God is the Great Paradox. For me there is no better way to describe Their being.
Flood, fire, plague. Y'all picking up what He's laying down?
God truly allows us the privilege to be witnesses to His movement in our lives. Twice this week I’ve had to reflect on how lockdown started with me ready to pack and move home because I couldn’t afford rent. Now I’m heading up a performing arts department at a school.🥺🤲🏾
I want to serve the LORD GOD every day of my life. I just am enraptured by His beauty.
English is the guest I always welcome. You, tyrant. You gift. I love you furiously and in such dependency. I don't give a damn about trying to be cool or trying to be smart. I want you all to myself.
I haven't felt this way about writing in years. I'm afraid that as startlingly as it arrived, it will disappear.
Oh but while it's here, while it's here. I will relish every second with it.
I'm entitled to my obscurity, to my obsessions and my passions.
The language I'm finding feels wider than before and fresh and so impossibly fragile.
“With passion pray.
With passion make love.
With passion eat and drink and dance and play.
Why look like a dead fish
in this ocean of God?” - Rumi
Breaking free of chains. Breaking free of gaze. Breaking free of shame.
Only scarred things enter heaven.
A scar is still a scar.
The loss is still the loss;
the love is still the love.
And then there is one who serves all of these roles for our species: Jesus Christ. Prophet, Priest, Teacher, and King. Full of truth and mercy, patient grace, and sovereign justice.
Get you a Messiah who can do both. Or in this case, all four.
Possible abuse does not mean that these roles are not necessary for the functioning of our society. Prophets and teachers are designed to check one another. Priests and kings to check one another.
Each can become twisted. Prophets can become loveless and self-righteous. Priests can become perverted full of greed and lust. Teachers can become manipulative. Kings can become self-serving, paranoid, and power hungry.
But each one represents an ideal. Prophets represent truth, priests represent mercy, teachers represent patient guidance, kings represent just authority.
Prophets, priests, teachers, kings. Neo liberals hate everything but teachers. Radicals hate everyone but prophets. Conservatives hate everyone but kings and priests who act like kings.
Right now, I'm really thankful for work. Even work that I don't want to do. It's a great stabilizer for my mental health.
I know God hasn't forgotten me. I absolutely 100 percent know it. And perhaps that makes all the waiting harder.
Anger is holy when expressed in protection of what we love.
Unless what we love is ego. And most of the time, it is.
Only those who have had ego obliterated through social persecution AND spiritual labor can express an anger which is in any way safe.
Moral superiority has and continues to justify a whole host of evils. The truly righteous avoid justification all together. Those are the only people on any side that are safe to trust.
In this era of outrage, it's no wonder information is reduced to shareable cliches.
In this era of outrage, national protests last 60 days then people go back to their lives, exhausted & self-satisfied.
In this era of outrage, moral superiority abounds on both sides.
I'll speak for myself when I say sometimes my offense has been dearer to me than the actual pain of the experience.
I'd rather be outraged than wounded. I'd rather be outraged than forgiving. I'd rather be outraged than confess my own sins before another sinner.
The best way to honor an apology is to do better in the future. I will do so so much better. I already am.
In the end, you saw what you could see. And now you look back clear-eyed.
You forgive yourself for the steps you did not take and for the courage you did not have. But you're no longer afraid. Or paralyzed. You no longer have to hold yourself hostage to the past.
When you really get free, you can forgive everyone, including yourself. You forgive yourself for all the ways you sabotaged, all the ways you lashed out at others, all the ways you deflected, all the ways you didn't see how wrong you really were and what it would cost.
I pray for grace, unmerited favor, not so I can stay the same but so I can grow.
Looking for literary agents is so frustrating when you aren't socially conservative but still say the words "Lord" and "Savior" without being ironic.
Like I just wanna write poems about religion, books about love, and articles about linguistics. Like let me be great!
IT'S SO WELL WITH MY SOUL!
I remember one of my favourite lecturers advising me to let my love for performance influence my academic research instead of separating those worlds. My passion for education and art defines my work. Now I get to use it to inspire students in 4900 schools in Latin America.🥺f
The Church is not a building erected, it's a body evolving. What does a body look like destroying even one of its members? I need y'all. Everybody. All of you.
None is more beautiful than my God. And The Most Beautiful never has need to deny the beauty of others.
Ever so grateful for the folks that keep everything straight, follow protocol, and read the fine print.
Administration is just not my spiritual gifting but we bless God for your anointing. You are lambs holy unto God, each and every one of you.
I'm growing tired of this negotiation between lesser and greater evils. Power, if you are after it, always involves negotiation. If we are after power, can we ever be after peace?
I will indulge in gratitude even for the things I lost rather than lose myself in things I feel entitled to.
God is the great book ends of my life. Whatever happens in between the covers of grace just adds to the plot.
Does capitalism make us believe that everything that is without price is somehow cheap? What about the things that are in fact priceless, like liberation? Is this why so many Americans refuse to pay the cost of freedom, which is very costly indeed.
In America, when white folks say liberty, do they really mean leisure? Have they reduced freedom to entertainment?
Sin dis-creates. But every work of God shall stand. Including me.
If every created thing was made as worship, then I truly want to be a creature. If that is what God made me, that is the wisest thing for me to be. Nothing could be better for me.
I don't know about you but God created me to worship. Worship is about being a walking praise, everything I touch becomes a glory. In worship, is where I find my greatest joy. I want that all the time. Not just for God but for myself.