eaglesflight – the gathering – and in conclusion – 12/6/13

Jesus’ sermon on the mount. ends with a number of interesting musing points. I’ve found my most effective musings are when I try and walk out, to incorporate some (perhaps small)  part of what I’m reading into how I live. And as I do that, I uncover parts of me I’ve not been aware of.  I begin to see in the midst of life what I must let go of and what treasures I must walk more deeply into.

Matthew 7:13-29
The Narrow Gate
(Lk 13:24)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

this road
and we
will be alone
on this road
unplugged
left to our own devices
when
people
music
news
texts
email
are silenced
we will find
this gate
through grace
to our self
that God sees

A Tree and Its Fruit
(Mt 12:33; Lk 6:43–45)
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

many
convincing ones
come with agendas
hidden behind
the rhetoric
that strums the chords
of our own
internal concerns

the sirens of ancient myths
but we will learn to look
at the life
or destruction
they leave behind

Concerning Self-Deception
(Lk 6:46; 13:26–27)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’

we like to talk
to explain
when we would better
be doing
living out
each word given

living well is not speaking seeking acceptance
it is not talking others into knowing our intentions

it is walking out and into
it is the will
to act
and do
the love needed
in each event
with each person
presented to us
on our walk into
the life freely given

Hearers and Doers
(Lk 6:47–49)
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

hear well
and deeply
in actions
that comprehend
and give meaning
to the sounds

know and live
the authority
of walking with
living out
the Father-Jesus-Spirit
love
expressed and understood
in actions
in life lived

how do we know one another?

Do you know John Notor?
He’s a good, long time friend of mine.
We have lunch, coffee, breakfast from time to time
we have shared lives and kids
we’ve taught classes together
we trust each other
with our most interesting weirdnesses

Do you know Jesus, his Father, and Peilush, the Holy Spirit?
we too are long time friends

perhaps you
should go have coffee together.
need an introduction?

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About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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