Poetry: Absence of a Sense

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For those who are used to receiving my typical posts, you will find something different in this poetry post. This is a poem that is a part of a Poetry collection that comes from a time of my searching days

Absence of a Sense

What if I go blind?

What if I can’t see?

Would I be myself?

Would I still be me?

What if I go deaf?

What if I can’t hear?

Would I still feel safe?

Would I have to fear?

What if I lose control?

What if I can’t taste?

Could I still enjoy a meal?

Or would it be a waste?

What if I lose sense?

What if I can’t feel?

Could I still feel glass?

Or would it be like steel?

What if I lose feeling?

What if I can’t smell?

Could I sense a rose?

There’s no way to tell.

If I was to lose

One sense out of five

There still would be no problem

Because I’d still be alive.

But I think if I would lose

any more than one,

I’d miss too much of life

Too much of normal fun.

But what is it past normal

Something we can’t see.

Is it  an absence of a sense?

One that sets our mind so free.

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“Pencils Down!”

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I’m sure you all have flashbacks to your childhood days when you hear that expression, “Pencils Down!”   I do too.  There was both relief when I heard those words, as well a finality to it.  The test was done, now I wonder how I did?

That’s why, when I came to a chapter from Levi Lusko’s book,  “Through the Eyes of a Lion” that had “Pencils’ Down” as the name of it, my interest was peaked.

Here are some notes from my reading :

“Life is a timed test. We’re all living against a deadline. The Bible tells us that  a moment is coming when God will say, “Pencils down” to each one of us.: “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement” (Heb. 9:27)

Deadline is a word we use to describe the time when a project or an application is due. You might be surprised to know  that the origin of that word actually has something to do with real dying.  In the early 1900’s, it was a physical line painted on the ground around the inside of a prison, measured out twenty feet from the walls. If prisoners crossed this line, they would be shot on the spot. It was literally a line of death.

But really , that’s how life is. At a certain point, we cross the line and its all over. But none of us know where that deadline is. Its invisible

Sand keeps falling from our hourglass, but there is no way to know how much we started with or how much we have left. We may have an appointment with death, but it s not on our Google calendars…

The only people who are truly ready to live are those who are prepared to die.”

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I would imagine that if you are like me, you are busy “taking the test of life”.  You are doing your best with all the things on your mind: job concerns, children concerns, church responsibilities, aches and pains, tired of all the overhype of political coverage, financial bills, etc.

BUT BEWARE –YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL HEAR A DIVINE VOICE THAT SAYS – “PENCILS DOWN”!

Do you ever think about that?

Do you think it might not be a bad idea to give it some thought?

If I can be of any help in your searching for answers, please just let me know:

Walter — hwalter850@aol.com

 

“It is our…. that we should treasure”

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Following up a recent post I wrote regarding cleaning up our house, I came across some very insightful words about one of the hardest things to part with: those sentimental memories from our past.

The following is an excerpt from Marie Kondo’s excellent book, “the life-changing magic of tidying-up”:

“It is not our memories  but the person we have become  because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson  these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person  we were in the past.”

 

I believe that what she is saying is that there are some items we have that we will always treasure, for whatever reason.  Those items are very special to us. I don’t believe she is describing getting rid of these.

However, there are other items lying around the house that bring an “oh yeah, I remember that time…” kind of response.  These items spark a fleeting memory, but that is it. They remind us of a time long ago. I believe it is these items that she is encouraging us to let go and get rid of.  I believe her exhortation to us is to treasure more who we have become because of the build up of thousands and thousands of memories and experiences, rather than on some artifact of one certain event.

Live in the present!

Poetry: Limitations

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For those who are used to receiving my typical posts, you will find something different in this poetry post. This is a poem that is a part of a Poetry collection that comes from a time of my searching days

Limitations

Human beings we are called

peaks of intelligence,

the most capable of survival

the ability to use our tongues to taste

our eyes to see

our nose to smell

our ears to hear

and our touch to feel

aren’t we amazing?

Oh, yes we are,

but people,

not to break our hearts,

but we do face one barrier  to perfection.

We have limitations

physically and mentally,

physically, we cannot fly

or enjoy the feelings of clouds,

which soar so ever high

mentally, we are stagnant

in general, we just cannot release

our actions, thoughts, and feelings

gestures that strive  us for peace.

Improvements can be made

if we try  a little more

keep limitless thoughts in mind

and never shut your door.

Keep it open all  the time

take in everything  that you can

our limitations will lessen

and we can  develop as a man.

“You’re Up!” (how prepared are you?)

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There you are on the bench and the coach looks to you and says, “You’re Up!”   Sheer panic comes over as you recognize the opportunity that is before you—but are you ready for what happens during the game, and also after the game?
The vital question is “how prepared are you”?
I was thinking about this recently when I was having a morning devotion time.  I was hearing about the story of Joseph (the one with the nice coat) when his father sends him out to check on his brothers.   When Joseph visits with his brothers, the scene turns ugly. Some of his brothers wanted to kill him, but eventually, they sold him as a slave to some passers-by.
David (the guy who fights the giant) also was sent out by his father to check on his brothers.  When he encounters them, they too are annoyed at seeing their little brother.
So, what’s the point in all this–it’s this:
* in the story of Joseph, after years of imprisonment, through a God-ordained series of events, Joseph becomes the second in charge in the land of Egypt.  Throughout the many years where he served in the Egyptian government and there, experienced being mistreated and falsely accused, Joseph seemed to always carry himself with constant integrity and wisdom.
* in the story of David, although he was not supported by his older brothers, he rose up to fight and defeat the enemy of Israel- Goliath and through his successes in battle ended up becoming the king of Israel.
In these historical accounts, both Joseph and David started out their day as any other, and they obediently did what their fathers had asked them to do–checking on their brothers.  no big deal, right?
However, the unexpected events for both these men were life-changing.  After times of trial for both men, they both ended up as successful leaders.
I believe what prepared both men for their responses to the unexpected experiences in their lives was that they had prepared well.    Joseph seemed to have a close relationship with God because of his awareness of God speaking to him two times in a dream. His godly response to the king’s wife trying to seduce him, where he says, “I can’t do this thing and sin against my God” also points to a close relationship with God.
Looking at David, he too came to his unexpected encounter with Goliath after a long time of preparation. He told the king that he was not worried about fighting this beast, Goliath, because he had battled other beasts (lions and bears) and won.  He not only was confident to come in to this fight with Goliath because of his physical skills, but also because of his relationship with God.  He clearly desired to make God’s name known throughout the earth (rather than his own)–great humility, there.  It was also in the many years before this battle that David wrote so many of the Psalms, again cultivating a tender heart for his God.
So, I want to ask you, “how well are you preparing for the time when God calls you and says, “You’re up!’  you know those unexpected times that will occur in your future?
Now is the time to prepare because you want to be ready whenever that calling comes.  And the truth is that you will never know the intensity or duration of the unexpected challenges and opportunities that will come your way.
Start Preparing Today!

That’s right–Spring Cleaning is right around the corner

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Spring time–now there’s a happy thought (I don’t really do that well during the cold, Winter months).

Anyway, one phrase that will soon be coming up a lot is “spring cleaning”.

Well, I have a book to recommend to you— “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.  I will be writing a Book Review on it soon, but for now, here is an excerpt  that I thought you might enjoy from it regarding the issue of what to discard around your house and what to keep:

“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of. When I woke up, I knew immediately what that voice inside my head meant. LOOK MORE CLOSELY  AT WHAT IS THERE. I had been so focused on what to discard,  on attacking the unwanted obstacles  around me, that I had forgotten to cherish the things  that I loved, the things I wanted to keep. Through this  experience, I came to the conclusion   that the best way to  choose what to keep and what to throw away  is to TAKE EACH ITEM IN ONE’S HANDS AND ASK: “DOES THIS SPARK JOY?” IF IT DOES, KEEP IT. IF NOT, DISPOSE OF IT.    This is the simplest  but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”

Begin thinking Spring and  a cleaner house!