Put Away or Keep

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31-32

I’ve been angry.
I suppose I’ve felt wrath,
although that sounds so much bigger than me.
That seems more the size of a monster,
about to swallow a city.
I’m somewhat allergic to clamor
and slander.
I cringe at loud noises and people.
And though I love bells and music,
I might even put mufflers on steeples.
I’m reasonably good at kindness
and tenderness.
Of course, it’s easier when it’s in kind.
If I keep in mind
my debt to Christ,
forgiveness is more feasible too.

© Joel Tipple 10/12/2018

Noise

Lord; my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too
great
or awesome for me.
But I have stilled and quieted myself,
just as a small child is quiet with its
mother.
Yes, like a small child is my soul within
me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
now and always. Psalm 131 NIV

Listening to God
is always a choice.
A critical first step
is
to silence the noise.

Getting quiet
is harder than you would think.
Thoughts,
like trains on parallel tracks,
heading toward the brink,
cry out for attention.

Teach me, Lord, not to define my agenda
without diligently seeking You first.
Rather, let me follow Your lead,
and for Your mind
hunger and thirst.

© Joel Tipple
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Noise

It’s noisy out there…
city fare constant pounding
resounding
to the tune of progress

engines winding up
and winding down
moving citizens round
where do they stop?
they don’t stop…
they rebound

even listless feet
beat the street while
other feet
passing
are in sync
creating rhythm

no chance
for tedium
from the strum
of a corner
guitar whose star
waits
to be discovered

there will be others
to take his place
when the pace
is too fast
and at last
a pause
in the action
occurs

what would it be
worth
if all the
noise on
earth
simply stopped?

would we be
deafened
by the
silence?