Forgive

Forgive the ones
Who hurt your soul; 
Let Jesus heal
And make you whole. 

~Day Williams

PRAYER

May God give wisdom to the leaders of the lands,
May they observe their vows and peace accords,
May men and women turn their hearts from selfishness
And serve the highest calling of the Lord.

May I pay creditors and live within my means,
May I be paid according to my worth,
May I bless others with poetic words of love
And works that fall like gentle rains on earth.

May holy leaders raise a standard clear and tall,
With righteousness to guide each citizen,
May God’s best candidates be number one in votes . . .
May this sad earth have peace, my countrymen.

~Day Williams

December 8: “Sestina: Flesh and Spirit,” poem by Day Williams

Sestina: Flesh and Spirit

I
Some people live for no one but themselves
Keeping their eyes on pleasure, cash, flesh,
And while they play, God longs to be their friend,
Because their play will never satisfy
Enough, and souls call out for unity
With their Creator-God, who was crucified

II
For them, the Innocent they crucified:
He did not fit the dream they’d made themselves,
A dream that disregarded unity
Within Christ’s body, for when men put flesh
Above the Spirit, they won’t satisfy
Their hearts as when the Lord becomes a friend.

III
In darkest hours, they say, “I need a friend,
But I don’t need this Jesus crucified.
I’ll find another way to satisfy
My needs, the way my friends have pleased themselves
With drugs and potions, pleasures of the flesh,
The ecstasy enjoyed in unity

IV
In sex, those moments where the unity
Seems it will last forever with a friend,
Featherbed frolics delighting the flesh,
Then someone tells that Christ was crucified,
Which makes the lovers want to hide themselves
In shame in garden shade, dissatisfied.”

V
From babe to boy to boss, dissatisfied,
The spirit in a man seeks unity
Which men and women strive to find themselves,
Diverted, distracted, delayed by friends
Who circle round and gloss Christ crucified,
Ignore the Spirit and pursue for the flesh.

VI
A man can’t disassociate from flesh.
No matter how he tries to satisfy
The Spirit’s call to love Him crucified,
No matter how he strives for unity,
The flesh will intervene to make a friend
And enemy. Men can’t control themselves.

Envoi
For they themselves, trapped in pursuit of flesh,
Deceived by friends, would find they’re satisfied
In unity with God, Christ crucified.

~Day Williams

 

April 7: Loyalty

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

April 7
Loyalty

264.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
–Proverbs 17:17

265.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
–Proverbs 18:24

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EXODUS CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX


1 AFurnish the sacred tent with curtains made

Out of ten pieces of the finest linen.

They must be woven with blue, purple, and

Red wool, embroidered with the figures of

Winged creatures, 2 and make each piece fourteen yards

Long and two yards wide 3 and sew them together

Into two curtains with five sections each.

4-6 Put fifty loops of some blue cloth along

One of the wider sides upon each curtain,

6 Then fasten the two curtains at the loops

With fifty gold hooks. 7-8 As material

Used for the tent, apply goat hair to weave

Eleven sections fifteen yards by two

Yards each, 9 and take five sections which you=ll sew

Together to construct one panel, then sew

The other six together to construct

A second panel, and then fold the sixth

Section double over the tent=s front, 10 and

Put fifty loops along a wider side

Upon each panel; 11 fasten the two panels

At loops with fifty bronze hooks, 12 and the panel

With goat hair will be a yard longer than

The tent itself, 13 so fold a half yard of

Material behind the tent and on

Each side as a protective covering.

            14 Make two more coverings–one with ram skins

Dyed red, the other with fine leather.” 15 God

Said: ABuild a framework of acacia wood

For walls that make the sacred tent. 16 Each frame

Is to be fifteen feet high, with a width

Of twenty‑seven inches, 17 with two pegs

Of wood beside the bottom, 18-21 and beneath

Each frame put in two silver stands with sockets

For pegs, so you can join the frames together.

Use twenty of these frames on the south side

And twenty more along the north, 22 and for

The back wall on the west side use six frames

23-24 With two more on the corners at the southwest

And northwest, and make sure these corner frames

Are joined from top to bottom. 25 Altogether,

This back wall will have eight frames and will have

Two silver stands beneath each one. 26-27 Now make

Five crossbars for each wooden frame, 28 and have

The center crossbar running the full length

Along the wall, 29 and cover frames and crossbars

With gold and fasten gold rings to the frames

To run the crossbars through, 30 then set the tent

Up in the way I showed you on the mountain.”

31-33 The LORD said: AMake a curtain to break up

The holy place from the most holy place

And use fine linen woven with blue, purple,

And red wool, and embroidered with the figures

That represent winged creatures. Cover four

Acacia wood posts with some gold and set

Them each upon a silver stand. Then fasten

Gold hooks onto the posts and hand the curtain

There, 34 and in the most holy place, you have

To put the sacred chest that has the place

Of mercy on its lid. 35 Outside the curtain

You=ll put the table for the sacred bread

On the right side and the gold lampstand on

The left, 36 and for the entrance to the tent,

Use some fine linen woven with some wool

That=s blue and red and purple, and embroidered

With fancy needlework, 37 and cover five

Acacia wood posts with some gold and set

Each on a bronze stand, then put gold hooks, bare,

Upon the posts and hang the curtain there.”