Steps of the Temple

Stairway

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Stairway
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Cleaning my wee temple.

Step by step.

Blessing all those who will come.

Blessing all who leave.

The stairs may seem a mundane thing.

They remind me

I have a home.

Not just the wee temple

stairs I am scrubbing.

But the inner temple of my being

Where through life the truth I am seeing.

Where I must clean

each step of all the stairways

Not just every other day

Not just once a week

But moment by moment

Keeping the clutter and idle chatter gone

So I can focus on the love as I gaze upon:

All the marvels

All the blessings

All the gifts

All the miracles

Of simply being alive

in a free country

With free speech

Freedom to worship

Freedom to ignore

Freedom to scrub

my wee temple.

 Now, the inner temple

Step by step

That is what my life is for.

The Gratitude attitude.

Contemplation

Information

Application

Lead to dedication

As I scrub the steps. 

With love.

Service is the Silence

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Photo with Sonny Galea  Jasper National Park      September 1, 2008

When I come to the place of Silence

With a heart full of laughter and joy.

It is in that moment

That I am the Master’s toy.

When I allow Him to give me instructions

When I put His work at the ‘fore

When I dedicate all my energy and actions

When I live here “as below so above”.

I do not have to wait for the rapture

I serve in the moment with love.

Then I know that this lifetime is more.

More of His infinite mercy

More of His boundless gifts

More opportunities of service

More of His children to lift.

A smile, a hug or a greeting

Acknowledges the Soul I am meeting.

Then there is no surprise

That  I see the Master

In  another eyes.




It is morning…no mourning

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Mother and Mary         Photo courtesy Thomas Quantz    Thanksgiving 2007   Calgary Alberta 

The Sunlight of the Spirit pours over Soul.

The healing is happening.

I,  now,  with months of heart felt mourning

I am beginning to feel whole with the morning.

The long version of the long walk Reposted August 18 2010

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The Forest  a place to walk ..Photo by Mary Helen Ferris   Jasper Sept 2008

The long walk back

from not knowing

how to handle a situation.

The long walk back

from not knowing

how to grieve.

The long walk back

from a life of degradation…..

The long walk back

from not knowing

or wanting to believe.

It is a long walk back

but the Sunlight of the Spirit

still shines.

We have walked through the pain to mountains.

We have Walked by the River of God.

Walk on and you will begin to know.

The lives with whom you trod.

We have been through the Valley of Darkness

We have been through the dark night of Soul.

We know of the struggle you are facing

We know of the ultimate goal.

Walk into the Sunshine when you are ready to take part.

Walk into the infinite mercy

Of the Master’s loving heart.

Reach out for the guidance

Reach inward for truth.

Keep walking on the path.

You are not alone.

We have climbed the inward mountains.

We have dug deep into the despair.

We have clung on to each other.

We have found a Higher Power that cares.

The long walk is not for the weary.

The long walk is not for the strong.

Trust in this band of brothers.

We want you to come along.

Recovery is yours for the working.

The joy is boundless and free.

I am grateful for my recovery.

Please come walk with me.

I need to be sharing and giving.

I need you to know it is free.

I need you to know my brother.

This time you can count on me.

The long walk is not easy.

The long walk is simple and just.

The long walk brings you home again.

The long walk with a Master to trust.

I need you to be safe tonight

“I need you to be safe tonight”

said the sponsor to the newcomer.

“I want you to call me and we will talk.”

at which the newbie balked.

“I need you to be caring

about your self for a change.

I want you to call

I won’t be out of range.

Talk to me of music,

perhaps I can sing along.

Talk to me of the sunlight of the Spirit

Its love will make you strong.

Talk to me of feelings

I know you have a choice.

I need you to be safe tonight…

To connect with the loving Voice.

It calls to me and tells me I need not be alone.

Let me love you till you can love yourself…

I am as close as your phone. “

The newcomer stared at first in disbelief.

They embraced and cried together.

It lifted the pain.

Soul found relief.

Lost in the Storm in Your Eyes

I know you are feeling lost in the storm.
I know you can tell me you feel all alone.
I know when I look deep in your eyes
that I am taking a risk
that I do not realize.
In wanting to help you
in wanting you to be free
I can sink into the storm in your eyes.
I have been there.
I know of the storm’s rages.
I know of the desperate feeling of cages.
So, I embrace you with love to be free
until that storm starts to rage within me.
I re-release the storm.
I give you shelter to keep you warm.
I stir the soup and give you hope.
I pour the bath.
I hand you soap.
In the midst of this
which seems day to day.
I will take your hand.
I will remember to pray.
Changes in life feel like a storm
But I know you can get through this.
I know you will not come to harm.
The eye of the storm will help you to Calm.
Calm all the battles you have been fighting
All your life long.
Take a deep breath.
Focus on the love that is being sent your way.
Know that the lessons
will teach you today.
You can learn to stop teasing at another’s expense.
You can learn to be open.
You need no self-defense.
When someone loves you
the way that I do.
The storm will subside.
It is all up to you.
I know you are feeling lost in the storm.
I know you can tell me you feel all alone.
I know when I look deep in your eyes
that I am taking a risk
that I do not realize.
In wanting to help you
in wanting you to be free
I can sink into the storm in your eyes.
So when you are ready
feel this embrace.
Rely on your Master.
Reach out for his face.
Reach inward to know his sweet grace.
You have choices.
You have love.
You have changes to go through.
You can enjoy them or buck them.
It is all up to you.
I will walk with you to the wall.
I will not go to wall for you.
I have been there.
I know the score.
The growth from the storm
will have you asking for more.
More serenity.
More peace.
More time.
Away from the storm.
In looking at the storm in your eyes
I can get lost
in my own remembering.
I will embrace you.
I will see you though.
I have loved you from forever.
That you know is true.
I know you are feeling lost in the storm.
I know you can tell me you feel all alone.
I know when I look deep in your eyes
that I am taking a risk
that I do not realize.
In wanting to help you
in wanting you to be free
I can sink into the storm in your eyes.
When the sun breaks through the storm clouds.
We all can dance in the rain.
We can join in the circle.
We can laugh again.
Our love will sustain us.
The Master’s love will guide us through.
When you get to the other side of this
Dear friend, you’ll know what I say is true.
Your path has been chosen
before your own birth
you can balk at it
Or walk it with mirth.
I hope you are enjoying
your wondrous new birth.
I know you are feeling lost in the storm.
I know you can tell me you feel all alone.
I know when I look deep in your eyes
that I am taking a risk
that I do not realize.
In wanting to help you
in wanting you to be free
I can sink into the storm in your eyes.
Thanks for your sharing this storm with me
I can show you what I did to be free.
I can open the sacred books.
I can sing the prayer song.
I can reach into my remembering
of the storm I see in your face.
I can walk with you
until you walk with grace.
Reach out for the love.
Reach inward for the “true”.
Then stop reaching.
Stop doing.
Just let it be.
You have all you need in this moment.
“In Soul you are free.”

 

Laughing Addicts

Have you ever

Heard the laughter

Of the folks

Who made it “Home”?

The ones who walked

Wondered and waited

Just to see a smile.

Recovery is a joyous gift

That brightens up the Soul.

The laughter returns as we share

Our Journey to the things that made us whole.

Thanks for the song of laughter

That gives laughter to my night.

Thanks for the smile

That makes it worthwhile

As you show me how to live.

Admist the chaos and confusion

While working through the Steps

You get a chance for Soul’s romance

In learning how to forgive.

Having a disease that can destroy and maim

Caused me to search everywhere

Before recovery was mine to claim.

I thank you for your laughter

I treasure it and tuck it in my heart.

While living in the moment

Laughter is a great place to start.

Sunshine Sunday

Sunrise over the south beach of Jamaica.

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It is a Sunshine Sunny Sunday

The storm has passed for now.

The green of spring is ‘doing its thing’

As on my knees I bow.

Winter’s pains no longer near

The opening leaves do now appear.

The world is again a wondrous place.

The Sunlight of the Spirit

Conveys God’s Grace.

The Light and  Sound

Are dancing in a sacred rhyme

The Soul that they are filling

Oh blessed be, is mine.

The joys of life

Are all contained in Now.

I want to share this with you.

I want you to hear the Voice.

I want you to know the Master.

But you know,  it is your choice.

The Sunlight of the Spirit

Is now filling up my room

The Sound in celebration

Gives victory over gloom.

The Light is healing corners of my little place.

In the Silence of the morning

Your Love shows me your Face.

Oh, blessed wondrous morning

Will stay with me all day

When I live in the moment.

When I dedicate my day…

To love, to service and to laughter

To listening to your Voice.

The Sunlight of the Spirit

Gives Soul a cause to rejoice.

Thank you my dear Master

For giving me this day

Guide my steps to follow

This precious narrow way.

I give thanks for all within me.

I give thanks for all without.

The Sunshine Sunny Sunday

Has banished clouds of doubt.

Now, kindly Holy Spirit

May I sprinkle on the way

Some of your Love

To my family

To the friends who’ve been so kind

May I give any extra measure

To those who feel left behind.

The love in your Abundance

To be shared with all through me

May I share this wondrous moment

In Sunlight’s eternity.

If one drop of your sweet nectar

Could hide behind my smile

I know that I would truly be

Living in the Now

That my life has been worth while.

May I be a mirror of your Beauty

May I be a little kinder

May I speak with loving praise

Of all those you will send me

On these sunny days.

May your Love be an umbrella

When the storm clouds do appear

May the Sunlight of the Spirit

Give Victory over Fear.

May I serve with loving patience

All those who ‘get in my face’

May I live with respect and loving

Giving all your creatures place.

To love and grow and flourish

To be listening to your Voice

Thanks for your Loving Mercy

Thanks for this wondrous Choice.

Oh what a miracle you are

Oh what a miracle you are.

You are sitting in a meeting.

Not hiding in a bar.

You are learning.

You are growing.

You have discovered you can do it.

I am so proud of you learning

I am so proud of you laughing.

I am so proud of you living

A clean

Happy

Joyous

Free

Life.

You are a wonderful miracle.

You make my recovery more alive.

You show the newcomer they can survive.

I am so proud to know you.

You are a wonderful miracle in my life.

Thank you.