Petals For The King

There are rose petals on the sidewalk outside the Church today.

I nod to them as I walk to the chapel.

I see them lay prostrate.

Unattached alone.

Emojis of Advent.

anyone who passes can see them.

I cannot nod at those who walk beside me.

They have head down at feet

or phone.

We connect instead over petals.

Both” I “and “ they “see them

The red petals on white concrete.

It is Black Friday but the way is white.

White concrete with red rose petals.

“What is it ?“ they murmur

Our feet flatten petal then petal then petal

Some answer “ there must have been a wedding dear “

Others say“ maybe it was from a funeral in the church here “

“No no “the young lover says to his girl,

“ it’s a man tearing rose petals asking do you love me do you not ?“

“Silly brother” the little sister punches the young man

“the rose petals just fell off because they wanted to act just like the fall leaves”

Toddling beside them all ,the Youngest looks up and says

“oh no God ! You forgot to give us water ! you gave us your rose petal tears!”

Who knows why there are rose petals on the sidewalk

but the rose petals on the sidewalk they surely know.

about the day before and they were strewn From altar out the door

Strewn to open a season for the king. So we could see …

like a petal peeled from a beautiful rose

is the Eucharist from the host of heaven …

Just a little petal of his love.

Connecting us to the King .

Advent #8

Isaiah 44, Genesis 3

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath THIS TREE. . .

Does your foot still come to corrupt gardens , does it come crushing bud and head?

Does it come crush double faced flowers and snakes long ago dead?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath my feet. . .

Does your foot still come in snowy fields , does it come where limbs stiffly pray?

Could it come pick me amidst trees that bend and break and sway?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath the dirt. ..

Does your foot still bleed into these roots, does it come where sin and doubt do rot?

Could it soak this evergreen right here and uproot me for your pot?

Come oh Come of Foot of Jesus , please dig me out from this ground. . .

Does your foot still move across the barren, does it move through filth with snow?

Could it bring me to your home of Lights and from your light  would  I glow?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus, lift me to the beauty of your arms . .

And carry me carry me to the house of Our Father where I will be a TREE dressed in heavens charms!

“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:8, 14-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/gen.3.8,14-15.kjv

“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:3, 23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.44.3,23.kjv

Advent #7

Isaiah 30

I am a tree in this wilderness way.

I’ve roots that dig and limbs that sway.

Quiet and trust are stakes that keep me above ground.

While men with axes shout “shut up and sit down ”

I keep my leaves still beneath the snow.

I do not move, breathe ,bear fruit or grow.

See My roots fear the depth ,my limbs feign the love …

I wait for YOU TO COME , oh burning breath from Above !

COME , JESUS melt rivers and streams across my trunk and limbs !

Come Lord Jesus and let me be an ever green in you again !!

tell me “Come Follow ” as you axe a different tone

And Speak to me a better word than I have every known ….

I am a tree ,as your psalm and song do say .

I stand with roots grounded and limbs that pray .

Oh come, oh come , Jesus and carry me out of this woods so cold!

Oh come Jesus and set me to love in your house of glory and gold!

““For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.30.15.kjv

And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.30.18.kjv

Advent #2

Advent #2

Isaiah 2

While brothers rustle hunting for deer….

And sisters hustle hunting for gifts

Isaiah stops to whisper that YOU hide in mountain clefts.

Can YOU see from heights what we feel Below ?

Can YOU stop and see when your eyes go to and fro?

Do YOU see deer shot wounded and we are too?

Do YOU see the gifts are broken and not useful for you?

Could YOU COME oh Jesus and heal us with a drink from your fountain?

Could YOU COME oh Jesus with a perfect gift from the clefts of your mountain?

Could YOU COME to our pasture and restore broken fences?

Could YOU COME ,as Our Father says , sparing none of His expenses?

Oh COME with your rifle of mercy and shoot us aright down!

Then, COME with your wallet of love and buy us a new bridal gown !