Quips & Quotes To Live By

As you ponder about how and why things occur during your day(s), there is one simple fact.  One simple reason why we are here.  Don’t every get complacent or feel like you’re not needed or wanted.  I do hope this helps heal the wounded and gives Grace to those whom need it most.

Kathryn, Queen of the Rails by BD

I reside in a lofty perch
close by where the tracks will bend
a few years have passed away
at failed attempts at my life, to mend

As the 4AM commuted rail passes
I’m living a fairy tale fable
the horn of the diesel strikes the key of A
and shakes my makeshift cradle

My mother’s picture is in my jeans jacket
her Mass prayer card now somewhat tattered
brings me back to a better day
when the love of someone so mattered

St. Patrick’s funeral bells now peal
but oh, now not for me
my time will come when it does
maybe 20 minutes past the hour of 3

Addicted to opioates for pain prescription
that has lead my life to ruin
as I try to barely help the others around
I’m always concerned at how they are doing

I dine at the finest place in town
on mashed with gravy on it
fine apple juice to wash it down
and yesterday’s jelly doughnut

Hard to believe, some say that I
that I’m the face of God
I wonder then, why I’m here
walking this stony sod

I am lost beyond all measure
I will no longer stay in this forgotten place
God will send me His message
His hand will He gently to me place

A poisonous buy has riddled my body
the mockingbird sings a different tune
much like me in everyway
we both will sleep past noon

My body finally rests in an oddly pose
from here, is where an angel sings from
as me, Kathryn, the queen of the rails
now enters into my inherited Kingdom.

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God is for us, says Paul, having given his own Son for “all of us”. Nothing is able to come between us and the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor pow­ers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Many of these things seem to threaten us in the sphere of work. We face menacing or incompetent bosses (rulers). We get stuck in dead-end jobs (things present). We make sacrifices now—working long hours, taking classes after work, serving in low-paid internships, moving to another country looking for work—that we hope will pay off later but may never pan out (things to come). We lose our jobs because of economic cycles or regulations or unscrupulous actions by powerful people we never even see (powers). We are forced by circumstance, folly, or the crimes of others into degrading or dangerous work. All these things can do us real hurt. But they cannot triumph over us.

Christ’s faithfulness—and ours, by God’s grace—overcomes the worst that life and work can do to us. If career progress, income, or prestige is our highest goal at work, we may end up disappointed. But if salvation—that is, reconciliation with God and people, faithfulness, and justice—is our chief hope, then we will find it amid both the good and bad in work. Paul’s affirmations mean that no matter what the difficulties we encounter with our work, or the complexities and challenges we face with co-workers or superiors in our workplaces, the love of God in Christ always abides with us. The love of God in Christ is the steadying force in the midst of adversity now, as well as our hope for bodily redemption in the future.  May you know the renewal of Faith and Hope as a bird knows the first day of Spring and seeks pleasure in it.  Best, BD

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