reflection: Renewal Ahead

Yes, there are two ways that you can go by; but there’s always time to change the road you’re on.

– Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepellin

The Bible speaks of two paths, exemplified in Psalm 1, and other passages, such as the Book of Ezekiel: Those who take heart, in the wisdom of G-d, “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalms 1:3).

Yet, there is renewal for us, when we have fallen away or been misguided, detered from the path of the righteous, when “he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:28). That opportunity to change is always present, even in this moment, “for he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice” (Psalm 95:7).


Thought of the Day: On Consolation

“Seek not to be consoled; rather, to console others.”

– from prayer of St. Frances

My thought: And, foster a dependency upon G-d, so that you may be consoled by Him. As is written, “cast your burdens upon the L-rd, and He will sustain you.” (Psalms 55:23). Fostering a dependence on G-d take time and effort, as well as a comittment that needs to be renewed daily.


Spark of Renewal

Oh, tempestuous soul,
shall you sort things out on your own,
without even acknowledging your own failures,
shortcomings, challenges, and proclivity to sin?
Shall you disregard your own negative impact,
and only cast blame upon the other.
Bow down in your heart toward G-d,
the One hope to spark renewal
of mind, body, and spirit,
and bring peace to a restless soul.

Only Hope in Him

Oh, ruinous soul,
shall you continue in your negativity?
The threads are bare, exposing your despair,
consuming even the sparks of hope,
that need time to be fanned into flames
of promise for renewal in your life.

—– —– —– —– —–
What of strife? It serves no purpose,
unless transcended when the challenge is met.
What of worldly comfort? (Never to be of avail
to the uncomfortability of a restless soul).
What of love? That can only flourish
in a heart transformed by G-d alone.

Prayer of Hope

Sometimes the soul gets lost,

amidst the challenges of life,

no longer recalling the light

of former times passed.

Even the most recent joys,

lose their radiant luster,

when the heaviness of the heart,

pulls one’s thoughts into the depths.

H’Shem, send a good word,

to deliver into my right ear,

that I may hear of your deliverance

for all of my fears.

Tear down the walls raised,

between myself and Your glory;

raze the idolatry that surrounds

both myself and my loved ones.

Hearken to our prayers,

sustain us in mind, body and spirit,

bring us the redemption we yearn for,

with all of our heart.

Persist in Truth

Everything only counts

amidst the big picture,

from G-d’s point-of-view,

as He looks down from Heaven,

upon mankind gone astray,

having lost our way

amongst the sideways and byways,

leading to dead ends in the labyrinth

of the convoluted lives

that we have created for ourselves.

While all the world cries out for peace,

and the need to change the status quo,

the moors of society crumble, because

the central foundations can no longer hold.

No news can be trusted, only overshadows

the divine truths already established,

that are diminished from the public arena,

like so many dissenters being cast

into the lion’s den on a continual basis.

Rome had its gladiators to entertain,

and its crucifixions to admonish the populace;

today, the woke mob stirs up conflict,

in every arena of society, where

their aim is to cancel the voices

of their opposition, silencing

all who disagree with their tyranny;

yet, as a last recourse,

those who stand for truth

must say no to the lies.


Punctured Silence

As the night closes in,

the dread begins to surface again.

Will more shots be fired,

explosive against the silence,

as the ghost car drives by?

I am staying at a bed & breakfast in what I now know to be an extremely unsafe neighborhood. For two consecutive nights there has been a drive by shooting on the block where I am staying. Although no one was injured, I think that damage must have been done next door the first-time round. Now, I wait, wondering if the silence of the evening will remain, or be punctured with rapid-fired shots again.