August Tune

(Listen to the Dick Staub interview with Heidi Neumark about her book, “Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx,” today at “The Kindlings Muse”.


Did you ever venture out on a limb
high above the ground
no safety net below,
only to suspect that
the faint sound you hear
is the sawing off
of the branch behind you?

Did you ever hear
God say, “Follow Me”
arriving where he leads
only to ask,
“What in the heck
am I doing HERE?”

Do you ever really ponder
that your calling may be
that of 1st century disciples,
Who trusted God
all the way to a martyr’s grave?

Did you ever stop and wonder
about the writer of Hebrews,
Who aglow
with celebratory talk
commending the walk of faith¢â‚¬¦
Went on to say
of the faithwalkers he so admires:

Some were tortured, refusing to accept release,
so that they might rise again to a better life.
Others suffered mocking and flogging,
and even chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two,
they were killed with the sword.
They went about in skins of sheep and goats,
destitute, afflicted, mistreated
of whom the world was not worthy
wandering about in deserts and mountains,
and in dens and caves of the earth.

Did you ever consider if mortals
In those good old days
thought those saints were
mad, delusional, mentally unraveled?
Are you the half-crazed saint
or the respectable mortal?

Do you really think
devotion to Jesus
and walking by faith

Can you understand
Malcolm Muggeridge
who said,
“Only mystics, clowns and artists,
in my experience, speak the truth,
which, as Blake keeps insisting
is perceptive to the imagination rather than the mind.”

Do you think this true,
Though Blake seemed crazy as a loon?
Are you drawn
to his uncertain August tune?
Do you perceive what he sees?
Do you see what he perceives?

Are your spirits lifted
when you hear
writer James Lee Burke say,
“Never lose faith in your vision.
God might choose fools
and people who glow with neurosis
for his partners in creation,
but he doesn’t make mistakes.”

Let God do the work.
There is no other way.

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