Greater Works

based on John 14:12 Aramaic Bible

Noah did a great work

       Moses too

Abraham was father to Issac

       did not have to make a sacrifice of him

                  became the father of faith

Jonah finished his task 

         after much travail and prayer

                   from the belly of a fish and was still

                               mad at GOD

Jesus did great works

           some we will never know of

Peter and Paul led the blind to see

            and Jesus said 
  

                       Timeless truth, I tell you: ‘whoever believes in Me,

                       those works which I have done, he will also do,

                       and he will do greater works than these, because

                       I am going to the presence of my Father.’

Expect greater works

Greater Works

Into This Life

Bad dreams

Wake the sleep

Are anything other than

Bad experience or

Sickness

Gone away or

that sadness and

A suicidal melancholy

How ridiculous to believe

That no one loves your

truth?

It’s all that we have

How did I ever forget the

Beauty of life

I was so asleep!

We are all in a bad dream

You’ll say, I can’t believe

You can believe in

yourself

Sit

back and laugh at

temporary circumstance

One day you will look

Far deeper into this life
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NaPoWriMo prompt using a Rumi poem

Into This Life

Fire

Led into the desert by the Spirit

Forty days

It was the Word that brought Him out

On fire for the Kingdom

And able to speak

Against the Pharisees of His day

He knew who He was

And ran knowingly

Into the burning man

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dVerse prompt on the word “burn” in quadrille with thoughts of Aaron Joel Mitchell, age 41, who ran into the effigy of the burning man at Burning Man 2017.  

Fire

The Battle

 

I went downtown to help a friend get a collared clergy shirt.  He spoke a little English even though his first language is French.  He had come from Rome for a Holy Convocation.  I was overwhelmed by the number of icons, so many little plastic Jesuses and Him still hanging on the cross.  “Iconoclast……….the battle is real.”  I doubt that he knew what I said.  I started to weep wondering what Jesus would have thought of the things I was seeing in the shop.  Would He have taken a whip out?

I felt like Paul in Ephesus when he rebuked the god Artemis and the idol makers set the people against him.  I told my friend I felt like Paul in Ephesus but I doubt that he understood what I was saying. I hardly knew myself.  I walked around the shop while my friend tried on the clergy shirt.  What I was seeing was big business all over the world.  On the shelf was a single crown of thorns and I questioned if this is what Jesus died for.

More than a savior

Jesus wants to be your LORD

And His will be done
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dVerse prompt to write in haibun form

The Battle