PRAISE GOD!!!

Praise as Power

Praise as Power

Praise God
Psalm 98
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Writing a poem about a poem,
especially a poem about a psalm,
seems almost like hubris.
And yet,
it seems that a poem about praise
will be most appropriate.
I believe in praise as an all purpose
antidote for my ills—
especially my spiritual and emotional ills.
I praise,
not because it is easy,
it is hard and I rarely want to do it,
but I praise because doing so heals and changes me.
I do not praise God for the problem,
or challenge, or whatever
strange and inventive name people use
when they don’t want to face
the real issues of trouble,
but I praise God that God is with me,
companioning me,
through the bad of whatever is going on.
I find that reminding myself that I am not alone,
even in the midst of the most desolate
times of my alone-ness, gives me hope and strength
and strips the problem of its power over me.
I praise God for me…
I praise God for you…
I praise God for God…
I praise God for everything
I can possible think of…
AND I know that whatever happens—
failure or triumph, loss or gain,
or just a long continuation of the struggle—
I am walked with,
held,
understood,
loved.
Companioned
by the one to whom I offer my praise.
Also, I have found over my years of praising God,
that I am most changed by this praise.
I am most turned
when I turn to praise.
This is not trite, or silly, or superstitious, or weird,
but it is my way of gaining pure,
holy, sacred power
over my affliction.
I give my breath in praise
and the hope that comes with
each new one I take.

TRANSFORMED BY LOVE

Transforming Love

Transforming Love

Transformed by Love
Luke 19:1-10
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

I am thinking about being loved…
Not the kind of love that
gets tired, or
gives up, or
turns into tough love, or
to hatred, but
love that always does right
by both
the lover and the beloved.
I am thinking of the love of Christ
that heals and causes
hard hearts to soften,
closed minds to open,
stiff knees to kneel;
turns suffering to joy,
selfishness to generosity,
scarcity to abundance,
and alienation to inclusion.
I am thinking about this
transforming love we
share with each
other in Christ.
I am thinking about
you and me and
yesterday,
today and tomorrow,
and life together on this
marvelous, magnificent,
splendiferous and
outrageously incredible
journey and the
life we have and
share in Christ’s Spirit!