My hope for you

Poetry speaks to our minds and hearts and is meant to communicate more than the sum of its words. It is an apt expression of our walk with the Lord. I encourage you to forward this link to those you love. I pray this poetry leads you into reflection and prayer but I also want to start a conversation. You, too, have something to share with others-not only in person, but also here. Your experience is yours to give away to build up and learn from others in the Body of Christ. Share the word that you hear, the experiences you have lived. We are all part of the New Evangelization.If you also want to contact me by email, feel free: genefirn@yahoo.com

Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Cross

maybe
it will always
be this way
a melody of sadness
softly playing
in the background
of my soul
punctuated by flares
of heartache-
surprise resurrections
of reality
buried by busyness-
accompanied by
tears of loss
traveling all too
familiar paths while
resisting my power
to be controlled
logic is a fool
vainly seeking
to understand
empty explanations
while protests of injustice
echo silence
since
fairness isn't
a factor-only
heartbreak is
so is
anger
frustration and the
self-pity
revealing my
incredulity
escaping proves
fruitless
whatever good
is promised
remains hidden while
the take feels
greater than the give
when following the
Via Dolorosa
yet
love triumphs when
Grace overcomes
in the struggle to
go beyond
my pain
a decision to be
faithful when I
want to turn away
to serve when I
want to withdraw
to pray when I
don't see the point
to endure when I
want to give up
not letting it
dictate my life
nor always color
my vision
the issue is
will I let Him
carry my sorrows?
will I trust Him-
He who trusted while
hanging on a cross?
will I
unite my cross
with His to
become ours for
the sake of
those we love-
to contribute
what is missing in
the mystery of
redemption
releasing
a consolation
in the fellowship of
suffering love?
even so
my loss lingers and
without warning
sorrow is triggered
the rhapsody returns
beckoning
an encore
a deeper communion
letting go once more
further in
higher up
saying yes
even without confidence
grasping for a
Unity untouched

Reflection/Discussion:
-How does this poem compare with your experience of loss?
-What's similar/different?
-What does Isaiah 53 and Jn 11:35 say about Jesus and our suffering?
-How can the experience of loss draw you closer to the Lord?
-How does uniting our cross with the Lord's cross bring meaning into suffering?
-How do feelings and faith work together?
-What does it mean to let Jesus "carry our sorrows"? 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Two Ways

light and darkness
each a way
one leading to God
the other sliding to the
enemy's lair
both seem bright
but deception provides
false comfort
making evil... good
and good... evil
freedom's challenge
allows a choice to
give or hoard the
gift of self-
a humble donation
to serve by
surrender's power for the
good of the other
or sophistication's vanity
to.. be... served
to use the other for
selfish ends
even by mutual consent
each a signpost exposing
our direction
along a way
expressing our destination
still more is the
simplicity of mysteries-
Truths of Dignity
revealed from long ago
passed down faithfully
by innocent martyrs-
a heavenly GPS
bearing the fruits of
Peace and Joy
yet ...idolatry's power to
beguile even the sincere
in a culture's web of
shadowy enlightenment-
self-serving values and
totalitarian progress
leading to death
now and forever by
impersonating the
Shepherd's voice
leading the sheep
ever deeper
ever downward
ever darker-
opaque angels of light-
snaring worldly converts into
confusion's morass by
mortal combat
for and against
Glory's Kingdom
but hope persists in
Love's revelation-
an Intimacy more
Incarnate than
sexual communion can imagine
which changes everything
past... present...
and... future
unveiled and
cleansed by
mystical tears

Reflection/Discussion:
-Describe the two ways.
-What are the signs of each way?
-What areas in your life are moving toward/away from the Lord?
-How can you strengthen/change each way?
-What signs of the two ways are in our culture today?
-How can mutual consent still be selfish and lead into darkness?
-What can we do to influence our culture to turn towards the Lord?
-How can we support one another to grow in the Lord?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Disciple

who is My disciple?
what does it mean to
follow Me?
My life is
the template
clearly set
before you and
the measure of a
true witness
so let us begin
an examination of
the marks of
the Master:
it is the one
who walks in love
that most imitates Me
that is
your standard
the starting point-
putting others
before yourself
to serve
not to be served-
the foundation and
beginning of the way
but then
self's donation
is qualified by
obedience to the goal of
pleasing the Father
for in that My own
destiny was fulfilled in
doing His Will
not My own-
but further still
the test of obedience is
fidelity-
traveling the via dolorosa
even unto death-
to be faithful
means living
according to My Word
handed down
through My Bride
even when that embodies
the cross-only then
is the crown of glory
bestowed on resurrected life
so in choosing to
come after Me
count the cost:
continual conversion
from the
-lure and ways of this world
-magnetism of self
-deceit of the devil
to the
character of the Son
all these require
humility's strength
steeled in the
furnace of suffering
shaped by the
hammer of sacrifice
yet fueled by tender Grace
refreshed with the joy of
knowing that in your
silent depths
I am with you
Loving you with an
Obedient
Faithful
Sacrificial and
Glorious Love

Reflection/Discussion:
-What are the marks of a true disciple of the Lord?
-What do you think about the marks presented?

-Which of the marks do you find most difficult?
-Does the "yes" on your lips match a "yes" in your heart?
-Which areas "yes"; which areas "no"?
-What changes can you make now to grow in discipleship?
-How can we support one another to grow in discipleship? 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Forgiver

it is not for you
to punish
your offender
harboring hatred
in your heart
a cruel infection
of your wound
that devours
your soul and
destroys your body
My daily offenders
refuse the offer
to turn away from
choosing death
over life and so
gain their
sinful inheritance
even as My hand
remains outstretched
in Mercy
to the very end
despite liberty's abuse
but as for you
let your anger
fight for justice
speaking the truth
in love- a choice
rooted in Grace
regardless of
emotion's strain-
and a motivation
for reparation
also knowing that
in the end
true justice
will prevail
as I work all things
for the good
in those who love Me
the fruit of healing
comes from the balm
of My Power
to petition
a change of heart
for therein lies
transformation's fuel
hoping to gain
reconciliation's bloom
a forgiver's freedom
rests secure in
giving over
letting go
praying for
seeking more
since your enemy's good
is also
your own and
his salvation
ushers-in
Redemption's Glory

Reflection/Discussion:
-Did anything "touch" you in the poem? Describe it and why. 
-Have you forgiven everyone in your life?
-If not, what prevents you from doing so? 
-Explain the meaning of "forgiveness is a decision".
-How do your feelings relate to your decision to forgive?
-Does forgiving someone "let them off the hook"? Why/not?
-Does not forgiving someone "punish" them? Why/not?
-How does your enemy's salvation usher-in Redemption's Glory?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Kiss

compassion's sentinel
gazes through
tears of blood from
sorrow's perch
as Love overcomes
death's sentence
by surrendering to
redemption's radical demands
the willingness of a Heart
pierced for sin's burden to
attain separation's remedy
bridging an
infinite chasm by
making possible
humanity's transfer to
Divine Life's shore
yet the Gift
being freely offered is
only satisfied when
freely received
one to One
eye to Eye
heart to Heart
history's execution
resurrection's renewal
made present
by Grace
when old is made new
brokenness mended
healing delivered
forgiveness fulfilled
when I and Thou
are consummated
by the kiss
of the cross

Reflection/Discussion:
-How is the Gift of Salvation freely offered and received?
-What are "redemption's radical demands" for you?
-What is the "kiss of the cross"??
-What can you do that you're not doing to grow in your relationship with the Lord?
-How can we support one another in our commitment to the Lord?

The Embrace

the treasure of suffering
so often obscured
by its
unsightly price
too rich for our
fallen nature
forged by self interest
shielded by resistance
bearing any cost
to protect our
frail dominion which
struggles with
life's trials
at times
beyond our
full comprehension
but not beyond
our graced decisions
albeit
not our first choice
bringing us face to Face
with our Redeemer
a kiln of Love
there we discover
ever anew
the consolation of
Union's peace
the promise of
good's triumph and
purification's
cyclic fruits
hindsight's perfect view
having greeted our challenge
in faith and hope
not begrudgingly
but with
an embrace

Reflection/Discussion:
-How can suffering ever be "a treasure"?
-What does "a kiln of Love" mean?
- What does it mean to "embrace our suffering"?
-What place does suffering have in our lives?
-What prevents us from embracing our suffering?
-What are the benefits of embracing our suffering?
-How can we support one another in our suffering?