land of rest

Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I am asking myself

"I am asking myself; what can I do today to encourage love and to discourage fear and to do it calmly and without compulsion."        - this is a quote (as best I can remember) from Fred, a member of the Monday Morning Meeting to change the world, or at least ourselves,  at St. John's Church.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Every day



It is cold
And it will be cold,
Pray for those who are alone,
Who have no or limited heat,
Not only for warmth,
But for the awareness
Of love
And that there will be love.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Many times I have cried to God,
And felt an empty silence.
Waiting for a reply,
Waiting for an answer.
Wondering why God is so quiet,
Such an introvert;
I suddenly realize how wrong I am.
God speaks constantly,
 and loves to talk,
loves to share,
everything,
all the time.
With every beam of light
Is a million reflections by God.
With every sound made
Is an echo of the divine,
With every movement
God moves closer.
And I wait
And listen
And only want to hear
What I want to hear.
God doesn’t stop,
Nor cease to share
Every blade of grass that can be seen.



Hardships
so often
cause us to seek God,

God's answer,
so often,
causes us
to face our hardships.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thank you President Obama for a wonderful address



Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.                  - President Obama

Sunday, January 20, 2013

AMEN

some more haiku

some of my local haiku
Silent irony spoken with a straight face, he must be from Maine.
When dysfunctional is the normal state of mind; we know we are at home.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

the idolatry of guns

Lost in the debate about gun laws is the idolatry that we have with guns. This should also be a Christian, Jewish and Muslim issue. The worship of guns in our country is keeping us from being faithful to God, and from centering our soul upon a more moral and godly life. We have enough problems with our unabashed worship of money, add to that our idolizing of guns and we have a rather thin claim to being a Christian or any other religious nation. We have so clouded the issue and so many Christians have joined into the fray that it seems next to impossible to actually expect any sanity in the dialogue. When someone or someones are holding onto something with more than a natural connection we lose sense of any reasonable discussion. The NRA and the massive gun sales in this country is a clear sign of a sin far greater than many of the other ones so often pointed to by pastors. Idolatry is one of the top sins. Accusing Obama of wanting to take away everyone's guns is ludicrous and only symptomatic of such idolatry. Not wanting to take some action and assume some responsibility for the violence in the country is shameful. Guns are not the problem, but gun owners, owners whose worship of the gun far surpasses a worship of the one true God. We need not only to look at laws in our country that relates to guns rationally, but also the violence, the health care, and each of our parts by supporting video games, movies, and most all our lack of openness to repent and return to the Lord. We are all a part of the problem, anyone who says not is avoiding the work they need to do; chief among such groups is the NRA. All I can fathom at this time is that this lobbying organization is opposed to God, not Christian, nor any other religion for that matter. We all can change, such intransigence only demonstrates a sickness rooted in sin.
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