04 March 2014

On the Night I was Shunned



                                      
Surprised to hear from muffled voice
Tonight! the Church would see
Me, for who and what really is
Gay man, and deemed sinner fiend
By those who came to cast their vote
With righteous law me to demean

I dressed my Sunday meeting best
sitting front row center
The Elders benched before me sat
Beards stroking and unflinched
My name they called with charges forth
For now was I surely tainted!

They read of my un-to-ward deed
Of being WITH a Man!
And how God’s wrath would surely come
On such as dared to stand
In sins dread path of wickedness
with actions all, to hell be damned

So stood I all alone midst them
Defeated by their will
Cast from the hand and kiss of friend
Partaker of derisions chill
Apart to be, and shunned by all
Eldest to least, all fealty killed

Weeks would be of silent staring
Alone against the throng
Days and nights spent a wondering
To whom and what would I belong?
Was God really so harsh and cruel,
to cut off from me all living?

Tears and heartache, painful and sighs
Hopeless love was ending
Doubtful with fears and sharpened spears
Long rainy walks, tears and cryings
Downcast, downtrod  amidst their leers
Shame feeling, their Way decrying

Into the dark alone I went
corn fields rustled briskly
now clouded skies of grey-filled night
hung o’er my lowered head and life
OUT from their chosen faithfulness
My life they judged unfit, dismissed

 





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24 February 2014

Meditation on St. Mark 10:51



“What Would You Have Jesus Do?”
During the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, some followed him to see what he would do.  Those with ailments of the body called upon Jesus to do miracles of healing, so that they might be made physically whole. The self-righteous wanted him to do things to contradict their perception of the Law of God, and even the Devil tempted Jesus to act contrary to God’s plan for his life. 
In St. Mark chapter 10:51, we hear Jesus ask a simple question of the blind man who sat by the road: ‘What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?’ Bartimaeus had previously heard of Jesus, who he was, and of what he was capable.  He embraced the truth that Jesus Christ could grant his petition, he laid aside his garment (i.e. the thing covering up who he really was) and cried out making his petition known.  His resolve, and the humility of his position, was recognized by the Creator, and restoration was made, giving blind Bartimaeus his sight.
Oh that we would make our petitions known in faith, humbly recognizing our dependence upon a prayer-answering God, believing he can grant our petitions before we even ask.



Almighty Father and Creator of our eyes, bless us now as those who have not seen Thee, and yet believe; help us to lay aside any sin or pretense covering what we truly are, and grant us spiritual sight through thy healing touch, that we may glorify you in this life through Jesus Christ, and the life that is to come.            Amen
 










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16 February 2014

Being A Means of Grace




There is a saying used by some that says, “the End, justifies the Means”.
I do not know what all is meant by that statement, especially as it is used in various situations, but if the End you desire is- imparted grace towards another human being, then you being the ‘means’, by which that grace is imparted, seems very justifiable.

Jesus Christ, was sent by God the Father of all Creation, into this world to be The Means of Grace to all who are lost in sin and departed from the fellowship of God.  When he lay down his life sacrificially for all who believe in Him, Jesus clearly passed on his work to those who followed after. “Go out into all the world” was his disciples first commission, and ever since, recipients of his grace, have been busy sharing that grace with others.

You might say, “well, what is grace?” Simply put, it is unmerited favor.
Before you or I ever existed on this planet, God humbled himself by putting on the bodily form of a human being, and as His Son, Jesus Christ, walked and talked among us, living and dying for the redemption of our sinful souls.
I think it would be a challenge for most of us to be willing to die for someone we loved and knew.  To be asked to die for someone we’ve never seen or met, that would take a lot of ‘grace’.

Jesus Christ, through his word and his spirit is challenging each of us every day to be the ‘vehicle’ by which ‘unmerited favor’ or ‘grace’ is bestowed to others.  Sometimes, you might not even know who you are bestowing grace upon.  There may be lives you touch on a daily basis or just once, that experience the love of Christ and his favor, through your being the Means to that End.

So many are caught up with the sins of hate, bigotry and prejudice towards people unlike themselves in some way or another, that these individuals miss out on the true mission of Christianity in being that means of God’s grace to others.  I do not merit favor from you or anyone, but I am thankful that God in his supreme love and mercy has seen fit to grant His unmerited favor to each and every one of his creations on this planet. 

·        It is my hope and prayer that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and who appreciates his sacrificial death for them, can learn to live by being a means of grace to others.  It may be smiling at that other person you pass on the sidewalk,
·        It may be visiting the sick or weak
·        It may be sitting by that lonely person on the church pew by themselves,
·        It may be sending an email or message to encourage someone weighed down by the struggles of this life.
·        It may be reaching out to befriend someone different than yourself
·        It may be actively participating in a group effort for a good cause, even if it wasn’t designed or organized quite the way you wanted it to be
·        It may be humbly submitting your ideas in order to help another’s succeed

Let all those who claim the name of Jesus Christ, actively seek to show his grace towards others.
 







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26 January 2014

A Meditation on Psalm 81



The Best PB & J ever!
When I was a child living at home with my parents, I was blessed to partake every day from the bounties they provided me.  My mother was an excellent cook and baker and she made us delicious bread. Living in harmony and obedience to my parents was beneficial to me being able to enjoy mealtimes together with them.  She would cut me a thick slice of her homemade bread and I would dig deep into the peanut butter jar to smear thick creaminess across my slice, and then slather on some strawberry jelly to add that essential sweetness.  This made the best PB & J ever!
In Psalm 81, God is speaking to Israel and all those who love him, that he will feed them, just as he fed their fathers long ago.  “Open thy mouth wide and I will fit it” is a promise to those who seek after God.  To be fed with the finest wheat, and honey out of the rock, is God’s parental desire to provide pleasant nourishment to his children.  Oh that each would put away hate from our hearts and disobedience from our lives, so that we may gather around God’s table for some of the best PB & J ever!




Dear Father God, our parental Provider, we pray Thee fill us with Thy bounty, purge from our hearts the leaven of hate and sin, and bring us unto Thy Rock of Provision in the wilderness of our journey.  This we humbly ask in Thy Holy and Reverend Name.  Amen
 






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27 October 2013

The Christian Narration



The Christian Narration
From out eternal dark
there spake the voice of God
His voice did make the Light
From which all life did spark

The Three were present there
Father and Son and Ghost
Land, Sea and herbal fare
Sun, Moon and starry host

Creation made complete
With mankind made from dust
Adam neath tree, knew Eve
As fruitfully they must

The Serpent did beguile
Eve’s wishes for knowledge
Adam then chose to lose
For love of her who said

They then did till the earth
Midst thorns and thistles wrought
Their bread by sweat of brow
In daily sunshine hot

But God did plan a way
For Adams seed to bring
Salvation from decay
Redemption from the Spring

Twas Noah showed the plan
How God will man redeem
Into the Ark of Wood
Went all created things

Above the sea of sin
In Grace was Noah’s sight
The animals and men
Did see a rainbow bright

So then in manger came
A babe of lowly birth
Midst animals below
And praised by men of worth
This babe was Jesus Christ
God the Son, man of earth
Living taught the Truth right
Died on wood for good’s dearth

He lay down in the grave
Our Hell to bear and take
Then three days hence he rose
Victr’y o’er death to make

So now created all
In Jesus pray, believe
Adam is through nailed wood
Redeem-ed and set free

Father God and Christ Son
Holy Ghost, the Great Three
Most blest and faithful Guide
From now eternally

-Joseph Stalnaker ANNO DOMINI  2013

 








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