Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Uniformity and Surprises

Have you ever had someone answer your query about their day with the phrase "Oh, it's just the same-old-same-old?" How quickly we humans choose to sum up our lives in soundbites that negate the true impact each day brings. There is no same old uniform life to be lived. No matter whether you do essentially the same pattern of work each day, there will always be something that makes that day unique.

Our task, should we choose to accept it, is to look beyond the daily drudgery, climb out of the morass of uniformity, and actively search for the surprises each day offers. Whether they be small and inconsequential or largely monumental, happy and exciting or sadly devastating, we should anticipate these revelatory moments. Then take our pen and capture our thoughts, emotions, and reactions. This is the fabric of a writer's life.

Uniform never
New day, fresh, yet unwritten
Presents surprises

Of Love Unworthy

Poem I wrote back in 1986 and which won an award at my secular public high school.

This is a message of Jesus' true love
Called by the prophet a heavenly dove
Hundreds of years ago, he came to Earth
To provide for man a plan of rebirth.

Born to a virgin, a mere baby boy
Grew up a child with a favorite toy
Infinite wisdom to scholars he showed
Miracles amazing in Him abode

Teardrops filled footprints up Calvary's road
As blood from His wounded side freely flowed
His voice cried out and His body grew still
And storm clouds gathered with thunderings shrill

Our Heavenly Father gave up the ghost
To redeem from sin those whom he loved most

Copyright 1986 Jana McVay