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    dumasfils

    The Weeping Traveler

    By dumasfils, in The Reading Room,

    poetry

    The pavement was dry for once
    But all the way there
    God kept weeping over my soul:
    His rivers of living waters
    Ran down, ran down
    My neck to the nape
    As, all in all,
    On this traveler’s way,
    I knew it was deemed
    Undeserved, and under-appreciated.
     
    Two thousand years ago,
    On a day the Word had prophesied,
    His blood spilled down, spilled down,
    Dripping off his soiled feet,
    Seeking and sanguining a darkened earth:
    Until the cursings and the spear
    Brought His manhood to end
    In a hellish hanging—
    They too, in their brotherly madness
    And beneath His lamb’s moan,
    Still did not know Him for who He was
    And wanted Him gone from their sight.
     
    Life walks on, walks on.
     
    I now stand for a new ‘pied beauty’,
    Esteeming the weight of His love
    As it throbs against the thin pulse
    Of my ‘hunger for righteousness;’
    My meek trembling threatens to flee,
    But His silent ear leans
    Toward the breath of my life
    And as I bend to bear my bleeding-cross,
    He restores my regretment of life,
    And covers, once more, my humanity
    With His divine, friendly fire—
     
    I kneel down, kneel down.
     
    In a renewed garden of Eden,
    As if on new earth,
    I weep bliss
    As I travel on through changed life,
    Wandering debt-free
    In His First Estate won for me.
    His grace must still
    Shed down, shed down;
    The Daily, He is, must still leap
    To the rejoicing of His joy,
    And the shouts of His singing
    Over my one ransomed soul—
    For even after my earth-time and grievings,
    And even after the darkness of Troubled Wrath,
    When DayStar finally breaks
    On that Second Great Morning,
    The torrent from His endless death,
    Like a be-stilled river’s rest,
    Will forever run down, run down
    My repentant neck to my nape,
    Undeserved, but humbly appreciated.
     
                        —Dumas fils
    My similar poem: Elana: Tree Of Life https://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=202895 

    RussChappell
    other

    Introduction
     
                The meaning of being free is an idea that is extremely hard for anyone to have an actual definition for. Many different people all across the whole entire world have vastly diverse opinions and thoughts about that concept. Nobody can actually completely define the idea of being free, yet it is a concept that is at least somewhat attainable, even if it is just for a brief moment. But, how would one grasp hold of this theory? What activities or what does one have to strive for in order to truly become free? All of us humans want to be free in more ways than one, yet there are multiple facets of life that this desire can come from. Also, this concept of being free can tie into many other notions, such as authentically being oneself and letting go of all of one's problems, troubles, and worries. This is an abstract thought because of the fact that people talk about being free, yet no one is actually able to tell someone what that really looks like. Understanding this notion will make each one of us into better humans.
     
                 The first question that must be answered in order to delve deeper into this most interesting topic is: Where did this idea of being free come from?
     
                 Nobody knows for sure where this mysterious concept came from or who created it because it is so abstract and unrealistic that most people think that it isn't possible to reach it. But, in my opinion, all humans have created this concept together. This is so because of the fact that all of us have a desire, a yearning in our hearts to be able to someday be and really feel free. This would look enormously different in each of our lives because every single one of our lives is unique and special. That in and of itself could have some major contributions about why the concept seems so vague. If this notion is applied individually to each of our own lives, then one could see a hugely drastic difference in the quality of life. What is also adding to the confusion of this point is that this is a notion that is unknown to everybody because it seems and looks like nobody has been able to attain the idea yet. But, once again, like what was mentioned above, people need to apply this to their lives and, in doing this, will find areas in their lives that need to be changed in order to become more free. One problem that may be already coming into thought is this: Why is it so important for a person to either begin or to continue the process of being free? This can be answered in so many different ways.
     
                 The first of those methods deals with continuing to better oneself in different aspects of life. This is a vital part of living a better quality life because then one will be able to recognize that he or she isn't going nowhere in life and also will be able to feel proud that he or she is continually getting more and more in tune with what is going on, and is able to adapt and make changes when necessary. We all have areas in our lives where one needs to make a sudden, swift change in order to balance one's life again. The process of being free doesn't occur overnight, but by consistently analyzing a certain part of life that is lacking in something important, and then making a move that will affect that area of one's life positively, one should start to see changes in one's life that will be significantly beneficial. If this doesn't happen, than one will continue to live in a rut, without ever realizing that. Also, one will not be able to see a way out of the rut. Another one of the numerous ways that being free will aid a person deals with not worrying or stressing out all the time about the little things in life.
     
                 All of us humans concern ourselves with mostly frivolous matters, but surely most of us could learn how to be even more worry-free than one already currently is. Worrying isn't any good whatsoever, especially the kind of worrying over events that one cannot control. But, with the process of being free, that will certainly help one relax and not sweat the small stuff in life anymore. That will then proceed to help that person be able to enjoy life and truly be able to live in the present moment. Once that occurs, that person's eyes will be opened to how magnificent and how beautiful that this life is and that person will also be able to learn to enjoy every single moment that he or she is on the Earth. It is one thing to be always dwelling on either what happened in the past or what is going to happen in the future. That is what is so awesome about the notion of being free is that it guides one's thoughts from fixating on past or future events, and turning those thoughts into positive enhancements of what is going on right now in his or her life. Yet another way that being free will improve one's quality of life is the concept of living life to the fullest.
     
                 Jesus is the only One who has lived a perfect life. Each one of us humans has done things that one isn't proud of at all. Remembering this action causes one to be regretful that that action was done. But, wouldn't it be nice to live a life that is more regret-free than usual? Surely all of us must be nodding our heads yes in agreement to that question. When one even just goes through the transformation of becoming free, this will start to have an effect on one's life. The activities that one will do won't even come close to revolting or disobeying parents or the authority, but one will love on his or her loved ones like he or she has never done before, and will start to think of other people a lot more. This is such a crucial thing that needs to happen because nearly each one of us humans have a problem of focusing too much on himself or herself instead of directing that attention to people who love and care about us. Once this is accomplished, that person will be satisfied and content with life because he or she is caring and being ever so kind to his or her loved ones. With the focus off of oneself, he or she will be able to recognize to the fullest extent that life wasn't meant to be all about himself or herself, life was meant to be shared and enjoyed with the other people in his or her life. This will then cause the person to understand completely that in order to leave a lasting imprint on this world, one must concentrate and love on the people that greatly support him or her because it is so worth it to do so. The reason why it isn't freeing to rebel against a higher level of authority is because of the fact that that act is opposing what is really the best thing for one, even though some people may not think so. Yet another critical piece of going through the stages of becoming free is the concept of truly being able to express one's true feelings and thoughts.
     
                 Everybody wants to have somebody that one can go to to talk about what he or she is thinking, what one feels like is the right way to go about a certain situation, and just to chat about life. There are times in everybody's life where it may feel like one's voice isn't being heard or listened to even a little bit. When one makes progress in the act of becoming freer, this activity of being honest and open with other people about what one wants in life becomes a lot easier because it is much clearer what one desires out of life. Normally, when trying to figure out what is the right way to act in a certain situation, there are times when our emotions will get in the way and tend to cloud or inhibit clear thinking. Being free will help separate the emotional side of a person, and will be able to extract the pieces and thoughts from one's brain that he or she authentically feels and knows deep down inside is the correct way to go about a specific circumstance. Not only does being free aid a person in his or her own life, but it will also teach that person when others are in need of assistance or support. Being free, in this instance, is almost as if one has a signal on his or her brain and that signal goes off in certain instances. Those instances would be when he or she did something horribly wrong and needs to make it right again, or when loved ones are sad or upset about something and he or she should go over to that person and comfort them and try to make them feel better about whatever is going on. In turn, this will result in the person being more in tune and being able to pay attention whenever something is wrong in his or her life, whenever he or she didn't treat loved ones nicely, and when the people that care and love one could use their spirits being lifted up.
     
                 These are only a few of the countless number of ways that being free could make one appreciate and enjoy life more preciously. Now that how being free will reconstruct who one is as a person both on the inside and on the outside, two stories will now be told of during the time that I was in high school that intertwine with this overall view.

    dumasfils

    Autumn Cry

    By dumasfils, in The Reading Room,

    poetry

    Autumn Cry


    I cry when autumn lace comes in
    When things of life must cease and end;
    When air is colored with a hue
    Of turning yellows 'gainst the blue.

    And through my tears I seem to see
    The loveliness of every tree:
    How green has greened itself with rain
    And life respected color's pain.

    I scan the red, a nearer rhyme—
    Tho death it brings (Is this a crime?);
    And quest for love in stilling air,
    And find her in the light that's fair.

    Upon a hill I behold her face—
    This Love that's filled with nature's grace
    And solemnly I gather dear
    Her joy, her sigh, her quiet tear.
     
    Then following her wise design,
    I give my heart to bitter pine
    And cry a healthy rainbowed well
    As autumn comes on earth to dwell.

     —Dumas fils
     
    (Fall has touched me many times and many ways.  There is no season that is so alone like itself.  Yet so lovingly beautiful.  I always pay attention to it.  It is so much like people.  It flushes, it dazzles, it rustles and  then it winks just before the colder rains comes to spot its fallen palms with frost and snow.)

    dumasfils
    poetry

    Every year I trump
    In the down-quiet hollows
    In the paved parking ways
    And on thru rudy-ochre'd forests
    And yellowed quid roads
    To Gramma's house,
    To the great Book Barn
    In search of raw kind verdure:
         'Leaves of grassy poems,'
         'Bone fire for my sanity,'
         Hearth-Light for the cognitive dendrites
         Of my voluntary mind.

    I see their motionless fall-downs,
    I hear their squish-masp tearing
    Under my black winter shods;
    I feel their reaching up
    Through my two walking sticks
          —as I always do—
    Remote-Sensing their seasoned silent plaint
    That sub-roars into a too bright Indian Fall
    Where their flipped colors sting-chill our air,
          —they are here—
    They are here with their invominating whispers,
    Voices  I hear from the higher world of wood
           Repeat and clear:
    ‘Come…come—and walk over all our dead bodies.’ 

    —Dumas fils

    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    Contentment, Faith and Love are some of the basis roots of our joy and peace and also our place in Christ Jesus.
     
    Let us cultivate a heart of love, for the extent of which we love God will determine how much we'll hunger for His word, inviting His presence into our heart. Love is the link between man's heart and the word, it is our love for God, by the spirit of God that draws us to His word, which then builds in us more of His nature.
     
    If we say we love God and yet, not drawn to His word, not for anything else, but to become filled with His life and knowing His mind and will, then we do not have or have failed in Love.
     
    Placing God's word first, as small as it may seems, “like a mustard seed” is the greatest desire the holy spirit puts in the heart of everyone born of God, because it branches to all, all that is in Christ Jesus. Nothing in Him is impossible by His word and spirit dwelling in us.
     
    It's sad many has failed to nurture this mustard seed. From walking naturally in the nature of God by being filled with the holy spirit to being baptized in the holy ghost, finding our blueprint and being empowered to walk in God's project for His master plan, It all starts with a mustard seed, “putting God first” by being immersed in His word, feeding on it. From a tiny little seed there comes everything that seems impossible.
     
    When we lack contentment, we're simply not satisfied with Jesus. Although, Jesus has promised He'll be with us always, yet because, of our selfishness and impatience to rely fully on God, not waiting for God's appointed time, we begin to doubt and question God.
     
    When doubts is harbored in our hearts, our Faith begins to decrease and decrease rapidly without us knowing. When our faith decreases, our trust in God decreases also, even when He speaks His word, when we hear His word, it doesn't get to our heart, our hearts no longer receives God's word, because our heart, out of lack of contentment, becomes filled with worry.
     
    When our heart becomes filled with worry, God begin to lose His place in our heart, we become less of Him more than we were before, and naturally we find ourselves spontaneously acting out of God's character when we begin to lose God's nature. When we begin to become less if God, every little thing irritates us as we begin to lose patience, having doubts and then lacking Faith in God's word. These destroys our relationship, because where there's no trust, there's no love. Such, have so little love for God, because it's no longer about God anymore, but rather self, it all centers around self, what we want and not what God wants.
     
    Meanwhile, what God wants is a free flowing fellowship, relationship like streams of water, not like tap water we can turn on and off. It is this relationship when built in maturity of Faith that brings about God's blessing naturally, because where God presence is overwhelmingly invited, there lies manifestation of life, and where life is, there lies everything, because life erases all that is death.
     
    Here, we come to a place of trust where Jesus can trust us with the will of God without it destroying us and others. And more importantly it'll usher us into finding our true identity in Christ Jesus, what God has written concerning us in His master plan.
     
    Be contented. To be contented is to have Faith in God both in good and bad times. It is a free heart, a heart of peace and joy, a heart that finds peace and joy in whatever life brings, knowing that in all, they're all allowed by God, working in us inwardly, a greater weight of eternal glory.
     
    It is this peace of heart, this free heart, that strengthens and increases our Faith even more to draw more closer to God in intimacy, not because we want out of the temporary light afflictions at hand, but rather, because we want to see the answer of God, what He'll bring of it all, and the answer is; “His glory” in us being revealed from glory to glory, a glorious future.
     
    We are this glorious future being recreated more in Christ Jesus to become an extension of His glory and power, manifesting the will of God naturally, we become God's hands of restoration to a dying world, to build His kingdom and to reign with Him eternally.
     
    Where there's absolute Faith, there's love, love to live no longer for self, believing that God has all things under control even when it seems not yet so in the material. We see through the eyes of Faith, what God sees, that all things are taken care of already awaiting to manifest at God's appointed time. His appointed time is when we're be lifted and built in maturity of Faith inwardly from glory to glory.
    With the mouth, everyone can say;
     
    “God has all things under control,”
     
    but it takes maturity of Faith to confess the same with a free spirit, ( a heart at peace ) even when the situation seems bleak and impossible.
     
    Where there's Faith, there's love, to love even more. Love, no longer for self, but love that desires to meet the need of Jesus. We're not the only one who has need, Jesus does too, such great a need that can't be met without our lives being given in return. We are that “help,” by living only for Him to become His hands of restoration reaching out to a dying world and to build the kingdom of the Father.
     
    Jesus has needs and our lives given are the only requirement to meet that need. This need also is “us.” We are His need to be met and our lives fully given are the requirements to meet that need. His need is to restore us, fallen from thrones to become a part of God's government for all eternity. He only needs our love just as He has loved us by laying down His life.
     
    When we live to meet the need of Jesus, we In turn meet our needs, because not only does He supply according to our contentment and love, but more importantly, our eternal need is met, because by living as His hands to build the kingdom, we're being renewed and glorified inwardly, in the glory of God just as He said;
     
    “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
     
    And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
    [ I John 3:2‭-‬3 ]
     
    To the measure we're glorified inwardly as we walk in love while on earth, to that measure we'll be more like Him, seated with Him upon thrones or as subjects, I.e. if we fail in our love walk.
     
    In all, it is man's to be lacking in things of the spirit. By man's natural ability, nothing in God can be achieved or attained, but only by God's spirit through His word. It is the infilling, indwelling of God's nature dominating us as we feed on God's word to become filled with life.
     
    To hear God's word to heart is to receive it as life with an open heart, not history or for mere knowledge. It is hearing God's word to heart that  ushers us into a God kind of life to live naturally in the nature of God. This becomes the foundation, branching into all that we are called into in Christ Jesus.
     
    Contentment, Faith and Love. Love remains the greatest, for without an ever increasing love, there's no contentment. Contentment wants what the Father wants, and without love there's no Faith, because love also is absolute trust.
     
    It takes believing of heart in the name “Jesus” to become part of God's family. However, it takes walking in love to get us a place in God's kingdom.

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