How does one come to have four dogs? When I married Bill, he had his mini princess dog, Thumper and I had two small dogs, Sadie and Nugget. Unfortunately, Sadie died about a month later. After a year, Bill was missing his late German Shepard, Ice and my daughter happened upon an abandoned puppy on a gravel road who looked to be a husky/shepherd/golden retriever mix. She sent us a picture of him and he melted our hearts. Beast became part of our little family. Six years later, we saw a post on social media that a woman was having to give up her 8 month old German shepherd/lab puppy named Bear who already weighed 80 lbs. Bill and I talked about it, made a phone call, went to see Bear, and Bear rode home with us. That's how one comes to have four dogs.
On the way to work last week, I was thinking about Jesus telling the disciples to let the little children come to him for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Jesus was not happy with his disciples when he said this. The disciples had been telling the grownups that they shouldn't have brought children to Jesus. I wonder if they thought Jesus was too busy to pay attention to children? I do know that Jesus quickly let the disciples know that they were in the wrong. As I thought on this I had a "God moment" of realization, Jesus was telling us to have the faith, focus, and trust of children if we want to follow him.
My grandson is two years old and he repeats everything he hears at least five times. When I show up at the door, he says,"Hi Grammy!I happy to see you!" and then repeats it four more times. His little face is all smile and lit up from the inside out with his happiness at my arrival. He throws open his arms and runs to me for a big hug and a kiss. It is humbling to be greeted like this. What a precious gift that little boy is giving me. Unconditional love and joy at seeing me.
Can you imagine Jesus showing up for a visit and saying,"Hi Jesus!I'm happy to see you!" with a face that is all smile, lit up from the inside out, and running to hug him in greeting?
That is the joy Jesus wants us to have in our relationship with him. Unconditional love, joy, and trust is a precious gift that can be given to Jesus as each of us lives in the moment, trusting him to take care of us, and finding joy in his presence through the indwelling Holy Spirit.
How many times have you watched a child playing with complete concentration, totally absorbed in what they are doing?
Children live in the moment. They aren't worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. Nope, small children live in the moment and trust their parents to take care of their needs. Can you imagine what would happen if grownups focused on Jesus and his teachings in the same manner? Life would be lived without stress while trusting Jesus to take care of every outcome.
This is my first attempt at writing a Triolet poem. According to shadowpoetry.com, a Triolet contains only 8 lines and the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines repeat also.. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters are the repeated lines. Another challenge that I followed was to write this poem with 8 syllables per line. In my draft, I numbered the lines to help me keep track of the repeating lines and the rhyme scheme.
...was entrusted to me, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter...
Today I decided to try following the syllable count of a Japanese tanka poem. A tanka follows a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern and expresses strong emotions. #poetrymonth #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2018 #poem
Stalled rush hour traffic
Vehicles lined four abreast
Low Fat is Good
Brain washed by a low fat craze
Your taste buds don't lie
Kids eat breakfast bars
No candy for breakfast now
Fake health food promise
A freezing cold day
People sipping hot coffee
Warming cold fingers
A scorching hot day
People sipping iced coffee
A beverage flip
Runaway taste buds
Chocolate coffee beckons
What is will power?
My personal observations expressed in senryu. Have you given a child a breakfast bar AND told them they couldn't eat candy for breakfast? Both have similar ingredients. I am a coffee lover who drinks coffee all year. Can you tell?
This poem was fairly easy to write. Those who know me KNOW I spend a lot of time at our area supermarket. Bill will ask,"Who did you see?" He knows a quick trip to the store is NEVER quick. #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2018
Bill told me this is an angry poem. I agree. These are the words and phrases that make people walk away from a relationship.
The writing prompt for this poem was "warning." My writing tends to ebb and flow. At times, I will go for weeks without writing more than some disjointed phrases.
Early morning is my time to wake up slowly, sit on the front porch, and drink a steamy cup of coffee. I love to watch sunrise.