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one thousand gifts :: to the edge and back

One Thousand Gifts, Grand Canyon

while standing on the edge, the earth gives way.

peebles descend.

dust ascends.

arms, horizontal, seek balance, stability.

onlooking eyes see.

curious eyes watch.

a spectacle,

a dance.

no planned choreography.

only spontaneous movements.

a response of action.

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twisting here, bending there.

no breath escapes.

it’s hoarded.

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the more effort, the less progress.

the more effort, the less control.

the more effort, the less hope.

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most curious bystanders leave.

several spectators smile smugly.

a few observers gasp.

only one watcher reaches a hand.

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she knew he knew.

he’d watched from the beginning.

he’d seen each inching step,

each gentle hop.

he’d measured the distance from him.

calculated the space in between her and the edge.

he surveyed small feet shuffle to the fringe.

he waited.

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the first pebble shifted, then the second.

dust flew, caught by wind and carried away.

arms waved furiously attempting to find footing.

small toes helplessly gripped inside shoes.

eyes widened.

air ceased.

eyes widened.

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a hand, his hand, stretched forward.

curious eyes looked to see it’s owner.

him.

he’d spanned the gulf once before and here he is again.

a different chasm, but one just the same.

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flailing arms settled as hands settled into his.

the earth beneath shifted as hands cradled her closely.

pebbles dropped, dust danced.

she rested, rescued.

he rested, rescuer.

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The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.”

Psalm 91:14-15

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word-filled wednesday :: i will not fear

word-filled wednesday, psalm 118 the Lord is on my side.

MY side.

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on my side HE protects,

comforts,

directs.

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on my side HE delights,

preserves,

shelters.

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on my side HE shields,

defends,

quiets.

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on my side HE forgives,

satisfies,

relieves.

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on my side HE consoles,

soothes,

inspires.

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on my side HE inspires,

restores,

strengthens.

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on my side HE emboldens,

advocates,

supports.

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with HIM on MY side,

what shall I fear?

who shall I fear?

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with HIM on MY side,

I will not fear.

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one thousand gifts :: new beginnings

one thousand gifts, isaiah forget.

erase.

wipe clean.

purge what’s former,

make way for what’s new.

the idea’s magnificent.

the execution difficult.

yet, He commands.

forget.

do not dwell.

keep eyes straight ahead,

not glancing back.

in looking behind our eyes leave HIM.

for He leads the way,

the way into a new thing.

what “new thing” lies ahead?

what’s He designed?

planned?

willed?

it’s uncertain, yet certain.

why?

He said it.

“I am doing a new thing.”

a new thing for me.

a new thing for you.

a new thing.

hang on.

hold tight.

hope deep.

forget the former.

do not dwell on the past.

{1701}  He’s doing a new thing.

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one thousand gifts :: he always does right

{1700} he always does right. it’s difficult for imperfection to grasp perfection. i’m imperfect. i strive to do right, make right choices. sometimes i do. sometimes i don’t. he always does right. <> right is who he is. he’s incapable of doing wrong. my flawed self struggles wrapping my mind around the flawless. my fleshContinue Reading…

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nothing heals, comforts or mends like nothing…

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? AndContinue Reading…

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