What a Wonderful World

(Genesis 1)

The noise of the animals is a low roar.

The waves continually kissing the shore.

The breezes making the trees dance.

The humans are inventing romance.

There’s no such thing as zombies.

Creation is a just a big ole party.

The light of the stars are set on low.

The night creatures come late to the show.

The birds are singing with Eve.

God looks at all He achieved.

That’s the first Saturday night story.

Creation is a just a big ole party.


Waiting on the world to change


Do as I do

Meditation on Matthew 25:35-36

For I was hungry
and you fed Me
as I provided manna in the desert.
For I was thirsty
and you gave Me something to drink
as I showed the abandoned Hagar a well in the desert.
I was naked
and you gave Me clothes
as I did with Adam and Eve.
I was sick
and you looked after Me
as I took care of a faithful Job.
I was in prison
and you came to see Me
as I heard the cries of My exodus people.
The King said
Follow My example
and do the same.

Verse 1- Exodus 16
Verse 2- Genesis 21:19
Verse 3- Genesis 3:21
Verse 4- Job 2:6
Verse 5- Exodus 2:23-24


You can't walk away from the price you pay

(Matthew 14:45-46)

The Kingdom of God is like a pearl
That you would pay everything you had in the world.
Would you show off your treasure every day?
Or keep it safe knowing the price you paid?
Or would you wait for the time
When you could buy it on sale?


“He will quiet you with His love”

(Zephaniah 3:17c)

I walked into this empty church I had no place else to go
When the sweetest voice I ever heard, whispered to my soul
I don't need to be forgiven for loving you so much
It's written in the scriptures
It's written there in blood
I even heard the angels declare it from above
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love.

**Leonard Cohen
Slow down.
Shut it off.
Be still.
He will quiet you with His love.
Be open.
He will quiet you with His love.
Forgive others.
As well as yourself.
Be a blessing.
He will quiet you with His love.
All the Marthas.
Look at the Marys.
He will quiet you with His love.


Dealing the Authentic

Buy the truth and do not sell it.
(Proverbs 23:12a)

Where can you find truth?
Real truth
not that packaged crap - Trooth.®

I heard there was one guy
who said He was the truth.

The competition came down on Him hard,
but I heard He’s still dealing
the authentic.

He brags that it’s
so good it will set you free.



The little saint
comes forward to become
a citizen
of the Kingdom.

The little saint
raises her face
to the empty cross
of salvation and grace

The little saint
knows no wisdom
only love --
the passport to the Kingdom.

O little saint!
For the rest of your days,
worship the LORD for
He is holy.
please believe it
precious one -
you are too.




(Acts 9:36-42)
There was a female Lazarus named Tabitha
But hardly anyone knows of her story
So when October 25th comes up on the calendar
Let’s remember her part for God’s glory.


Without Love, where would you be now?

(Luke 7:1-10)
I am not worthy
to share in Your glory.
Yet You slaughter
the fatted heifer
for us prodigal sons and daughters.
I am not worthy
to share in Your glory.
As I hammer the nails in
For my sin.
I am not worthy
to share in Your glory.
But say the word
And my soul shall be healed.


When talking around God’s table


When talking around God’s table
Let’s not act like Cain and Abel.
Your argument should not be a big drama
and please don’t end it with, “Yo mama!”

When discussing around God’s table,
Let your heart and soul be graceful.
In order to be God’s spokesman
Your mind must be faithful and open.

When responding to someone at God’s table
Let not your words be wasteful.
There is a time for your statement.
So be patient, be patient, be patient.

When listening at God’s table
Let your attitude be charitable.
Everyone hasn’t traveled the same road as you,
Listen to the route taken by the girl with the tattoo.

When sitting around God’s table
Understand everyone’s position if you’re able.
Don’t be on Facebook with your iPhone
When someone is making their thoughts known.

When talking around God’s table
Let not your speech be hateful.
And the point you’re trying to sell
Doesn’t improve when you yell.

When debating around God’s table
Do not use stories from your crazy uncle.
If you want the question to have closure
Unite the facts with Scripture.

Have a leader at God’s table.
Someone who can discern fact from fable.
Someone who will let everyone be heard.
Someone who believes:
God first, everyone else second, and he or she third.

At end of the session at God’s table
Does our business return to usual?
Maybe God’s purpose in the end
Was for you to make a new friend.


A place Mapquest can't find

(1 Kings 19)

God saw Elijah‘s little world falling apart,
and asked
“What are you doing here?"
God in His mercy
fed and sheltered Elijah
waited as a breeze
waited as a tremor
waited as an inferno
repeated His question
in a small voice

“What are you doing here?”

And today
God in His infinite mercy
feeds and shelters His children
who are worrying about
their little worlds falling apart.

And He waits
sometimes as a brook
sometimes as a cloud
sometimes as a flood
repeats His question
in a small voice
“What are you doing here?”


How do you sleep while your bed is burning?

(Deuteronomy 28)

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you
that I have set before you
life and death, blessings and curses. (Deut. 30:19)

God gave his answer
to his people:
Follow me and be peaceful.
(14 verses of peace, love and understanding.)
Be ready to inflicted with My cancer.
(54 verses of pain, hate and misunderstanding.)

There will be blessings when you go in.
There will be blessings when you go out.
There will be blessings for your next of kin.
There will be blessings for all of the devout.

But woe to the one
who places anything ahead of Me or My Son.
This is not a theological abstraction.
This is the real fatal attraction.

You will build your dream house
However, the contractor will move in with your spouse.
Your children will leave the nation.
Your broken heart will lack medication.

You will turn to the gods of the moment.
However, none of them are potent
against My wrath.
Please child, do the math -
I AM the One.

You will borrow from your foes
It’s a matter of time before they foreclose.
In your world, they are the new boss,
They ain’t the same as the old Boss.

First comes drought,
Then follows famine without a doubt.
In a while, you and the old lady
fight to see who eats the baby.

For the rest of your lives
The goal is to survive.
The total strangers you beg from
give you the finger.
(And it ain’t the thumb.)


Only drowning men can see Him

(Matthew 14:22-33)
Peter asked:
“If it’s You,
can I do this too?”
“Come,” He said as the wind blew
Out of the boat came apostle from Judah
And ending up standing on aqua firma.

Peter so much wanted to be the ally
of his beloved Rabbi.
Anything the Teacher excelled
was something he wanted do as well.

But the Eleven screamed
“This must a dream!”
Peter heard them through the gales
and realized one little detail:
“I think I’m going to fail!”

Jesus pulled him out
and asked, “Why did you doubt?”
But the Rabbi also learned something that night,
Shortcuts never work out exactly right.




Love’s Choice

This bread is light, dissolving, almost air,
A little visitation on my tongue,
A wafer-thin sensation, hardly there.
This taste of wine is brief in flavour, flung
A moment to the palate’s roof and fled,
Even its aftertaste a memory.
Yet this is how He comes. Through wine and bread
Love chooses to be emptied into me.
He does not come in unimagined light
Too bright to be denied, too absolute
For consciousness, too strong for sight,
Leaving the seer blind, the poet mute,
Chooses instead to seep into each sense,
To dye himself into experience.

The Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds

Meditation on the painting in the Sugar Land FUMC chapel
(first painting)

Who’s that lurking
around the Christmas stage set?
The crosses of Death
meeting their Executioner.



Where's the love we once knew?

(Revelation 4:9-11)

The God of love sat at His table
with coffee and a bagel.
He started a meditation
on His favorite creation.

Oh man,
Why can’t you follow the plan?
Instead of the Song of Solomon
a booty call.
Instead of My will be done
Everyone’s at the shopping mall.

Instead of the cross being My signature
it’s jewelry.
Instead of the Kingdom being the purpose singular
You invent a culture of fantasy.

Instead of forgiving those in our debt,
You demand your pound of flesh.
Instead of being living water wet
Your idol is Jesus Cash.

The God of love got up from His table
Left the bagel and gulped His coffee cold.
Walked over to a table of angels,
And asked, “Wanna go bowl?”


This is the worst trip I've ever been on

(Numbers 21:4-9)

Numbers 21:4-9
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[
c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

John 3:14-15
[Jesus said: ]“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

By Numbers 21
Yahweh was undone.



Moses asked
and God gave him the task
of fashioning a crucifix
of a bronze snake attached to the sticks.

God advised:
“Those who are struck with venom
and look at this creation
Will escape death’s condemnation.
And by the way - You’re welcome.”


Ain’t never been there,but the brochure looks nice

(Numbers chapters 13 and 14)

They selected one from each clan
to achieve Yahweh’s plan
to go locate the Promise Land.

After forty nights and days
They returned amazed.
They returned surprised.
This place was better than advertised.

However, there was one problem.
“Oh we hate to be contrarians
When we stand next to the barbarians
We’re barely as tall as their left nut.”

From the Judah tribe,
Caleb said, “Let’s go in! I feel God’s vibe.”
Instead the former slaves had a fit,
“We’re going back to Egypt!”

Joshua and Caleb appealed one more time.
“Stop acting like being brave is a crime.
Stop being afraid.
With God, this will be a parade.”

The minority report was rejected.
Rocks suitable for stoning were selected.
Then guess who busts in to meet the nation?
Yes, the original Godfather doesn’t need an invitation.

“You made Me come down from My Kingdom,
Because you don’t understand the concept of freedom.
Moses, I ain’t joking!
I AM ready to some serious smoting!”

Moses said to the Omnipotent,
“Yahweh, The infidels will shout:
“That god of Israel is incompetent!
Freed his people and then let everything go south!””

The Supreme Being reconsidered.
“ OK. This is My command:
No one
except the kin of Caleb and the son of Nun
will enter Graceland.

They will all die in the wilderness.
For 40 years
Lost will be their address.”

Moses relayed the announcement.
After hearing this, the refugees began to lament,
“We’re the Chosen, not the Exiled,
God can’t treat us like a red headed stepchild!”

And before the sunrise
Much to Moses’ surprise.
Some of them got on the plateau
and said “We ready to go!”

“You just don’t get it, don’t you?
God is not with you!
I’m not coming aboard,
You are all gonna die by the sword!”

They ignored the advice
They left saying,
“We’ll call you when we reach Paradise.”

You know the rest of the tale.
It was worse than being in the belly of a whale.
Blood spilled from
and finally stopping
at exit 45
in Hormah.



(Acts 2)

They all got together/And before the prayer

In came in the wind/In came the fire

And created a polyglot choir.

Then they were not bashful./To proclaim the Gospel

That salvation can come to the lost

to all the attendees of the Pentecost.

A troll stated,/“You guys gotta be inebriated!”

Peter replied, “ They are drunk on a different Spirit,

you dumb punk!”

Listen well to the prophet Joel:

At the end,/God will send

on those who recognize Him as Lord

His Spirit.

They will inherit the reward


Life without limit.

The young will tell of what’s going down.

The old will dream dreams unbound.

Slaves will tell of the sun being dark as mud.

They will tell of the moon the color of blood.


Those who believed /and perceived

the signs,

They will receive

an invitation to the Celebration.

Jesus was the man/ who carried out God’s plan

By showing who is the great I AM.

Instead of accepting your Messiah,

You yelled, “Crucify ya!”

But God stepped in /and killed death and sin.

So the crowd asked “What can we do?”

Peter replied:

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you.

This is for the forgiveness of sin.

Also ask the Holy Spirit to dwell within.”

Three thousand felt the indwelling.

Sold all their bling.

Shared everything.

And started living.


Knowing by Padraig J. Daly

We know how stars divide,
How atoms race and run,
How the first explosion
Sent the planets hurtling.
How there is a maw in the spheres,
Lurking to swallow everything.

And miss the small perfection
Of a bird alighting,
Dilettante butterfly,
The oak over the river
Sheltering the sensitive fish.

And sometimes
If we fold ourselves
Into that quiet and wait,
The Other comes,
Touching us with madness
And certitude.


Victim of the storm

"If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss." (Message)

“The way of fools seems right to them.” Proverbs 12:15a (NIV)

Built on sand.
Saved a few grand.
Until the storm.
Until the storm.

Financed by a sub-prime.
Plan to flip it in ten months time.
Until the storm.
Until the storm.

My love left me.
I waved goodbye on the porch.
As the storm approached.
As the storm approached.

Outgo exceeded income.
The neighborhood is turning into a slum.
As the storm howled its warning.
As the storm howled its warning.

The waters drove me up a tree.
The river drove the house to the sea.
And then the storm ceased to be .
And then the storm ceased to be.

Stuck in a FEMA trailer.
A failure.
Got foreclosed on the loan.
All alone.
A victim of the storm.
A victim of the storm.
A victim of the storm.


A Father's Love

“And behold, a voice from heaven said,
This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!” (AMP)

(Matthew 3:17)

This is my Son.
This is my Boy.
He is the One.
Who is just like Me.
This is my Son.
This is my Boy.
He is Love.
Just like Me.
This is my Son.
This is my Boy.
He’s God’s gift to women.
He’s God’s gift to men.
This is my Son.
This is my Boy.
He is my joy,
In whom I delight.


A Bible Study Prayer

May my beliefs
outnumber my doubts.
May my understanding
be reflecting in my praying.
May my studying
Renew my mind.
May each lesson
Aid me in my mission.
May each word I say in class,
Be the message You need said.



The Life Everlasting

A faith-healing evangelist was asked, “Who goes to heaven?”
He would answer something like,
“Everybody who can stand that much love.”
And when asked, “Who goes to hell?”
He responded, “Only those who will have it no other way.”

Su casa es mi casa.

The language of Truth is spoken.

We are in your Presence.

We are shown love.

We drink Your living water.

We worship You in song, word and deed.

We will use and share the treasures
that were stored up for us.

We will submit to Your Way.

We are free.



The Power

Imagine the power of the resurrection
That takes Him from tomb temperature
to ninety-eight point six.

Imagine the power of the resurrection
That gives Him the strength
to move the rock.

Imagine the power of the resurrection
That clears His parched throat
to ask the guards for some water.

Imagine the power of the resurrection
That has no interest to rub His enemies faces in it
but longs to be reunited with His friends.

Imagine the power of the resurrection
As Mary approaches this dirty, tired, sweaty man
His graveyard shift.

Imagine the power of the resurrection
As the One who defeated death,
calls out your name.




(Matthew 25:32-34)
32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Every day,
The world wants to place
a category on every face.
The extreme and the mainstream.
The sheep and the creeps.
The addicted and the clean.
The good and the mean.
The indifferent and the voters.
The leaders and their supporters.
The rich and the pissants.

And on the Last Day,
God separates us into two:



Too much

Meditation on John 2-4

Did Jesus go too far
When He filled the water jars
with His Dad's favorite vintage?
180 gallons! -
Jesus, are you trying to flood the village!

Did Jesus go too far
at the Temple bazaar
with His spring cleaning?
With You  Jesus , "Under New Management"
has a whole new meaning.

Did Jesus go too far
As the priest found it so bizarre.
To enter God's domain
you must be born again.
Jesus, I never thought the tomb
as a delivery room.

Did Jesus go too far
to be secretive about the bar
the serves the water that satisfies?
Like the Samaritan woman
I really want a piece of that franchise.

Did Jesus go too far
to tell the local czar
how much we whine
for our need of wonders and signs
before telling him that his boy will be fine.

Oh Jesus,
Let's have some of that leftover wine.


Matthew 18:23-35  (The Unmerciful Servant)

Why did he do it?
Bully someone for chump change,
Right after being forgiven for millions.
Is mercy only found at the foot of the cross?
OK, sometimes with mama too.

Why did he do it?
He went back into a world of
You owe me
I owe you.
A world of
In God we trust
all others pay cash.
A world of winners and losers.
A world where "Give me a break,"
ain't a request but a cynical statement.
Is mercy only found at the foot of the cross?
OK, sometimes with mama too.

Jesus said,
"Only the merciful will receive mercy." 1
"With the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 2
Trouble is we don't breathe in the mercy.
We accept the measurements the world gives us.
Just so no one can take advantage of us.
Is mercy only found at the foot of the cross?
OK, sometimes with mama too.

Note 1- Matthew 5:7
Note 2- Mark 4:24

Don't underestimate the value of listening....to all the things you can't hear

(Prayer of the human condition)

Matthew 12:34b: For out of the overflow of the heart,
the mouth speaks.

When the pastor greets the flock
with a cheerful "Good Morning",
Sometimes the congregation
rumbles back a humble grumble.

Oh, how I wish the preacher would not ask
for us to repeat this task.
As spokesman for us sheep
the reason we're half asleep
We're buried under the world's garbage heap.

Texting without conversation
Busted relations
Soul sucking work
Everyone in the world is a jerk.
Sleep without rest
Issues without context
Obama and Glenn Beck
My inflation riddled paycheck.
Corporations are charged with a misdemeanor
For the air over Pasadena.
Jesus, I ain't even gotten started,
but the guy in front of me farted.

So on a Sabbath morn
when our response to your query is so forlorn.
Pastor, do not ask for us be repeating
the response to your greeting.
Instead heed the sound of our loss
and shepherd us to the cross.