Eagles Flight – Psalm 22 – The Road Through Suffering Into the Kingdom Promise

The Road through Suffering – 2/7

In our journeys with God there comes a time (or times) when the first verses of Psalm 22 seem to be violently appropriate. “
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me!!”  (NRSV)
And we remain in that pit of despair, in darkness, with nowhere to go.
And yet, the Psalm continues, following that road of despair through its stages to somehow gain a larger perspective and find a way through
which does not end in the final death of all we love, but resounds in the light of all God is, has been and will be in and through even this most difficult, impossible road.
This is my paraphrase of Psalm 22 as it winds it’s way from utter despair into the very presence of God With Us.
Psalm 22 
The Road Through Suffering 
Into the Kingdom Promise

why have you forsaken me?

And Yet
You are enthroned on the praises of the people of God

But I am despised
scorned, mocked, dismissed
Your Word thrown back at me

Come Close to me
trouble surrounds me

I feel like shit
poured out, disjointed, melted, dried up, a smashed pot, dust, surrounded, wasted away

They stare and gloat
and take all I have left

But You God, come close to me
deliver me, come close, save me

I will say …
“You who fear the Lord, Listen!
Praise God,
Glorify Love,
Stand in Awe of the Word Made Flesh”

For God does not despise
our affliction
Yahlway does not hide Yahl’s face
but hears my cries

praises me
lets me pay my vows
feeds the poor

All will turn to the Lord
remember, turn and worship

Because the Lord
has dominion
rules over all and all bow down

my life is the Lord’s
generations will be told
and proclaim his deliverance to those to come:
Yahlway has done it
Yahlway has done it indeed
2/7/18 – Wednesday
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Eagle’s Flight – The Whales – a dream – 1/22/18

The Whales
— a dream —
The whales came, we captured them and trained them to pull us through the water.
Finally one came with us through some severe trial and learned the dream speech going on the arduous journey.
She then left us, but sent 2 young males back and made a pact with us to help us become better travelers together, not as slaves but as partners.
And we learned to love in their ways and it changed us both to learn to such love.
And more would come in their own time and some of us would join with them and we’d travel together sharing our stories, learning a new kind of love, respect and partnership.
The dream speech
learns to listen
to the feelings behind the images
giving them touching power
to snag bits and pieces
deeply buried
and bring them to the surface
to be inspected
ruminated over
or tossed away
with little complaint
pleasant diversions
sometimes keeping one awake at night
or a roll over
and back to sleep
and yet
it unearths much
that could be listened to
dreams can be asked questions
to reveal bits and pieces
in their own way
with an other’s intention
but they are easily ignored
and placed on the amusing
but old playthings
to gather dust
and forgetfulness
worth exploring
let them take you
down roads you’d thought
long closed
dealt with
but if you listen
if you ask
Love’s Spirit
will empower
and grow such attention
into relationship
that loves
and raises you up to love
taking you to places
you’d only
dreamed of
1/22/18 – Monday
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Eagles Flight – The Wedding of the Lamb

Fallen Leaf Lake
One of the scripture stories that caught my attention some years ago was the Wedding of the Lamb, where God in the Christ is married to the Bride raised up pure and spotless. Many take the Bride to be the body of those who love as God loves. Who know they are loved by God. Who love God and who love their neighbor as themselves.  
Some years ago I took a walk around Fallen Leaf Lake near Tahoe, where I was an intercessor for people on retreat run by Eagle’s Wings – a spiritual direction ministry.  In the course of this walk I banged up my shins on Manzanita so they were bleeding a little, but I so enjoyed the walk, and I didn’t mind a few scratches.
As I walked, I continued in prayerful conversation with God and I asked. “How can You love us, such fickle creatures that sometimes love You and sometimes do things that are very un-loving?”  God’s reply was something like, “why do you love this walk where you are getting so banged up?”
My reply was, “I love this hike with all  its rough trek around the lake set in mountains. My banged up shins are minor and they will heal.”
And God said, “Exactly”.
After washing my shins in the lake near the Stanford Sierra Camp, I continued down the road back to our base where people were getting ready to leave.  As I walked that road, I asked, “so what are You calling me into?”
And God replied, “To Raise the Bride”. 
The Wedding of the Lamb
when the time comes
there will be a wedding
promised by God
between the Lamb
that was slain
and the Bride
fully grown together 
as one
and this wedding is not the end
but a beginning
of yet another 
new thing
when a new family begins
a new order is structured
with Love 
in this new expression
at its core
this story
has yet to be written
yet its foundations
are forming
even now
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eagles flight – Voices – Christmas 2017

Voices – Luke 1:39-45
Christmas 2017

told in an angelic conversation
that she was blessed by God
and would soon be
young and pregnant
while a virgin
“make it so”

Joseph wasn’t so sure
apparently Mary
isn’t as convincing
as an angelic visitation
God spoke
and Joseph listened

Then Mary
newly married
young and pregnant
went to visit her cousin
old and well past child bearing
but pregnant
having prayed for years
for a child

And the two huddle together
sharing each other’s news
with joy and wonder
confirming the words heard
in secret

meanwhile Joseph
carries on
takes Mary as his wife
and trusts he’s heard
angels and Mary correctly
in this quite unique
to fatherhood

— — —

Hearing angel voices, getting a flash of insight and inspiration, training up our intuition
is not a very scientific way to operate, but sometimes things happen and we have no
hard facts to go on so we make a decision and go with it.

Some decisions we need to make with very few supporting facts other than knowing and
trusting the one who told us, “this is true”, “this is the right way to go”.

Sometimes the one we need to trust is ourselves:
> that we heard the angels correctly,
> that the decision feels right,
> that the coin flip is the best we’ve got right now.

And in such cases our assurance only comes after we walk out that choice and we hope
to catch glimpses as we go that we were right and that indeed, Love was guiding us.

And sometimes we must trust our instincts and tell only a few who need to know and might understand about the road we’ve decided to walk down.


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Re: [Panhala] TIRED OF SPEAKING SWEETLY — Hafiz (Redux of a personal favorite)

I subscribe to this poetry list and find I love many of the poems he sends out.
This one particularly hits home to me as I find I learn the most when Love turns me around to face forward, when I thought I had been facing forward all the time.
On Nov 08, 2017, at 03:22 AM, “‘Joe Riley’ jnriley@comcast.net [Panhala]” <Panhala@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Stormy Sea
Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.
If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.
Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth
That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,
Causing the world to weep
On too many fine days.
God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.
The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out.
But when we hear
He is in such a “playful drunken mood”
Most everyone I know
Quickly packs their bags and hightails it
Out of town.
~ Hafiz ~
(The Gift – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
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eagle’s flight – Naming God – 10/25/17

I woke up this morning rested and came to pray with pens in hand creating pictures, scribbles and words to discover and capture the Love from God that was healing my little scrapes from yesterday. Much that was good was spoken yesterday with deep friends, but that sometimes leaves little scratches, perhaps a skinned knee from small worries that I’d said too much (a small worry that springs up in me from time to time.)
But this morning my prayer/meditation/chat with God began with a hug. A Father/Mother/Holy Spirit Presence that said “I Love You” with such a warm hug that my bruised spirit was no longer even and issue.
And I am thankful for all that God is becoming for me.
Naming God
You All
(or Y’all in the original dialect)
brings all the Godhead
in as One
gender free, male and female
for me
Father, King, Conqueror
Love, Light, Truth, The Way
Incarnate One
All true
All with history
Holy All
Holy One
Holy Spirit, Peilush, Lord of Wind and Wave
Master, Lord, Friend, Guide, Maker, Coach
my names for the Great Lover of my soul
Husband to be
(We’ve been asked)
Now I/we must grow into our collective, “YES”
Yes, with all our heart
Yes, with all my heart
— — —
And you?
What are your names for God?
What would you call God in your good and not so good life experiences?
FYI – God already knows these names, so you aren’t surprising the Great Y’all
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eagle’s flight – 8th Day of Creation Musings – 10/5/17

In trying to find a way to live and love well in such a time as this I keep coming back to:
I love because God first loves me
I am called / commanded to love God back
I am called / commanded to love my neighbor just as I love myself
and that all the other law, prophets and musings on what is the right way to live hang from these 2 commandments.
So somehow love needs to be what all our our talk and actions hang from.
In these days of lies and misleading statements and actions with love given lip service but being largely left out as weak and cheap, it’s a bit hard to see how love could overcome the barrage that is driven by money power and desire for ME and MINE at any cost.
But we are told in the scriptures that love is over all things and that without it we are just making noise.
There is much noise these days. Here is my attempt to find Love’s road through it all.

8th day – creation musings
On the 8th day of creation
humans wake up
and begin to live in Eden – God’s garden
Eve –
is the one who talks with others
wants to try new things
the one Adam loves
and listens to
then blames for his own failure
this is the road of growing up
perhaps there was another way
but “we” didn’t take it
and still don’t
our way involves striving
wrong turns
and corrections

we are told
few will see
few will turn from their bad road
and find (again and again)
the narrow way
that leads God-ward
that leads deeper into Love’s Ways
and we are told
that the struggles / battles / trials / striving / fallings / rising again’s
perfect us
and we are told that just before the wedding
when we have finally “grown up” enough to start “real life”
there is a monumental battle
the largest explosion ever
out of which it seems the bride emerges
knit together
composed of the living and the dead
(and CS Lewis (The Great Divorce)
would have space created for those that don’t want to join in
and they shrink
until they vanish
because nothing is left
they’ve gone back to the void)
I wonder
we seem to be on a road of separation
perhaps another large war
between the rich “haves”
and the poor “have not’s”
1/3 of humankind wiped out? – it could be done
so how to build a community in the midst
of whatever comes
that holds all things
all people
in common
hmmm – could be done
likely with a few
who choose such a road
who choose such love as central
but perhaps it would be
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