Religion at its best is a pious expression of human pride. Religion at its worst is a destructive tool in the hands of power-seeking individuals and the driving force of persecutions and war. Religion gives governing forces a powerful construct for reforming and controlling individuals, outwardly but can do nothing to satisfy the natural hunger … More Dark Light:No Joy Found in the Pretense of Religion
Joy is a woman who lives up to her name. Her character is marked by graceful actions proceeding from an attitude of joyful faith. She is kind, giving, loving, and merciful. She is human, not perfect, but she lives in dedication to Jesus. Though some might deride her because of her faith, no one questions … More Joy’s Shadow Malice
Emotional pain is the trap-door that led to his addictions. Fantasies and Denial are his natural coping-methods. Chemically-induced-joy best fit his personal predilections, Of dream-world-avoidance over facing-truth-methods. Belonging- in-the- wrong-crowd fulfill Mom’s predictions, A life of crimes he chose as feeding drug-habit-methods. Dope-fiend! Hop-Head! Addict! His personal distinctions; Lost-Joy-Popper! Adrift with no right-life-living-methods, Won’t last … More Lost-Joy-Popper!
Once upon a time a little girl was shattered. No one noticed the darkening of bright soul… Embracing the black lie; none of it mattered… At her very core opened a gaping black-hole! Love Hope Joy In sharp shards everywhere lay scattered! Love was punctured! Wrath filled her bowl! Joyless Barracuda rise! Innocence tattered! Painted … More Joyless Barracuda!
Smart professional on top of his game! Educated; cultured; a smooth operator… Upwardly mobile, wears the right name! Handsome, debonair; slim-sleek-otter… Deftly heading toward power and fame! Speaks eloquence; refreshing like water! Conquering, dominating, others to tame; Owns one woman, prowls for one hotter… Driven by greed and doesn’t know shame! Knocks down anyone beginning … More Joy-Starved-Manipulator
There is no place more discouraging to life than the Sonora Desert in mid-summer, at the peak of day. The relentless sun blazes like an oven, baking any living creature that dares to come out from below ground. It is a dry heat consuming every drop of water in its path. To those ignorant of the … More Finding Joy in Discouraging Times
On a sleepless night from the darkest point in the universe, I sit and gaze upward into the night-time sky. From this unique vantage point the heavens blaze, emitting the energy that fuels the universe. No two suns, no two planets, no two galaxies are the same yet, they harmonize in a majestic, sparkling display. … More Unique Sparkling Joy!
The heathen rage glorifying their sin and filling the world with spiritual darkness. Many believers see the state of the world and mistakenly, enter into war with unbelieving sinners. Religious and political leaders create and use this misconception to isolate and control groups of people. (A people divided against one another are not likely to … More Joyful Warriors Manifest as Salt and Light
Each day I unwrap as a gift given for a special reason; Receive, open, admire, use; then I carelessly toss, Expecting the generosity of a tomorrow like today; Not noticing day’s life altering pass into new season, Green to gold to red to brown to grey; life’s eventual loss Days like leaves falling; debris piling … More Joy For All Seasons
Kathleen lived in a state of constant fear; and her fear wasn’t unreasonable. Raised in a home characterized by abuse and neglect, Kathleen grew up to recognize abuse as normal and even, an expression of love. This left the door open for child-rapists and sexual exploiters to further abuse her. Even though Kathleen accepted it … More Joy vs. Fear and Wins!