Willing

If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.

The leper says this,
almost dares,
just as we often do.

If you are willing,
if you want to.
I've often spat those words out
with an occasional bribe on my part.

And the leper listens.
He is told to perform the rituals stated by their law.
Say nothing.

But the healer knows.
The leper will spread the flavor of this miracle
everywhere.

And still He touches the untouchable
and heals his sores.


If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.

The sinner says this
when he crawls
at the pit's bottom.

If you are willing,
if you want to.
Challenging the lamb's
strongest desire.

And we listen
to words spoken and read,
a passage of Holy Thought.

And when we are told to speak,
told to share our conversion,
are we silent?



copyright 2018 - Donald P James Jr

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

You are Light


You are light
without darkness.
As long as I live
in Your embrace
shadows
cannot discourage me.

You shine on me
with goodness,
O Lord, my God.
You lift me up
from the pits of sin
and set me beside You.

You are my God,
the radiant Son
of the most high Father.
You are all goodness.
In You there is no evil.

You are light,
breaking my bonds.
I no longer walk in shadows,
but in the sight
of the one who loves me
without condition.



copyright 2018 - Donald P James Jr