Assent’s Ascent

Who can be one with God?.. The psalmist says

The person with clean hands and pure heart

The person who does not lie by oath or deceive by swear[1]

Clean hands

work delivers dignity

it is not how much, or how well

it is the joy of producing

Pure heart

intention affords affinity

the expression of what we do

begets kindness and community

Authentic oath

pledge verifies validity

a promise requires commitment

not lip service or hollow gestures

Sworn witness

word increases integrity

taking a stand is what we stand for

reporting the truth sees with God’s eyes

We’ve got some difficult days ahead.

But it really doesn’t matter with me now,

because I’ve been to the mountaintop.[2]

[1] Psalm 24

[2] Martin Luther King

Savior (Psalm 142)

I call out to my God.

   I pray to Her for Her favor.

I pour out my problem to Her.

   I tell Her about my trouble.

When I grow weak,

   She knows what I’m going through.

In the path where I walk,

   people have hidden a trap to catch me.

Look around me, and you will see

   that no one is concerned about me.

I have no place of safety.

   No one cares whether I live or die.

My Lady, I cry out to you.

   I say, “You are my place of safety.

   You are everything I need in this life.”

Listen to my cry.

   I am in great need.

Save me from those who are chasing me.

   They are too strong for me.

My troubles are like a prison.

   Set me free so I can praise your name.

Then those who do what is right will gather around me   

because you have been good to me.


To hope against hope

To remain calm

To embrace change

It staggers the imagination

What we are faced with:

            Global destruction

            Political dissention

            Social declination

            Religious diminution

            Physical deterioration

Irreparable damage has been done

Can we make a difference?

            Global restoration

            Political renovation

            Social reformation

            Religious reparation

            Physical recuperation

To hope against hope

To remain calm

To embrace change

Resilience helps us resist

We are

abandoned but we can share

broken but we can mend

marginalized but we can recover

hurt but we can heal

fallen but we can get up

Resilience makes us supple

We are

neglected but we can care

wrecked but we can rebuild

dismissed but we can endorse

damaged but we can succeed

forgotten but we can commit

To hope against hope

To remain calm

To embrace change

Denouement with Dignity

So true it is; it is good to have work

and of great joy to work with dignity.

It does not matter what the lived task is –

it matters only how the job is done.

I am so very grateful to have work.

Yes, it makes me happy to be complete.

The appointed task fulfills my being,

getting the job done truly satisfies.

I have been hard at work for fifty years –

an educator – thousands have been led out,

helping others to realize self-esteem,

and the achievement of career goals.

Coming to my personal denouement…

I am graced by honoring self-esteem,

completed by commending career goals

I can now retire with dignity.

The future is full of possibility,

to continue to continue anew…

by living simply and simply leaving,

sharing love with peace and mercy.

Window of the Soul

To see, I must open my eyes.

To be seen, I must open my eyes.

The light cleanses by soul –

     purifying my imagination,

     reconciling my imagination.

I have eyes and see the light.

Myopia sharpens my focus.

Perspicacity hones my focus.

My soul becomes aware –

     one with attentiveness,

     whole with attentiveness.

With God’s eyes I examen.

The needs of life are realized.

The wants of love are realized.

Eyes wide shut, my soul peers –

     inwardly due to the light,

     outwardly due to the light.

Worthiness (Psalm 30)

My Lady, I give you praise

   lift me out of the depths

   and do not let my despair consume me.

My God, I call to you for help

   heal me.

My Mother, save me from ruination;

   do not abandon me.

I sing with the rest of the wholly holy to our Mother;

   And give her praise.

She holds nothing against us,

   and loves us unconditionally;

   I remember, that no matter how dark the night,

   there is always a dawn.

With her mercy and protection

   I feel safe and secure,

   I rest assured

My Lady, you have awakened my soul

   and made me fierce and free;

   I am vulnerable, though,

   and that fills me with fear and doubt .

I call to you, my Mother;

   I need your mercy and protection:

Please help me to be one with your beauty,

   and keep me from tumbling in the surf,

give me the courage, strength, and patience

   to be faithful.

Hear me, I am here;

   please dear mother, be my safe harbor

Turn my brooding ache into delicious hope;

   take away the hurt and give me equanimity,

Help me listen to the inaudible moans of your presence,   

and relax in your breath of life.


I believe I must be prepared.

Ready is where I begin.

The Law of Unintended

Consequences gives me pause

and makes my response measured.

Accommodation is needed,

cooperation is wanted,

readiness is being open.

The plan is not predestined,

I realize “Yes” affirms,

I validate “No” denies.

Ready prepares the way,

willing supports the choice,

able connects the dots.

With confidence I say,

“I am ready.”


I promise attentiveness from hereon,

first, I must listen from hear on.

Of course, this needs awareness herein,

second, I must listen hear in.

Hearing depends on being receptive,

listening to the difference of voices.

It is true those who have ears to hear.

My future relies on committing to hereon

Open to what-is makes me herein,

aspiring to what-will be is hereon.

Revering my whereabouts is hear in,

relating to my whereupon is hear on.

Hearing the spoken opens me.

Listening to the unspoken completes me.

My mind hears the sound that are loud and clear.

My heart feels the quiet that is in between.

From wind blows with dread,

the tree grows with trembling,

hereon needs hear on,

herein wants to hear in.

Yearn (Psalm 63)

O God, my Mother,

   my heart yearns for you;

   my soul desires you,

   my body longs for you,

I am in a dry and dreary land

   where there is no water.

I am still in your presence, though

   Embrace me and give me peace and equanimity.

Your love is better than life,

   I sing in harmony with you.

I walk with you always in all ways,

   I feel the hug of your mercy and protection.

I am satisfied by the bread of life;

   and my thirst is quenched with living wine.

Despite the most disturbing of night watches,

   I cultivate my blessings and graces.

   I sleep in calmness and rest assured

You are with me everyday in every way.

   in the silence I feel your attendance.

My soul clings to you;

   you hold the tension of pain and hope with me.

Take away my fear and doubts;

   and give me courage, strength, and patience.

My enemies will be vanquished

   My foes will be crushed.

My God and my Mother;

   thank you for my angels,

   thank you for embracing me   

thank you for joyousness.


Being in the moment

means prepared for now

The moment is not in

space and time – rather

it’s of heart and hope

Central to the moment

is to be rested

for rest is active

To say, “just a moment”

enjoins to engage…

wait in harmony

The moment unites us

sharing a moment

heals our separateness

Oneness is momentous –

collective caring

and gracious union

Being in the moment

means prepared for us