Mamajojo's Muse

"Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say; here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58: 6-11

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Speaking of Jabez...

I pray that God
 Would enlarge my territory
 in words that I speak and write.

Stories that have changed my life 
Have also changed this whole world.
May every story I collect and write
Reflect that cosmic story of change.

The stories of Jesus,
His parables and his own story,
Are made fresh in each of us
Each day that we listen at his feet.

The four gospels reflect their writers' intent,
And personality.

They record the same life, but Matthew
Writes to Greek Jews,
Spelling out Jesus' geneology
And fulfillment of Old prophesies.

Mark nods to the prophets,
But jumps into the action
Of Jesus' ministry. 

Luke, the historian,
Methodically writes
To the ages to come

John sees into the mist
Before earth time began, 
Placing Jesus
On His throne over all the cosmos.

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