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Poetry isn’t a form of thinking. It’s a form of being. Or becoming. No language is pure thought. Neither is any person. A poem’s a creation as surely as a person. Only poets create poems, and God creates people.

Part of a discussion on Lutheran Surrealsim where Kirby Olson is always up to something.

It seems as though it’s always dark,
the Promised Land’s in the smoky air,
someone’s crying.

Small embers hide
under fallen leaves,

yet a Pillar of Fire burns like
God’s voice at midnight—
with the Dream still misunderstood.

first published in Domicile under a different title

Jesus was truly free. His freedom was rooted in his spiritual awareness that he was the Beloved Child of God. He knew in the depth of his being that he belonged to God before he was born, that he was sent into the world to proclaim God’s love, and that he would return to God after his mission was fulfilled. This knowledge gave him the freedom to speak and act without having to please the world and the power to respond to people’s pains with the healing love of God.

That’s why the Gospels say: “Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all” (Luke 6:19).