Monday, October 16, 2017

Clouds on the Horizon

No one knows about that day or hour, 
not even the angels in heaven, 
nor the Son, 
but only the Father.

Matthew 24:36 


Raise Your hand, Lord
to calm the winds
and the torrential rains.
Still the turbulent earth
and quench its fire.

Are we in those days, Lord?
You said I was not to know,
yet prophets
speak of Your wrath
without knowing Your name.

There are soldiers mounted for war
and dark clouds on the horizon.
I hear You say
"not today,"
and remind me that only fools
predict the moment.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lone Sheep

I am the lone sheep,
wandering
from the flock.
I am the one
unprotected,
caught in the numbness of the world.

I am the one frightened,
but ashamed to commit
to my protector.
I walk through shadows,
ensnared in the briars of sin.


I am the lone sheep
that the shepherd
searches for.
He celebrates my return,
a sinner
becomes a saint.

He removes each thorn
dug into my flesh
and returns me to the flock
healed of every wound
I have inflicted
on myself.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Desert of Sin

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim, and on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt, they came to the desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai.  There in the desert they all complained to Moses and Aaron and said to them, “We wish that the Lord had killed us in Egypt. There we could at least sit down and eat meat and as much other food as we wanted. But you have brought us out into this desert to starve us all to death.”

Exodus 16 1:3 
 

God gives,
we take
and moan for more.

We complain
while walking through the desert of Sin
about our own failings
of faith.

The burden of every struggle
crushes us.
We accuse our deliverer
of abandoning our souls to the darkness.

Manna and quail
rain from the sky.
In time we will explain the miracle,
in human terms,
and forget God's gift.

He gives
over and over
as we give glory to ourselves
for our daily bread.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gifts (1 Peter 4:10)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, 
as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10


Gifts,
God's design through us,
words we see as insignificant,
talents we see as insufficient.

Gifts,
God's daily grace in our lives,
of His creation,
not ours.

Gifts,
His prayer through us
to a people in need,
never ours through Him.

Gifts,
love that serves the servants,
bringing no glory to the giver,
but only to God.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Comfort


Why do I turn
back to those places you saved me from?
The pleasure is momentary,
not eternal.
The corners of darkness
tempt,
but offer nothing of comfort.

Why do I walk
among those who hide from the light?
Pushing aside
Your love,
saving You
for a day when I am overcome
with despair.

My God,
why are you always there
waiting for me?
Why are You always eager
to take me into Your embrace,
love me
and call me Your child?

I deserve
not one ounce
of Your precious blood,
and yet
You shed every drop,
over and over,
that I might turn again
toward the comfort of Your love.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr