Color in the Morning

Sometimes the best statement 
said about God is left unsaid.
The good news to be declared
can be done so by the rising sun
rather than with words which bring
any distant look back from the horizon.
Taking care of the present moment
is the best way to take care of the future.
Notice how the moving ripples
made by a hastily thrown stone 
on the surface of a once calm pond
move outward together in time.
The mind will find relief whether
intended or not.  Recognize when
awareness can be given a rest.
Be glad in continuing to take
chances where the treasure 
remains unknown.  There will be color
when the flowers open in the morning.

To an Unknown God

It has always been a challenge to bless
and uplift without pointing a finger.

The signs that honor our gods are posted
all over the town square.

Underneath any beautiful morning lie colors
waiting to be thrown into the sky.

My hope remains suspended between nothing
and infinity waiting for the divine particular.

One day there will be a way to bring all the 
pieces together without fear.

“The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed.” – Luke 17:20

Hidden God,
beyond the horizon,
underneath the nearest stone,
behind the turn of the earth, 
within the veins of dropped leaves;
we turn and turn again
and you spin around us with yourself;
come into our lives with things
that do not need to be observed
for our attention wanders 
and the shiny has replaced the simple.

What We Care About

The hubris that one can control
their own resurrection
and the hiddenness of the virus
make need more visible.

Sometimes aesthetic sense fails
to develop even in the hardest times
so perhaps God is theology's 
greatest invention.

We do not recognize that 
we continue to benefit 
from the shameful history 
of our ancestors.

When the center is on fire
engage the periphery
for choosing where to begin
carries a great deal of power.

We argue about what we care about
attempting to get our story straight
and inviting the hope of hopes 
into hopelessness.