gentle words

gentle words are a tree of life*
is there gentleness
in your heart today
kindness in your soul
meekness in the tones
of your voice

what impact do we have on others
do we justify the very attitude in us
that we condemn in others
do we demonstrate the very hate
we call out in others
gentle words are a tree of life

are we willing to love
before we declare how right we are
do we see our blindness
as we call out for justice and judgement
all the while marginalizing
diminishing
tearing down
feeling so good
all because we possess unquestionable wisdom
gentle words are a tree of life

and pride will be our ruin
each of us deceived
holding out our torch of truth for others
beckoning the world to listen and follow
content with the darkness inside our hearts
gentle words are a tree of life

LORD
have
mercy

* Proverbs 15:4

Christmas 2016

xmas-tree-2016

It’s not officially Christmas in our household until the tree is up, so, here it is: The Garcia Family Tree 2016. Our tradition is to put up the tree while listening to the best Christmas playlist ever including The Carpenters, Future of Forestry, Sleeping at Last and Mannheim Steamroller, to name a few. I leave you with a post from my personal Facebook page that I wrote following our election here in the states. It’s kinda what I’m working on this year: Today I have an opportunity to love… I have another day to love!! …to love my wife, my children, my grandchildren and my neighbor – across the street and around the world. Today I have an opportunity to, deep down in my heart, change my attitude, and remember that the darkness in my heart needs redemption. Today I have an opportunity to be… to be the love, to be the change, to be the joy, to be the light…that I want to see in the world. That’s on me… whoever the president, king, queen, or, ruler is here or around the world….that’s on me…