hopeful moon

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne

The brevity of a moment
Lost on a sigh.
One exhale relieving
A thought wound tight
In an ever-resistant mind
Refusing to give in,
But rather to hold on to what
Keeps us awake at night.

The frail moon is riding a
Determined orbital path,
Watching with compassioned concern
Trains of thought
Rising from many who sleep.
Just as mist rises from the moor,
The earth too exhales a sigh.
It is release: calming, soothing…

All as if a dream, this breath joined by
A tear meandering down a cheek.
Why is rising mist lighter than air,
Yet a sorrowful burden outweighs
Gravity’s pull?
Ever-bearing vertical pressure
On a shoulder meant for a moistened face.

“Lean on me”, cries the Dawn
To the Moon whose light is
No match for God’s piercing eyes…
Yet he is watchful and tries
So very hard to interrupt sleepless angst
And keep night’s dream waxing
As harvest time comes
And the Seed’s fruitful
Sacrifice surely delivers
A hopeful soul to eternity.

(c) 2014 Rick Stassi

our straight path

 15 What is crooked cannot be made straight,
And what is lacking cannot be numbered.

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Heb 12:12-14

When I did not know the Lord – did not believe in the saving grace through a life following Jesus, I followed a crooked path. This course I followed  was analogous to a rudder-less boat that is left to the mercy of the sea to find its path. I too, was at the mercy of an ego-filled life where personal whim and self-centered reason were my rudder.  As Solomon states, “..what is crooked can not be made straight…” – by me. If we had this ability to find the straight path without God, Jesus then died in vain. However, we do not. We cry out for our salvation to God and He, whose grace we are covered with, straightens our path.

So, on this path I walk without distraction of what is on my left or right. My focus is forward to God. He is the beacon for the lost and straight is the way to Him. If we think back upon our lives we will see a milestone marking the period before Jesus and after Jesus. We will all see that before He came to us as we cried for help, our  road was wide and crooked. He leads us on the path that is narrow and the distractions are not from Him but from a gnawing desire to revisit the world. The world offers that which blows away like the chaff of wheat. Do not succumb.

Wisdom comes through God’s word and we heed His instruction.

Look ahead. If you toil today, persevere for there is a Light at the end of the tunnel. We may not see it today, but it may be visible tomorrow. We have hope it will and we have trust walking forward through this day, we will come closer to God. Our goal is to be nearer to Him and today is a wonderful day in Christ Jesus, the way, the truth,  and the life – we desire. Fear not for all is well in God’s guiding Light – our straight path and our beacon of hope.

Rick Stassi

October 18, 2011

Show us, Lord

4 Show me Your ways, O LORD;Teach me Your paths.5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,For You are the God of my salvation;On You I wait all the day.Psalm 25What we need to see, we cannot reveal to ourselves. The revelation of our true nature is through God who, through His grace, offered His Son on the cross so that we may see. When we ask the Lord to show us, we accept what He shows and turn as he guides. For in the dark places of our hearts, His light shines and a revelation occurs. Believe what He shows you and respond to His guidance.Today I wait for You Lord. For you teach me with all your wisdom, you love me with all of your love, you lead me with the guidance of the Spirit. You are my salvation and Rock – All is well in your arms and within Your sight.Rick Stassi

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