Vignettes 3

For thus saith the Lord
that created the heavens;
God himself that formed the earth and made it;
he hath established it, he created it not in vain,
he formed it to be inhabited:
I am the Lord; and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:18 (KJV)

I. Prologue

Listen as the Lord does speak,
Words to seeking minds
With roving eyes His do seek
Emptiness He finds.

The Lord Saith
For the Lord Saith,
Ev’ry word divine breathed forth
To us He does Save

Emptiness awaits
All time and matter afloat
God filled the heavens

Where we now stand firm
The bedrock of all mankind
Our place to seek God

Not Empty
And fashioned thereon
Beauty in all creation
Man’s meaningful home

Who He is…
The Lord our God with
Eyes in heaven watching us
All life does abound

II. Epilogue

Vanity is Emptiness,
Once within our soul.
Hearts will see more, not less,
Our reason takes its toll.

We stand on ground made divine,
Established from God above.
Our home, domain, stars that shine
All radiate God’s love

Yet Vanity still Empty
A breath dispersed away
Opened eyes pray to see
Our heavenly Father say:

“I am your Lord”
God of all heaven and Earth.
“I established all!”
He changed emptiness to loving worth.


© 2013 Rick Stassi

Propelled to Sanity


Artist: Phoebe Stassi

Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter‘s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Isaiah 29:16 (KJV)

We cannot guide the Potter’s hand. We cannot influence the Creator. Can the flowing tide argue with the waxing moon any more than the ebbing with the waning? How we try to change things about ourselves. How dissatisfied we sometimes are. Why do the grasses seem greener beyond our grasp?

I know who I am. I have felt inferior by self-examination many times.  It is a burdensome yoke to walk in. I busied about those things which I could change to make life feel better. Feeling better about me, built my self-esteem. However, it was on a shifting-sand foundation. Changing a purposeless life was my plight and climbing a mountain of sand was my method.

Can the limited become limitless? Are we fated for a single place in a long life? Puzzling are the questions the broken people have about life and we are all broken.

I was very inquisitive growing into adulthood. I enjoyed the long evening conversations with equally inquisitive friends. There was wine and curiosity. The Big Bang is so interesting, I thought. Yes discussing Stephen Hawking for hours was a captivating conversation. How surreal is the birth of the Universe or the creation of Man. Then our conversations would move to other things: books and movies. There were films with enticing metaphor and romantic existentialism. Directors like Peter Weir using their own curiosity to rouse mine. I remember the swans in Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and how they must symbolic of angels. Still, moving on, how romantic Nabokov’s deserts, the brutal eroticism of Miller, or the tragic plague of Camus. There was always enough night and always enough wine.

Despite all this curious intelligence, I failed to finish college. Wine and beer finished for me. They forgot to give me my certificate though. I struggled through work and I became a second-tier person. Others were smarter and it was depressing feeling this way. I was still inquisitive and that in itself propels one further down a path. It evades stagnation for when you stop being curious, your mind rearranges all it is limited to work with.

I am intelligent. But in this intelligence, I kept trying to compete. I learned this:  Just because a person is convincing, doesn’t mean they are right, or even smart. They just know how to subdue. It is dominating control and now it is so obvious, it makes me ill.

My curiosity propelled me; the problem was the path I was propelling down. Understand it is good to seek but be cognizant of the direction. You can travel though wormholes and nebulae, love affairs, and perspiring, dusty Algerian deserts; but, with such scattered curiosity, it is hard to stay grounded. Soon all are tossed onto a pile of books of master writers and even Hawking’s universe is uninteresting. All external wisdom and contemplation is consumed by the hands of the Potter.

When we have quit trying to be the author of our lives we become sane. We are insane to try and fix a broken life with the tools at our disposal. We are all broken. Remember Adam fallen? We have a single chance to stand back up through Jesus.

The wine eventually stopped –abruptly and with casualties. Our Father waits for people like me to unravel and fall in a heap of remorse. We find we do not control anything except control itself. Yes we yield control, open vulnerability, become humble, and pray for God’s help to fix a broken body. He is in control and He creates the path on which we are propelled down. Curiosity is great. Be inquisitive about the things of our Lord. He answers all questions. I am frustrated to try to fully articulate what He means to me. So I rest in simplicity. God takes me to places I would not have found myself.

Joy whirls inside my heart. It comes out in bits and pieces and signifies the true Potter is molding me. I can feel His hands of Love. Shed your skin and expose your hidden heart. God protects us when we make ourselves vulnerable. He uses these moments to show others that we are all so much alike and we can compassionately love each other. We all try to fix things and we all worry deeply about our apparent inadequacies. Know this: you are not inadequate. You are more than adequate as you are worthy of dinner with a King.

Rick Stassi

December 18, 2012

Note: Originally posted Dec 4th on -rick


breathe in His beauty

Matthew 1
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2100 BC
Abraham receives of the eternal promise from God
“…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”
(GEN 12)
David anointed King – establishing the earthy throne
“…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(1SAM 16)
795 BC
Isaiah prophesies the everlasting King of Israel, Jesus Christ – the spiritual throne through David
“There will be no end, and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice,
From that time forward, even forever.”
(IS 9)
Jesus Christ
Born in Bethlehem (MIC 5:2)
“…Yet out of you [Bethlehem] shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel…”

Born in the lineage of the throne of David (Matt 1)
“…And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…”
Celebrate our Lord as He does not come and die in vain, but to save His people from our sin – forever and ever. We are blessed to be children of God and to have the gift of His Son and the Holy Spirit upon us.

Know that Jesus is King is conceived from God’s perfect plan for man who first let down the Lord and fell from grace into sin by our own earthly choice. He loves you so much that He beckons us back to His grace – a place we do not deserve on our own merit – but only through the blood of the Savior.

We are blessed in richness beyond what we can conceive. All we have on earth is what we see from our earthly, outward view. God sees our inward self and knows our heart. Deny yourself and trust the Lord for He is our hope. Have faith for in faith is our surety of His promise that we strive no more under our own strength but rely on God.

We inherit the riches beyond all comprehension. Breathe in this beauty and the sweet fragrance of God. See His face as you seek an image in the mirror. As we become more and more molded by Him, our inward self becomes more and more apparent. See the Light that shines from within the saved. God is with us.

See how all is in God’s perfect plan. Know that all that is negative is only the world and all is positive in the Lord. We seek this positive nature and are assured we will find it. We are pilgrims on a journey to heaven traveling through life to cast a light of our internal spirit planted by our God and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit.

Bask in joy for God is with us. Trouble not for we bear burden no more. Jesus frees us and his burden is light. Seek first the eternal kingdom and all else will be in abundance of joy and love afforded to us by Jesus Christ through God’s perfect plan for the fallen. We are loved and we love.

Peace to all in the name of Jesus Christ,