Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Addict's Prayer

You woke me up
To this new day
Clean and sober
With thanks I pray

You gave me life
And when I stumbled
You brought me here
To make me humble

Brothers and sisters
Who've been there, too
It's death or life
And I chose you

So thank you, Lord
For this new day
Clean and sober
These things I pray.

copyright (c) Michael R Martin 2011
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Family - Damn Family

Family. Damn family.
They are everything that matters on this earth.
They are the source of the greatest love.
They are the source of the greatest heartaches.
Unconditional love.
Hard, ruthless judgement.

It is a shame how hard it is to overlook history, when we all know deep down Love is all that matters.

Love doesn't always feel good. The deeper the love, the harder it hurts sometimes. But life without love is truly pitiful.

Your family is everything - not just the family you choose and create, your "immediate" family, but ALL your family, your "extended" family, blood relatives all. They are the closest bonds we have on this earth, like it or not. DNA IS thicker than water.

We may be spiritual beings, but we need that live connection we can only find in family. Call one of them today.

Caveats: longer than the content. Such is the world we live in. . .

• This is, like most of my writing, about the shared human condition as much, or more, than it is about personal experience. I love my family. And my children are the reason my heart beats.

• Family is defined here primarily by the shared DNA. That means a chosen family member, ie spouse - is NOT the same as a God-given family member, including siblings, parents, and offspring. But I recognize that there is a wide diversity of living situations. I would never mean to discount a step-member or anyone else who is family to you. Feel free to substitute "friends" for "family" if that works for you. But remember, if you HAVE family, don't blow this off just because you think it doesn't apply to you, just because you happen to not like your family.

• So, don't - NOBODY - take this out of context. Read it. Enjoy it, or not. Take something from it. And may God bless you and your family

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Who is this who calls you so late at night?
Who is this who wakes you from your sleep?
This IS the message you must heed
You must forgive. You must forget

Wake up to the world with empty heart & empty hands
So you can do the work to which you are called
Put down your weapons, lay down your tools
Your work requires nothing but all that you are

There is no time but now
There is no place but here
Past and present and future are one
Rolled into this moment, time and space

Die and be reborn
This is called your destiny
And you must not refuse
Nothing is wasted so long as you say
from "Soul Insights: Bridging the New Age for Christians" by Michael R. Martin, CLS & Maggie McCary
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Snowfall, imminent

Blackness on the horizon,
Blacker than black;
Not just the total absence of light
But black hole black
A black that absorbs all light
And spits out nothing in return.

(Odd that) Within that darkness rides the purest of whites
The total opposite of the clouds
A substance so white that it will brighten the landscape upon which it is draped,
Giving off more light than it receives.

Dark - Light

The blackest clouds contain an unrivaled brightness within