Love

Love

Love is sweet.
Love is kind.
Love’s a beat
When we unwind.

Love is lush.
Love is warm.
Love will brush
Your hair in storms.

Love is swift.
Love is slow.
Love’s a gift
That goes and goes.

Love is wet.
Love is dry.
Love’s a bet
On two hot dice.

Love grabs hold
Of lonesome hearts
And forms a mold:
Potter’s art.

Love commands.
Love obeys.
Love will stand
When others sway.

Love is you.
Love is me.
Love is blue
When you aren’t free.

Love is young.
Love is old.
Love is sung.
Love is gold.

Love is blind.
Love makes me sing.
Love’s aligned
With angels’ wings.

Love is baby steps
And giant leaps.
Love can ebb.
Love’s for keeps.

Love is “A”.
Love is “Z”.
Love will claim
Your destiny.

Love is spunk.
Love is grit.
Love is funk.
Love won’t quit.

Love’s a breeze.
Love is sweat.
Love’s a tease.
Love’s regret.

Love’s a wound
That never heals.
Love’s well-tuned
When we kneel.

Love is Christ
On a cross,
Who for our vice
Paid the cost.

Love’s a flame
You must tend.
Love’s a game
With your best friend.

Love is space
Where planets whirl.
Love’s a place
For boys and girls.

Love’s a friend
Through sky, on ground.
Love is men
Who stick around.

Love is free.
Love is sweet.
Love is Jesus
Washing feet.

~Day Williams

Haikus

Haikus

Saharas blow sand
Over fields of sprouting crops;
Lord, water my fields.

Give me strength and guts,
O Lord, to perform the tasks
You’ve prepared for me.

Your call on my life,
Higher than the mountain peaks:
A burden-blessing.

Your heart, a bouquet
Where flowers unfurl and bloom,
Where rivers fill seas.

When your light shines, Lord,
I know I’m a wretched man:
Save me from myself.

~Day Williams

“Vowels” by Arthur Rimbaud

VOWELS

A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
I will tell some day of your hidden births:
A, black hair corset with flashing flies
That swarm and buzz around some cruel stenches,

Shadowed gulfs; E, frankness of vapors and tents,
Spears of proud glaciers, white kings, umbels’ quivers;
I, purple, spit blood, laugh of pretty lips
In anger or penitent drunkenness,

U, cycles, divine vibrations of green seas,
Peace of the pasture strewn with animals, peace
Of lines that alchemy prints on studious brows;

O, supreme Bugle, full of strange shrill notes,
Silences across the world and the angels:
−O Omega, violet ray of His Eyes!

~Arthur Rimbaud
(Translated by Day Williams)

EPHESIANS CHAPTER SIX

EPHESIANS CHAPTER SIX

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord,

For this is right The first commandment with

A promise is this: 2 “Honor both your father

And mother, 3 that it may go well with you

And that you may enjoy long life on earth.”

4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children;

Instead, raise them up in the training and

Instruction of the Lord. 5 You slaves,

Obey your earthly masters with respect

And fear, and with sincerity of heart,

Just as you would obey Christ. 6 Work hard

For them not only when your masters are

Watching, but also when they aren’t; work hard

With gladness all the time as slaves of Christ,

Not slaves of men, 7 and do the will of God

With all your hearts 8 because you know that for

The good things which a man may do, the Lord

Will bless him, whether he is slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way.

Don’t threaten them; remember that you too

Are slaves of Christ, who has no favorites.

10 Lastly, be strong in God and his great power

11 Put on all of the armor of the Lord

So you can take your stand against the devil’s

Schemes, 12 for we do not wrestle flesh and blood,

But wrestle principalities and powers,

Rulers of darkness in this world, and we

Wrestle the wicked spirits in high realms.

13 So put on all the armor of the Lord,

So when the day of evil comes, you’ll stand

Your ground, and after you’ve done all, to stand.

14 Therefore stand firm, your waist buckled ‘round with

The belt of truth, and having on the breastplate

Of righteousness, 15 and your feet fitted with

The preparation of the gospel of

Peace; 16 above all, take up the shield of faith

To smother all the flaming arrows of

The evil one, 17 and take the helmet of

Salvation and the Spirit’s sword, which is

The word of God, 18 and pray always with all

Prayers and requests while in the Spirit.

With this in mind, remain alert and keep

On praying constantly for all the saints.

19 Pray for me, too, and ask the Lord to give

Me the right words as I speak boldly of

The mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I

Am an ambassador in chains. Pray that

I will declare it boldly, as I should.

21 So that you also may know how we are,

Tychicus, a beloved brother and

A faithful servant in the Lord, will tell

You everything. 22 I’m sending him to you

For this specific purpose, so that you

May know how we are getting on, and so

He may encourage you. 23 May God give peace

To you, my brothers, with His love in faith

From God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

24 May God’s grace and His blessing be on all

Who love our Lord Jesus Christ and his call.

Scriptures about the Second Coming

Scriptures about the Second Coming

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Matthew 24:44 | NIV |

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 | NIV |

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Revelation 22:20 | NIV |

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Matthew 24:42 | NIV |

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”
Revelation 22:12 | NIV |

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
1 Peter 4:7 | NIV |

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8 | NIV |

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
1 John 2:28 | NIV |

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:10-11 | NIV |

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Revelation 3:11 | NIV |

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Matthew 7:15 | NIV |

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8 | NIV |

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 | NIV |

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30 | NIV |

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
Revelation 1:7 | NIV |

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SECOND SAMUEL CHAPTER NINETEEN

SECOND SAMUEL CHAPTER NINETEEN:

Joab Rebukes David

1 Word soon reached Joab that King David wept

              And mourned for Absalom, his son, 2 and as

              The people heard of his deep grief, the joy

Of that day’s victory was turned to pain,

              So that, as though ashamed, the soldiers crept

              Back to Jerusalem 3 as men steal in

When fleeing from a battle, 4 and the king

              Covered his face and cried aloud, ‟O my

              Son Absalom! O Absalom, my son,

My son!” 5 Then Joab went to David’s room

              And said to him, ‟Your army saved your life

              Today and many other lives: your sons,

Your daughters, wives, and concubines−and yet

              You act like this, which makes us feel ashamed,

              As though we’d done an evil deed. 6 You seem

To love the people hating you and hate

              The people loving you. You’ve made it clear

              Today that your commanders and their men

To you mean nothing, 7 and I see that if

              Your son had lived and all of us had died,

              You would be glad. Now go congratulate

Your men, for if you don’t, not one of them

              Will still be here tonight, and you will be

              Worse off than you have ever been before,”

8 And so the king got up and took his seat

              Inside the gateway. When the men were told,

              ‟The king is sitting in the gateway,” they

All came before him for encouragement.

              While David met his men, the Israelites,

              Who’d hurried home once Absalom was dead,

9 Discussed and argued within each tribe and said,

              ‟The king delivered us from enemies.

              He is the one who rescued us in wars

With Philistines, but now he’s fled the land

              Because of Absalom, 10 and Absalom,

              Whom we anointed as our king, has died

In battle. Let’s ask David to return

              And be our king again.” 11 King David sent

              This message to the priests, Abiathar

And Zadok: ‟Ask the elders in the tribe

              Of Judah, ‛Why should you be last to bring

              King David back to reign, since what is said

Throughout the realm has reached the king where he

              Resides? 12 You are my brothers, you are my

              Own flesh and blood, so why should you be last

To reinstate the king?’” 13 He told them, ‟Tell

              Amasa, ‛Since you are my nephew, may

              God strike me dead if I do not appoint

You as commander of the army in

              The place of Joab.’” 14 So the king convinced

              The men of Judah, and they answered as

One man, and sent a message to the king,

              ‟Return to us and bring your men along.”

              15 Then David started back and went as far

As River Jordan, and when he arrived

              It seemed like everyone in Judah had

              Turned out to meet the king and escort him

From Gilgal over Jordan, 16 then the son

              Of Gera, Shime-i, a Benjamite,

              Ran down with Judah’s men to meet the king

17 And with him were a thousand Benjamites,

              And Ziba, steward of Saul’s household and

              His fifteen sons and twenty servants, 18 who

All rushed to River Jordan to arrive

              Ahead of David, working hard to take

              The king, his household, and his troops across,

Helping them any way they could. Now as

              The king was crossing, Shimei-i fell down

              Before him, 19 pleading, ‟O my lord the king,

Forgive me and forget how I did wrong

              The day you left Jerusalem, 20 for I

              Know well how much I sinned but I today

Have come as first in Joseph’s house to come

              And meet my lord the king,” 21 then Abishai

              The son of Zeruiah, said, ‟Shall not

He die, for Shime-i rained curses on

              The Lord’s anointed!” 22 ‟Don’t say things like that

              To me, you son of Zeruiah, said

David. “This day is not for execution

              But for a celebration! I’m the king

              Of Israel!” 23 Then David turned and said

To Shime-i, ‟Your life is spared,” a vow.             

              24 Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also came

              Down from Jerusalem to meet the king.

He had not washed his feet or clothes nor trimmed

              His beard since David left Jerusalem.

              25 The king inquired, ‟Why didn’t you go down

With me, Mephibosheth?” 26 And he replied,

              ‟My lord, O king, my servant tricked me, for

              I told him, ‛Saddle up my donkey so

That I’ll accompany the king,’ for as

              You know I’m lame, 27 but Ziba slandered me

              By saying I refused to come. My lord

The king is like an angel of the Lord.

              So do whatever pleases you, 28 for I

              And all my relatives deserved to die,

Yet you have honored me among all those

              Who eat at your own table! So what right

              Have I to make appeals to you, the king?”

29 ‟All right,” the king replied. ‟I order you

              And Ziba to divide the fields between

              You equally.” 30 ‟Let him take everything,”

Mephibosheth replied, ‟now that my lord

              The king has come home safe. 31 Barzillai,

              Who’d fed the king and David’s army when

Exiled to Mahanaim, came down from

              Rogelim to conduct the king across

              The river. 32 Now this Gileadite, who

Was rich and more than eighty years of age,

              Had earned the king’s respect. 33 “Please come across

              With me and make Jerusalem your home.

I will take care of you there,” said the king.

              34 ‟No,” Barzillai replied, ‟How many years

              More will I live, that I should go up to

Jerusalem with you, my lord and king?

              35 Today I’m eighty. Life has lost its zest.

              Good food and wine are flavorful no more,

I cannot hear the singers’ voices. I

              Would only be a burden to my lord

              The king, so why reward me in this way?

36 To cross with you is all the honor that

              I need. 37 Then let your servant go again,

              That I may die in my home town not far

From where my parents died and rest.

              But here is Chimham, and I ask of you

              My lord and king to let him go with you

So he’ll receive good things you give to him.”

              38 The king said, ‟Chimham then shall cross with me,

              And I will do for him whatever I’d

Have done for you,” 39 so all the people crossed

              The Jordan with the king, and David crossed,

              Too, and he kissed and blessed Barzillai,

And Barzillai went to his home. 40 The king

              Went on to Gilgal, Chimham with him; and

              All Judah’s people and one-half the people

Of Israel accompanied the king.

              41 Soon men of Israel came to the king

              And told the king, “Why had our brothers, men

Of Judah, steal the king away, and bring

              The king, his household, and all David’s men

              With him across the Jordan?” 42 Then all men

Of Judah answered men of Israel,

              “Because the king is our close relative.

              Why then are you upset about this thing?

Have we had dinner at the king’s expense;

              Has anybody taken anything

              For us?” 43 But soon the men of Israel

Why should this make you angry? We have charged

              Him nothing, we have eaten none of his

              Provisions, and he’s given us no gifts.”

The arguments continued, though unwise,

              And Judah’s men were rough in their replies.