Wednesday, October 01, 2014

watching the bystanders

thinking back, remembering
being bullied, tormented
my nose bloodied
watching the bystanders
the jeering watchers
egging on the bullies
that I would fight them
feeling alone, watched
my response written
on the face of each bystander
to see if I would cry
if I would fight my attacker
out in the jungle
the noisy schoolyard.

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edited October 1, 2014
watching the bystanders

October 1, 2014
watching the watchers
September 22, 2014 to September 28, 2014
“+bullying”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
“Bullying Weekend!”
devotion “bystander or standing by?
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
devotion for September 27, 2014
read September 27, 2014
reread September 30, 2014
&
Romans 12:14 (NRSV)
devotion “Learning to Forgive”
by Steve Stein
devotion for September 26, 2014
read September 26, 2014
&
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
devotion “Being Strong”
by Michelle Ankrum
and “Reflect” John 15:18 (NIV)
by Mary Lynn Johnson
devotion for September 25, 2014
read September 25, 2014
&
Jude 21a
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
devotion “The Locker”
by Shaun Stevenson
devotion for September 24, 2014
read September 25, 2014
&
Ecclesiastes 4:1 (CEV)
devotion “Scars”
by Wesley Overhults
devotion for September 23, 2014
read September 24, 2014
reread September 25, 2014
&
1 Timothy 4:12
devotion “The Power of Words”
by Rebecca Goodridge
and “Reflect on a Song”
“Act on it”
by Lanny Farmer
devotion for September 22, 2014
read September 24, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,540+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

watching the watchers

thinking back, remembering
being bullied, tormented
my nose bloodied
watching the watchers
the bystanders
feeling alone, watched
my response written
on the face of each bystander
to see if I would cry
if I would fight my attacker
out in the jungle
the noisy schoolyard.

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October 1, 2014
watching the watchers

September 22, 2014 to September 28, 2014
“+bullying”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
“Bullying Weekend!”
devotion “bystander or standing by?
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
devotion for September 27, 2014
read September 27, 2014
reread September 30, 2014
&
Romans 12:14 (NRSV)
devotion “Learning to Forgive”
by Steve Stein
devotion for September 26, 2014
read September 26, 2014
&
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
devotion “Being Strong”
by Michelle Ankrum
and “Reflect” John 15:18 (NIV)
by Mary Lynn Johnson
devotion for September 25, 2014
read September 25, 2014
&
Jude 21a
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
devotion “The Locker”
by Shaun Stevenson
devotion for September 24, 2014
read September 25, 2014
&
Ecclesiastes 4:1 (CEV)
devotion “Scars”
by Wesley Overhults
devotion for September 23, 2014
read September 24, 2014
reread September 25, 2014
&
1 Timothy 4:12
devotion “The Power of Words”
by Rebecca Goodridge
and “Reflect on a Song”
“Act on it”
by Lanny Farmer
devotion for September 22, 2014
read September 24, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,540+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

resolve beyond his years

so young at the capture
the first waves of the taking
removed from their land
to another kingdom
resolve beyond his years
to remain faithful
but soft in his protest
in his act of rebellion
standing firm, resolute,
in the face of the challenge
remaining faithful
to his people, his God.


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October 1, 2014
resolve beyond his years

Daniel 1:1-21
and Chapter 1 of Book:
Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (Lifeguide Bible Studies)
Spirit Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 1, 2014
&
meanings of their old and new names
&
Daniel 1
Daniel 2
Daniel 3
Daniel 4
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
May 18, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 29,790+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

an image of the cross – v3

a light shining upon me
shining through me
falling upon the earth
the marks left by me
my footprints, my path
my legacy behind me
may the shadow that I cast
may the face that I see
when I look in the mirror
be an image of the cross
of the man who hung there
of the risen Christ
may I reflect Him
my Savior, my life
my legacy worthy
the One who redeemed me
who restored me to Him
who reconciled me to God
in the days of my life
may I shine His light
may my walk be a guide
for those who are behind me.


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edited October 1, 2014
an image of the cross – v3

edited September 28, 2014
an image of the cross – v2
September 28, 2014
an image of the cross
Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
1 Corinthians 3:12-18
devotion “The Life of the Cross”
devotion by David E. Spivey, Jr.
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for September 24, 2014
read September 25, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,540+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

an example of faith

an example of faith
of remaining faithful
choosing to follow
the command of God
the law of the people
in a foreign nation
remaining faithful
to God’s law.


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October 1, 2014
an example of faith

Daniel 1:1-21
and Chapter 1 of Book:
Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (Lifeguide Bible Studies)
Spirit Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 1, 2014
&
Daniel 1
Daniel 2
Daniel 3
Daniel 4
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
May 18, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,540+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

names of other gods

at their birth
names of faith
of reliance on God
taken from their homes
given blasphemy
name of other gods
given a mark, a challenge
of who to follow
whether to agree to the path
that had been placed before them
or to be faithful to the path
God had written for them.


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October 1, 2014
names of other gods

Daniel 1:1-21
and Chapter 1 of Book:
Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (Lifeguide Bible Studies)
Spirit Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 1, 2014
&
meanings of their old and new names
&
Daniel 1
Daniel 2
Daniel 3
Daniel 4
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
May 18, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,540+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the power of the Creator – v2

in the power of the Creator
in the sound of crashing waves
in the ocean, on the shores
rising to crescendo
falling back again
repeating, always
the synchronization
the turning of the tides
swaying with the moon
under the open sky


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edited October 1, 2014
in the power of the Creator – v2

September 30, 2014
in the power of the Creator
Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the changing moon – v2

rising and falling
waxing and waning
in the changing moon
the order of the universe
shining the sunlight
in the night sky
the turning repeating
seasons, in time
the motion regulated
controlled by the Creator
written in God’s plan
the phases of the moon
in God’s loving hand.


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edited October 1, 2014
in the changing moon – v2

September 30, 2014
in the changing moon
Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the whisper of a bird’s song – v2

in the whisper of a bird’s song
we hear a word of praise
acknowledging God’s grace
hope in God’s providing
their daily needs
in the whisper of a bird’s song
we hear the song of creation
joining together, rising,
sure in the Creator
in the love of God


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edited October 1, 2014
in the whisper of a bird’s song – v2

September 30, 2014
in the whisper of a bird’s song
Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

when hate claims to be Muslim – v2

They make the claim they alone are righteous
they make a claim of righteous judgment
as if we know the will of Allah, of God,
destroying Your creation,
slaughtering innocent people
just going about their lives
willing to do anything, to shock, to terrorize,
sacking ancient archaeological sites
to pay for the guns of war
the bloodlust of the zealots

I grieve within my spirit for creation
when hate claims to be Muslim
or when hate claims to be Christian
when we judge others unfairly
as if we are without sin
when we become judge and jury
standing in the shoes of the Creator
even though our feet are of clay
just like those we have judged guilty
worthy to rot in the grave


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edited September 30, 2014
when hate claims to be Muslim – v2

edited/new September 30, 2014
when hate claims to be Muslim
International Coalition of Muslim Scholars Refute ISIS' Religious Arguments in Open Letter to al-Baghdadi
see 17-page letter itself
&
edited September 30, 2014
when hate claims to be Christian – v2
edited/ new September 30, 2014
when hate claims to be Christian
post by John Makokha
My dear brother and pastor, why can't you preach the gospel of love
rather than that of hate, malice, prejudice and discrimination.
When Ebola strikes America where will you hide?
I will continue praying for God's intervention in
your heart and mind. God is LOVE.”
in response to article
Christian broadcaster: Ebola could cleanse US of atheists, gay people, and sluts
&
August 17, 2014
He says he is a Christian
praying about Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown
shooting and its aftermath showing again the racism
in America and how far we have to go to achieve the
Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
“I Have A Dream” speech as a reality in this country
&
report that New Empire Knights (KKK) were raising money
for a reward for the officer who killed Michael Brown
and seeing the label “Christian, Husband, Father and Klansman
on Wordpress profile.
&
Edited October 1, 2013
“When Hate Claims Christ’s Name – v4”
(editing original again)
Edited August 11, 2013
“When Hate Claims Christ’s Name – v3”
Written July 4, 2012
“When Hate Claims Christ’s Name”
"All White Christian" convention being held in Lamar County this week
&
&
John 17:6-19
Christ’s prayer for his disciples
John 17:20-25
Christ’s prayer for all believers
Sermon 7 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
Green Bead – Your Special Concern
children’s message
-          Mystery Box – picture of our cat Moe sleeping
-          God wants us to be at rest, at peace
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon, “A Weight Upon the Heart”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
August 17, 2014
&
prayer of the people printed in the bulletin,
including the following prayer:
“For our church that it may be safe for all people
and an active witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.”
Genesis 32:22-28 Common English Bible
Psalm 139:1-14 NIV Bible
Sermon 6 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
Grey, Black and White, Day and Night Bead – Spiritual Struggles
children’s message
-          Mystery Box – dog treats and squeaky ball
-          God gives us treats
-          God wants us to play
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon, “G.W.E.” (God Wrestling Entertainment)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
August 3, 2014
&
Romans 10:12-15 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Luke 12:12-15
Luke 12:1-6 Common English Bible
“The Long and Winding Road” The Beatles
Sermon 5 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
Stepping Stone Bead – Journey of Faith
children’s message by Ellen Alward Dickinson
reading story – A Black Bear and Four Boys
and sermon, “A Long And Winding Road”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
July 27, 2014
&
Psalm 37:5-7 (Common English Bible)
1 Kings 19:9-23 (NIV Bible)
Sermon 4 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
Bead with a Hole - Silence
children’s message by Pastor Ruth Foss
-          Mystery Box - a blank space
-          God starts with a blank canvas,
God fills in the picture until a masterpiece
is created and we come home
and sermon, “Is Silence Really Golden?”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
July 20, 2014
&
Psalm 33:30-22
Psalm 25:1-3
Romans 8:30-32
Matthew 11:28-30
Sermon 3 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
Bumpy Bead – Letting Go
children’s message by Pastor Ruth Foss
-          Mystery Box – a broken set of prayer beads
-          God can make something beautiful of all the broken pieces:
-          Dad can you fix this? Yes I can…
and sermon, “In the Letting Go We Find”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
July 13, 2014
&
June 29, 2014
Psalm 105:1-6 Common English Bible
Exodus 15:1-3 The Living Bible
Psalm 89:1-18 The Message Bible
Closing Hymn – “As the Deer”
Sermon 2 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
children’s message by Pastor Ruth Foss
-          Mystery Box
-          Sabbath rest, time with God outdoors, in nature
and sermon, “All My Adoration. . . !”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
June 29, 2014
&
June 22, 2014
Matthew 6:5-14
“Jesus Teaches About Prayer” (NCV)
(including Lord’s Prayer)
Romans 12:12
Ephesians 6:11-18
Sermon 1 of “All My Days: A Summer of Prayer”
Summer Sermon Series on Prayer
children’s message by Ray Foss
-          God fills in the words we pray
based on Upper Room Daily Devotional for June 9, 2014
Romans 8:26 (NRSV)
Romans 8:22-27
Upper Room Daily Devotional
“Guided by the Spirit”
by Milly Ibanda
for March and April 2014
-          spontaneous prayer, wait for God’s answer
(based on Shanequa’s prayer for a puppy July 21, 2006)
opening and welcome by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon, “Stop, Look and Listen”
by Sally Drew
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
June 22, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the changing moon

in the changing moon
the order of the universe
the turning repeating
seasons, in time
the motion regulated
written in God’s plan
the phases of the moon
in God’s loving hand.


------
September 30, 2014
in the changing moon

Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the power of the Creator

in the power of the Creator
in the sound of crashing waves
in the ocean, on the shores
repeating, always
the synchronization
the turning of the tides
swaying with the moon
under the open sky


------
September 30, 2014
in the power of the Creator

Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

in the whisper of a bird’s song

in the whisper of a bird’s song
we hear a word of praise
hope in God’s providing
their daily needs
in the whisper of a bird’s song
we hear the song of creation
sure in the Creator
in the love of God


------
September 30, 2014
in the whisper of a bird’s song

Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-14
devotion for September 30, 2014
read September 30, 2014
&
“Signs and Blessings from God”
for September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014
by Bruce Blumer
former Executive Director, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation
Vice President for University of Sioux Falls Foundation
book, I Saw God Today
LaGonave Alive
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Ten Commandments
like road signs
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
“A Story About God’s Son” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,510+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.