Thursday, May 9, 2019

this body

This body shakes with joy and laughter
This body helps me dance and craft and sing
This body breathes and pulses and lives
This body folds my friends and family into embraces
This body cradles babies
This body holds my lover's hand
This body runs with my dog
Ths body lifts my hands in worship
This body whispers prayers
This body carries me to places I've never been
How could I ever dispise
This body
When this body is one of the greatest miracles I have ever known?
Monday, May 6, 2019

Known by the only One

heart bleeding from a wound 
that will not heal. 
alone...the voices cry 
words that once set your heart ablaze 
now sting like fire on wounds. 
parched lips crack 
from the lack of water 
as your voice wavers.
no one answers you back. 
with your last ounce of strength, 
your tears hit the ground, 
voicing the words 
that no longer come 
from your dry lips.
in a crowd, yet not seen. 
with a friend, yet not heard.
the voices keep painting 
your pain in your head
dear love, what if I told you there is One...
this One saw you
as He spoke the world into existence.
His own Son looked into the Cup. 
in the Cup, He saw you.
And as drops of blood ran down His face, 
He spoke to you, becoming the sacrifice for you. 
The Father does hear and see you, beloved, 
for He is the Perfect One. 
He knows every pain, tear, and fear you have felt. 
why else would His Son die the ultimate death? 
for you
Turn to Him first, for there is no One like our God. 
you are known by Jesus, the Perfect One.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

question everything

slow down. breathe.

we live in a non-stop world. a world that says: go, go, go

go faster

keep going

be better

do more.

but is that really what life is about? like, i don't even have a poetic, cool, bullet-pointy way to say that. the question is blunt and simple: is that what life is really about? 

we live in a fast world, yes, but most of the time we just acknowledge that - rarely do we question it:

should it be a fast world? should we be living a fast-paced life? 

see, it seems like a lot of time when people ask us how we are, we feel almost compelled to answer 'busy' because well...everyone's busy! look how many things we've created to keep ourselves busy with! there's so many!

but society and culture are shaped by patterns. this busy, highschool-college-workforce-family-suburbs-retirement, cycle is just a pattern that a heck of a lot of people have created. it's just like how water makes a groove and then more and more water will follow that groove until it's become an all-out raging river.

i personally think it's a really good idea to step back - to swim to shore and get out of the water and ask ourselves if this is a pattern we even want to be following, or if we want to create something new.

i'm not pointing to school or the workforce by any means and saying it's wrong or bad. i'm just saying that we should be aware of the trajectory of our lives, the unlimited potential inside of us, and question literally everything. it's impossible to ask too many questions, and there are literally no limits to the things we could do, the places we could go, and what we could make!

there's a really beautiful french phrase: raison d'ĂȘtre. and it means "the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence."

i think that's a big, beautiful reason. that's something we should be thinking about, asking about, and looking for - even if the means to help us find our raison d'ĂȘtre are completely new, unique, or untested.

life isn't a cycle. it's an endless adventure.

so be bold! ask questions! blaze your own trail!

stay stoked!