Sometimes when your internet goes on the brink do not get frustrated, but rather breathe. Breath deep and realize that God is everywhere, that God is in you, that God makes it rain and when it rains the wind reminds you that you are alive. The bustling of the leaves on the trees in their beautiful technicolor vibrations remind you that all is well and that Jesus is Lord; and that because someone this wonderful is Lord, you will be just fine, that through it all you will be just fine; and once you have done that then call At&T or Comcast or the Dish Network and deal with your issue. For technology is beautiful, but it is only a tool to help us do what we will one day no longer need technology to achieve. There is soon coming a consciousness, a wondrous consciousness where we will all agree and disagree simultaneously, where we will fly with the birds even as we embrace gravity. There is soon coming a consciousness, a wondrous consciousness where we realize that we are all each other and yet distinctly ourselves.
Now there are two groups of people who have been very instrumental in ushering this consciousness into being. They are not the only groups who are helping to usher in this consciousness, but they are definitely among those who are making the daydreams of our Savior a reality and our childhood wishes real. These two groups of people are Evangelicals and Catholics. Evangelicals and Catholics do not agree on some things, but they do agree on Jesus and on holiness. And in truth they are the two extremes of the Christian construct. They are the two arms of the Lord through which he captivates the hearts and souls of women and men. In truth all one really needs to get through this life in at least some modicum of comfort is a higher power. All one truly needs to find the healing that one requires is a belief in something higher, a master soul, a higher self, a loving deity, a kind and merciful ancestor. Communion with something such as one of these will get one through. But Jesus works through everything and everyone. Jesus is something and someone so profound that you truly cannot go through life without experiencing him in some way or another. Jesus is not only a master soul or a loving deity he is the mediator between The Creator, The Father, The Source, The Mother and all of creation. Jesus is the fabric of creation itself and he is the creator of Creation itself. He is something and someone so profound that you might need lifetimes and millennia to fully grasp him and become like him. And so these are two Odes to a profound Catholic and a profound Evangelical who have furthered and further the reality of Jesus in our lives. On this Day of Days, All Saints Day, Praise God and his Grand Wizard, the man, the God, the mediator, Jesus the Christ.
Ode to Billy Graham
By: Woodrow Odom Lucas
Dear Billy, I do not agree with some of your concepts,
For the book that you used is great, but is sometimes too convenient for the subtle mind,
And yet brother, you burned with a fire of love that is unprecedented,
Your fire for the souls of my sisters, your fire for the souls of the confused and broken,
Your love for this earth and her buried treasure of insight was inspiring,
For we do not even understand the grass,
We do not even understand the very nature of the soil that gives us life,
We do not even understand the trees that help us breathe,
How then can we fully understand the God who maintains the entire universe and universes beyond us.
But Billy, you understood enough to see Jesus.
You understood enough to see Jesus.
What more can we ask of a prophet?
What more can we ask of a soul?
You saw Jesus Billy,
And because you saw Jesus, we see Jesus better,
Thank you and Love Always…….
Ode to Pope Francis
By: Woodrow Odom Lucas
Dear Saint Francis,
Saint Francis you are named after one of the greatest Saints who ever lived,
The Man from Assisi,
I remember the joy of Christmas Eve in the large towers of the Episcopalian edifice,
I remember the sound of Lucy, the blind Catholic Sage who comforted my soul,
And Saint Francis, Pope Francis, one day I will remember you.
You, a Pope with the humility to take the earth into this next age of wonder,
You a Pope with a mantle of genius like Pope John Paul before you,
For you my brother, you my dear brother will do greater wonders than Vatican II,
And the world will quake beneath the flood of your wisdom,
Thank you Pope Francis,
Thank you for your vision,
Thank you for your sacrifices unto God,
Thank you for your church,
Thank you for your people,
And thank you for the wonders to come,
In Jesus Name, Amen.