Manna

Despite my crankiness, I am nourished

by manna, and today, I have happiness.

“When they measured it… the one

who gathered much did not have too much,

who gathered little did not have too little.”[1]

Grumbling and grumpiness are expected.

Still, complaints are heard and prayers answered,

but misuse will spoil the gift and ruin the present.

We gathered together to celebrate

a life well-lived and a union well-formed,

we were manna – a wonder to behold.

Manna cannot be left, stored, or hoarded,

intended for today alone, it satisfies

my desires and arouses harmony.

Not by the book or following the script,

the sharing was eclectic and heartfelt,

the communion was revitalizing.

Beyond appreciating the gift,

it is critical to savor the moment

and to celebrate the nourishment.

The family fostered our faith,

the community nurtured their hope,

the repast gave us what we have.

Every day for everyone, always for all days,

manna meets my needs and fulfills my wants.


[1] Exodus 16: 18

Teeny Kuhn

We met in the kitchen

and Teeny said, “be careful” –

closely looking out for,

Teeny mastered here and now.

Our paths paralleled mostly

we went different ways the same –

with voice and hand tremoring,

Teeny was resilient.

Teeny’s way was the high way  

indeed the road not taken –

a faithful fearless friend,

Teeny was there to help.

Yes, we know what we know

She made the stitch in time –

a talented seamstress,

Teeny sewed communion.

She relished the warmed hearth

and savored the moment –

a gifted bread baker,

Teeny warmed my heart.

Like the wind, plans are fleeting

and she knew to… wait for it –

Teeny was a homemaker

and I was in the house.

I give thanks for Teeny’s presence

“Cut the crap,

and get to the mystery” –

Teeny made a difference.

Thank You for Your Kindness

Unassuming and not easy,

simple and not sleazy,

gratefulness preserves from sadness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

Struggling with his luggage forward,

she helped without a word.

He smiled, relieved by the fineness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

To feel good, I watch what I eat,

it’s not an easy feat.

She bends the menu for rightness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

“Please, will you play with me?”

entails a rough response.

On all four, I crawl with lightness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

What to watch? is a packed question,

a boggling suggestion.

Jointly we explore to find us…

“Thank you for your kindness”

Negotiating helps parenting,

and, too, grandparenting.

We value softness and mildness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

And again, he wants to know “why?”

Conviction must reply.

She speaks with endless politeness…

“Thank you for your kindness”

Does airport ride imposition

sour disposition?

No, she insists and helps bind us…

“Thank you for your kindness”

Escape Entanglement

What am I to do?

Despite the Truth, I seem ill-equipped

to endure temptation and avoid muddle.

What is the Way?

The allurement of “love” and enticement of “success”

are rife with superficial deals

Why do I have-to change?

Life is the same old same old challenge

and we are all saved that is the plan

Be good –

Have nothing to with worldly wants

with gratitude seek fulfillment

Do good –

“… to escape entanglements,

do not cultivate the benevolence of the rich and powerful.”[1]

Be a power for good

Trust in God’s mercy and compassion

have  confidence in restoration

“Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.”[2]


[1] Father Judge Meditations p198: lines 6-7

[2] Matthew 5: 6-7

Balance

Harmony is not achieved per se.

Harmony is realized in relation…

a delicate balance of being together alone –

deep appreciation and devoted protection.

Appreciation is awareness

composed with suffering that appalls,

vigilant with enhancements that appeals –

regarding regardless of outcomes.

Protection is attentiveness

centering the marginalized with trust,

transforming the satisfied with thirst –

foregoing forges of contracts.

Harmony is mutual openness.

Harmony cherishes personal contact…

a yielding balance of communion –

unending thankfulness and reassuring safety.

Prepared

“Fire… aim… ready” is a disaster,

so, too, is assumptive planning.

If the change includes forced cramming,

it’s impudent just to be faster.

I begin at ease to get ready –

measured response with focused calm

makes easy effort without qualm

and allows for change to be steady.

I circle the target and take aim –

engaged with intended purpose

cultivates a lasting service

and keeps the enlightened soul aflame.

I must pull a trigger to fire –

a committed resolution

not one and done execution

makes possible my heart’s desire.

Gratefully the task I now hasten,

a helping hand for the service.

Structured teamwork is on purpose,

I continue to share and listen.

Eye of the Beholder

Youth is wasted on the young

speaks an oft-told separation

between undone and being.

Undone relates to the heart

being identifies age –

both are unfulfilled and real.

The former embraces trust

the later lacks some judgment –

both encounter change and chance.

Bounded by space and time,

the young get old regardless

and then regret where and when.

Expanded by scene and tone,

youth abounds with new insight

and embraces what and who.

If retained with joy and grace,

if prepared for twists and turns,

youth need not be wasted.

Guest

Graciousness is a salutary role,

there are no rules but there is a way –

listen without observing

and submit with affirmation.

Both welcomed at the table

and chosen chum on the couch…

considered wanted company is a gift

and leads to being a courted blessing.

Sought to share activity is an honor –

conscientious but chill

and careful beyond reproach

makes for a good time had by all.

Always ready, willing, and able…

aware of expectations,

attentive to possibilities,

and available without an agenda.

Enjoying the embrace and feeling the love,

parting becomes sweet sorrow

and invited back brings happiness

to both guest and host together.

Right Intention

Jesus came to make reparation

and he taught us to have compassion

to do good works was correct action

but they must be with the right intention.

“No matter how good the work may be,

no matter what solace it may bring.

unless our intention is super –

natural, the greater good is not done.”[1]

The lesson cannot be minimized

-Charity towards the marginalized-

the needy must have our agency

the needy need our advocacy

anguish and pain are all about us

we cannot dismiss without a fuss,

these aches we must heartily embrace

with genuine honesty and grace.

Jesus declares and gives no redress

for hardened hearts to cries of distress

Jesus blesses acting sincerely

and embracing the needy dearly


[1] Father Judge Meditations p76: line 6-7

Kindness

“I am so anxious that you have

an invincible kindness”[1]

Show all sincere esteem.

Give all the kindness

of gentleness and patience.

What joy we will live!

What blessedness we will have!

“For kindness begets kindness.”[2]

What holds us? Charity –

Bound by God’s love

Our hearts beat as one in the Spirit

Kindness creates peace and harmony,

regardless of color or belief or orientation,

even peoples with competing goals.

So, in kindness we deal real

“yes” means yes and “no” means no.

as we deal, so God deals with us.

If we want mercy, we must be merciful.

If we want pity, we must be compassionate.

If we want forgiveness, we must forgive.

Invincible Kindness is integrity with mercy.

Invincible Kindness is justice with compassion.


[1] Father Judge Meditation page 120 Line 1-2

[2] Ephesians 4:32