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  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/23/2020

    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
              which cannot be moved, but abides forever. -Psalm 125:1

    I’m not much mountain, LORD-

    More like a molehill,

    And not fastened down tight.

    But here I am-here we are-

    In these tempestuous times,

    Hoping to stand for something-

    Tether our courage, Lord-

    Anchor our hopes, Father

    Batten our fears, Spirit-

    While we abide these times

    Until your Kingdom comes.

    George R. Pasley

    September 23, 2020

    Martin, TN

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/23/2020

    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,           which cannot be moved, but abides forever. -Psalm 125:1 I’m not much mountain, LORD- More like a molehill, And not fastened down tight. But here I am-here we are- In these tempestuous times, Hoping to stand for something- Tether our courage, Lord- Anchor our hopes,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/16/2020

    Maybe The world’s a good place to me Because I’ve not seen it all. Or maybe, It would be a better place If I saw a little more. But I know that what I see And what I’ve seen, Are different for you, And sometimes that makes great Conversation. But sometimes too, all sadly true,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/09/2020

    Miriam took her tambourine And sang to the Lord, for the horse and its rider Were hurled into the sea. But isn’t it interesting, She took her tambourine. She took it, When they had to pack quickly and lightly And rush out into the night on a moment’s notice Because Pharaoh briefly decided to let… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/02/2020

    Surprise Happens “The essential thing is to not give up. Not ever. Surprise happens.” -Wm. debus, The Last Unicorn Surprise happens. Wouldn’t that make a great T-shirt? Surprises, the good ones, Are like a joke. Especially one that doesn’t begin with “Here’s a joke for you”, Because you laugh harder When the punchline sneaks up… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/26/2020

    My church magazine Came today, and first I turned to the poems. But they were all Sad, Every one. And I get that, I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I will do it again. I could Write one today. Perhaps I should, Because there are folk who refuse To repent, and don their sackcloth. But… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/19/2020

    To endure Is to hold on To whatever there is For as long as you can. To prevail is to hold on Long enough. To thrive Is to have it in you To make dark humor, To smirk at the irony, To look backwards And praise the Lord. But to hope, That is to look… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/12/2020

    I’ve had that thorn for years, But it flared up a few days ago, Acerbating a splinter That was new and fresh. Or maybe it was the splinter That made the thorn flare up. But anyway, I muttered “God, Why is this necessary?” But I didn’t hear God answer. Instead I heard the mothers Of… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/05/2020

    Many have been the mornings When I woke up, Knowing nothing. But precious few have been the mornings When so much nothingness Was a cause for joy. I had everything to learn, How exciting was that! And then I would dive in To the Picoult novel, The Oliver poem, The conversation with a waitress, The… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/29/2020

    I’d rather be eating blackberry cobbler and ice cream On my back porch BUT, That would involve planting blackberries, Pruning them and picking them in the hot summer sun. Bringing in the cows from the meadow, Milking them all at sunset, Letting the milk set overnight and letting the cream rise. Gathering the eggs, Splitting… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/22/2020

    Hack: as in a substitute; a workaround; Crawling through a window Instead of knocking on the door; Repentance and forgiveness When we have done something wrong; Being loved by God long before We ever heard the name, Jesus. George R. Pasley July 22, 2020 Martin TN

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/15/2020

    Here’s a “guest poem” for this week. Please be safe, grateful and hopeful -Pastor George Life in the Time of Corona I know deadly viruses can be passed around with deadly ease. But remember, love, so can other things. In better times babies can be passed from loving arms to loving arms, the scent of… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/08/2020

    Searching on Pinterest, I found an obelisk in a garden, Filled with sunflowers and vines. All-in-all beautiful, Strong, adaptable, useful and efficient. It could be used for anything, Though maybe not quite What I wanted for my cukes. Still, I like the idea of something useful And lovely too. Something that will support Even better… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/01/2020

    It was a mistake To go out for breakfast this morning. Going out for breakfast is for folk Who have time to savor The morning, the Sabbath, The company of food and time. But there was one waitress, Somewhat new to her job, And 15 tables to serve. Almost every one, every one but mine,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/24/2020

    The crops are fair. The grass is green here and there. Neighbors help neighbors. The birds sing. The berries ripen. Tomatoes, soon, Will delight our tongues. Yet this I know, for there are graves fresh-dug. Diagnosis new and grim. Anxieties abound. The only good news, truly, is the resurrection. Rejoice at every chance. Delight at… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/17/2020

    “Turn to me and be gracious to me.” Give your strength to your servant.” Save the child of your serving girl.” -Psalms 86:16 Your serving girl may be The least of the servants in your house. Seen and not heard, except to say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am”. And as for her children, well, Did… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/10/2020

    I used to stand on the bridge And watch the water race beneath As fast is it could go. To the sea that was only A few short yards beyond. And I wonder- How far is justice, For the waters still race. How far is peace, For the tide still ebbs. How far is hope,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/03/2020

    The Spirit Intercedes for us, When we do not know What to pray. So what better time than now Not to know? What better time than now To pray? What better time than now For the Spirit to intercede? What better time than now To change the world? George R Pasley June 03, 2020 Martin,… Read more

  • 05/27/2020 Pastor’s Pondering

    “Where have all the flowers gone?  When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?” -Pete Seeger We may never learn, though the seas rise The rivers flood, the gardens perish And the bees disappear, we may never learn. Though the stones we throw hurt more and more, Though the hospitals overflow Though parents weep… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/20/2020

    Maybe, I should have one garden bed That I let go to jungle ( I’m not saying I don’t). One that becomes lush and dark With whatever God grows there While I slumber through the night. One whose secrets are not revealed Until at the first hard frost of autumn, One whose mysteries I will… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/13/2020

    O gracious and wonderful God, We are thankful for a LOT! We are thankful for everything we have learned our whole life long, And for everyone who taught us. AND We are grateful that we are still learning, still growing, and still loving each and every day. We are grateful Lord, for every time we… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/06/2020

    Because the Journey is long, We need friends. Because friendship is hard work, We need time alone. Because friendship is an art, We need practice. Because life is hard, We need each other. Because one is weak, Another is strong. Because one is suffering, Another chooses to suffer with. Because one has lost the knowledge… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/29/2020

    Be happy when you can, And perhaps more than that. Be brave when you must, And certainly even more. Be kind. For God’s sake, be kind. But do not tolerate cruelty, Nor pettiness, Nor greed. Be not afraid to mourn, Nor to speak out, Nor to seek love. Be ready to laugh at yourself, To… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/22/2020

    We walk, we live, we sleep In the valley of the shadow of death, Even when our skies are blue Like the eggs in a robin’s nest. And yet on this grey and somber day, And others that have swallowed light, We also walk, and live, and sleep In a valley where dogwood bloom, Where… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/15/2020

    Our prayer- The thing our faith hopes of our character- Is that Easter can prove to be with us As Christmas did at Whoville. We yearn to prove That Easter will be Easter, Perhaps version 2.0, Without the lilies, Without the sunrise over the lake, Without the trumpet, Without the choir- More like, the one… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/08/2020

    AN ANNOINTING “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” -John 12:3 Who knows where she found the nard, Let alone the money to pay for it. And… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/01/2020

    There is now An abiding sense of sorrow, Faint like the dark pre-dawn, In which we mourn Because we will soon lose Someone whose name We do not yet know. This grief will not be shaken- Yet, let us turn not to fear. Let us turn instead to love. Love all that you know Or… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering

    03/25/2020 Sorting through some old poems, I found some old memories. Some of them made me blush and Some of them made me smile. Some marked the trail Where I had given up And gone home. Some recorded my innocence, And others my guilt. But they all reminded me Where we’ve been. And now they… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/18/2020

    If there is no God, then we are in deep, deep trouble. For there is indeed a devil who lives in our collective capacity. To lie, ignore, curse, to abuse, destroy, maim, to belittle, slander, deny, to be altogether un-human and inhumane. Therefore I will believe if for no other reason, than to do battle… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/11/2020

    A Benediction for St. Patrick Let those who have never known hunger Set down their forks. Let those who have never known cruelty Go as a stranger, alone, to a far place Where they speak a different tongue. Let those who have never known pain Don boot and gloves, take up their shovels And dig… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/04/2020

    Somehow this old poem seemed like the right thing for an election day submission. The first phrase- “There’s no such thing as bead weather, only bad gear” was often expressed by the fishermen and women in Alaska… There’s no such thing as bad weather, Only bad gear – So we dress for work, Or we… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/26/2020

    Thinking about Ash Wednesday I recalled glimpses, Bright moments over the year When I saw people, Young and old, Wise and foolish, Male and female As they might be, As they could be And it filled my heart with joy. But in the same moment I recalled Memories of myself, At my worst, Mean, spiteful,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/19/2020

    Ordinary, from the Latin: Order, to rule, Ordinary, one who rules So to order one’s life Is to govern it; To follow an ordinary Is to be governed. Ordinary time, then, Is anything but ordinary, Unless our Ordinary is ordinary, As in lacking uniqueness. But if your Ordinary Is the one who forgave sinners, The… Read more

  • Pastor Pondering’s 02/12/2020

    Open a book, And you are invited To enter a story. Say a prayer, Sing a hymn, Recite the creed, Read a bible verse, Cry for mercy, Ponder the news And you, and I, Are invited to enter Into the story Jesus told, The Good News That the Kingdom is at hand, That we matter,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/09/2020

    I’ve seen so many rainy days, And despite this being one more Again this year, Despite so many plans That must be put on hold, This memory persists- I, sitting in my den mother’s living room, Watching the rain as I waited for my ride, My interior self, finding A place to sit in all… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/02/2020

    I am not blameless, Nor bold, Nor as wise as I’d like to be (perhaps not even close), Practicing kindness often wearies me, And doing my little bit of justice While the world burns’ Seems like Whistling in the graveyard- So, What are we to do? Blessed are all Who seem overpowered And underequipped, Said… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/23/2020

    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,           which cannot be moved, but abides forever. -Psalm 125:1 I’m not much mountain, LORD- More like a molehill, And not fastened down tight. But here I am-here we are- In these tempestuous times, Hoping to stand for something- Tether our courage, Lord- Anchor our hopes,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/16/2020

    Maybe The world’s a good place to me Because I’ve not seen it all. Or maybe, It would be a better place If I saw a little more. But I know that what I see And what I’ve seen, Are different for you, And sometimes that makes great Conversation. But sometimes too, all sadly true,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/09/2020

    Miriam took her tambourine And sang to the Lord, for the horse and its rider Were hurled into the sea. But isn’t it interesting, She took her tambourine. She took it, When they had to pack quickly and lightly And rush out into the night on a moment’s notice Because Pharaoh briefly decided to let… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 09/02/2020

    Surprise Happens “The essential thing is to not give up. Not ever. Surprise happens.” -Wm. debus, The Last Unicorn Surprise happens. Wouldn’t that make a great T-shirt? Surprises, the good ones, Are like a joke. Especially one that doesn’t begin with “Here’s a joke for you”, Because you laugh harder When the punchline sneaks up… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/26/2020

    My church magazine Came today, and first I turned to the poems. But they were all Sad, Every one. And I get that, I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I will do it again. I could Write one today. Perhaps I should, Because there are folk who refuse To repent, and don their sackcloth. But… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/19/2020

    To endure Is to hold on To whatever there is For as long as you can. To prevail is to hold on Long enough. To thrive Is to have it in you To make dark humor, To smirk at the irony, To look backwards And praise the Lord. But to hope, That is to look… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/12/2020

    I’ve had that thorn for years, But it flared up a few days ago, Acerbating a splinter That was new and fresh. Or maybe it was the splinter That made the thorn flare up. But anyway, I muttered “God, Why is this necessary?” But I didn’t hear God answer. Instead I heard the mothers Of… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 08/05/2020

    Many have been the mornings When I woke up, Knowing nothing. But precious few have been the mornings When so much nothingness Was a cause for joy. I had everything to learn, How exciting was that! And then I would dive in To the Picoult novel, The Oliver poem, The conversation with a waitress, The… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/29/2020

    I’d rather be eating blackberry cobbler and ice cream On my back porch BUT, That would involve planting blackberries, Pruning them and picking them in the hot summer sun. Bringing in the cows from the meadow, Milking them all at sunset, Letting the milk set overnight and letting the cream rise. Gathering the eggs, Splitting… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/22/2020

    Hack: as in a substitute; a workaround; Crawling through a window Instead of knocking on the door; Repentance and forgiveness When we have done something wrong; Being loved by God long before We ever heard the name, Jesus. George R. Pasley July 22, 2020 Martin TN

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/15/2020

    Here’s a “guest poem” for this week. Please be safe, grateful and hopeful -Pastor George Life in the Time of Corona I know deadly viruses can be passed around with deadly ease. But remember, love, so can other things. In better times babies can be passed from loving arms to loving arms, the scent of… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/08/2020

    Searching on Pinterest, I found an obelisk in a garden, Filled with sunflowers and vines. All-in-all beautiful, Strong, adaptable, useful and efficient. It could be used for anything, Though maybe not quite What I wanted for my cukes. Still, I like the idea of something useful And lovely too. Something that will support Even better… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 07/01/2020

    It was a mistake To go out for breakfast this morning. Going out for breakfast is for folk Who have time to savor The morning, the Sabbath, The company of food and time. But there was one waitress, Somewhat new to her job, And 15 tables to serve. Almost every one, every one but mine,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/24/2020

    The crops are fair. The grass is green here and there. Neighbors help neighbors. The birds sing. The berries ripen. Tomatoes, soon, Will delight our tongues. Yet this I know, for there are graves fresh-dug. Diagnosis new and grim. Anxieties abound. The only good news, truly, is the resurrection. Rejoice at every chance. Delight at… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/17/2020

    “Turn to me and be gracious to me.” Give your strength to your servant.” Save the child of your serving girl.” -Psalms 86:16 Your serving girl may be The least of the servants in your house. Seen and not heard, except to say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am”. And as for her children, well, Did… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/10/2020

    I used to stand on the bridge And watch the water race beneath As fast is it could go. To the sea that was only A few short yards beyond. And I wonder- How far is justice, For the waters still race. How far is peace, For the tide still ebbs. How far is hope,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 06/03/2020

    The Spirit Intercedes for us, When we do not know What to pray. So what better time than now Not to know? What better time than now To pray? What better time than now For the Spirit to intercede? What better time than now To change the world? George R Pasley June 03, 2020 Martin,… Read more

  • 05/27/2020 Pastor’s Pondering

    “Where have all the flowers gone?  When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?” -Pete Seeger We may never learn, though the seas rise The rivers flood, the gardens perish And the bees disappear, we may never learn. Though the stones we throw hurt more and more, Though the hospitals overflow Though parents weep… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/20/2020

    Maybe, I should have one garden bed That I let go to jungle ( I’m not saying I don’t). One that becomes lush and dark With whatever God grows there While I slumber through the night. One whose secrets are not revealed Until at the first hard frost of autumn, One whose mysteries I will… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/13/2020

    O gracious and wonderful God, We are thankful for a LOT! We are thankful for everything we have learned our whole life long, And for everyone who taught us. AND We are grateful that we are still learning, still growing, and still loving each and every day. We are grateful Lord, for every time we… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 05/06/2020

    Because the Journey is long, We need friends. Because friendship is hard work, We need time alone. Because friendship is an art, We need practice. Because life is hard, We need each other. Because one is weak, Another is strong. Because one is suffering, Another chooses to suffer with. Because one has lost the knowledge… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/29/2020

    Be happy when you can, And perhaps more than that. Be brave when you must, And certainly even more. Be kind. For God’s sake, be kind. But do not tolerate cruelty, Nor pettiness, Nor greed. Be not afraid to mourn, Nor to speak out, Nor to seek love. Be ready to laugh at yourself, To… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/22/2020

    We walk, we live, we sleep In the valley of the shadow of death, Even when our skies are blue Like the eggs in a robin’s nest. And yet on this grey and somber day, And others that have swallowed light, We also walk, and live, and sleep In a valley where dogwood bloom, Where… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/15/2020

    Our prayer- The thing our faith hopes of our character- Is that Easter can prove to be with us As Christmas did at Whoville. We yearn to prove That Easter will be Easter, Perhaps version 2.0, Without the lilies, Without the sunrise over the lake, Without the trumpet, Without the choir- More like, the one… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/08/2020

    AN ANNOINTING “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” -John 12:3 Who knows where she found the nard, Let alone the money to pay for it. And… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 04/01/2020

    There is now An abiding sense of sorrow, Faint like the dark pre-dawn, In which we mourn Because we will soon lose Someone whose name We do not yet know. This grief will not be shaken- Yet, let us turn not to fear. Let us turn instead to love. Love all that you know Or… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering

    03/25/2020 Sorting through some old poems, I found some old memories. Some of them made me blush and Some of them made me smile. Some marked the trail Where I had given up And gone home. Some recorded my innocence, And others my guilt. But they all reminded me Where we’ve been. And now they… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/18/2020

    If there is no God, then we are in deep, deep trouble. For there is indeed a devil who lives in our collective capacity. To lie, ignore, curse, to abuse, destroy, maim, to belittle, slander, deny, to be altogether un-human and inhumane. Therefore I will believe if for no other reason, than to do battle… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/11/2020

    A Benediction for St. Patrick Let those who have never known hunger Set down their forks. Let those who have never known cruelty Go as a stranger, alone, to a far place Where they speak a different tongue. Let those who have never known pain Don boot and gloves, take up their shovels And dig… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 03/04/2020

    Somehow this old poem seemed like the right thing for an election day submission. The first phrase- “There’s no such thing as bead weather, only bad gear” was often expressed by the fishermen and women in Alaska… There’s no such thing as bad weather, Only bad gear – So we dress for work, Or we… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/26/2020

    Thinking about Ash Wednesday I recalled glimpses, Bright moments over the year When I saw people, Young and old, Wise and foolish, Male and female As they might be, As they could be And it filled my heart with joy. But in the same moment I recalled Memories of myself, At my worst, Mean, spiteful,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/19/2020

    Ordinary, from the Latin: Order, to rule, Ordinary, one who rules So to order one’s life Is to govern it; To follow an ordinary Is to be governed. Ordinary time, then, Is anything but ordinary, Unless our Ordinary is ordinary, As in lacking uniqueness. But if your Ordinary Is the one who forgave sinners, The… Read more

  • Pastor Pondering’s 02/12/2020

    Open a book, And you are invited To enter a story. Say a prayer, Sing a hymn, Recite the creed, Read a bible verse, Cry for mercy, Ponder the news And you, and I, Are invited to enter Into the story Jesus told, The Good News That the Kingdom is at hand, That we matter,… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/09/2020

    I’ve seen so many rainy days, And despite this being one more Again this year, Despite so many plans That must be put on hold, This memory persists- I, sitting in my den mother’s living room, Watching the rain as I waited for my ride, My interior self, finding A place to sit in all… Read more

  • Pastor’s Pondering 02/02/2020

    I am not blameless, Nor bold, Nor as wise as I’d like to be (perhaps not even close), Practicing kindness often wearies me, And doing my little bit of justice While the world burns’ Seems like Whistling in the graveyard- So, What are we to do? Blessed are all Who seem overpowered And underequipped, Said… Read more