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I remember…

I remember

I remember…
The whitewash on the yard walls
The transformation when renewed

I remember…
the long wooden trays of
the baker –
mobile-man
in a van
calling at doors

The array of breads – biscuits – cakes
each allocated it’s partition.
Each breathtakingly sealed on
a young mind

I remember…
the semi-circular
pristineness of mum’s
scrubbing of the street
outside the door

I remember…
dad’s froth covered face
and ski-slope tracks made in
it’s shaven snow.

I remember…
dad – shoulders back –
chest out – muscles flexed as he
punched the wall in jest –
to impress his young son

Impressed he was –
and so was the wall

I remember…
the parlour.
The parlour.
For so it was named

I remember…
the cavaliers and
the roundheads
(a patient, loving mum
with son
obtained – in shop ‘umpteenth’
after
their long slog
the full length of the road)
and
put away for Christmas day

I remember…
a tender-hearted mother
who put her two children first,
always first.

I remember…
as millions have remembered
As mankind remembers
As mankind is made
to have memory
I remember..

But I also forget…
I forget what memory fails
to revisit
The engine won’t start
No matter how hard I try

We all would revisit
the
good times/
good things/
good happenings –

meaningful things
frivolous things

Our first-ever this…
and
our first-ever that…

Off we went without a care
until dished-out treatment
(kids can be so cruel)
stopped us in our
joyous tracks

I remember…
bully boys
and my chivalrous stand
the marks of the one-sided
battle I physically endured

I remember…
great nights of play
continuity from that of the day
Football played by ear
as the day’s light
did disappear

I remember…
a childhood crush
All in the mind

Emotion only
allowed to touch

I remember…
school…

and

[I break into this trip…]

‘This can’t be me’ I quip
to myself
as I write this
‘I remember’… riff

For I will stop here –
no more visiting
nostalgia –
the bygones

by
ropes and hooks
on the past
dragged back
into memories
present span

I will no longer challenge
you
to indulge or disagree
ridicule or stare incredulously

This is out of fashion
to talk so
You are showing your age

McCartney and his
‘silly love songs’
comes to mind

But no one will blemish
my preciousness
with insensitive
disqualification
For
I am no pearl and
you are no swine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pile

THE PILE
Things at the top of the pile
Things to the forefront
Things most popular
Most likes – most publicity
Most held views
Most educationists conclude…
Majority lifestyles
Everyday philosophy
Working down the pile now…
Another esteemed trend
Everybody doing it
That’s where they all go
Everybody is at this
The consensus has it…
The polls say…
We have long abandoned that…
The post-modernist view is…
Eclectic religious mix
Entering the last third of the pile…
Redundant – defunct – obsolete
Nothing down here to consider
The relegated view
At the bottom of the pile
Not popular to think that way anymore…
In the minority
We have moved-on now
It’s 2017
And last – and for some – the least…
The gospel of Jesus Christ.

But beyond the pile of popular belief – stands the hidden treasure – the incorruptible – the only true.
John 1/11:  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.…

 

Rhyme Walk

RHYME WALK

‘You are a spot on the ceiling of existence’
Too cold – try again
‘You are a cell in the kaleidoscope of history’
So so –  one more:
‘You are unique – and an individual specimen
of human kind’

You are a person as all person’s we be

One only is you
Never again is you
What will you do?

Can you spin like a top?
Can you cook in a pot?
Can you try harder next time?
Can you lie back and unwind?
Can you cause a storm?
Can you sleep in a dorm?

Norm – ally I wouldn’t ask you these things
But I am bringing it all back home
As we speak
So – rhyme just to ease your mind
I’m doing this to see what I find

I’m simply taking rhyme for a walk
(- as I allow myself this indulgence)
But really there ain’t much sense in my talk.

Now at this you might balk(?):
But I like the word-play game
Isn’t it a large part of the word domain?

None of this I hasten to add
Has any form of real wisdom
Or desirable worthwhile truth

I just like enjoying the pattern on the curtain
Of a Riddle’s-esque design

Colour enrichment
– with emotion – oft doth chime

………….

The language of truth and light
That’s a whole other ball game
No entertainment there
Just profound reverent awe of God

As the King of kings steps into the ring
against darkness
And fights to win your battle

Offering you His title:
Christ-one
To be received with thanks

But note – He is not mocked
in any shape or form

To Him I will answer –
But He is not too severe –
but severe still
towards all that destroys.

Glad I got here into something more
grave and profound

I lost the rhyme
but – true truth – has been found.

 

Friend for a season?

FRIEND FOR A SEASON?
(a Christian’s experience of new friends…)

Somebody took a chance on you
Took a chance that you were real and true

Somebody took a chance on you
That with all your profound talk
You were just ordinary and wouldn’t scoff

Wouldn’t use rough insensitive language
Whilst you gave your spiritual sandwich

They took a chance on you
On your sincerity and
despite your strongly held beliefs

Took a chance that you were warm and
not on a ‘superiority’ trip

They took a chance on you
and liked your friendship
even though their thoughts
went from
embrace to holding at arms length

They took a chance on you
but they haven’t been in touch lately…

I Corinthians 1/23 (Amplified)

Advanced Regression

ADVANCED REGRESSION

Dancing – advancing leaps and bounds
“Comparatively speaking”
I hear no one say

Mankind has embryo’d – and stem celled –
and conjured with his DNA –
and experimented and concluded –
and thinks to have found a way

For with his knowledge increase
He hopes to take away all defeat
And per-fect himself –
when new ways are found

Stoned on his success
He ignores the dismay

Of a world gone further wrong
In a multitude of ways

He thinks –
To Increasingly solve corruption’s claim
But makes the same
mistakes
over and over again

What’s been done –
compared with what has not?

What’s been achieved
pales before the mess
civilisation has got

There’s need for the realisation
That man won’t reach self-perfection
But those puffed up with knowledge
Will rise in reaction
With a self-styled salvation

Rejecting they think
‘pie in the sky’
for ‘meat on the plate’

But God’s handiwork is found
profound – all around

The maker’s hand that made it all
plain to be seen without a doubt

No written guarantee –
for an extra charge
will assuage corruption
Rather:

”Mountains fall on us in our fears”

The day has come for a
A wake up call perhaps too late

As the supersonic – stem-celled world
totters on its wobbly legs of achievement
and the world is folded up like a garment.

Don’t take away from the good it can bring?
Indeed no – but there is always too far to go.

Stop and think it over:
Mental blindness –
Ostrich head in the sand
Achievements seduction

millions annihilated –

while we speak
and still
don’t understand.

The Prayer Life of Christ

The Prayer Life of Christ.

Jesus addressing Peter says:
But I have prayed that your faith will fail not. (Luke 22/31-33)

This is a very interesting revelation we are offered here – we are given special insight into the private prayer life of the Lord Jesus.

He knows what is going to happen in the life of Peter.
He knows beforehand that Peter will deny Him.
This is the foreknowledge of God operating here.
Knowing something will happen before it actually does.
God knows everything that will happen before it does.

We are conscious of a fact of life. Namely, that life consists of the past, the present, the future. But even as I speak we are not in the present anymore.
The present in one sense does not exist. Because time will not stand still.

‘As I…’ (…let’s stop there).

the ‘As I…’ has just passed away.

We are in a different present than the one we were in – a few seconds ago.

But God knows what will happen in a few hours time, everywhere in the world.

God is in eternity. Now is eternity – time without end? Or is eternity a dimension in which there is no time, no past present or future? The eternal now.

Well, the bible tells us – we only know ‘in part’. And there is a day coming for all believers in Christ when we shall no longer know ‘in part’, but know – even as God knows us. (I Corinthians 13/9)

We shall have the total eternal perspective on existence.

Jesus knew the future for Peter – and He tells him so. Tells Peter that he (Peter) will deny Him (Jesus).

Peter has no intention of believing this word. Based on his inner sense of love for Jesus, and his zealous desire to be faithful.

Matthew 26/33 : Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus knew that Peter would stumble, and deny Him. Knowing he would, Jesus took a certain course of action.

He knew Peter would sin in this way. He knew the ‘disaster’ would happen. He did not prevent Peter from denying Him.

Peter had freedom of choice which was not taken away from him. Nor is it taken from you or I.

There is a day of reckoning (commonly called) – when the goodness of God must put an end to all that is destructive, at which time, on which day, the rebellion of free will – set on – the rebellious violation of goodness and righteousness, must be stopped.

Jesus did not pre-arrange a situation for Peter in order to keep him from that hour of temptation.

Peter had to be there. He was one of the most zealous of the disciples, even though he was perhaps the one most exposed in scripture regarding his personal shortcomings and failings.

Now the disciples already knew the Lord’s prayer. Peter did not (as far as we know) pray that prayer on hearing the prophesy of Jesus. (about his denial and the cock crowing – Mark 14/30)

He didn’t believe The Lord’s prophetic word, because he didn’t want to believe it.

Nobody who is a genuine Christian wants to believe they will fail the Lord.

And it should be our hearts desire every day to walk with Him without failing Him.

But we are still encompassed with the infirmity of our own limited flesh. Referred to in scripture as ‘this body of death’. So unfortunately we shall fail The Lord, and need to return in humility once again. There will be many ‘once again’s’ in the Christian life.

But by the Grace (unmerited favour) of God we do not lose our place of salvation, while we return to our Advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous. The one who is the propitiation for our sins. (appeasing God’s righteous indignation and supplying offered forgiveness)

Returning to our initial thought in this post. We are given insight into the prayer life of The Lord Jesus, as He communes with His Father continuously. Leaving us an example to do the same.

‘I have prayed the Father that your faith fail not’. prayed Jesus.

Wow! But surely Peter did fail? Yes he failed and denied the Lord, despite every intention initially, of not doing so.

But thanks to Jesus praying and agreeing with His Father – Peter was not cast off as a failure.

The good news is – he returned!

He went out and wept. And his mistake was an occasion for God to teach him a wonderful lesson, that he would learn more deeply for the rest of his days.

The lesson of how to walk with God in a Christ-dependant manner.

Not only dependant on Christ for salvation and eternal (future) life only.

But a lesson in learning how to walk with Jesus minute by minute, even in His earthly absence, after He (Jesus) had departed to be with the Father.

Walking in other words with The Holy Spirit, as his constant companion.

Peter’s bravado was based on his own ability. Our own ability will fail us when it comes to spiritual matters.

We must learn to live in the Holy Spirit and to walk in the Holy Spirit.
Faith gives us entrance into a relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.

The outcome of that faith is a spiritual experience whereby we literally encounter God, The Holy Spirit, and having begun in The Spirit – we shall not be perfected in the strength of our own natural ability. (Galatians 3/3)

To encounter Jesus in this way is the most wonderful experience possible, this side of heaven.

To have our guilt removed by the Highest authority in existence. To satisfy God Almighty’s sense of Justice and at the same time to receive His forgiveness and freedom from condemnation and guilt, is or can be, a Time Surpassing any other in your life and mine.

All made possible through the finished work of Christ on the cross, where justice had it’s day and forgiveness was released to those who would ask for it.

Bearing in mind that God is omniscient (all knowing) – we conclude from this episode in Peter’s life that man’s freedom of choice, and God’s freedom of choice, go unhindered.

Whether man decides (volition) or not to satisfy God’s loving commands, there is always a place for returning to God, when, like Peter, we make a mistake.

However there is a sobering scripture addressing a lack of returning to God:

Whoever is stubborn [stiff-necked] after being corrected many times will suddenly be hurt [broken] beyond cure [healing]. (EXB translation – Proverbs 29/1)

Always a place for returning to God.
Unless we choose to die without doing so.

Unpremeditated Rejection

‘UNPREMEDITATED’ REJECTION

(‘Can I give you this to read…?’ one man asked.

The other man responded…)

Sorry I don’t have time to read it.

Can we talk?

No…
…well two minutes max.
All right five – no more.

Sorry can’t go there at this time.
Too much writing on this literature –
here take it back
– I can’t take it in
at a glance… –
…so I’m afraid, you have lost me.

What’s it about anyway?
Just tell me.
Give me the gist.

No, – sorry, can’t relate. Must move on.
No – really I’m already late.
Maybe some other time.
Sorry not at the moment.

‘Life changing?’ – well…
that’s subjective…

Ok send me an email.
I will try to get round to it.
‘Time and tide and all that…’
So adios amigo…

no…

No!
Now you are getting a little obnoxious!

No, I’m not saying that I have
‘already concluded it isn’t for me’
it’s just I can’t read it right now – ok?

Ok?

So look –
nice to have met you –
but I must fly.
Hope you find somebody who has the time…
So long…

…not my cup of tea anyway
by the sound of it.
I don’t do religion.
All right?

All right…have a nice day.

Now hear this!

NOW HEAR THIS.

Now hear this! Now hear this!
All manner of persons go forth
and multiply…

Multiply goodwill towards all men
See to it – pronto

You all know
That’s the way to travel

Willing another’s highest good
But in return
you might get a stomach churn

As man’s inhumanity to man
in churlish action
drops his fellow man to the ground…

…for what might sound a reasoned cause
But becomes a mess of wires crossed

As violent natures all askew
Throw caution to the wind and
unrestraint
casts aside

all but the
cuckoo’s eggs

I only am left?

But there is seven thousand who
have not bowed the knee to Baal

Of sober exchanged character they be
who follow the dove and the lamb
to see

If the time has arrived for departure.

And what’s more they often in rickety
ride are tossed for a time
but
– return, rest, renew, – peace sublime

Finding themselves again
at His feet
What does this mean?

Run out of steam and
they gain a greater strength

Strength to endure
to the end
and
so shall be
– fully set free

The End Once Before

THE END ONCE BEFORE

Nothing left as was…
No ancient time of stuff
still standing

Nothing further to say
No Albatross or
penguin waddle
No one about

No further glimpse
of something new

Just marking time

And when it’s you (Noah)
you give all you’ve got

To help these creatures
find non-extinction

All these in a row
Into the ark they go

As it was in his day
Two by two of every kind

Where you there?
Then you don’t know
If it was otherwise

“But…” says
contradictions voice
You weren’t there either

Exactly Monsieur
So the only proof either way

Is not a man’s theory
of origins
But a reference book
Out permanently on loan
on freedom’s library ticket

Look for yourself –
The story is told
of flood – rain induced
– of deluge overwhelmingly
great – and as it was in those days
– so shall it be
before the next Great phenomena.

As it was in flood’s time
So it shall be in latter day
Giving and taking in marriage
still around
Skeptic unbelief and disdain
for the
Noah man’s message

Man’s heart only evil continually?
Well –
“it’s not ‘dark’ yet but it’s getting there”

The flint strikes the steel
A metaphor
for the glimpses of light
That show the way out
of the dark tunnel of
spiritual darkness

Climb on board two by two
three by three
Whatever it takes

Listen to the trumpeted message
In your own heart
Calling you
to call upon
The name of The Lord.

Predisposed

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…or does it?

PREDISPOSED*

Now there* is an interesting word.
Let’s get the dictionary definition –

predisposed (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊztd)
adj
inclined to or susceptible to beforehand…

That’s the nutshell of how I’m considering the word. Surely being predisposed can be either a good thing or a bad?

Being a racist means we are predisposed to snubbing or at worst hating someone from a different race than ours. Unacceptable.

If we rise each day and go jogging because we are predisposed to exercise – can’t be bad don’t you think?

If someone, through army training, are predisposed to keeping things tidy and in order – it surely can’t be bad?

Being predisposed to stealing, having acquired the habit unchecked through a spoilt childhood of always getting our own way in everything. As Goofy would sing: “well, the world owes me a livin’ . A predisposition – that needs changed.

We can often quickly detect if on visiting someones blog, we are not going to gel with what they have to say. And often on further examination – our opinion will not change, but I’m trying – through self-examination, to detect if I have any predispositions on things I ought not to.

So I guess I’m simply saying: ‘How about catching it on, if we – too readily – dismiss the beginning of someone’s post, without giving it due consideration, because we have a bias or predisposition to reject the subject’, or reject the first expressed opinion we encounter.

There are certain subjects, posts, we pretty much know right away – ‘not my cup of tea’.

But let’s go for the two(?) minute rule.

At least Survey the post just to make sure.
(Give it two minutes of our time.)

As a rule of thumb, does that seem fair?