Sunday, June 8, 2008

Excerpts from Isaiah

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Since you are honored and precious in my sight, and because I love you... Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Lead out those who have eyes, but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in th desert and streams in the wasteland... to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise." -Isaiah 43:1b-3a, 4a, 5a, 8-9a, 18-19, 20b-21

"This is what the Lord says-- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. One will say 'I belong to the Lord'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will wrote on his hand, 'The Lord's' and will take the name Israel... I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you." -Isaiah 44:2-5, 22

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Good night and good luck!

Hello, hello again. Just sitting here and thought I'd type something up before I hit the sack. Life is pretty uneventful as usual. Been looking around at apartments lately. There are a few that sound interesting.

Got my grades back for this past Winter semester. It was good. I don't know about the rest of you, but I always have a serious amount of apprehension when checking final grades. Even if I know I did well, it's the fear of the unknown. Anyway, so it's good now and it feels like a huge weight off of my chest.

Well, should sign off. Hope you all are well!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Magic Eight Ball

Shake, shake
Ask a question
Should I stay or should I go?
Shake, shake
Turn it over
Want an answer: yes or no

Put up
On my shelf
Growing dusty day by day
Don't stop
I ignore you
'Til I need to know again

Is God my magic eight ball?
Or is he the hall vending machine?
Put him away 'til the time's convenient
Laugh when I don't like the answers

Flip, flip
Seeking wisdom
I play scriptural roulette.
Don't like
What I'm seeing
Flip a few more pages yet.

Scorn, scoff
Then I close it
Ignoring any answers there.
Move on
I don't listen
It's easier to shut it out.

Is God my magic eight ball?
Or is he the hall vending machine?

.....

Okay, so I know this sounds slightly irreverent. In all honesty, I wanted it to sound like that. I want it to sound shallow, self-serving, etc. I was contemplating today --okay, not contemplating... I have had a few big decisions come up on me in the past few days and I realized I should pray about it. And then I was struck by the fact that I use God like some people use a magic eight ball. The first verse came to me as I was driving home from work and it seemed to work.

Then again, I'm over-tired and bordering on sleep deprivation right now, so it could be merely crappy and my sleepless state has allowed me to see my poetry through rose-colored glasses.