mindfulness

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Degas

In the evening of these waning days,
my heart reaches out to gather
times past.
Thoughts are obsessed with memory
elixirs easing stinging
effects of this breath.
Mind not to rest in
haunting enemies of the past.
Rather, delight in love then and now.
As I hold onto the light
that has nurtured me this lifetime,
I see a family with a young child.
My tears reflect time passed
too quickly with many moments
gone in oversight.
I want time back
and I need that child
to release me into the fullness
of my adulthood.
A glance and a smile promises
hope of such escape.
Acknowledge a thought and
bid it farewell
to accept newer times
in brighter days
absorbed in green leas
in sheltering skies.
It is here that
I shall grow old.

(c) rick stassi 2017

a pilgrim’s rest

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I think about Autumn
that haggard face at night
the light that ushers in another time
and softens all of my might.

I wonder what life beyond brings
adventure in ocherous hues
resting soul shall embrace this time
sky’s color shift from blues.

The Lord’s present glory is nigh
I pause for one last thought
to cross the Jordan to my rest
a pilgrim’s end thus sought.

Alas the trials of a day
preclude this hasty feat
as precious joy arises now
and delays the Mercy seat.

I wonder then, what life should bring
in orange and tangerine
more time for faith to build upon
a godly life serene.

(c) 2017 rick stassi

advocation in love

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Renoir

Does a Christian need to advocate homosexuality? Or, does he love, without condition, all people without regard to their personal afflictions, tendencies, or disposition? I yearn to reconcile this dilema in my path to heaven. Personal and cultural centric rationale and reason does not allow escape from diligent seeking answers through God. Is Christianity and homosexuality mutually exclusive? How can we love without appearing judgmental or exclusive? Professing a sincere acceptance, love, and tolerance of all people doesn’t seem so sincere when adhering to the absolute truth of Scripture. The Bible defines sin and the inheritance of heaven. It defines God’s children while calling the very same to love and not judge. There is pain in division but empathy and compassion bridge divisive gaps. I write this as a continuing search for personal and spiritual reconciliation.

Those who claim we all are God’s children are mistaken unless they are speaking of believers. All man is of God, but man is fallen. By grace we choose the way to atonement by believing Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. He is God.
By definition:

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:26.

Justifying homosexuality by declaring all people as children of God is a theological debate. It is not mine to judge or even to understand, reconcile, or accept anything of the world. I must, however, love. For without love, I am not adhering to the words of Jesus. The Bible outlines sin. However, the interpretation of Scripture can lead or it can mislead. It is in God’s word along with the Spirit’s leading, that Scripture will awaken our understanding. It is in a continual deeper reverence for God where our wisdom grows. Sin and Christ-centered belief are mutually exclusive and even those who are afflicted with any Biblically outlined sin, have every right to be unconditionally loved because of God’s grace.

It is forthright to seek God first, follow Jesus, listen to the Spirit who is within.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;” Matt 6:33.

Seeking God’s nature is first – human nature, whether cultural, societal, personal, or behavioral, are second.

Therefore, judge not another for any reason and avoid the constructs of a Postmodern culture which will misconstrue, contort, and justify accepted absolutes to fit cultural direction. There is God, His grace through Jesus Christ, and the will to seek Him. In this very action, we are promised to be children of God and to enjoy spiritual guidance through the Spirit, and indeed have an advocate to God through Jesus.

(c) 2017 rick stassi