Tom Bolton

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Name: Tom Bolton
Date registered: March 3, 2012

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  1. Hopeful: In This Dark — July 22, 2014
  2. Hopeful: Fully Here — July 15, 2014
  3. Hopeful: Thursday Prayer — July 10 — July 12, 2014
  4. Hopeful: We Know When there is Peace Yet Found — July 8, 2014
  5. Hopeful: Are There Yet Struggles — July 1, 2014

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Jul 22 2014

Hopeful: In This Dark

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Upon Psalm 17

         In This Dark

In this dark, we are afraid and we grieve;
we feel alone and we are lost.
Children die in paths to prosperity,
passengers perish in civilian planes,
and homeless friends hunger.
There is peace somewhere, and peace to come.
And there is justice.
As for me today, I open my eyes again.
Make me right.

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, 20 July 2014


Tagged: Peace, Psalm 17

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Jul 15 2014

Hopeful: Fully Here

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This Good Earth

The grass so green,
Emeralds can’t quite cut it,
I raise my eyes.
Sunshine stuns.
I am in this world completely.
It nourishes me and holds me.
God’d goodness is here displayed.
His nurture and care is here displayed.
This good earth is here to love.

(c) Tom Bolton, Bay View, 13 October 2013

Irish Hills

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Jul 12 2014

Hopeful: Thursday Prayer — July 10

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I appreciated this prayer by Pastor IRVIN BOUDREAUX          on Thursday.

Originally posted on A Pastor's Thoughts:

May the sun go downSunset 1

anger, stress, and worry.

Made the sun go down

on problem solving and planning.

May the sun go down

unrushed and on deadlines

May the sun go down

on this day’s work – now done

Made a sacred circle of the sun

frame the harsh outline of the cross.

May it signal brighter days ahead,

new energies and emerging hopes.

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Jul 08 2014

Hopeful: We Know When there is Peace Yet Found

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On reading 2 Peter 3:11-14


We Know When there is Peace Yet Found

Upon morning routines and walks here and there,
upon reading words open and inviting,
we seek this holy place.
How long shall we search for peace not known?
Have we known it somewhere in lives yet to live?
With new blemishes seen, we seek our place.
We seek the peace of Christ,
exhorted to a holy life.
There may be heavens here,
places scarcely known or imagined.
We seek this home here.
We seek this home where we know it may be.
Here we seek a home of peace.

(c) Tom Bolton, Bay View, 8 July 2014

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Jul 01 2014

Hopeful: Are There Yet Struggles

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On Col. 3:5


Are There Yet Struggles?

It sounded easy at one time.
Filled with hope, I knew it would be.
My struggles over, my face glowed.
And yet the battles with my flesh showed.
Peace behind me, and peace ahead,
my life seemed ready for new ease.
Did I know fully the direction of my life?
Did I know new ease and freedom from strife?
Sin crowds in sometimes,
countered in a constant battle.
Faith leads us to glorious hope,
but doesn’t end life struggles–Nope!

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, 17 June 2014

Colossians 3:5The Voice (VOICE)

So kill your earthly impulses: loose sex, impure actions, unbridled sensuality, wicked thoughts, and greed (which is essentially idolatry).

The Voice (VOICE)The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Tagged: Col 3:5, Faith, struggles

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Jun 25 2014

Hopeful: Abba Prayer

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Sharing from 2012 again. I’ll be resuming new poems on July 1.

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I wrote this poem in October 2012 as I was studying and experiencing prayer.  I know I posted it to by blog before, but folks seem to connect to it.  It resonates with me, so I’m repeating it with my Sunday morning devotions.Young Father Holding His Young Son (4-6)

      Abba, Thank You Today

Abba, Abba, how I missed you,
Even as you were by me all the time.
In your presence, you are so large, so great,
so much like when I was a very young one.
Your Name shines everywhere, every day.
You fill me up each day.
You pick me up each day.
You embrace me each day as I accept your presence.
How great is your presence here today each time we invite you in,
Each time we open our eyes to see,
Each time we listen and hear you.
Sometimes your words are so hard for me to hear,

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