Tanka on the Trinity

triquetraIn this week between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, you might enjoy reading these tanka on the trinity…

 

 

 


Before time began,
three in one yet one in three—
Father, Spirit, Son—
perfect love, in unity,
one God, for eternity.

In the beginning,
the Spirit, full of promise,
was there, waiting for
God to speak into darkness:
“Let light shine”—and all was good.

When the time had come,
an angel announced good news:
“You are God’s chosen”—
the Spirit came upon her,
and the Son stepped into time.

“See the Lamb of God,
who takes away all our sin”—
the Spirit flew down
as a dove; a voice was heard:
“This is my Son, whom I love.”

The Spirit led him
into the wild to fast for
forty days and nights.
Jesus spoke the words of God,
and the tempter fled from him.

One night, as friends slept,
the Spirit comforted God’s
only Son, who prayed:
“Father, take this cup from me,
but your will, not mine, be done.”

Fifty days had passed,
and many gathered to hear
Peter tell of him;
the Spirit, full of power,
fanned the flames of God’s Kingdom.

Before time began,
three in one yet one in three—
Father, Spirit, Son—
perfect love, in unity,
one God, for eternity.

Timothy Shaw
May 26, 2015

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Jesus’ Call

Caravaggio - The Calling of St Matthew   Jesus’ Call

Levi sat
at his desk
with his books
and money.
Jesus said,
“Follow me—
you are my
disciple.”
Levi rose,
left his things
and followed:

made a feast,
brought in friends;
served his Lord.
Pharisees
objected.
Jesus said,
“I have come
not for those
who are well—
I have come
for sinners.”

Timothy Shaw
May 21, 2015

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Seven Christmas Haiku

I enjoy reading poetry, but I rarely write poems. I’ve written original lyrics for a few of my anthems, but the process is always long and tedious. Yesterday, though, I took up my church’s challenge to write poetry on the topic of Advent/Christmas. In the end, I wrote seven haiku. You might enjoy reading them, contemplating the thoughts contained in these short verses…

 

 

 


The fullness of time—
Jesus, only Son of God,
leaves the Father’s throne.

Angels light the sky—
Jesus, the hope of the world,
sleeps in a manger.

“Magnify the Lord!”—
Jesus, the incarnate Word,
hears his mother sing.

Shepherds run to see—
Jesus, Shepherd of the flock,
wins the hearts of men.

Wise men read the stars—
Jesus, the King of all kings,
receives royal gifts.

Chisel, hammer, saw—
Jesus, who sustains all things,
aids in Joseph’s work.

Oh, what love, what grace!—
Jesus, Lord, Emmanuel,
comes to save his own.

Timothy Shaw
December 4, 2014

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