Tom Bolton

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Name: Tom Bolton
Date registered: March 3, 2012

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  1. Hopeful: Hope Rises — October 19, 2014
  2. Hopeful: Grab — October 13, 2014
  3. Hopeful: 2014 Homeless Day Video — October 11, 2014
  4. Hopeful: World Homeless Day Connecting — October 11, 2014
  5. Hopeful: Bread — October 6, 2014

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Oct 19 2014

Hopeful: Hope Rises

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Continuing the Devotional Poem, On Word, Law and Life, based on Psalm 119.


Psalm 119:  57-64


Hope Rises, Hope is High

Hope. I have hope. Hope is my inheritance.
I hold tightly to your words and look into them; it is my promise.
Heart-deep, heart-filled, I hear your blessing–my hope. Hope.
Hearing my life over again–deep inside, and
Holding onto your word–I hasten to your calm, your guide.
Hesitating once, now with no halt, I
hasten to obey this day.
Hemp-ropes are tied about me, binds of my people, and I ignore  601655_169972666467393_1690513489_n
these binds today, positive in the word.
Heightened in this night, time perverted, I rise up,
hearing the word clearly in my head too,
Hopeful, friendly to brothers and sisters here in your word,
I have hope–Joy in the Word!
Hopeful, your mercy and justice find us;
hopeful, we heed these words of mercy–
Blessed! Joy in your word!

(c) Tom Bolton, Tippecanoe, February 2012


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Oct 13 2014

Hopeful: Grab

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Psalm 119

                     Grabbing His Name, Not Going to Fear

God-of-great-love, You give me hope, and I
grab your name and your word each night,
Glomming onto fear some nights, I recall God’s word, and in heaven there will be no suffering. God is good.
God-of-grace, here we suffer, or we suffer with those-who-suffer, and
God, yes, I grab onto your word.
Greedy for your comfort–I confess I am greedy–I
grasp your law, and at the threshold, I find
Goodness and comfort in the words.
Growing haughty and hot in anger at night,
holding onto fear in spite of myself, I
Grasp your name and hold it on my lips.
Going to a joyful place, in the Word, as in Psalms,  Ask, Seek, Knock
Joyfully Blessed!
Joyful in God’s word.
Grabbing hold of your name, God, this night,
Going away from fear,
Not going to deep sorrow, I turn to joy.
Guiding principles gild my heart now, and
God, you give me hope. Hope. Hope. Hope.


(c) Tom Bolton, January 2012, Tippecanoe

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Oct 11 2014

Hopeful: 2014 Homeless Day Video

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Homeless Day Video

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Oct 11 2014

Hopeful: World Homeless Day Connecting

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Tom Bolton:

I’m a day late posting this again.

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The purpose of World Homeless Day (on 10/10 each year) is to draw attention to homeless persons’ needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. It is a vehicle for connecting resources and communities. Over 100 million families may be homeless world-wide today.

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Oct 06 2014

Hopeful: Bread

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On reading John 6.


                    Manna in My Life

Not so hungry in my belly, I still love
My morning manna.
Some mornings I put nut spread on my matzoh,
and taste and texture combine to thrill me.
And better than hard rolls in the morning,
We are made to be the yeast to raise the bread.
When the flour is whole and coarse and real,
The yeast works wonders in the bread.

Not so hungry in my belly,
Still I hunger in the morning.
The Word fills me in ways I feel deep in me.
Deep in me, my health surges.
Deep in my gray matter, my thoughts are vital.   MH900400134
Deep in my soul, I am eternal.
I am blessed to be filled each day.
Thank you for my daily bread.

(c) Tom Bolton, April 24, 2012, Milwaukee


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Oct 05 2014

Hopeful: Freedom

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Stanza 6 from On Word, Law and Life, a devotional poem based on Psalm 119.


                                                       Freedom Walk

Freely I embraced your blessings, Lord, and finally I find your promises in me.
And firmly I find in You the answer to those who taunt me here, and
Fully I trust, grab tight to your word.
Freely I find hope in your truth, Holy One;
Freely I trust in your word–it is so.
Following your teaching forever and forever, I obey.
Freely I will walk where I wish, freely following you, fresh-found mentor-friend,
For I sought out your free guidance, and you favored me.
Forthright let me speak your fresh word freely, and
Feel free and brave with bosses and family.
Joyful in your word, blessed!
Joyful in God’s word!
Fully I meditate, and open my hands, offered freely in prayer,
Fully I meditate; not my will, but yours, I freely offer.

(C) Thomas M Bolton, January 2012

I’m repeating one stanza each Sunday through the end of the year.

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