Thursday, January 14, 2021

TRUE CITIZENSHIP

      This is the twelfth

          and final 

    of our ongoing series

      FOLLOW THROUGH

           living out

 The Sermon On The Mount

     Matthew 5:1 - 7:28

           *******



Dear All of Us,

So, how about this?

It seems some of the rich and famous 

among us here in the States

are buying up country villas in Italy

and applying for Italian citizenship.

Nice work if you can get it!!

For sure that's top of the line 

dual citizenship.


Come to think of it, 

we of more modest means and of lesser note 

also have something of a dual citizenship.

We live at once in two zones.

They are named and 

experienced variously:

  - the sacred and the secular

  - Empire and the Kingdom of God

 - the world and the reign of God

They overlap and intertwine.

That can trip us up.

Country and commerce 

can become a national religion,

flag and finance for cross.

Or it can flip us the opposite way

into bunker religion, 

disengaged and isolated.


All this gets dicey doubled.

That's because it's impossible to be 

         total to two.

That goes for love of person

or allegiance to domain.

    A split heart means a death.

   "You cannot serve two masters."


Jesus prioritized domain/citizenship

by word and example. He lived 

       Kingdom Life 

simply, generously, 

redeeming damaged potential,

intimate with Abba, caringly close to all,

drawing separateness to union. 

He did that in an occupied country under

unjust, corrupt, violent domination.

He dealt with it, but he didn't 

pledge allegiance to it.

He did not worship at Empire's altar of ultimate.

Heart and soul he lived and preached 

     The kingdom of God.

He didn't try to reform the system.

Empire cannot be reformed.

It can be replaced by Kingdom. 

Until then live Kingdom in the midst of Empire.

That's what Jesus did.

He stopped for red lights and paid his taxes for sure, 

but his life and alligence was centered in

           The Kingdom Of God.

    "Render unto Caesar the things 

      that are Caesar's and unto God 

      the things that are God's." 

He spoke Kingdom Life in word and living.

He prayed to Abba that

       "Thy kingdom come on earth 

        as it is in heaven." 

        

This is where we come in.

This is where we accept or reject.

This is where we kick into gear or stall out.

And it's hard because most of us grew up 

in terribly compromised churches

that didn't even know they were.

Before ever Constantine stole the church

and sold it to Empire,

the Gospel had been shrunk

to a sliver of itself, passed off 

   - as ideas (doctrines)

     - a belonging system -

     club membership

       active or otherwise, 

       but dues paid,

     - prescribed practices (ritual),

    - a spirituality of personal salvation 

      and private piety.

We have a lot of religion

(Richard Rohr recently termed it

 "Junk Religion," as in junk food -

feel good but not good for healthy living).

A "step back and take a good look" survey 

of many religions sadly sees little actual, for real, 

sweaty, sweet Kingdom spirit 

and the "go for broke" living of it.

Hey, that's a bit challenging!

OK, it's darn strong!

Sure is and we need to face the flaw.

Just check out The Sermon on the Mount

and see how close many-most religions come to it.

It's the gold standard.

It is Jesus' description of disciples alive 

in the Kingdom now and to come. 

We do well to check our priorities, 

our values, our life styles.

Where do we really land and live?

Where is our allegiance and primary citizenship?


Kingdom Life is to be lived right here, right now

in the midst of Empire, radically and really so.

It means big time change in valuation and practice.

It means being counter cultural and taking hits for it

It means coming at life angled by the Beatitudes

not poetically but practically: 

     - simple, uncomplicated (poor in spirit), 

     - non stressed and non stressing (meek),

     - working to get people, place, and

       society turned right and real (righteous),

     - always giving others a break (merciful),

       knowing it'll ultimately come back at us, 

     - putting the pieces back together

       rather than slamming everything and one

       to pieces (peacemaker),

    - taking it on the chin, in the gut, 

      even in the pocketbook, 

      working to right wrong (persecutions)

It means being changed and being a change agent -

     "salt of the earth, light of the world" - 

     "disciple different" and it shows.

It means allowing God to convert the energy of anger 

      to the dynamic of love, 

     hurt experienced to healing returned

     (anger management, non retaliation). 

It means honest plain talk true -

     "Yes, Yes, or No, No",

     not the phony, slick takes and double talk 

     of advertisers, bureaucrats and politicians.

It means loving the socks off the people 

     who would steal the shirt off you back,

     those who plague - pillage us the most.

It means prayerful intimacy with Abba.

It means stock piling in the bank of share and gift

     not with running after Chase or Bank of Anything.

    "For where your treasure is, 

     there your heart will be also."

It means not being a Worry Waste,

     addictively stockpiling stuff.

It means being in Kingdom flow 

    and trusting Abba to provide.

   "But strive first for the kingdom of God 

       and his righteousness 

     (his getting things "righted")

          and all these things

            (our real needs) 

       will be given to you as well."

It means the deal of a lifetime.

      "Don't judge, so that 

       you may not be judged."

       (after the way I've lived, I'm all in!!).

It means the best you want in life 

       is just exactly what you do for others.

      "Do unto others..."

       You'll become the gift you give.

It means being more than talk.

It means being the real deal.

      "Not everyone who says to me

      'Lord, 'Lord'

      (will be in on the win)

      ...but only the one who does 

      the will of my Father..."


Yes, in some ways we have Dual Citizenship,

but in all reality we have only one real homeland,

The Kingdom of God.

Jesus invites us in and active.

He shows and tells how good it is, our

          TRUE CITIZENSHIP

oh so good for sure,

             John Frank

          ******


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             ******

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    is among you."

          Luke 17:21

            ******


Again I ask prayer for us here in the USA.

We are in crisis.

Please pray that we may move free from

these times of turmoil.

Counting on you!

        Thanks!

    ******












 





Thursday, January 7, 2021

DOWN THE HALL

 

Dear All of Us,

As little kids we knew just what to do and where to go.

When a terrifying dream would wake us up in the middle of the night

we'd do a quick "get go" right 

    DOWN THE HALL

to Mon and Dad's room and safety.

They'd have us hop in bed with them, 

hold and hug us as we cried out our plight.

Embraced and snuggle steadied, we calmed.

Mom or Dad would carry us back to our bed.

Tenderly tucked in, we had our parent resting right next to us.

We were lulled into restful sleep -the gentle cadence of a story softly told, 

our hair stroked, the recitation of the rosary, a soothing song - calmed to peace. 

We were safe and secure in our parents' presence.

Their strength was ours.


Lately we big kids have suffered scary dark nights of soul and society.

We have been terrorized - nightmares of disease, confinement,

curtailment, civility and governance demonized, social disorder,

instability all round and Mom and Dad aren't just 

               DOWN THE HALL

Some of us are in denial.

Some of us just simply say and show it.

Camouflaged by denial or not, 

we are weary, worried, scared, disoriented. 

There is a longing for answers, for safety, 

for a return to a past normal 

that down deep we know we'll never have.

Even if things lighten up, we now and painfully realize that  

we stand on a trap door of insecurity 

and that it can fall out from under us any time.

That's the biggest "dis-ease" of our PanProblems.

Social order can corrode and crumble.

The lies we've been told by a sanitized history

are "outed", hard as heck to hear, see, admit.

We have to face our social construct exposed:

genocide, enslavement, racial abuse,

financial inequity, the hoodwink and hoax of capitalism, 

the binge of materialism and consumption, 

political corruption and the prospect of despotism,

a tower of ideological Babel tipping to conflict and chaos,

our planet plundered, microbes that can cripple at will, 

media that egregiously misinforms.


For all those monster nightmares, though,

we big kids do know what to do and where to go. 

          It means a real "get go" 

              DOWN THE HALL

                  of living

to the Source and Center of all that is -

seeking sheer Reality, seeking rock solid Truth and Security.

It means stabilizing by a radical personal and social reorientation -

it's go deep spiritually or stay in the dark alone 

and come unmoored and cascade to chaos.

Routine religiosity won't do - never really has.

It doesn't have enough tread on its tires

to grip the road of REAL and be a "go."

And so we do go, hop in, snuggle up.

  We're welcome and wanted.

       "Are you tired? 

        Worn out?

        Burned out on religion?

        Come to me.

        Get away with me 

        and you'll recover your life.

        I'll show you how to take a real rest.

       Walk with me and work with me -

       watch how I do it.

       Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

       I won't lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you.

       Keep company with me 

       and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

                        Jesus

                Matthew 11: 28- 30

                    The Message


                    That's what's 

                 DOWN THE HALL

              from our nightmares.


It reminds me of some farm families I've meet in Kentucky

and the Amish families I've seen in Pennsylvania.

There is a slow steady to the rhythm of life.

They bond closely, generationally.

They secure each other.

They model and mentor for the young.

The elders share lived wisdom.

The young spill with energy and enthusiasm.

They do it all this better and different than most, much of both.

They're radically rooted in The Real and they live it.

It's a fine analogy for what Jesus is ready to give us.


It means we need to "come" to him - 

a definitive "get go" from the dark of our terror

to his welcome embrace.

It means getting away from the phony bologna 

of arrogant surface rush, grab and stress.

We really will "Get A Life" - God's.

It makes a radical difference.

Like good down to earth and up to heaven farm parents,

Jesus paces us as we walk and work daily living with him,

watching how he does it revealed to us in

scripture, meditation and prayerful reflection.

We catch the Rhythm of Real.

We aren't loaded down with unreal values and practices. 

In company with him, we learn to live freely and fully,

not burdened with the lies and pressures of Empire and ego,

no matter the fright that threatens.

We many not have it easy or trouble free.

We will have strength and stability in the Community of Real.


So we "come" to Jesus.

We come in the genuine closeness of unitive prayer.

We come in a spiritual community of difference.

We come in the slow savoring of the Gospel

and letting The Spirit speak it, apply it in our here and now,

however trying the times.

It's a conversion to a life that will hold up here and lift to heaven,

one not standing on a trap door of ultimate insecurity.

We are safe and secure in God's Presence.

God's strength is our strength.


Yes, we are weary and warn down.

Yes, we've had the trap door 

of social and functional insecurity 

sprung out from under us. 

Yes, we have day and night frights and fears aplenty,

personal and collective.

Yes we can't control much of the conflict and chaos

that scares and terrorizes us.

AND YES, we are stabilized in the midst of instability.

Not easy nor comfortable,

but rock real.

We can be real in the throes of terrifying unrealness.


               ******


All of the above was composed beginning last Friday ( 01-01-21).

As I type this late Wednesday afternoon (01-06-21)

the capital here in Washington is under siege.

Our way of shared life, The Common Good, is being raped.

This is not how we are family, how we are in all this together.

There is evil loose in the land.

That trap door of insecurity has sprung open 

yet again and more - horrifically so.

And yes we big kids know just what to do and where to go

to be steadied, center safe and secure at the real core.

I'm not sure how things are where you are and how you are.

I pray for you and us all world-wide.

to get past fear of difference.

Let's help each other be what in Reality we are,

and what sin denies - we are in all reality

                              ONE

Let's  pray and ponder the promise and power, 

not to escape, but to be enfolded, snuggled, 

secured and strengthened in Oneness with God.


Troubled we are.

Alone we are not.

Sure and steady we are

in the safety and strength just

     DOWN THE HALL.

 

In love and companionship,

         John Frank

           ******


     PRAY AND PONDER


We let The Spirit take us through 

the print on the page 

to the power and promise of scripture.

What do we hear at our deepest?

How can it be actual, practical, lived 

in our dangerous, freaky, frightening here and now?


- " Abide in me, and I in you...

     Just as the Father has loved me, 

     I have also loved you; 

     abide in my love."

                                  Jesus

                           John 15: 4 and 9


- " I am the way, the truth and the life..."

                                   Jesus

                               John 14: 6


- " Do not let your hearts be troubled; 

    believe in God, believe in me..."

                                   Jesus

                                John 14:1


- "... I live no longer I, but Christ lives in me..."

                                    Paul 

                              Galatians 2:20


- " In him we live and move and have our being."

                                    Paul

                                Acts 17:28


- " ...That they may be one; just as we are one; 

    I in them and you in me..."

                                   Jesus 

                                 John 17: 22-23


                           ******


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Thursday, December 31, 2020

RIGHT AT HOME

                        

 Dear All of Us,

"Make yourself right at home."

Lovely sentiment.

Terribly difficult just now.

Where we live and how we live

have really been hammered this past year.

Big Time! Bad Time!

And there are more hammers 

in the toolbox of next.

Homeland and home sweet home soured.

Our home game a win wished,

but sadly a strike out instead.

A murderous pandemic, 

a nation that couldn't/wouldn't take hold of it,

just about everything politicized to a peril,

states of mind and peoples not at all united,

governance on life support,

anger in the air everywhere polluting the peace,

country and culture at war within,

finances flipping ever more to the ten percent

and slamming the ninety percent 

to the floor yet again and maliciously more. 

Many-most stretched to snap.

Yep, hammered! Things not at all 

             RIGHT 

           AT HOME

In one way and too many, 

everyone has been evicted

from an at-homeness desired and lost.


What to do?

How be with all this?

We can kick and scream,

drop into depressions 

of spirit and society,

wait it out in a quarantine of numbing now 

that just won't quickly flow away.

Or we can see things as they are

and adjust to new habitats of 

meaning, manner, mode.

Whatever our reaction and response,

our spiritual living will be effected,

and that in a pervasive, telling way.


Yes, in a lot of ways 

we really are homeless,

at least to what was 

and what is wanted.

We are forced to relocate,

if not physically, 

attitudinally,

spiritually for sure, 

and in many unfamiliar 

and less than easy ways. 

Six feet apart and more than 

six degrees of separation.


    All this raises 

         THE

  SOUL QUESTION

   critical and yet 

 often long avoided:

   Where and how 

   can we really be 

        RIGHT 

     about being

      AT HOME

in a solid spiritual way,

no matter the travail 

of our "Nows" and "Here's"?

Where are we located 

in this right now and here with 

our values, 

our life style, 

our focus,

our preoccupations 

and possessions, 

what we are taking 

and what we are giving?

How really, how radically 

in the best sense of it,

are we living out 

   The Sermon On The Mount 

and making our real home in the

  Kingdom Come and Coming,

     even in the midst of 

        PanProblems

             and 

    Empire's Lies To Life?

       What's our real 

    location and address?

  

Our PanProblems 

can motivate us 

to make sure 

that we have

a home base rock real,

one that gives surety,

a foundation firm,

no matter the trouble and turbulence,

one that stabilizes and strengthens.

It means to 

  simply, 

       actually, 

          practically,

                  for real 

                    be

           RIGHT AT HOME

                   IN

          JESUS THE CHRIST

 "the way, the truth, and the life" (1)

             so truly so that

"I live now not I, but Christ lives in me." (2)

That takes us to a place and way 

of being really "right at home"

no matter the travail and trouble about us:

                "Live in me. 

         Make your home in me 

             just as I do in you...

               I've loved you 

    the way my Father has loved me. 

    Make yourself at home in my love..." (3)

                  RIGHT AT HOME

                     Yes, Yes. Yes!

             Your Home Mate

                John Frank

                  ******

(1) John 14:6   (2) Galatians 2:20

(3) John 15:4, 9 The Message 

                  ******


     If you wish, here are some 

     prompts and supports

    to personalize and socialize 

   what we have shared above.


           PRAY AND PONDER


In a time and a place and a way 

of calm and quiet 

we invite The Spirit

to breeze through us,

to blow out the fetid air of fear 

and of stifling self centeredness,

to flow us clear and clean.


We ponder.

We pray.

Where am I really "right at home"

in my everyday-everyway living?

What's the context and consistency 

of my consciousness?

What constructs fashion 

and fix my habitation,

my fears and hopes, 

my surety and fallibility,

my flaws and forte,

my clarity and my confusion,

my sense of things,

my vice and virtue,

my freedom and growth,

my deepest intimacy,

where /how am I rock solid 

and/or sand soft?

On what foundation

and of what construction

is the house and home 

of my living?

How real and reliable?

How open for expansiveness

in grace and creativity 

and how safe in storm? 

How about all this with a view 

to our shared home 

as a people on a planet 

       - us here -


So let's sense the wisdom 

of our childhood.

Three little pigs in peril.

One constructed a home of sticks.

One constructed a home of straw.

One constructed a home of brick.

The big bad wolf huffed and puffed

and blew down the homes of sticks and straw.

He also consumed pork roast for dinner.

For all the vigor of his velocity 

as he huffed and puffed, 

the home of brick held

and it held that wise little piggy 

safe and secure.


Ill winds buffet us in the best of times.

These times don't come within 

a country mile of best.

PanProblems and Empire 

with their ill winds bang against 

the structure of soul and society.

Any habits and habitations 

of stick or straw

fall apart and fly away,

leaving us naked and homeless.

Are there any sticks and straws

in the structure of my living?

How about sticks and straw in

our shared habitation 

as a national and world wide people?

What are they - in detail and candidly so?

Am I willing to make a move 

to a new and solid home, to be 

      "Right At Home"

as offered by Jesus The Christ?

Am I willing to share 

with others habitation in the 

       Kingdom Come

as we open to the 

     Kingdom Coming,

and that in the midst of Empire 

and its terrifying tornedo of evil?

Does that really draw me?

Does it frighten me?

What can I/we do to better locate 

as a society - specifically - 

where we are and as we are?

Will I labor for a reconstruction of church,

mosque, synagogue, religious grouping?

Will I team up with all sorts of us

for a reconstruction 

of our social system, 

for justice, compassion, equity?

Will I invest me, my time, concern, 

effort and money for these?

Will I have and use less 

so others have enough?


Yes, lots of childhood wisdom 

from which to draw.

And oh what "beyond wisdom" from Jesus!!

This is how he wraps up 

The Sermon On The Mount.

    Matthew 5:1 - 7:28

Let's clear the airwaves 

and hear it again for the first time:

  Everyone who hears these words of mine 

  and acts on them will be like a wise man 

  who built his house on rock.

  The rain fell, the floods came, 

  and the winds blew and beat on that house, 

  but it did not fall, 

  because it had been founded on rock. 

  And everyone who hears these words of mine 

  and does not act on them will be like 

  a foolish man who built his house on sand. 

  The rain fell, and the floods came, 

  and the winds blew and beat against that house , 

  and it fell - 

  and great was its fall!" 

                    Matthew 7:24- 27


There's a torrent of rains, floods,

winds battering where and how we live. 

What's the foundation of how I live -

specially spelled out in a cogent, clear 

one line statement of its essence?

It is critical to see and say it.

What are we counting on to hold up

in the storms of self and society

and to support glorious, 

creative Kingdom Living?

Going over The Sermon On The Mount,

what do I hear Jesus say and The Spirit

speak to my soul right Here in my Now

and those of our society?

This is good for weeks of 

pondering and praying.

If I hear Jesus aright, 

what am I being and doing about it?

There's a couple more weeks of

pondering and praying - at least!!

Have I gotten out of head 

and into heart with Jesus

and Kingdom living?

Have/How do I kick into gear

and practically put into action

the words of Jesus?

( "act on them" )

How much do I really want to be

       RIGHT AT HOME

in and with Jesus and all those

homesteading in 

The Kingdom Here So Far 

and opening up to the limitless, unending  

Kingdom To Come?

Jesus wants me to live with him.

Jesus wants to live with me.

Where am I with that - with HIM - with us?

How am I about moving in 

with all sorts of others in this 

Jesus habitation -

others really "other"??

In what ways can I invite many more 

to move into this Home built on rock?

It's a place of love and justice lived.

Am I "all in" or sort of, or soon, or..?

How much am I really 

       RIGHT

     At Home



Hey! This sure will keep us off the streets

for a while and it sure will send us out 

to the streets in sharing and service.

                 ******


This holyday week there were 

exceptional numbers

of first time visitors joining in with us,

especially from Russia, Portugal, 

Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, 

and of course the USA.

Please make yourselves

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      All the best in the new year

      and pray that we all are

      really and rightly and truly 

             RIGHT AT HOME

                     in

                   2021

    and make it that way for those 

             other "others."

                 ******

                        PLEASE

Special prayer for those of us here in the USA.

We are entering a week of potential violence

to principle, people and the peace.

May peace prevail.

                Thank You!!

                  ******


           


 



                  

         









     





 











Thursday, December 24, 2020

YES

 


        CHRISTMAS 2020

            


         Dear All of Us,

                  Mary said YES.

                  Look what happened.

         Mary Christmas

           John Frank





Thursday, December 17, 2020

PUZZLE

    This is the tenth in our

      Occasional Series

    FOLLOW THROUGH

          living out

The Sermon On The Mount

          ******




Dear All of Us,

So how are you with puzzling out,

well, puzzles?

Puzzles like 

- how to stay cool reacting/adapting 

  to ever new and forced  "upgrades"

  to your stable of technologies

 (if that sounds a bit elderly, 

 cranky and autobiographical

 well, it sure as irritated heck is!) 

- spending less than a lifetime 

  on a New York Times 

  Crossword Puzzle,

- assembling an IKIA desk

  without uttering 

  even one swear word,

- figuring out how to keep things 

  from igniting a relational bonfire 

  with your mother-in-lawlessness?


So, whatever our skill (or less) set,

let's have a try at this puzzle.

What do traffic lights, refrigerators,

Krups coffee makers,

doorbells, garage door openers,

and our local ATM,  

all have in common?


You're right!!

For all their differences,

each is a non-starter

without electricity.

It takes that surge 

to kick in and make it a go.


Well, it's quite a lot 

like that with all the 

different  behaviors 

catalogued in 

 The Sermon On 

    The Mount

Matthew 5:21-7:27

as we puzzle out 

how to "be' with it, 

how to "do" it.

Things as varied as:

- a peaceful response 

  when you feel like 

  decking someone,

  making him a mailable

       "Flat Stanley"

  ready for immediate posting

- purity and justice when 

  lust, adultery, divorce tempt

- simple, clean truth telling

  rather than truth twisting verbiage

- loving enemies into union 

- discrete, genuine, quiet 

  alms giving, prayer and fasting, 

  rather than self pumping, 

  public performing at it

- a heart for heaven stored treasures 

- an eye for enlightened looking 

- one master and it isn't money,

- "Not to worry" freedom 

- judgement free living

- holding holy high,

-"Yours' for the asking" prayer

-  behavior's gold standard

- narrow door life,

- heads up - you'll know 

  the source by the result

- walk it more than talk it

- building a rock solid life.


All that Jesus points out

in this monumental sermon

is powered by one electrifying

         Source.

It is embedded at the 

core of who we are.

In fact it is

          THE 

Center of our being.

It holds us in Being.

It is dynamic, energizing, pulsating pure 

          GodLove.

We can't generate that kind of current.

We sure can accept it, though, 

and clear way for its 

   surge beautiful 

through us to others.

It's living from the inside out.

It's being right at home

as Jesus invites,

        "abiding", 

in him and embracing him 

        "abiding" 

          in us, 

and that at our deepest self.

It doesn't happen with 

skimpy, selfish, surface living.

It means wonderful, 

deep-in-divine love making.

God is Love and we can be as well.

It's a merged Oneness.

GodLove ever expands 

who and how we are. 

Its current pulsates 

in us and through us.


The particulars of the

  The Sermon On

    The Mount

are not primarily things

for us to do or not to do

      on our own.

That would be a crippling 

     "No Can Do!"

Rather, they are things that God 

would be about in establishing

      The Kingdom.

We disciples are asked to be

the change agents for this, truly be

       "salt of the earth"

       "light of the world"

God making the difference through us, 

Being the Power Source.


The critical thing is to 

      Be There, 

centered in our Center.

That's the core 

of our spiritual life.

Real "at-homeness"

      "abiding"

          in

      GodLove

  powered forth in

  Kingdom living.


  A simple, homey, 

even hokey, metaphor: 

  We are power tools 

completely plugged into 

   Divine Current.


What Jesus teaches us here

is how to puzzle out

the practical, functional,

on the street, living out 

        of the eight

       BEATTITUDES

with which he began this sermon, this 

  Disciples' How To Be and Do.


     Before we go out 

         we go in 

    so we can go out

      real and right.

That resolves 

the puzzling particulars 

in our spiritual living.


It's like a couple so "in" love 

that they can't help but

   LIVE OUT LOVE.

They know what to do 

and are powered to do it.


First for us now is accepting 

       Centered Love,

then the giving of self, 

widening in the giving 

to the other, so that now there is 

                "US"

      God - Neighbor- Self

           

Time  to stop here and go

         CENTRAL

 go to our love chamber 

            to 

   Pray and Ponder

 This Beautiful Puzzle.


   Blessings as we 

     "Go Figure!"

      John Frank

        ******


Again and always, a great big

         THANK YOU 

for sharing with others

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You can bet I triple checked 

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To one and all visitors,

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Please come back 

anytime/all the time.


Here's to  a fruitful week

  Puzzling the Paradox 

        of being

   a change agent,

   a Kingdom disciple,

   one who for real

   FOLLOWS THROUGH,

        living out

The Sermon On The Mount. 

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