Today at Aloha Promises Forever, we will begin reading Paradise Lost by John Milton for those followers who are in Second Life. If you are interested in that work but are not in Second Life, take some heart. It will be included within the Time Spent With the Harvard Classics series that is on-going.
In the interim, this is a poem that I wrote today while listening to a sermon based on the following passage:
Matthew 25:24-28New International Version (NIV)
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.
The Accountability of Responsibility by Michael Romani In my new life that I now begin My new birth becomes me again Living a whole other kind of large So, I begin it with my own charge The charge to give as I come to live Doing my best to love and forgive The other choice I hesitate to even voice Focusing instead on my cause to rejoice So often in life we are overcome in flood Searching for dry land but stuck in the mud Repentance calls me down onto my knees Giving up my wants to purify and please Trying too hard to be perfect in what I did Doing my worse to keep my mistakes hid When suddenly it dawned on me in my humanity I was growing older accepting the real me Born again to become the man affirmed anew This is the faith walked out as I grew and grew Complete in my undeserved sense of forgiveness I speak this in witness, definitely not in glibness Spreading the word that there is good way out When you're living in darkness and filled with doubt It begins with an accountability of responsibility Studying the divinity as I wear this theology Being careful of the all shamers and blamers Moving past all those who would be gamers No more holding in the quicksand of the past But putting on all the things that will last Fixing my eyes on the things needed to change Taking inventory of myself looking to rearrange Realizing there is only so much in my control Giving the rest to God in my proper sense of role Taking control of my thoughts, words and feelings All of those things that too often sent me reeling If it's going to be then it is up to me to find peace Knowing that point where I must learn to release Taking control of words because they do matter Share these wisely, words can build or shatter Thoughts and words lead to those things we do And what we do and don't do, is our best clue We must take due care to choose our influences All the parts of the some that form our confluence Seeking out the wise counsel of sisters and brothers Spreading the truth of insight among each other Choose carefully where you put your focus of mind Leaving the bad influences to your best behind As for me and my home we will serve the Lord Welding the Bible and its words as a spiritual sword Always live your life in its fullest preparation Mapping out ahead to make my destination A place arrived at within a comfortable margin Instead of creating our own troubles again and again Use the initiative to put our given gifts to use To do otherwise is nothing less than horrid abuse There's an accountability and responsibility To put to the best use our God given ability The message here is sobering in its implication Taking the first step is necessary not a complication This is the path we are meant to take in our walk This then removes the excuses and moves beyond talk Truth told in knowing that if it's going to ever be It's up to me and you to take that responsibility Sewn up in our theology is being guided by Divinity This then is the way to reach our best serenity .. It's the glory of God , all to His greater glory This is our truth as we live out our story If we let this seep down inside our very prayers We will climb to heaven, stair .. by stair (c) September 3, 2017 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved