Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lofty Words – v5

These words of the Savior, from God
words on the mountain side,
given to the people, commandments
Words changing, love, the Spirit,
transforming words, the rules,
the Law, the meaning, the balance
of how we are to live

Seeing the world with different eyes
our enemies as our neighbors,
loving our enemies, as Christ loves,
those who would do us harm
treating them as we would wish
they would treat us, with love,
as Christ loved us first

All equal are equal, worthy,
in the sight of God, our Father,
all must be treated fairly, justly,
These words lofty, hard to live out;
but for the help of God
we too can live out these words
to be His disciples, His children

We too can live out these words,
the words that guided our Savior
even to the cross, to Golgotha,
to submit, to give, to sacrifice,
even while hanging there;
Offering forgiveness, reconciliation,
in living as He lived, humbly
in these words of love.

edited December 23, 2015
Lofty Words – v5

(merging edits to version 3 and version 4)
edited February 2, 2015
Lofty Words – v4
edited January 20, 2015
Lofty Words – v3
(editing original again)
edited January 20, 2015
understanding a moment – v3
(editing version 1 again)
edited January 20, 2015
Words in Quotes – v3
(editing version 1 again)
edited January 20, 2015
Words that Bind – v3
(editing version 1 again)
edited January 20, 2015
Words chosen for a nation – v3
(editing version 1 again)
January 21, 2013
Lofty Words – v2
January 21, 2013
understanding a moment – v2
January 21, 2013
Words in Quotes – v2
January 21, 2013
Words that Bind – v2
January 21, 2013
Words chosen for a nation – v2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
and his final speech before his assassination
and Inauguration of the President
Barack Hussein Obama
by Myrlie Evers-Williams
Inaugural Address
several poems written in 2009
on the juxtaposition of the
80th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the inauguration of Barack Obama
as President of the United States of America
January 17, 2009
understanding a moment
January 17, 2009
Words in Quotes
January 17, 2009
Words chosen for a nation
January 17, 2009
Words that Bind
and the Presidential Oath, from the
US Constitution, Article I, Section 1, Clause 8,
repeated verbatim by the presidents. The only language in quotes
in the Constitution, unlike the general principles elsewhere.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully
execute the office of President of the United States,
and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States."
January 18, 2009
Lofty Words
the message, “It’s not just a dream but a reality”
on the sign in front of church,
the story of Moses and Joshua,
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Joshua 1:1-9
along with
Micah 4:1-4
Matthew 5:43-48
the sermon, “Love Your Who???”,
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson,
Suncook United Methodist Church, Suncook, NH,
and the hypothetical put to Eric Holder, nominee for Attorney General,
by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on the use of waterboarding,
January 15, 2009, during his Senate Confirmation Hearings,

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