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08-04-2023 Matthew Ch 27 v-1920 


19 While (Pilate) was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.” 20 The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.


**Wife of Pilate message sent**


Man righteous do nothing with as he hesitated

Wife of Pilate message sent

Bench seated as Jesus waited

Today I dreamed of sufferings of Him I didn’t consent


Elders and priest’s crowd persuaded

Barabbas ask to be released or less

Not Jesus you must obey us

Jesus destroy our faith He does not confess


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 4, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST

Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 21 thru 23

21 The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”


08-05-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 27 v-2123

**Done He evil what**

To the crowd the governor said aloud

Of the two release which one

Crowed yelled Barabbas answering proud

Do what with your Messiah called Jesus God’s Son

Crucify Him said them all

Said Pilate with a but why

Done He evil what His call

Louder they shouted Him crucify

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 5, 2023 @ 04:20 AM EST

Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 24 thru 26


24 When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” 25 And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.


08-06-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 27 v-2426

**In mobs sight hands washed**


Succeeding not saw Pilate frustrated

Instead began a riot’s spot

Wanting Him crucified crowd demonstrated

In mobs sight hands washed forgot


Man’s blood His innocence known

Yourselves it too look as you moan

Replying people whole as shown

Children and us blood His our groan


Them Pilate released Barabbas greasy

Jesus scourged ordered Pilate easy

Crucifixion Him over handed sleazy

His innocence became known as absolutely queasy


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 6, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST

August 7, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 27 thru 31


27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around him. 28 They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. 29 Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.


08-07-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 27 v-2731


**Jews King hail saying while face spitting**


Praetorium Jesus took by governor’s soldier’s scorn

Him cohort all gathered around unrulily

Clothes stripped reed given military scarlet worn

Thorn cutting crown weaved head placed securely


Jesus mocked openly before Him kneeling

Jews King hail saying while face spitting

Head striking with reed while Him mocking

Cloak stripped clothes own dressed to crucify Him to their liking


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 7, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST

08-08-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 27 v-3236


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 32 thru 36


32 As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), 34 they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. 35 After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; 36 then they sat down and kept watch over him there.



**Death is the result of power abuse**


Simon the Cyrenian Cross carrying service pressed

Jesus’s Cross he was given as a test

Serve the Roman Empire in jest

Or find the Cross as your coming death

Golgotha Simon dragged that Cross to


Skull Place is its meaning to prove

Death is the result of power abuse

A drink of gall and wine Jesus would refuse

Jesus then was Crucified take a moment and pray


Garments divided lots casted as a prophetic display

Sitting down the Roman guards listened to Him say

Today thief in Paradise you’ll be with Me this very day


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 8, 2023 @ 06:46 AM EST

August 9, 2023 @ 05:54 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 37 thru 40


37 And they placed over his head the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. 38 Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left. 39 Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!”


**Days three destroy who temple or You**


His charge written above head His

Jesus this is the Jews King

Him crucified with revolutionary’s gig

Left and right of Jesus hung their sting


Him reviled by passers by true

Their heads shaking saying aloud

Days three destroy who temple or You

Cross down come Yourself save God’s Son proud


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins



August 10, 2023 @ 05:57 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 41 thru 44


41 Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel! Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 The revolutionaries who were crucified with him also kept abusing him in the same way.


**Cross come down now we’ll believe You**


Him mocked by scribes and priests too

Others saved He Himself save cannot He true

Israel’s king is He down come to prove

Cross come down now we’ll believe You


God’s trusted King Him deliver now

God’s Son am I said He when everyone had a cow

Crucified revolutionaries Him abused with a pow

They didn’t understand His Salvation somehow


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 11, 2023 @ 03:57 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 45 thru 48


45 From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink.


**His hanging death whine**


From three since noon succumbing darkness sty

Voice loud cried Jesus at three to confide

My God My God Me forsaken by You why

Hearing passerby’s thought He was calling Elijah to abide


Sponge given Him soaked in wine

Reed placed to give Him some time

Like a drink would make Him feel fine

Spirit left Him from His hanging death whine


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 12, 2023 @ 06:44 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 49 thru 53


49 But the rest said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50 But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, 52 tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many.


**Opening tombs raising saints that were asleep**


Saying the rest who watched Jesus hang

Him saved by Elisha let’s see if he will redeem

Voice loud again cried out of Jesus with a twang

Spirit His given up as sanctuary’s veil rips its middle seam


Veil from the bottom to top torn in two not discreet

Splitting rocks quaking earth violently rocked

Opening tombs raising saints that were asleep

Resurrection His tombs forth coming unlocked

Many appeared in city holy they entered now forgot


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 13, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 54 thru 56


54 The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” 55 There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.


**Truly God’s Son is here**


Watching men and centurion greatly feared

Earthquake witnessed saying in vain

Truly God’s Son is here

A distance saw looking women remain


From Galilee Jesus was always followed

Him ministered to by the women all the way

Magdalene Mary and Joseph and James mother Mary wallowed

With Zebedee son’s mother that day


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 14, 2023 @ 05:25 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 57 thru 61


57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. 59 Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen 60 and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. 61 But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.


**Rock hewn tomb new He was laid**


In the evening Joseph of Arimathea a man rich came

Jesus’ disciple was he

Jesus’ body he asked Pilate to gain

Jesus was given an ordering Pilate did agree


Linen clean wrapped body taken

Rock hewn tomb new He was laid

Tombs entrance stone huge rolled unshaken

Departed Joseph tomb facers Mary and Magdalene Mary stayed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 15, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 27 v- 62 thru 66


62 The next day, the one following the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said, ‘After three days I will be raised up.’ 64 Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ This last imposture would be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “The guard is yours; go secure it as best you can.” 66 So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.


**Imposter then worse than His first revivals**


Day next preparation day following

Pilate gathering of Pharisees and priest chiefs

Remember we sir He said He would raise wallowing

We know as an imposter alive still day three as relief


Him steal then by His disciples

People say day three dead raised allure

Imposter then worse than His first revivals

Guards given by Pilate tomb stone seal secure for sure


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 16, 2023 @ 04:48 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- One thru Four


1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. 3 His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. 4 The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.


**Snow white clothing shaking guards weak**


Dawning day first after Sabbath

Magdalen Mary tomb went with Mary to see

Earthquake great brought Lord’s angel mammoth

Stone rolled away it upon sat did he


Lightning appearance was his complete

Snow white clothing shaking guards weak

Men dead they seem an absolute feat

The Mary’s listened as he began to speak


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 17, 2023 @ 04:21 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- Five thru Seven


5 Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”


**Here not is He look where He laid**


Replying to women said angel without disguise

Afraid be not as foretold He is free

Crucified Jesus seeking you cannot be despised

Here not is He look where He laid and agree


Quickly go disciples His tell

Dead man raised has He with care

Galilee before you He goes to prevent hell

Told you have been to behold Him there


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 18, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- Eight thru Ten


8 Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”


**Meeting Jesus greeted cheerful**


Tomb quickly away went

Running overjoyed yet fearful

Disciples His announced spent

Meeting Jesus greeted cheerful


Feet His embraced

Homage Him spot

Saying Jesus faced

Afraid be not


Brothers tell

Galilee go

Not quelled

Me know


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 19, 2023 @ 05:48 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- 11 thru 15


11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. 12 They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy [him] and keep you out of trouble.” 15 The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present [day].


**Soldiers given money to be phony**


Priest chief received guard’s testimony

Counsel took by elders assembled by their keep

Soldiers given money to be phony

Say are you disciples stole body as you trembled in your sleep


Governor hears trouble none to speak

Money taken by soldiers as instructed

Until today Jews circulate story as complete

Body stolen story literally constructed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins



August 20, 2023 @ 05:43 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- 16 thru 17


16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.


**They doubted although His words**


Galilee went disciples eleven stating

Them ordered by Jesus mountain awaiting

Worshipped Him while pleading not relating

They doubted although His words were compensating


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 21, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


Gospel of Matthew Ch 28 v- 18 thru 20


18 Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”


**You commanded observe them and teach**


Saying approaching Jesus then

Me given earth and Heaven power

Therefore go and truly begin

Nations disciples make baptize all do not cower


In the Spirit Holy Son and Father’s Name

You commanded observe them and teach

Always you with behold Salvation’s fame

Age’s end always with as one when you preach


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 22, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


Gospel of Jeremiah Ch One v- Four thru Ten


4 The word of the LORD came to me: 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. 6 “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, “I do not know how to speak. I am too young!” 7 But the LORD answered me, Do not say, “I am too young.” To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you—oracle of the LORD. 9 Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying to me, See, I place my words in your mouth! 10 Today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, To uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.


**Speak shall you for Me forever**


Me came the Lord’s word

You known in womb before true form

You dedicated before your lips even heard

You appointed a nation’s prophet to scorn


Said I God Lord in what way

Speak how know not what’s begun

Too young a babe in display

Lord replied say not too young a son


Go shall you send wherever

You command I whatever

Speak shall you for Me forever

Them afraid be not but clever


You delivered by Me

You with the Lord as one

Lord’s oracle you have come to be

Mouth mine touched by the Lord’s fun


Mouth yours words Mine will be placed

Kingdoms and nations appointed trace

Down they will be torn to ultimately replace

Plant and build what demolished as grace


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 23, 2023 @ 05:33 AM EST


Book of Isaiah Ch One v- 16 thru 18


16 Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; 17 learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. 18 Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they may become white as wool.


**Make all right things of your past remind**


Clean yourselves wash misdeeds away place

Evil doing cease in eyes Mine

Widow defend plea of orphan give grace

Make all right things of your past remind


Scarlet are your sins we find

Snowy white will cover your fate

Crimson red they are in kind

Wool white will be their mate


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 24, 2023 @ 04:49 AM EST


Book of Daniel Ch Four v- 28 thru 30


28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what is to happen in the last days; this was your dream, the visions you saw as you lay in bed. 29 To you in your bed there came thoughts about what should happen in the future, and He who reveals mysteries showed you what is to be. 30 To me also this mystery has been revealed; not that I am wiser than any other living person, but in order that its meaning may be made known to the king, that you may understand the thoughts of your own mind.


**Mysteries revealed by He**


Mysteries revealed by Heaven’s God

Nebuchadnezzar king shown by He

Days last dream yours was Daniel’s nod

Bed laying visions you didn’t agree


Future happening thoughts went astray

Mysteries revealed by He you shown what is to be

Revealed mystery know I Daniel to obey

Wiser not me you see thoughts mind own understand by me


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 25, 2023 @ 05:27 AM EST


Book of Psalms Ch 146 v- One thru Four


1 Hallelujah! 2 Praise the LORD, my soul; I will praise the LORD all my life, sing praise to my God while I live. 3 Put no trust in princes, in children of Adam powerless to save. 4 Who breathing his last, returns to the earth; that day all his planning comes to nothing.


**Planning his all day his cowardice**


Soul mine Lord praise Hallelujah leaven

Life mine Lord praise forever

While I live God praise in Heaven

Princes trust not the Lord is more clever


To save Adam’s children are powerless

Last breath his earth return

Planning his all day his cowardice

Nothing comes to a life the Lord will spurn


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 26, 2023 @ 05:53 AM EST


Book of Psalms Ch 128 v- One thru Two

1 A song of ascents. Blessed are all who fear the LORD, and who walk in his ways. 2 What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be blessed and prosper.


**Ascents of a father’s song**


Ascents of a father’s song

Lord fear all are blessed

Way His walk along

Prosper blessing enjoy by provided hands confessed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins



August 27, 2023 @ 04:41 AM EST


Book of Psalms Ch 138 v- One thru Four


1 Of David. I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; in the presence of the angels to you I sing. 2 I bow low toward your holy temple; I praise your name for your mercy and faithfulness. For you have exalted over all your name and your promise. 3 On the day I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit. 4 All the kings of earth will praise you, LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.


**Words kings hear of You when I groan**


David’s cry Lord abide thanksgiving

Heart mine all I give

Singing in angel’s presence

Temple Holy I will live


Name Yours praise forever

Temple Holy bow before You

Faithfulness and mercy together

Name praise promise exalted true


Crying out day You listened

Answered You blessings bestowed

Spirit mine You strengthened

Words kings hear of You when I groan


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 28, 2023 @ 04:11 AM EST


Book of Malachi Ch One v- Four thru Five


4 If Edom says, “We have been crushed, but we will rebuild the ruins,” Thus says the LORD of hosts: They indeed may build, but I will tear down, And they shall be called “territory of wickedness,” the people with whom the LORD is angry forever. 5 Your own eyes will see it, and you will say, “Great is the LORD, even beyond the territory of Israel.”


**Wickedness territory title will ensue**


Saying Edom crushed ruins rebuild sound

Lord of all says true

Build what I will tear down

Wickedness territory title will ensue


Forever angry is the Lord at them

Eyes yours will see

Lord is great all begin

Israel territory and beyond even free


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 29, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


Book of One Thessalonians Ch Two v- Three thru Four



3 Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work through deception. 4 But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please human beings, but rather God, who judges our hearts.


**Redemption beautiful**


Exhortation ours motives impure nor delusional

Deception work none command

God’s worthy judging were we Redemption beautiful

Speaking Gospel entrusted we would stand


Beings human entertain not

God rather we sought to please

Heart ours He judges none forgot

Always praying on our knees


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

August 30, 2023 @ 04:31 AM EST


Book of One Thessalonians Ch Two v- THIRTEEN


13 And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.


** Unceasingly to God live His Word**


Thanks give too reason this

Unceasingly to God live His Word received

From us God’s Word received to assist

Words of humans not truly God’s Word believed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


August 31, 2023 @ 04:31 AM EST


Book of Psalms Chapter 90 v- 0812


8 You have kept our faults before You, our hidden sins in the light of Your face. 9 Our life ebbs away under your wrath; our years end like a sigh. 10 Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty, if we are strong; Most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone. 11 Who comprehends the strength of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear it inspires. 12 Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.


**Heart of wisdom gain**


You before our faults always kept

Sins hidden in Your face of light

Wrath Yours away ebbs life we wept

Sigh ours end of years in spite


Eighty or seventy years our sum

Strong are we to last that long

Sorrow and toil quickly pass we shun

Gone are we the ending of our wrongs


Anger Yours strength You comprehend

Inspires fear matching wrath our sin

Aright days count us teach to defend

Heart of wisdom gain may we begin amen


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 1, 2023 @ 04:48 AM EST


One Thessalonians Chapter Four v- 0308


3 This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, 4 that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor, 5 not in lustful passion as do the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 not to take advantage of or exploit a brother in this matter, for the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you before and solemnly affirmed. 7 For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. 8 Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who [also] gives his holy Spirit to you.


**Holiness not impurity**


God’s Will is same

Holiness you remain

Immorality refrain

Wife acquire to gain


Honor and holiness himself felt

Passion lustful not Gentiles smell

God know not off to hell

Exploit not a brother to tell


Avenger is the Lord

Things these all

Affirmed solemnly aboard

Us called by God above all


Holiness not impurity

This disregard your obscurity

Being human disregarded for clarity

But God in His sincerity


You Spirit Holy given as Charity


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


September 2, 2023 @ 05:26 AM EST


The Gospel of John Chapter 13 v- 3435


34 “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. 35 This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


**Commandment new you given**


Commandment new you given

Another one love smitten

The love I have for you driven

Another one love also smidgen


How is this known by all

Disciples Mine received the call

Another one love to prevent their fall

Commandment give as given never to stall


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 3, 2023 @ 05:03 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 63 v- Two


2 O God, you are my God— it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, In a land parched, lifeless, and without water.


**Thirsting soul tears cry**


God mine are You

Seek You do I

Yearning body mine too

Thirsting soul tears cry


Parched land

Lifeless man

Water without

Lovers pout


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 4, 2023 @ 05:03 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 100 v- Three thru Five


3 Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name; 5 good indeed is the LORD, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.


**Forever lasts confess**


Comprehend our God is Lord of all

Us made He Him belong to His call

People His Shepherd flock gates His enter

Praise and thanksgiving every human should render


Him thanks give

Name His bless

Indeed good live

Enduring mercy rest


Faithfulness His bless

Forever lasts confess

All generations ingest

Words His invest


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 5, 2023 @ 05:31 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 27 v- One thru Three


1 Of David. The LORD is my Light and my Salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? 2 When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, These my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.


**Fear I who with the Divine**


Lord’s Salvation and His light is mine

Fear I who with the Divine

Refuge life mine is the Lord’s design

Afraid of who I should be as His bloodline


Flesh devouring coming evildoers confess

Fall and stumble themselves as jest

Though I encamped by an army war of foes

Fear not does my heart trusting even then do I know


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 6, 2023 @ 05:53 AM EST


The Letter to the Colossians Chapter One v- Three thru Six


3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones 5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. Of this you have already heard through the word of truth, the gospel, 6 that has come to you. Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth.


**God thanks we give for you all**


God thanks we give for you all

As one with Christ Jesus our Lord

You pray for constantly our daily call

Faith yours in Christ Jesus one holy love’s accord


Heaven reserved God’s Will you do

Truth in Word you wisely use

Gospel Life heard Eternal True

Growing fruit bearing grace a new you


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 7, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 98 v- One and Two


1 A psalm. Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done marvelous deeds. His right hand and holy arm have won the victory. 2 The LORD has made his victory known; has revealed his triumph in the sight of the nations.


**Nations all sight triumph revealed**


Lord’s song new psalm sing

Deeds marvelous done humanity freed

Victory won arm holy right sting

Nations all sight triumph revealed concede


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 8, 2023 @ 05:19 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 8 v- 28 and 31


28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?


**Glorification by God well-informed**


Good works things all know we

God’s love known

Purpose His called to agree

Predestined foreknown grown

Son’s image conformed


Brothers firstborn eternally transformed

Justification also eternally performed

Glorification by God well-informed


This say

Against us who

If we pray today

God protects us true anew


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 9, 2023 @ 04:19 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 54 v- Three thru Six


3 O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause. 4 O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth. 5 Strangers have risen against me; the ruthless seek my life; they do not keep God before them. 6 God is present as my helper; the Lord sustains my life.


**Life mine He sustains**


Me saved by your Name

Cause mine Your strength defends

Prayer mine hear as the same

Mouth mine speaks Your Word I contend

Me against risen stranger’s ruthless game


Life mine they seek to slain

They know not God as their fame

Helper mine is God as my gain

Life mine He sustains


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 10, 2023 @ 05:19 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 95 v- Six thru EIGHT


6 Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. 7 For He is our God, we are the people He shepherds, the sheep in his hands. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: 8 Do not harden your hearts.


**You today oh voice His hear**


When you worship do so on your knees

Lord bow down to as you kneel and wheeze

God is He us He made to breathe from the trees

Shepherds His people by hands His believe


You today oh voice His hear

Harden not your hearts Him fear

Listen to the fright God wants to sear

Into your souls with Christ always near


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

September 11, 2023 @ 05:41 AM EST


The Letter to the Colossians Chapter Two v- One thru Three


1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea and all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


**Hidden from whom**


Struggle great communicating unless face-to-face

Encouraging hearts from a far makes you feel late

Like it’s hard to compete in a necessary race

Full richness of love together brought to you by grace


Understanding assured God’s Mystery instore

In Christ where wisdom treasures can’t be ignored

Knowledge of the Kingdom fully restored

Hidden from whom those who doubt He who is implored


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 12, 2023 @ 05:23 AM EST


The Letter to the Colossians Chapter Two v- Six thru Eight


6 So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.


**Philosophy seductive traditions human**


Him walk with as One

Our Lord Jesus Christ His Son
Him upon build a life of martyrdom

Thanksgiving abounding taught faith you’ve won


You captivated not by Christ’s soul

Empty promises that can fill a hole

Philosophy seductive traditions human

World powers elemental not a catechumen


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 14, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 78 v- 22 thru 23 & 32 thru 36


22 For they did not believe in God, did not trust in his saving power. 23 So he commanded the clouds above; and opened the doors of heaven. 32 In spite of all this they went on sinning, they did not believe in his wonders. 33 God ended their days abruptly, their years in sudden death. 34 When he slew them, they began to seek him; they again looked for God. 35 They remembered that God was their rock, God Most High, their redeemer. 36 But they deceived him with their mouths, lied to him with their tongues.


**Tongues lying they were self-centered**


God they believed not

Power saving His trust spot

Clouds commanded by Him thought not

Heaven’s doors opened sinning continued spot


Continually sinning went they

Wonders His they didn’t portray

No trust God abruptly ended their day

Death sudden they didn’t learn to pray


Them He slew

Him seek they’d do

Looking for God to prove

Rock High Most God groove


God Redeemer they remembered

Though mouth theirs deceived

Tongues lying they were self-centered

God’s Power never believed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 15, 2023 @ 05:44 AM EST


The First Letter to Timothy Chapter 1 v- 12 thru 15


12 I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.13 I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. 14 Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.


**Man arrogant persecutor blasphemer too**


Grateful am I that I’m strengthened by Christ

Lord He is Jesus the Christ humanity must suffice

Trustworthy me considered to share Him nice

Ministry appointed me brings souls to Him thrice


Man arrogant persecutor blasphemer too

Treated mercifully have I sharing His Truth

Unbelief and ignorance acted I without couth

Lord’s grace indeed Christ’s love and faith the truce


Acceptance full and trustworthy

Saying this of Christ our Lord

Sinners save does He without worry

Foremost am I no longer am I bored


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 16, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of John Chapter 14 v- 23 thru 24


23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves Me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love Me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent Me.


**Thomas called Judas this time**


Answering Jesus to Thomas called Judas this time

Me love whoever Word Mine keep

Him loved by Father Mine

His dwelling with him never to weep


Me love not whoever

Words Mine keep not

Hear the Father’s words clever

He sent Jesus to this Salvation spot


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 17, 2023 @ 05:44 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 14 v- Seven thru Eight


7 None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.8 For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.


**Oneself has not a soul to die for their realization**


One’s self lives not for self actualization

Oneself has not a soul to die for their realization

Live we in the Lord by His Creation

Die we in the Lord by our fascination


Die or live we are the Lord’s formation


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 18, 2023 @ 05:28 AM EST


The First Letter to Timothy Chapter 2 v- One thru Four


1 First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, 2 for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. 3 This is good and pleasing to God our savior, 4 who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.


**Everyone offered thanksgivings rehearse**


Ask I first

For petitions prayers and supplications purse

Everyone offered thanksgivings rehearse

Authority all kings too dignity devotion life tranquil quiet thirst


Pleasing and good to our Lord

Our Savior our God we must implore

Saved everyone He wills all onboard

Truth in knowledge comes never to hoard


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 19, 2023 @ 04:41 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 101 v- One and Two


1 A psalm of David. I sing of mercy and justice; to you, LORD, I sing praise. 2 I study the way of integrity; when will you come to me? I act with integrity of heart within my household.


**God me come to when**


David’s Psalm I try

Mercy and justice sing I

Praise I sing when I cry

Integrity’s way study I oh my


God me come to when

Heart of integrity no sin

Act in grace to begin

Household mine too within Amen


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 20, 2023 @ 04:38 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 111 v- Ten


10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who practice it. His praise endures forever.


**All are prudent who obey**


Wisdom beginning Lord fear

All are prudent who obey to clear

Those who practice He holds dear

Forever endures praise His to peer


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 21, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 19 v- Eight


8 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.


**Simple wisdom given to the blind**


Perfect is the Lord’s Law believe

Soul refreshing Divine

Trustworthy are the Lord’s Decrees

Simple wisdom given to the blind


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 22, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 19 v- Four & Eight thru Eleven


4 My mouth shall speak words of wisdom, my heart shall offer insights. 8 No man can ransom even a brother, or pay to God his own ransom. 9 The redemption of his soul is costly; and he will pass away forever. 10 Will he live on forever, then, and never see the Pit of Corruption? 11 Indeed, he will see that the wise die, and the fool will perish together with the senseless and they leave their wealth to others.


**Together perish with fool and wise indeed**


Wisdom words mouth mine speaks

Insights offer shall heart mine

Brother ransom not by life yours peak

Ransom own life pay to God Divine


Costly is soul his death’s Redemption

Forever away pass wealth leave will he concede

Eternally live in Corruption’s pit conviction

Together perish with fool and wise indeed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 23, 2023 @ 07:11 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 100 v- One and Two


1 A psalm of thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; 2 serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song.


**Thanksgiving psalm song**


Thanksgiving psalm song

Joyfully sing shout

Lands Lord throng

Lord serve stout


Him before long

Song constant joyfully

Do no wrong

Thanksgiving psalm song


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 24, 2023 @ 05:53 AM EST


The Letter to the Philippians Chapter 1 v- 21 and 22


20 My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.


**Death or life**


Expectation eager mine

Is my hope

Shame not Divine

Boldness to cope


Christ always right

Body mine magnifies

Death or life

Christ forever exemplifies


Christ is life

Forever to obtain

Death no strife

Jesus always gain


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 25, 2023 @ 07:53 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5 v- 14 and 16


14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.


**Before the world deeds good seen**


World’s light God’s illumination are you

Mountain top city hidden never concealed

Lamp lit hide not under basket true

Lampstand it resides center of house always revealed


You too shine light for others

Before the world deeds good seen

Father heavenly glorified without druthers

Life Eternal given everyone pristine


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 26, 2023 @ 06:03 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 11 v-27 and 28


27 While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” 28 He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”


**Nursed You by breasts blessed to please us**


An interrupting woman cried out

Speaking directly to Jesus

Womb blessed you carried I pout

Nursed You by breasts blessed to please us


Replying Jesus even sweeter

Blessed are the God’s Word confessing

Hearing they act as a repeater

The Word observer receives constant blessings


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 27, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Mark Chapter One v-15


15 “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”


**Believe and repent do not shun**


Fulfillment time has come

At hand is God’s Kingdom

Believe and repent do not shun

Eternal Life is your freedom


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 28, 2023 @ 05:44 AM EST


The Gospel of John Chapter 14 v-six


6 Jesus said to (Thomas), “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”


**Life Truth The Way AM I**


Saying Jesus to Thomas in reply

Life Truth The Way AM I

Me known Father known confide

The only way to Heaven I can’t deny


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 29, 2023 @ 05:18 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Chapter 103 v-21


21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, His ministers who carry out His Will.


**Ministers His must confess**


Hosts His Lord bless

Ministers His must confess

Carry Will without rest

His Truth never suppress


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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September 30, 2023 @ 05:52 AM EST


The Book of Jeremiah Chapter 31 v-19


19 For after I turned away, I repented; after I came to myself, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, even humiliated, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.


**Shamed was I humiliating in my youth**


Away turned I choosing to repent

I finally settled down in Truth

Thigh mine struck as I was convinced

Shamed was I humiliating in my youth

Adolescence's disgrace bore I as proof


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 1, 2023 @ 04:33 AM EST


The Book of Ezekiel Chapter 18 v-2628


26 When the just turn away from justice to do evil and die, on account of the evil they did they must die. 27 But if the wicked turn from the wickedness they did and do what is right and just, they save their lives; 28 since they turned away from all the sins they committed, they shall live; they shall not die.


**Die they must because evil won**


Justice leave perish from evil done

Die they must because evil won

Wickedness turn where just and right succumb

Lives theirs save turning from sin’s fun


Die not shall they live shall they in the Son


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 2, 2023 @ 04:53 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 18 v- one thru five


1 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst, 3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.


**Child called by He without scruples**


Jesus asked by approaching disciples

Heaven’s Kingdom greatest is who

Child called by He without scruples

Saying amen become child like true


Child like become

Heaven’s Kingdom won

Himself humbled too

Greatest Heaven pursue


Child received whoever

My Name received

Enter not clever

Child like conceived


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 3, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Mark Chapter 10 v- 42 thru 45


42 Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 43 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; 44 whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


**Slave to all as the first of all**


Disciples summoned by Jesus

Rulers don’t lord over us to please us

Authority theirs felt not to appease us

You overcome by serving everyone near us


Servers become Heaven’s greatest

Slave to all as the first of all

Man’s Son didn’t come to be the latest

Many He ransoms life His given your call


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 4, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Letter to the Philippians Chapter Three v- Eight


8 More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ.


**Loss of everything I consider**


Loss of everything I consider

Jesus Christ now and forever is my Lord

His Good Supreme is never bitter

For sake His my life I’ll never hoard


All of life is my loss forgotten

Rubbish all considering things of the past

Christ gain I which will never be rotten

In Him you hear my Salvation gasp


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 5, 2023 @ 06:03 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter Ten v- Sixteen


16 “Whoever listens to you listens to Me. Whoever rejects you rejects Me. And whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent me.”


**Jesus forbidden Father rejected spurned**


You listen Jesus heard to yearn

You excluded Me the Christ rejected

Jesus forbidden Father rejected spurned

Father sent Jesus followers recollected


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 6, 2023 @ 03:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter Ten v- Seventeen


17 The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of Your Name.”


**Subject are demons**


Rejoicing as the seventy-two returned anointed

Loudly proclaiming to the Lord

Subject are demons as You appointed

As we proclaimed to them Name Yours


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 7, 2023 @ 05:24 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter Eleven v- 2526


25 At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, such has been Your gracious will.”


**From learned and wise alike**


Replying Jesus proud

You praise Father I give

Earth and Heaven I say loud

Lord of all we must forever live


Things these hidden

From learned and wise alike

Childlike became Your ultimate bidden

Will gracious Father yes without strife


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 8, 2023 @ 05:04 AM EST


The Letter to the Philippians Chapter Four v- Four thru Seven


4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!5 Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. 6 Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 7 Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


**Forever rejoice again I say**


Say shall I in the Lord always rejoice

Forever rejoice again I say

All should know your kindness noise

Near is the Lord each day we pray


Petition and prayer thanksgiving live

Your everything give anxiety have none

God’s peace all surpasses hearts guarded give

Tell God known requests of the Son

For Jesus Christ in mind and soul won


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 9, 2023 @ 07:11 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter Ten v- 25 thru 28


25 There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit Eternal Life?” 26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”27 He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”


**Replying Jesus His Rules besought**


Him test law scholar thought

Life Eternal inherit in what way

Replying Jesus His Rules besought

It read how law on display to say

Replying scholar of law that day

Lord love shall you do not disobey

Heart yours strength and being all you pray

Your service to a neighbor as self portray


Correctly answered this do live will you without dismay


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 10, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter Ten v- 36 thru 37


36 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” 37 He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


**Who helped the man like a neighbor**


Who helped the man like a neighbor and not a victim

Asked Jesus with a smile

Answering the one giving mercy to save him

Saying Jesus likewise do as you go without any denial


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 11, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 11 v- One thru Four


1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread 4 and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”


**Responding with the correct prayer**


Place certain finished praying was He

Followers asked to be taught how to pray and see

Disciples of John he taught how to pray and be

Responding with the correct prayer to say to agree


Name Yours Hallowed Father

Coming Kingdom forever Yours

Bread daily given to go even farther

Your sins forgiven by forgiving others for sure


Debts lost

No matter the cost

Subject Boss

Test final not crossed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 12, 2023 @ 05:19 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 11 v- 8 thru 10


8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 9 And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.


**Friendship theirs lie**


You tell I

Up get not

Friendship theirs lie

Persistence get lot


You tell I seek

Receive will you when asked

Find will you to greet

Opened door from knocking on your past


Receive by asking everyone

Seeks one who grasps

Knocking door opened by the Son

Greetings that will forever last


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 13, 2023 @ 07:58 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 23 v- 42 thru 43


42 Then (The Crucified Thief) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom.” 43 He replied to (the thief), “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”


**Thief Crucified Paradise**


Thief Crucified asked Jesus for grace

Me remember Jesus in Kingdom Yours

Replying Jesus hanging on a Cross face-to-face

You say I amen Paradise with Me today for sure


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 14, 2023 @ 05:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 11 v- 28


28 (Jesus) replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.”


**For the Father is who you fear**


Replying Jesus to crowd aloud

Blessed rather who observe and hear

God’s Word in a life very proud

For the Father is who you fear


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 16, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter One v- One thru Four


1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God, 2 which He promised previously through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 the gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, 4 but established as Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.


**Scriptures Holy promised**


Jesus Christ slave am I

God’s Gospel apostle

Scriptures Holy promised to comply

By prophets His shared colossal


Truth of Son His

Davidic line descended

God’s Son established

Holy Spirit contended


Dead Resurrected Lord Christ Jesus commended


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 17, 2023 @ 02:20 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter One v- 16 thru 17


16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. 17 For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”


**God’s Power believer of Salvation**


Gospel ashamed not am I

God’s Power believer of Salvation

First Jew Greek then I cry

God’s righteousness faith-to-faith libations


Live by faith in righteousness written is it sensations


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 18, 2023 @ 06:27 AM EST


The Gospel of the John Chapter 15 v- 16 thru 17


16 It was not you who chose Me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 17 This I command you: love one another.


**You Commanded one another love**


Choose the Christ not

You chosen by Me not forgot

Without Me you’d be in a spot

Fruit now give as appointed or rot


Name Mine to the Father spoke

Ask you whatever to go above

You will receive life’s forever yoke

You Commanded one another love


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 19, 2023 @ 06:37 AM EST


The Gospel of the John Chapter 14 v- Six thru Seven


6 Jesus said to (Thomas), “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life (Thomas). No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you know Me (Thomas), then you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him (Thomas) and have seen Him (because you see Me.)”


**Thomas was given a life-changing talk**


Thomas was given a life-changing talk

Life and Truth The Way am I

Me see Father see come alive

Me know you Thomas you can’t deny

Father known now in Me you must vie


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 20, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 4 v- Seven thru Eight


7 “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record.”


**Sin recorded not a man confessed**


People’s forgiven iniquities are blessed

Covered sins are theirs compared

Sin recorded not a man confessed

By the Lord they are prepared


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 21, 2023 @ 04:27 AM EST


The Gospel of John Chapter 15 v- 26


26 “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth that proceeds from the Father, He will testify to Me.”


**Testimony of (Jesus) in Truth**


Me send coming Advocate

Father’s Truth Spirit youth

Proceeding from Him to activate

Testimony of (Jesus) in Truth

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 22, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22 v- 20 thru 21


20 (Jesus) said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”21 (The Herodians) replied, “Caesar’s.” At that (Jesus) said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”


**His tax you must obey**


Inscription of image is who

Answering Jesus aloud

Caesars replied the Herodians true

As they stood around testing Him from the crowd


Caesar then repay

Replying Jesus in truth

His tax you must obey

Then to God what He pursues


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 23, 2023 @ 05:52 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 12 v- 13 thru 15


13 Someone in the crowd said to (Jesus), “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.14 He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed Me as your judge and arbitrator?” 15 Then (Jesus) said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”


**Living is made up by how you serve**


Bystander request for The Teacher

Brother mine tell inheritance share

Arbitrator and judge Me hired by what creature

Jesus replied to the crowd with a Divine stare


Greed against guard care take

Although rich one may have some nerve

Life consists not of what you make

Living is made up by how you serve


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 24, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 12 v- 20 thru 21


20 But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ 21 Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”


**God wants more than a life whore**


God will say to you

Your life tonight fool you is Mine

Demanded over prepared things by you true

Belong to who then by the Divine


Himself treasure stored

Rich not is he

God wants more than a life whore

Life matters what God likes to be free


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 25, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter Six v- 16 thru 18


16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.


**Slaves obey obedience they crave**


Slaves obey obedience they crave

Death by sin’s slave

Righteousness obedience behave

God’s cave


God we stake

Sin slave crunch

Heart obedience make

Entrusted teaching hunch


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 26, 2023 @ 04:20 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 12 v- 51 thru 53


51 Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;53 a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”


**Son against his father**


Earth’s peace establish division rather you’ll know

Dividing the five of a household where only the saved have won

Three against two or two against three to sow

Son against his father a father divided from his son

Mother and daughter will divide the mother-in-law’s pun


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 28, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 6 v- 12


12 In those days (Jesus) departed to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.


**Entire night until day**


Departed Jesus to pray

Mountain top prayerful position

Entire night until day

Becoming Father’s true disposition


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 29, 2023 @ 04:03 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22 v- 36 thru 39


36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39 The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”


**Yourself and neighbor love as same**


Greatest Law Commandment Teacher call

Law scholar Pharisee asked

Lord love shall you heart soul and mind all

Commandment first and greatest tasked

Yourself and neighbor love as same grasped


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 30, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 8 v- 13 thru 14


13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.


**Flesh live die will you**


Flesh live die will you

Spirit live body deeds death bed

Christ live life live true

Spirit led God inspired Christ fed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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October 31, 2023 @ 04:09 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 8 v- 24 thru 27


24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. 26 In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. 27 And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s Will.


**Interceding Spirit groanings inexpressible**


Saved were we by hope

Not hope which sees

Can’t see in how we cope

Hope we can’t see endurance to agree


Weakness ours aided by the Spirit

Pray not how we ought

Interceding Spirit groanings inexpressible feel it

Heart searching going on Spirits intentions caught


Will of God according to ones holy you can’t stop


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 1, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5 v- 3 thru 12


3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”


**In persecution for righteousness sake convey**


Spirit poor blessed are you

Heaven’s Kingdom is yours too

Mourners are blessed by what they confess

Comforted to meet the final test


Meek are blessed land inherit

Hunger are blessed righteousness thirst

Satisfied in the end to totally merit

Mercy shown blessings rehearsed


Heart is clean blessed are they

God see will they peacemakers display

God’s Children are called to obey

In persecution for righteousness sake convey


Heaven’s Kingdom is theirs whether persecuted or not

For righteousness sake they were oppressed

Blessed are you when you are insulted or mocked

Evil uttered falsely against you rejoice and confess


Prophets before me persecuted Heaven’s reward great at rest


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 2, 2023 @ 04:09 AM EST


The Gospel of John Chapter 6 v- 33 thru 38


33 For the Bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”34 So they said to Him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst. 36 But I told you that although you have seen [Me], you do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to Me, 38 because I came down from heaven not to do My own will but the Will of the One who sent Me.”


**Thirst never if you believe**


Life giving heavenly bread

World’s life receive

Always give without earthly dread

Life’s Bread Am I believe


Hunger never Me come to

Thirst never if you believe in My Divine

Me see believe not true

Me given everything by Father Mine


Reject not anyone

Heaven sent Me here

Will own not given

Will of the One Who sent Me fear


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 4, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 11 v- 29


29 For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.


**God’s gifts irrevocable**


God’s gifts irrevocable

God’s call everlasting

God’s Salvation inestimable

God’s invitation grasping


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 5, 2023 @ 03:33 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 23 v- Eight thru Twelve


8 As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.9 Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. 10 Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.


**Father call not anyone**


Rabbi be not called

Teacher One have you

Brothers all truth recalled

Only Christ forever true


Father call not anyone

Heaven’s Father only One

Master called be not for fun

Master One Messiah Son


Greatest servants of all

Himself exalted then humbled

Himself humbled whoever falls

Exalted be himself crumbled


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 6, 2023 @ 05:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 14 v- 11


11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


**Nothing expected no need of greed**


Yourself exalt humility concede

Yielding humility love you will breathe

Exalted in truth of humility’s deed

Nothing expected no need of greed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 7, 2023 @ 05:22 AM EST


The Letter to the Romans Chapter 12 v- 12 thru 15


12 Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.


**Affliction endure hope rejoice**


Affliction endure hope rejoice

Prayer persevere

Ones holy give support

Hospitality revere


Give blessing to your persecutors

Them curse not

Rejoice with all as joy recruiters

Weep with weepers spot


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 8, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Chapter 14 v- 26 thru 27


26 “If any one comes to Me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be My disciple.”


**Jesus follow life hate**


Jesus follow life hate

Family is second in Christ’s debate

Even life own to totally relate

Disciple be Cross own carry his fate


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 9, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter Three v- Sixteen thru Seventeen


16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.


**Holy is God’s temple dwelling in you**


Know God’s temple dwells in you

Always God’s Spirit too

Temple of God destroy in lieu

You destroyed by God true

Holy is God’s temple dwelling in you


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 10, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


First Letter of John Chapter Two v- Five


5 But whoever keeps His Word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with Him.


**Way honor meek**


Word His keep

God’s love perfected

Way honor meek

Sin’s union disinfected


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 12, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 24 v- 42


42 Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.


**Life’s absolute end**


Awake stay therefore

Know not when

Lord’s day explore

Life’s absolute end


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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for November 13, 2023


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11-13-2023 Luke 17 V-0304 Times seven wrongs in one day

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The Gospel of Luke Chapter 17 v- 0304

3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”


11-13-2023 Luke 17 v-0304


**Times seven wrongs in one day**


Guard yourself against sinners

Him rebuke sinning brother

Return those repenting winners

Him forgive as another

Times seven wrongs in one day

Forgive as your mother

Sorry he says is truth way to pray

Him forgive without any druthers

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

November 13, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


November 14, 2023 @ 07:03 AM EST


The Book of Wisdom Chapter Three v- One thru Five


1 The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. 2 They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction 3 and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. 4 For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; 5 Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.


**Foolish view states death is what they know**


God’s Hand holds the righteous one's souls

Them not touched by torment God did relent

Foolish view states death is what they know

Afflicted passing destroyed utterly not what they represent


Peace they have achieved

Punished seemingly indeed

Immortality full of hope believed

Little chastised blessed greatly received

Worthiness found tried by God blessings relieved


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 15, 2023 @ 03:03 AM EST


The First Letter to the Thessalonians Ch Five v- 15 thru 20


15 See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. 16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the Will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophetic utterances.


**Evil for evil return none**


Evil for evil return none

Rather good seek always

Both you and for every one

Eternally exult rejoice praying always

Thanks give for all circumstances spun


God’s Will in Jesus Christ

Spirit quenches not your light

Utterances prophetic despise not

Speak to Salvation’s might

This is your Eternal Life right


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 16, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Wisdom Ch Seven v- 24


24 For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion, and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity


**Mobile is wisdom**


Mobile is wisdom

Motion beyond humanity’s steps

Penetrates human vision

Things all permeates rest

Purity hers obsessed


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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The Gospel of Luke Ch 17 v- 33 thru 34


33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.


**Life saved as a Christ connoisseur**


Life preserve whoever

Life lose for sure

Life lost in Him treasure

Life saved as a Christ connoisseur


Night that truth shown

Bed one people two

Taken one when unknown

Left other death pursued


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


November 17, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


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November 18, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 18 v- One


1 Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.


**Parable of praying unceasingly**


Parable of praying unceasingly

Necessity great to always pray

Weary don’t become increasingly

Always pray what you do or say


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 19, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Matthew Ch 25 v- 14 thru 19


14 “It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately 16 the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. 17 Likewise, the one who received two made another two. 18 But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.


**Journey of Creator unceasing moments**


Servants trusted with life’s investments

Journey of Creator unceasing moments

Possessions His trusted complete assessments

Are you keeping His temple as healthy contestants


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 20, 2023 @ 05:42 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 18 v- 41 thru 42


41 “What do you want me to do for you?” (Blind man) replied, “Lord, please let me see.” 42 Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”


**I want to see please Lord**


Miracle request by man blind

Jesus asked you need by Me what

I want to see please Lord by Your Divine

Saying Jesus sight have in as much

For you are saved by faith yours case shut


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Maybe some of you can identify with this poem of a song I wrote.


I was blind but faith in Christ made me see


In the darkest of nights, I was lost and all alone,

Blinded by a world that I could not truly know.

But then a light pierced through the veil of my despair,

And I found solace in a faith that was seemingly so rare.


Oh, I found sight by faith in Christ,

He opened up my eyes, brought color to my life.

From the shadows, I emerged, a soul now reborn,

With every step I take, my spirit's been transformed.


Born blind, I never knew the beauty of this earth,

But through the grace of God, I discovered its true worth.

He showed me love, compassion, and endless grace,

And in His embrace, I found my rightful faith place.


Oh, I found sight by faith in Christ,

He opened up my eyes, brought color to my life.

From the shadows, I emerged, a soul now reborn,

With every step I take, my spirit's been transformed.


In the darkness, I found His unquenchable light,

In the depths of my soul, I saw it shine so bright.

Through the trials and the pain, He guided me along,

With faith as my compass, I knew I couldn't go wrong.


Now I see a world that's filled with endless possibilities,

Through the eyes of faith, I've been set free.

No longer bound by the chains of my past,

In Christ, I found a love that will forever last.


Oh, I found sight by faith in Christ,

He opened up my eyes, brought color to my life.

From the shadows, I emerged, a soul now reborn,

With every step I take, my spirit's been transformed.


So let this song be a testament to the power of belief,

That even in the darkness, one can find relief.

With faith as our guide, we'll conquer every storm,

For in Christ, we find our sight, our souls forever reborn. Amen.

November 21, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 19 v- Nine thru Ten


9 And Jesus said to him, “Today Salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”


**Jesus addressed the collector of tax**


Jesus addressed the collector of tax

Grace laid down as a matter of fact

Abraham descendants too receive Salvation today

The lost save and seek Man’s Son does convey

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 22, 2023 @ 04:33 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 19 v- Eleven


11 While they were listening to Him speak, (Jesus) proceeded to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately.


**God’s Kingdom thought to immediately appear**


Jesus speaks of God’s Kingdom so dear

Parable told near Jerusalem without fear

God’s Kingdom thought to immediately appear

King of the Jews when death was near


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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God’s Kingdom thought to immediately appear


In the darkest night, a ray of light appears,

A glimpse of hope, dispelling all our fears.

The Kingdom of God, it's here, it's near,

Unveiling grace that wipes away our tears.


Oh, the Kingdom of God, it's breaking through,

Through the boundless love and mercy so true.

Immediate it comes, with an embrace so wide,

The Kingdom of God, forever by our side.


No earthly power can stop this divine force,

A revolution of love, a captivating course.

It's not earned or bought, but freely given,

Grace overflowing, a gift from Heaven.


Oh, the Kingdom of God, it's breaking through,

Through the boundless love and mercy so true.

Immediate it comes, with an embrace so wide,

The Kingdom of God, forever by our side.


We were lost in darkness, burdened by our sin,

But grace stepped in, a new chapter to begin.

It's a kingdom of justice, peace, and harmony,

Where love reigns supreme, for all eternity.


Oh, the Kingdom of God, it's breaking through,

Through the boundless love and mercy so true.

Immediate it comes, with an embrace so wide,

The Kingdom of God, forever by our side.


So let us sing and shout, with voices raised high,

The Kingdom of God, appearing by your side

Through grace, it's here, it's now, it's near,

The Kingdom of God, forever we hold dear. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

November 22, 2023 @ 04:33 AM EST

November 23, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 19 v- 15 thru 19


15 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; 16 and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?18 Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” 19 Then (Jesus) said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”


**Returning to give thanks**


Returning to give thanks for being healed

Voice loud God glorifying appeal

Jesus’ feet the Samaritan fell and loudly revealed

Jesus thanked as loudly as he could squeal

Replying Jesus you saved by faith as your zeal


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 24, 2023 @ 03:48 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Ch 9 v- 10 thru 11


10 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 11 Those who know your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD.


**Lord forsakes never those who call**


The oppressed have a stronghold by the Lord

In troubling times strength to resolve

Trusting His Name by knocking on His door

Lord forsakes never those who call


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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A song about calling on God First.


In the darkest of nights, when hope seems to fade,

There's a beacon of light, guiding the way.

To all who seek Him, with hearts open wide,

God's love will surround you, there's no need to hide.


For the Lord never forsakes, those who seek His face,

Constantly calling on God first, in every step we take.

Through trials and triumphs, He'll be by our side,

Our refuge and our strength, in Him we will abide.


When troubles arise, and burdens weigh you down,

Just lift up your voice, let His praises resound.

For God is our fortress, our shelter from the storm,

In Him we find comfort, our hearts He'll transform.


For the Lord never forsakes, those who seek His face,

Constantly calling on God first, in every step we take.

Through trials and triumphs, He'll be by our side,

Our refuge and our strength, in Him we will abide.


In times of doubt, when faith starts to wane,

Remember His promises, they never will change.

He's faithful and just, His love knows no end,

So let us trust in Him, our Savior and friend.


For the Lord never forsakes, those who seek His face,

Constantly calling on God first, in every step we take.

Through trials and triumphs, He'll be by our side,

Our refuge and our strength, in Him we will abide.


So let us press on, with hearts full of praise,

Seeking God always, in all of our ways.

For He is our anchor, our guiding light,

Forever we'll walk with Him, our faith shining bright. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

November 24, 2023 @ 03:48 AM EST


November 26, 2023 @ 06:14 AM EST


The Book of Psalms Ch 9 v- 10 thru 11


25 For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death


**Death destroyed squandered**


Reign must He

Enemies all conquered

Enemy last agreed

Death destroyed squandered


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 27, 2023 @ 06:13 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 21 v- Three thru Four


3 (Jesus) said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; 4 for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”


**Widow poor gave more**


Truly said Jesus notice

Widow poor gave more

Offerings made are hopeless

Wealth surplus can’t ignore


Her poverty she gave

Offered as a whole

Livelihood hers didn’t abrade

Giving all to know


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 27, 2023 @ 06:13 AM EST


Song of the Poor Widow


Widow poor gives her all


In a small town, where sorrow resides,

There lived a poor widow, her heart open wide,

With a spirit so humble, she had so little to give,

But she poured out her love, so others may live.


Oh, the poor widow, her kindness so pure,

She gave her whole livelihood, her love to endure,

While the rich boast their wealth, from their surplus they share,

She gave everything she had, with a heart so rare.


In the temple, where riches were displayed,

The wealthy paraded, their egos portrayed,

But a shadow emerged, a woman so meek,

With a coin in her hand, a treasure she would seek.


Oh, the poor widow, her kindness so pure,

She gave her whole livelihood, her love endure,

While the rich boast their wealth, from their surplus they share,

She gave everything she had, with a heart so rare.


She approached the offering, her steps filled with grace,

Unnoticed by many, but God saw her embrace,

For it's not the amount, nor the pompous display,

But the love in our hearts, that truly lights the way.


As the widow's coin fell, it echoed through time,

A symbol of sacrifice, a gift so sublime,

For she gave from her need, not from excess or pride,

Her selflessness shining, like a star in the night.


Oh, the poor widow, her kindness so pure,

She gave her whole livelihood, her love endure,

While the rich boast their wealth, from their surplus they share,

She gave everything she had, with a heart so rare.


Let this tale be a lesson, to all who possess,

That true giving comes not from what we obsess,

But from the depths of our soul, where love truly resides,

Just like the poor widow, who touched hearts far and wide. 

Amen.

November 28, 2023 @ 06:41 AM EST


The Gospel of Luke Ch 21 v- 7 thru 8


7 Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” 8 He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!”


**Name Mine come many**


Jesus asked when will the world end

Crowd asked happen when Teacher

Signs and happenings what will begin

Deceived be not He replied by any creature


Name Mine come many

Saying it is me

Time is ripe for the plenty

Them follow not agree


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 29, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 17 thru 24


17 My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. 18 Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find mercy in the sight of God. 20 For great is the power of the Lord; by the humble he is glorified. 21 What is too sublime for you, do not seek; do not reach into things that are hidden from you. 22 What is committed to you, pay heed to what is hidden is not your concern. 23 In matters that are beyond you do not meddle, when you have been shown more than you can understand. 24 Indeed, many are the conceits of human beings; evil imaginations lead them astray.


**Humility lives affairs conducted**


Humility lives affairs conducted

Gift giver love received

God’ sight in mercy reconstructed

Yourself humbled long life conceived


Lord’s power is great every time

Glorification received being humbled

Seek not what is sublime

Hidden from you what makes you stumble


Heed pay why you are committed

Concern not with what is hidden

Meddle not in matters half-witted

Understand not what is forbidden


Astray led imaginations evil beings human conceits bedridden


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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November 30, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 29


29 The mind of the wise appreciates proverbs, and the ear that listens to wisdom rejoices.


**Wise mind appeal**


Proverbs appreciated by wise minds

Listening ear reveals

Rejoicing in wisdom found in-kind

Wise mind appeal


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 1, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch One v- One thru Four


1 All wisdom is from the Lord and remains with him forever. 2 The sands of the sea, the drops of rain, the days of eternity—who can count them? 3 Heaven’s height, earth’s extent, the abyss and wisdom—who can explore them? 4 Before all other things wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity.


**Eternity His immune system**


Lord is wisdom Divine

Forever in Him remains

Rain drops sea sands in time

Eternity days counting same


Height of Heaven explore

Extent of the earth reveal

Wisdom and abyss restore

In eternity He does conceal


Things all before

He created wisdom

Understanding prudence instore

Eternity His immune system


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Wisdom of Eternity

In the depths of time, where mysteries lie,

There's a wisdom that is boundless, reaching to the sky.

Oh, the Creator's mind, so vast and profound,

His wisdom, forever reigning, never to be found.

Eternally His, God's wisdom does shine,

Unfathomable and timeless, oh, divine.

From the dawn of creation, till the end of all days,

His wisdom, forever His, in countless ways.

From the stars in the heavens to the depths of the sea,

Every blade of grass, every bird in the tree,

In the wonders of nature, we see His design,

A tapestry of wisdom, woven through all time.

Eternally His, God's wisdom does shine,

Unfathomable and timeless, oh, divine.

From the dawn of creation, till the end of all days,

His wisdom, forever His, in countless ways.

Through ages past, His wisdom has stood,

Guiding the hearts of the misunderstood.

In every trial, every twist and turn,

His wisdom, eternal, will always discern.

In the book of ages, where stories unfold,

His wisdom, unchanging, a treasure untold.

From the prophets of old to the saints of today,

His wisdom, forever His, will never decay.

Eternally His, God's wisdom does shine,

Unfathomable and timeless, oh, divine.

From the dawn of creation, till the end of all days,

His wisdom, forever His, in countless ways.

So let us seek His wisdom, with hearts open wide,

For in His eternal wisdom, we'll find peace inside.

Oh, God's wisdom, forever and always,

Eternally His, in everlasting praise. Amen.

December 2, 2023 @ 06:37 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch One v- Six thru Ten


6 The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties—who knows them? 8 There is but one, wise and truly awesome, seated upon his throne—the Lord. 9 It is he who created her, saw her and measured her, Poured her forth upon all his works, 10 upon every living thing according to his bounty, lavished her upon those who love him.


**Wisdom is given her due**


Wisdom’s root comes from who

Revealed when by who

Them known by who

The One and only that’s Who


Awesome truly that’s Who

Throne His that’s Who

Lord is the One that’s Who

Her measured her seen by that’s Who


Works His poured her true

Wisdom is given her due

Bounty His things living subdue

Him loved wisdom lavishly given to do


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 3, 2023 @ 04:49 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch One v- 11 thru 14



11 The fear of the Lord is glory and exultation, gladness and a festive crown. 12 The fear of the Lord rejoices the heart, giving gladness, joy, and long life. 13 Those who fear the Lord will be happy at the end, even on the day of death they will be blessed. 14 The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord; she is created with the faithful in the womb.


**Womb wearing faithful**


Living in His glory is the Lord’s fear

Crown festive with gladness exultation

Heart rejoices in the Lord’s fear near

Life long joy gladness giving heart rejoicing


Their end is happy unless their fear is mere

Blessed with peace on their death day

Lord’s fear is wisdom beginning gear

Womb wearing faithful created we pray


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 4, 2023 @ 04:48 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch One v- 18 thru 19


18 The crown of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, flowering with peace and perfect health. 19 Knowledge and full understanding she rains down; she heightens the glory of those who possess her.


**Health perfect peace flowering**


Lord’s fear wisdom crown

Health perfect peace flowering

Raining understanding full knowledge

Her possess glory towering


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Wisdom’s Light


In the realm of wisdom, where fear takes its leave,

The Lord's embrace fills our hearts we do truly believe.

With knowledge and understanding, we find our way,

In this sacred space, where peace lights our day.


Oh, fear is the Lord's, we need not be afraid,

For wisdom's light guides us, like a shining blade.

With her knowledge and insight, our hearts find release,

Bringing perfect health, and a garden of peace.


In the depths of her being, wisdom holds the key,

Unveiling the mysteries, setting our spirits free.

Her wisdom's fear is a beacon, lighting up the night,

Leading us towards truth, in its radiant light.


Oh, fear is the Lord's, we need not be afraid,

For wisdom's light guides us, like a shining blade.

With her knowledge and insight, our hearts find release,

Bringing perfect health, and a garden of peace.


With every step we take, in this journey of life,

Wisdom's presence soothes us, eases our strife.

Her gentle whispers guide us, through each twist and turn,

Helping us discern, the lessons we must learn.


In wisdom's realm, perfect health does bloom,

Her healing touch, dispels all of the world's gloom.

With understanding, we find solace and grace,

Embracing her teachings, we find our rightful place.


Oh, fear is the Lord's, we need not be afraid,

For wisdom's light guides us, like a shining blade.

With her knowledge and insight, our hearts find release,

Bringing perfect health, and a garden of peace.


So let us seek wisdom, with open hearts and minds,

For in her embrace, true tranquility we'll find.

With fear left behind, and understanding in our grasp,

We walk the path of wisdom, where peace forever lasts. Amen.

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 4, 2023 @ 04:48 AM EST

December 5, 2023 @ 04:58 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch One v- 21 thru 24


21 The fear of the Lord drives away sins; where it abides it turns back all anger. 22 Unjust anger can never be justified; anger pulls a person to utter ruin. 23 Until the right time, the patient remain calm, then cheerfulness comes back to them. 24 Until the right time they hold back their words; then the lips of many will tell of their good sense.


**Justified never anger unjust**


Sins away driven in the Lord’s fear

Anger all turns and abides clear

Justified never anger unjust

Ruins utterly pulling anger’s lust


Calm remain patient time right

Then cheerfulness returns our delight

Words hold lips scold without sense of spite

Your Lord fear no reason to fight


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 7, 2023 @ 05:45 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Two v- One thru Six


1 My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. 2 Be sincere of heart and steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of adversity. 3 Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days. 4 Accept whatever happens to you; in periods of humiliation be patient. 5 For in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation. 6 Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways straight and hope in him.


**Humiliations crucible truth concept**


Trials prepare for when the Lord is served

Steadfast heart sincere impulsivity withdraw

Him cling God first leave Him not reserved

Days last prosper you as a good son-in-law


Happens whatever God helps to accept

Patient in humiliation periods too

Humiliations crucible truth concept

Tested like gold in fire to prove

God trust Him hope straight ways groove


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Humiliations crucible come what may


In the midst of life's embrace,

A journey filled with love and pain,

I find solace in the divine grace,

Serving God first, my heart's refrain.


I'll serve Him first, through love and strife,

In every season, through joys and pains,

Patiently soaking in the crucible of life,

In humility, my soul remains.


When love's sweet whispers come my way,

And alluring temptations try to sway,

I'll hold steadfast, not led astray,

For God's love is my guiding ray.


I'll serve Him first, through love and strife,

In every season, through joys and pains,

Patiently soaking in the crucible of life,

In humility, my soul remains.


In the crucible of humiliation's fire,

Like gold I'll be refined and purified,

For God's plan is my heart's desire,

In His presence, I'll always confide.


Though the world may mock and scorn,

I'll bear the weight of humiliation's thorn,

For in serving God, my soul is reborn,

In His love, my spirit is adorned.


I'll serve Him first, through love and strife,

In every season, through joys and pains,

Patiently soaking in the crucible of life,

In humility, my soul remains.


So, let me serve Him, come what may,

With unwavering faith, day by day,

For in His love, I'll always stay,

Serving God first, come what may. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 7, 2023 @ 05:45 AM EST

December 8, 2023 @ 05:45 AM EST


**Safe from sin’s fear**


Past generations considered

Lord trusted see

Disappointed none delivered

Lord’s fear be


Not ignored or forsaken

Him called so dear

Compassionate Lord not mistaken

Safe from sin’s fear

Troubling times He commandeers


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


The Book of Sirach Ch Two v- 10 thru 11


10 Consider the generations long past and see: has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken? Has anyone called upon him and been ignored? 11 For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; forgives sins and saves in time of trouble.


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December 9, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Two v- 14 thru 17



14 Woe to you that have lost hope! What will you do at the Lord’s visitation? 15 Those who fear the Lord do not disobey his words; those who love him keep his ways. 16 Those who fear the Lord seek to please him; those who love him are filled with his law. 17 Those who fear the Lord prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him.


**Hope lost anguish yours**


Hope lost anguish yours

Visitation of the Lord do what

Lord fear never deter

Words His disobey not


Ways keep Him love

Him please from above

Law His fills your being

Humble hearts prepare Lord freeing


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Awaiting Your Call


In the depths of darkness, where hope is lost,

A tale of disobedience, where lines were crossed,

We strayed from the path, our hearts wandered astray,

But Redemption awaits, on this fateful day.


Oh, Lord, we seek forgiveness, for our sins so deep,

Grant us your mercy, let our souls find sleep,

We bow before your presence, humbled and in awe,

Ready to face the consequences, at your visitation's call.


Through the trials and temptations, we lost our way,

But your light still guides us, as we kneel and pray,

We've learned from our mistakes, we've felt the pain,

Now we stand before you, ready to explain.


Oh, Lord, we seek forgiveness, for our sins so deep,

Grant us your mercy, let our souls find sleep,

We bow before your presence, humbled and in awe,

Ready to face the consequences, at your visitation's call.


We've seen the errors of our past,

The consequences that they've cast,

But with your grace, we find the strength,

To face the judgment, no matter the length.


In your presence, we'll confess, with honest hearts,

Recounting the choices that tore us apart,

But with hope, we'll rise, from the ashes we'll soar,

For your love and forgiveness, we'll forever adore.


Oh, Lord, we seek forgiveness, for our sins so deep,

Grant us your mercy, let our souls find sleep,

We bow before your presence, humbled and in awe,

Ready to face the consequences, at your visitation's call.


At your visitation, we'll lay it all bare,

With repentance in our souls, we'll show we truly care,

May your mercy and love shine upon us all,

As we stand before you, awaiting your call. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 9, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST

December 10, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- Three thru Five


3 Those who honor their father atone for sins; 4 they store up riches who respect their mother. 5 Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children, and when they pray they are heard.


**Sins atone father honored**


Sins atone father honored

Riches stored mother respected

Father honored joy theirs

Children own prayers conjected


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 11, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 10 thru 13


10 Do not glory in your father’s disgrace, for that is no glory to you! 11 A father’s glory is glory also for oneself; they multiply sin who demean their mother. 12 My son, be steadfast in honoring your father; do not grieve him as long as he lives. 13 Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him; do not revile him because you are in your prime.


**His glory is yours too**


Disgrace of your father do not subdue

Glory none for you

His glory is yours too

Mother demean sin multiplied true


Father honor steadfast and kind

Grieve him not lifelong as proof

Him considerate be even in his failing mind

Him revile not in prime yours aloof


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 12, 2023 @ 05:44 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 17 thru 20


17 My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. 18 Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find mercy in the sight of God. 20 For great is the power of the Lord; by the humble he is glorified.


**More humbled you are without luck**


In humility affairs yours conduct

More loved than a gift giver without controversy

More humbled you are without luck

You’re greater in God’s sight of mercy

Power great Lord glorified in humility


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 13, 2023 @ 05:36 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 22 thru 24



22 What is committed to you, pay heed to; what is hidden is not your concern. 23 In matters that are beyond you do not meddle, when you have been shown more than you can understand. 24 Indeed, many are the conceits of human beings; evil imaginations lead them astray.


**Meddle not beyond your powers**


Heed pay who helps you tower

Your concern not hidden desires

Meddle not beyond your powers

Understand not what life requires


Beings human are conceited

Imaginations evil and fleeted

Astray they are led mistreated

It’s how they are completed repeated


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Evil Conceits Make You Weak

In this world of conceits, where humans dwell,

Their minds entangled in a wicked spell.

With evil imaginations, they go astray,

Lost in their illusions, day after day.


They wear their masks, pretending to be kind,

But deep inside, darkness they often find.

Caught in their egos, so quick to betray,

Oh, the many conceits that lead them astray.


Oh, the conceits of human beings,

Driven by desires, never seeing.

In their illusions, they lose their way,

Evil imaginations, they blindly obey.


In pride they boast, their worth they proclaim,

Blinded by their ego, seeking fortune and fame.

They build their castles on a foundation so frail,

Unaware of the destruction that their conceit entails.


They judge and criticize, without a second thought,

Believing their own lies, their hearts turning naught.

Fueled by envy and greed, they continue to stray,

Oh, the many conceits that lead them that way.


Oh, the conceits of human beings,

Driven by desires, never seeing.

In their illusions, they lose their way,

Evil imaginations, they blindly obey.


But amidst the darkness, a glimmer of light,

A chance for Redemption, to set things right.

For within each soul, a spark still remains,

A choice to break free from these wicked chains.


So let us reflect, on our own conceited ways,

And strive for humility, in the darkest of days.

For it's in self-awareness, that true wisdom lies,

To see through the illusions, and let compassion rise.


No longer slaves to our ego's sway,

Breaking free from the evils that led us astray.

With open hearts, we'll find a brighter way,

Shedding the conceits that clouded our stay.


Oh, the conceits of human beings,

Driven by desires, never seeing.

In their illusions, they lose their way,

But through self-awareness, we'll find a brighter day.


So let us rise above the wickedness within,

Embrace love and compassion, let it begin.

For the conceits of human beings can fade away,

When we choose a path of kindness, day after day. Amen


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 13, 2023 @ 05:36 AM EST

December 14, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Three v- 26 thru 31


26 A stubborn heart will fare badly in the end; those who love danger will perish in it. 27 A stubborn heart will have many a hurt; adding sin to sin is madness. 28 When the proud are afflicted, there is no cure; for they are offshoots of an evil plant. 29 The mind of the wise appreciates proverbs, and the ear that listens to wisdom rejoices. 30 As water quenches a flaming fire, so almsgiving atones for sins. 31 The kindness people have done crosses their paths later on; should they stumble, they will find support.


**Badly fare heart stubborn**


Badly fare heart stubborn

Danger love end near

Heart stubborn hurt lover

Madness is sin on sin dear


Afflicted are the proud

Cure none for them

Evil offshoots obviously loud

A plant of continuous sin


Wise mind proverbs welcomed

Listening ears rejoicing wisdom

Sins atoned fire flaming water quenched

Paths of kindness support found when stumbling quenched


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 15, 2023 @ 04:34 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Four v- One thru Four


1 My child, do not mock the life of the poor; do not keep needy eyes waiting. 2 Do not grieve the hungry, nor anger the needy. 3 Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy. 4 A beggar’s request do not reject; do not turn your face away from the poor.


**Poor give as someone special**


Poor life mock not child mine

Waiting keep not eyes needy

Needy anger not nor hungry grieve in-kind

Angry heart aggravate not greedy


Needy giving delay not obey

Reject not request of a beggar revel

Face yours turn not away

Poor give as someone special


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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December 16, 2023 @ 05:59 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Four v- 11 thru 12


11 Wisdom teaches her children and admonishes all who can understand her. 12 Those who love her love life; those who seek her out win the LORD’s favor.


**Children taught by wisdom’s right**


Children taught by wisdom’s right

All admonished by understanding her

Seeking to love her love of life

Win the favor of the Lord will occur


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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Wisdom’s Admonishment


In the depths of despair, I was lost and alone,

Searching for answers, with a heart turned to stone.

But then came a voice, a divine intervention,

Admonishing me with love, a heavenly attention.


Oh, the Lord's words cut deep, like a sharpened sword,

Opening my eyes, revealing truths I ignored.

In his wisdom, I found solace, a guiding light,

A chance for redemption, to make things right.


Admonished by the Lord, my soul awakened,

Through trials and tribulations, wisdom was taken.

With humble reverence, I embrace the divine,

For in his admonishment, true enlightenment I find.


Through trials and hardships, I stumbled and fell,

But the Lord's words echoed, like a sacred spell.

He chastised my actions, with a gentle hand,

Showing me the path, where true wisdom stands.


Oh, the Lord's words cut deep, like a sharpened sword,

Opening my eyes, revealing truths I ignored.

In his wisdom, I found solace, a guiding light,

A chance for redemption, to make things right.


Admonished by the Lord, my soul awakened,

Through trials and tribulations, wisdom was taken.

With humble reverence, I embrace the divine,

For in his admonishment, true enlightenment I find.


In the depths of my heart, I now understand,

The grace of the Lord's admonishment, unrepentantly so grand.

He taught me compassion, forgiveness, and grace,

To walk in his footsteps, and seek his embrace.


Admonished by the Lord, my soul awakened,

Through trials and tribulations, wisdom was taken.

With humble reverence, I embrace the divine,

For in his admonishment, true enlightenment I find.


So let the melody of wisdom fill the air,

As I share the lessons learned, my heart laid bare.

Admonished by the Lord, I rise from the fall,

Forever grateful, for his wisdom, standing tall. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


December 16, 2023 @ 05:59 AM EST

December 17, 2023 @ 05:29 AM EST


The Book of Sirach Ch Four v- 17 thru 19


17 “I will walk with them in disguise, and at first I will test them with trials. Fear and dread I will bring upon them and I will discipline them with my constraints. When their hearts are fully with me, 18 then I will set them again on the straight path and reveal my secrets to them. 19 But if they turn away from me, I will abandon them and deliver them over to robbers.”


**God’s disguise is wisdom**


God’s disguise is wisdom

Trials and tests given

Dread and fear living

Constraints Mine disciplined smitten


Mine fully hearts theirs

Paths straight established repairs

Secrets revealed life cares

Wisdom set God ensnares


Me away turn they

Abandon them that day

Delivered as robber’s prey

Wisdom acts that way


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins



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December 18, 2023 @ 05:09 AM EST


**Death even respect right fight accept**


Sins acknowledge shame you forgot

Stream rushing struggle not

Fool associate with not on the spot

Rulers refuse not or your life might just stop


Death even respect right fight accept

Battling Lord comes to your defense

Speech yours haughty not we expect

Deeds slack and lazy be not your recompense


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


The Book of Sirach Ch Four v- 26 thru 29


26 Do not be ashamed to acknowledge your sins, and do not struggle against a rushing stream. 27 Do not abase yourself before a fool; do not refuse to do so before rulers. 28 Even to the death, fight for what is right, and the LORD will do battle for you. 29 Do not be haughty in your speech, or lazy and slack in your deeds.


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Death Even Respect Right Fight Accept

In this world of chaos, where battles collide,

A calling echoes, a purpose we can't hide.

Boldly we stand, ready to embrace the fight,

For a cause that's righteous, shining through the night.

With every step we take, our hearts filled with might,

We march forth with conviction, guided by the light.

For in surrendering to God's divine plan,

We find strength in knowing, He fights alongside man.

Dying for our cause, the right fight we accept,

In God's embrace, our fears we intercept.

With unwavering faith, we march on, never to reject,

For when we do His will, God battles for us as respect.

Bound by a purpose, united we stand as one,

Injustice and oppression, our hearts will overcome.

Through trials and tribulations, our spirit remains strong,

For we know in our souls, we are where we belong.

In the darkest of nights, when hope seems out of reach,

God's love will guide us, His promises within our reach.

With courage in our veins, we face the battles ahead,

For God's strength and grace, forever we are fed.

Dying for our cause, the right fight we accept,

In God's embrace, our fears we intercept.

With unwavering faith, we march on, never to reject,

For when we do His will, God battles for us as respect.

In the face of adversity, we will not back down,

For the truth we defend, we wear our righteous crown.

With love as our armor, we'll conquer all that's wrong,

For God's justice prevails, and His victory is strong.

So let us stand together, hand in hand we'll rise,

In the pursuit of justice, our spirits reach the skies.

Dying for our cause, the right fight we accept,

For when we do His Will, God battles for us as respect. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 18, 2023 @ 05:09 AM EST

12-19-2023 Sirach 4 v-31


**A hand willing to take but not give**


A hand willing to take but not give

Finds death alone while he lives

Open hand reception without shame

Hand clenched when doing the same


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 19, 2023 @ 03:44 AM EST


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The Book of Sirach Ch Four v- 26 thru 29

31 Do not let your hand be open to receive, but clenched when it is time to give.

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The Book of Sirach Ch Five v- One thru Four

1 Do not rely on your wealth, or say, “I have the power.” 2 Do not rely on your strength in following the desires of your heart. 3 Do not say, “Who can prevail against me?” for the LORD will exact punishment. 4 Do not say, “I have sinned, yet what has happened to me?” for the LORD is slow to anger!


**I live my sin as to sustain**

Wealth rely power to die caught

Power have I say not

Heart desires strength rely you must stop

Say not me conquered by who all have forgot

Punishment exact the Lord has ordained

Say not I live my sin as to sustain

Happened what some have constantly complained

Anger His slow the Lord has already remained

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 20, 2023 @ 05:44 AM EST

December 21, 2023 @ 05:14 AM EST


**Answer slow hear swift**


Knowledge yours steadfast gift

Always consistent speech yours

Answer slow hear swift

Be your own mentors


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


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The Book of Sirach Ch Five v- 10 thru 11

10 Be steadfast regarding your knowledge, and let your speech be consistent. 11 Be swift to hear, but slow to answer.

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The Book of Sirach Ch Five v- 14 thru 15

14 Do not be called double-tongued; and with your tongue do not slander a neighbor. For shame has been created for the thief, and sore disgrace for the double-tongued. 15 In little or in much, do not act corruptly.


**Thief creates shame as an hors d'oeuvre**


Tongue doubled be called not for sure

Neighbor slander not by tongue yours

Thief creates shame as an hors d'oeuvre

Tongue doubled disgrace sore abhor

Corruptly act not in much or little ignore


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 22, 2023 @ 05:54 AM EST

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 22, 2023 @ 05:54 AM EST


Shame of a Double Tongue

In a world of whispers, where tongues wag so free,

There's a breed of deceit, they call them thieves of glee,

They parade as friends, but behind your back they scheme,

Oh, the double-tongued slanderers, the masters of extreme.

They spin their tales with venomous delight,

Stealing reputations, hiding in plain sight,

But their thievery won't go unnoticed, no,

For this song will expose their shame, and so we go.

Oh, double-tongued slanderers, your masks will fall,

Your wicked game of thievery, we'll unveil it all,

No more hiding in shadows, no more playing pretend,

Your days of stealing innocence, they'll come to an end.

They weave their webs of lies, so cunning and sly,

Their words like daggers, meant to wound and decry,

But the truth we'll uncover, with every line we sing,

Exposing their true colors, and the shame it will bring.

For the thief who steals with words, there's no honor in that,

Their actions speak louder than the lies they spat,

So let this song be a reminder, a warning to all,

That the thieves of reputations, we be given their call.

Oh, double-tongued slanderers, your masks will fall,

Your wicked game of thievery, we'll unveil it all,

No more hiding in shadows, no more playing pretend,

Your days of stealing innocence, they'll come to an end.

To all those who've suffered, from the tongues so cruel,

Know that you are not alone, we'll break this vicious rule,

Together we'll rise, with voices strong and true,

And the shame of the thieves, we'll turn back onto you.

So let this song be a testament, a beacon in the night,

To the double-tongued slanderers, who thrive on others' plight,

Your days are numbered, your deeds will be known,

For this song will be your legacy, the thief's shame shown. Amen.

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- Two thru Four


2 Do not fall into the grip of your passion, lest like fire it consume your strength. 3 It will eat your leaves and destroy your fruits, and you will be left like a dry tree. 4 For fierce passion destroys its owner and makes him the sport of his enemies.


**Let not passion yours control**

Let not passion yours control your drool

Strength yours consume like fire

Fruits destroy leaves eat you fool

Tree dried up and looking dire

Passion fierce

Owner destroyed

Soul pierced

Enemies overjoyed

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 23, 2023 @ 05:20 AM EST

Passions Fight


In the depths of my soul, a fire burns bright,

Passions ignite, blinding my sight,

Oh, how they consume my every breath,

Leaving me vulnerable to a cruel world's test.


But little did I know, they'd become my bane,

A twisted game, a sport for my enemies' gain,

They see my weaknesses, my struggles and strife,

Using them against me, seeking to ruin my life.


Passions that once fueled my dreams,

Now a weapon, tearing at the seams,

Enemies gather, their laughter echoes loud,

As they watch me stumble, fall on this battleground.


Once a force to be reckoned, I stood tall and strong,

But now those passions, they feel so wrong,

They drain my energy, consume my might,

Leaving me defenseless, lost in the fight.


But deep within me, a flicker remains,

A strength that refuses to be tamed,

I rise from the ashes, a phoenix reborn,

Ready to face the battles, no longer forlorn.


Passions that once fueled my dreams,

Now a weapon, tearing at the seams,

Enemies gather, their laughter echoes loud,

As they watch me stumble, fall on this battleground.


No longer a victim, I reclaim my power,

Turning the tables, my darkest hour,

I'll rise above their taunts, their wicked game,

For passion alone will not define my name.


So, let them try, let them watch me fight,

For I'll rise above, with all my might,

Passions may consume, but I'll find a way,

To conquer my enemies, and seize the day. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 23, 2023 @ 05:20 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- Six thru Eight

6 Let those who are friendly to you be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. 7 When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not be quick to trust them. 8 For there are friends when it suits them, but they will not be around in time of trouble.


**In trouble they disappear**

May many friends be your company

Yet one confidant out of a thousand

Friends gain testing their conviction accompany

Them trust not quick lest you rouse them

When friends are there for selfish benefits

Them not suited for every affair

In trouble they disappear with much prejudice

Leaving you in the dark without a care

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 24, 2023 @ 04:41 AM EST

Soul-Mates in Christ


In the depths of my soul, a flame ignites,

A love so pure, shining so bright.

For in Christ Jesus, we find our way,

Bound by His grace, every single day.


Oh, soul-mate divine, in Jesus we unite,

Through every storm, we'll hold on tight.

A friend like no other, tested and true,

Soul-Mates in Christ, our love will renew.


Through trials and troubles, we'll never sway,

Our faith in Him will guide our way.

A love that's unbreakable, built on His truth,

In Christ Jesus, our love finds its roots.


Oh, soul-mate divine, in Jesus we unite,

Through every storm, we'll hold on tight.

A friend like no other, tested and true,

Soul-Mates in Christ, our love will renew.


When darkness surrounds us, we'll stand strong,

For in Christ Jesus, we truly belong.

Hand in hand, we'll face every test,

Knowing His love will bring us a peaceful rest.


One in a thousand, a rare gift we've found,

A bond in Christ Jesus, forever profound.

In times of trouble, we'll lean on His grace,

Knowing His presence will never erase.


Oh, soul-mate divine, in Jesus we unite,

Through every storm, we'll hold on tight.

A friend like no other, tested and true,

Soul-Mates in Christ, our love will renew.


In Christ Jesus, our love will endure,

A love so strong, forever pure.

United as one, in His loving embrace,

We'll walk together, soul-mates of His grace. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 24, 2023 @ 04:41 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- 14 thru 17


14 Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter; whoever finds one finds a treasure. 15 Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth. 16 Faithful friends are life-saving medicine; those who fear God will find them. 17 Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship, for as they are, so will their neighbors be.


**Treasure find friend divine**

Shelter sturdy friend faithful

Treasure find friend divine

No price equals tasteful

Worth theirs eternally sublime

They are medicine for saving life

God fearing friends challenge strife

The Lord fear creates stable friends of grace

There also neighbors without haste

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 25, 2023 @ 05:41 AM EST

Faithful Friend Sturdy Shelter

In this journey of life, through highs and lows,

There's a treasure so rare, a friendship that grows,

Like a shelter so sturdy, it stands firm and tall,

Through thick and thin, it never lets us fall.

Faithful friends, like a shelter so strong,

They're beyond price, they'll never steer us wrong,

In times of need, they're our guiding light,

Together we'll face every challenge, with all our might.

Through storms and hardships, they're always there,

A comforting presence, showing they care,

In laughter and tears, they lend a helping hand,

A bond so precious, we'll forever understand.

Faithful friends, like a shelter so strong,

They're beyond price, they'll never steer us wrong,

In times of need, they're our guiding light,

Together we'll face every challenge, with all our might.

And as we journey on, we find something divine,

A love so pure, a union so fine,

For God becomes our spouse, our eternal guide,

In every moment, walking right by our side.

With God as our spouse, we'll never be alone,

A love so profound, in our hearts it's known,

Through faith and devotion, we'll forever abide,

In God's embrace, our souls will forever reside.

Faithful friends, like a shelter so strong,

They're beyond price, they'll never steer us wrong,

In times of need, they're our guiding light,

Together we'll face every challenge, with all our might.

So let us cherish these faithful friends we find,

And let God be our spouse, the love of Divine

With friendship and faith, we'll conquer life's quest,

With sturdy shelter and God's love, we're truly blessed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 25, 2023 @ 05:41 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- 18 thru 20


18 My child, from your youth choose discipline; and when you have gray hair you will find wisdom. 19 As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her; then wait for her bountiful crops. For in cultivating her you will work but little, and soon you will eat her fruit. 20 She is rough ground to the fool! The stupid cannot abide her.


**Her closely draw**


Discipline choose child mine

Wisdom find as hair turns to grey

Her closely draw to by the Divine

Little work crops bountiful cultivating fruit each day

Harvest theirs meek

Fool’s ground rough

Stupid cannot repeat

Abide not tough

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 26, 2023 @ 04:41 AM EST


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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- 26 thru 28

26 With all your soul draw close to her; and with all your strength keep her ways. 27 Inquire and search, seek and find; when you get hold of her, do not let her go. 28 Thus at last you will find rest in her, and she will become your joy.



**Ways of wisdom**


Her closely draw soul yours to

Ways of wisdom’s strength clever

Find and seek search and inquire true

Her hold tightly her let go never

Her rest find joy that lasts forever

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 27, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- 32 thru 34


32 If you wish, my son, you can be wise; if you apply yourself, you can be shrewd. 33 If you are willing to listen, you can learn; if you pay attention, you can be instructed. 34 Stand in the company of the elders; stay close to whoever is wise.


**Listen willingly and learn Divine**


Wise be wish you son mine

Yourself apply in shrewdness

Listen willingly and learn Divine

Attention pay when instructed


Elders company seek

Close always stay

Wisdom you will keep

Never in dismay


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 28, 2023 @ 04:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Six v- 37

37 Reflect on the Law of the Most High, and let His Commandments be your constant study. Then He will enlighten your mind, and make you wise as you desire.


Humility and Prudence Divine Decrees


In the realm of wisdom's sacred art,

Where knowledge blooms and truth imparts,

I find solace in a Divine Decree,

The Law of the Most High, guiding me.


In its teachings, I behold the key,

Unlocking the vastness of eternity,

For in its essence, I am made aware,

Of the intricate tapestry we all forever share.


From the heavens above to earthly ground,

This Law whispers secrets profound,

In every whisper of the gentle breeze,

And in the rustling of the tall ancient trees.


It unveils the mysteries of the stars,

Their shimmering light from afar,

And in the depths of the ocean's might,

It reveals the wonders hidden from sight.


Through this Law, I gain the eyes to see,

Beyond the surface, what truly can be,

In every face, a story untold,

In every heart, a treasure to behold.


The Law of the Most High unfolds,

Wisdom's tapestry it softly holds,

In every lesson, it gently imparts,

A symphony of truths within our hearts.


With its guidance, I navigate life's sea,

A compass, steadfast, leading me,

To understand the purpose that lies,

Within the depths of these mortal ties.


Through its lens, I find clarity,

To embrace life's ever-changing sea,

For in the Law, I am reminded true,

That all creation is connected too.


The Law of the Most High, a beacon bright,

Guiding me through the darkest night,

Its wisdom whispers in every breath,

Illuminating the path to life's depth.


So, let me reflect on this Sacred Decree,

And open my heart to all that can be,

For in its wisdom, I find my way,

To live in harmony day by day.


In the Law of the Most High, I find,

A mirror that reflects the Divine,

And in its presence, I am made wise,

To the beauty that in each moment lies. Amen.


**Desires of the wise will be known**


Most High Divine Law reflect

Studying constantly Commandments His shown

Mind enlighten will He to connect

Desires of the wise will be known


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 29, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


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12-30-2023 Sirach 7 V0102 Wickedness avoid always true

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Evil’s Haiku

Sin’s tempting whispers,

Evil roots begin to grow,

Darkness claims its hold.


**Wickedness avoid always true**


Evil none never do

Evil overtake you not

Wickedness avoid always true

Away turn spot caught


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 30, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 10 and 11

10 Do not be impatient in prayer or neglect almsgiving. 11 Do not ridicule the embittered; Remember: there is One who exalts and humbles.

My reflection today comes in psalm my own way of speaking. Prayer impatient is not set in the Will of God. God’s Will is difficult to understand if you become impatient with how God gives and takes. You must be willing to say what ever He gives or keeps from us is our Divine path of Truth. We must be willing to accept whatever He throws our way; the good, the bad and the ugly. We must be thankful willing to give back what He bestows upon us. Really that’s what sharing Salvation is all about; giving back what He has given to us. Redemption must always be a two-way street willing to forgive as you have been forgiven. Enjoy the poem- eight stanzas of Patient Prayer. Amen.

Patient Prayer


In the realm of fervent prayers, where souls converge,

There lies a lesson, oh seeker, to be learnt,

For patience, a virtue, we must ever preserve,

In bowing before the One, our hearts to be burnt.


Tread gently, dear soul, in the sacred domain,

Where whispered pleas reach the divine abode,

For impatience begets naught but fleeting pain,

While steadfastness in prayer shall reap the bestowed.


In the hallowed space where we seek solace true,

Let not our hearts be tainted with anxious haste,

For the One who listens, the One who imbues,

Is the Master of Time, Orchestrator of grace.


Oh, humble wanderer, let your spirit find rest,

In the tranquil embrace of each whispered word,

For the One who humbles, the One who knows best,

Shall lift you higher, as your soul is conferred.


Do not rush the sacred communion of prayer,

For the One who reigns supreme in the realm above,

Shall weave the tapestry of blessings, ever fair,

As we surrender to His mercy, His boundless love.


In every prostration, in each humble plea,

Let patience be the anchor that steadies your soul,

For the One who exalts, the One who sets free,

Shall answer in His time, making broken hearts whole.


So, dear seeker, be still, let your prayers ascend,

With unwavering faith, with a heart sincere,

For the One who listens, the One without end,

Shall answer, and in His response, you shall adhere.


In the realm of fervent prayers, where souls unite,

Patience be the compass that guides us through,

For the One who humbles, the One of Infinite Might,

Shall exalt us, dear seeker, as we remain steadfast and true. Amen.


**Prayer impatience destroy**


Prayer impatience destroy

Almsgiving neglect not

Embittered ridicule void

Remember your spot


Only One exalts

Only One humbles

Erases your faults

Grace of fumbles


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

December 31, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST


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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 15 and 17

15 Do not hate hard work; work was assigned by God. 16 Do not esteem yourself more than your compatriots; remember, His wrath will not delay. 17 More and more, humble your pride; what awaits mortals is worms.


Humility; Hard Work!


In the realm of life's vast canvas, let's paint a verse,

An ode to pride, humble hard work, and truth to immerse.

For in this world, where souls intertwine,

We must seek solace and strength, a divine design.


Pride, oh noble pride, not in arrogance it dwells,

But in the knowledge of self, where true essence swells.

It's the spark that ignites our dreams and aspirations,

Guiding us through life's trials, transcending limitations.


Yet let not this pride blind us from our humble roots,

For in our humility, we find purpose that refutes

The notion of entitlement, a fallacy so wrong,

Instead, we embrace gratitude, where virtues belong.


Hard work, dear companion, a companion like no other,

A beacon in the dark, a sturdy shore we discover.

With sweat upon our brow and hands that never rest,

We forge our destiny, in toil, we are truly blessed.


For God assigned work, a sacred duty to bear,

To nurture and provide, to show compassion and care.

In labor's embrace, we find purpose and worth,

A testament to our strength, a testament to our birth.


And in this truth, we find solace and grace,

For our toil is not in vain, it's a sacred chase.

To take care of ourselves, our bodies, and our souls,

To foster growth and healing, to make ourselves whole.


But amidst the pride, the humble, and the hard,

We must guard against hate, a venomous shard.

For hate breeds destruction, it tears our hearts apart,

Dividing humanity, leaving scars on the collective heart.


So let us embrace forgiveness and love, let it guide our every stride,

For in love, we find unity, a balm to heal the divide.

Let's honor our forgiveness, celebrate our unique hues,

And in this tapestry of life, let compassion infuse.


In the symphony of existence, may we find our role,

Embracing pride and humility, for they make us whole.

With hard work as our compass, and love as our guide,

We'll navigate this journey, in harmony, side by side. Amen.


**Pride yours He’ll humble**


Work hard hate not

God assigned all work

Yourself esteem has forgot

Over neighbors don’t be a jerk


Delay not wrath His

Pride yours He’ll humble

Worms await mortal’s gig

We must learn not to grumble


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 1, 2024 @ 04:47 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 19

19 Do not reject a sensible wife; a gracious wife is more precious than pearls.


Mi Tonita


In the realm of love, where souls unite,

There shines a gem, a radiant light,

Mi Tonita, a loving treasure divine,

A soul-mate in Christ, my heart's lifeline.


With grace and kindness, she walks this earth,

A woman of virtue, of infinite worth,

Her spirit, pure as the morning dew,

Her love, like the sky's eternal blue.


Mi Tonita, a sensible wife,

A beacon of wisdom in this fleeting life,

More precious than pearls, her heart so rare,

A love so deep, beyond compare.


In Christ Jesus, our souls intertwine,

Bound by faith, a love so divine,

Together we navigate life's stormy seas,

Hand in hand, embracing God's decrees.


She lifts me up when darkness looms,

Her soothing words dispel all gloom,

With gentle touch, she mends my soul,

Her love, a balm that makes me whole.


Mi Tonita, a partner so true,

Through trials and triumphs, we journey through,

In her embrace, I find solace and peace,

A love that grows, never to cease.


In Christ's love, we find our guide,

Walking side by side, with Him as our pride,

Mi Tonita, my one and only,

In your love, I've found true glory.


So let this poem be a testament,

To the love we share, so heaven-sent,

Mi Tonita, I love you my soul's delight,

Together, forever, in God's holy light. Amen.


**Wife never neglect**


Wife sensible reject not

Wife gracious respect

Wife pearl precious spot

Wife never neglect


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 2, 2024 @ 04:47 AM EST


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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 27 thru 28

27 With your whole heart honor your father; your mother’s birth pangs do not forget. 28 Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you?



**Born of these two remember for sure**


Father honor with heart whole yours

Forget not pangs of your mother you created

Born of these two remember for sure

Give what you were given by them to you not debated


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 3, 2024 @ 05:30 AM EST

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Fear our Maker Honor His Priests

In the depths of my soul, a fear does reside,

A reverence for the Lord, where no secrets hide.

For His priests, I hold utmost regard,

Neglecting not His ministers, I stand on guard.

For the fear of the Lord is not of dread,

But a deep respect, where my spirit is fed.

In His presence, I find solace and peace,

Knowing His priests' guidance will never cease.

They are the messengers, sent from above,

To share His wisdom, shower His love.

Persona Christi is their hands, the sacred vessels they hold,

Carrying the divine, more precious than gold.

I see in their eyes the flicker of His light,

Guiding lost souls from darkness to bright.

Their words, like music, resonate in my heart,

Uplifting my spirit, igniting a sacred spark.

With each sermon, they kindle the flame,

Igniting our souls, in His Holy Name.

Their voices, a symphony, echoing through,

Drawing us closer to the Lord, to renew.

I bow before them, with utmost respect,

For they bear the burden, our sins to collect.

They carry our prayers, up to the divine,

Interceding for us, in His heavenly shrine.

I will not neglect His ministers, I vow,

For they are His chosen, His servants, avow.

In their footsteps, I humbly tread,

Seeking His grace, where my fears are shed.

In the fear of the Lord, I find solace and peace,

For His priests and ministers, my faith shall not cease.

With reverence, I embrace their sacred role,

And in their presence, my spirit finds its whole. Amen.

True Food True Drink His Body and Blood for Life Eternal

In the realms of faith, a truth divine,

A tale of love, a sacred sign,

Where bread and wine, in humble grace,

Unveil the mysteries of heaven's embrace.

Jesus, our Savior, in a world of strife,

Gave Himself freely, the gift of life,

His body broken, His blood outpoured,

To nourish our souls, our spirits restored.

True food He is, the Bread of Life,

Sustaining our hearts, dispelling all strife,

In every morsel, His presence we find,

A taste of heaven, to nourish our mind.

As we partake, we taste His grace,

His love, immeasurable, fills every space,

A feast for our souls, a banquet divine,

His body and blood, the truest of wine.

For those who believe, this gift is given,

A promise of life, eternity in Heaven,

In the sacrament, a sacred bond,

With the risen Christ, forever beyond.

Oh, let us partake, with hearts open wide,

In this holy communion, let us abide,

For in His body and blood, we truly find,

A love so profound, so divinely entwined.

So let us gather, as one united,

In this holy feast, our souls ignited,

For Jesus, our Savior, the truest food,

Nourishes our spirits, our faith renewed. Amen.


01-04-2024 Sirach 7 v-2930

**Your Maker love**


God fear with soul all near

Priests His forever revere

Your Maker love strength all sear

Ministers His neglect not or fear


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 4, 2024 @ 04:14 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 32 thru 33


32 To the poor also extend your hand, that your blessing may be complete. 33 Give your gift to all the living, and do not withhold your kindness from the dead.


Poor Give praying for the Dead


In reality where divine blessings reside,

A truth often overlooked, we must confide,

For in the hearts of men, a message we find,

Where heaven's grace and compassion align.


When the sun ascends to its golden throne,

And the earth awakens, no longer alone,

We seek the path where God's blessings abound,

A journey of love, where joy can be found.


For in the act of giving, hearts are freed,

A symphony of kindness truth indeed,

To feed the hungry to clothe the bare,

Is to embrace God's love with utmost care.


In the eyes of the poor, a flicker of hope,

A testament to the strength we learn to cope,

For in their struggle, a lesson is taught,

That in selflessness, miracles are sought.


When we share our abundance, both big and small,

We heed the divine's all-encompassing call,

For in giving, our souls find true release,

And blessings bestowed, bring eternal peace.


But not just in giving, our prayers hold might,

For the souls departed, shining in light,

Their journey may end, but their spirits remain,

In the realm of prayers, they forever sustain.


To pray for the dead, like whispers in the breeze,

Brings solace to hearts, puts troubled minds at ease,

For in remembrance, their souls are held dear,

Their presence forever, in love's atmosphere.


When we offer our prayers, a bridge we create,

Between the living and those who've met their fate,

In this sacred connection, blessings arise,

As heaven hears our pleas, with grace it complies.


Let us remember the power we possess,

To give to the poor, to pray and to bless,

For in these acts, God's grace is complete,

A symphony of love, Salvation is sweet. Amen.


01-05-2024 Sirach 7 v-3233

**Hand yours extend to the poor**


Hand yours extend to the poor

Complete your blessings without dread

Living all gift yours give to adore

Kindness withhold not from the dead


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 5, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Seven v- 34 thru 36

34 Do not avoid those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn. 35 Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such things you will be loved. 36 In whatever you do, remember your last days, and you will never sin.


This Haiku is called;

Souls Consoled

Raindrops softly fall

Healing tears in mourning hearts

Love shared, souls consoled

Amen.


**Avoid not weeping people**


Avoid not weeping people

Mourn with people mourning cry

Sick visit hesitate not to climb the steeple

Love displayed for you you’ll never deny


Do you whatever

Makes life sweeter

Days last remember

Sin never repeater


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 6, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Eight v- Three thru Four


3 Do not quarrel with loud-mouths, or heap wood upon their fire. 4 Do not associate with the senseless, lest your ancestors be insulted.


Haiku of Dialogue over Debate


Seeking Salvation,

Debate stirs souls like fire,

Paths diverging.


In righteous fervor,

Words clash, sparks fly, hearts ignite,

Searching for the truth.


Egos bruised, minds strained,

Yet in the heat of discourse,

Growth finds its foothold.


Through the storm of words,

Wisdom emerges, renewed,

Salvation beckons.


**Mouths loud quarrel not**


Mouths loud quarrel not

Fuel on a fire

Senseless associate and rot

Insult ancestors yours conspire


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 7, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Eight v- Five thru Seven


5 Do not reproach one who turns away from sin; remember, we all are guilty. 6 Do not insult one who is old, for some of us will also grow old. 7 Do not rejoice when someone dies; remember, we are all to be gathered in.


Haiku of Repented Sinner Respect

Repentance’s embrace,

Sinner’s heart, humbled and true,

Grace redeems us all.


**Guilty all remember are we**


Those who repent of sin reproach not

Guilty all remember are we

Old persons insult not less you forgot

Old you may grow to be


In death rejoice not

God gathers all remember

Don’t act like you forgot

Searching like a pretender


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 8, 2024 @ 04:47 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Eight v- Eight thru Nine


8 Do not neglect the discourse of the wise, but busy yourself with their proverbs; For in this way you will acquire the training to stand in the presence of rulers. 9 Do not reject the tradition of the elders which they have heard from their ancestors; For from it you will learn how to answer when the need arises.


Neglect Not Wisdom’s Truth


In the realms of ancient wisdom, where traditions reside,

Lies the counsel of the elders, a beacon by our side.

But alas, in our arrogance, we often turn a blind eye,

Neglecting the wisdom that could help us truly fly.


Oh, how the old ones speak from their hearts so pure,

Their words echoing through time, urging us to endure.

Yet we dismiss their teachings, as if they hold no worth,

Forgetting the lessons that have shaped this ancient earth.


They speak of unity and love, of kindness and respect,

Of honoring our roots, so our spirits may connect.

But we crave the new and shiny, the uncharted unknown,

And in this reckless pursuit, our souls remain alone.


The elders speak of balance, of harmony and peace,

Of tending to our roots, so our growth may never cease.

But we chase after progress, blinded by our desires,

Ignoring the consequences, fueling destructive fires.


They speak of patience and wisdom, gained through the years,

Of embracing the lessons, transcending our fears.

But we rush through life, chasing fleeting moments of pleasure,

Never realizing the true treasures we could truly measure.


In the depths of their stories, lies the essence of our past,

A tapestry of knowledge that forever shall last.

But we neglect the tapestry, tearing at its seams,

Forgetting that the elders hold the key to our dreams.


So let us not dismiss them, these wise voices of old,

For their words are like diamonds, more precious than gold.

Let us honor their wisdom, embrace it with open hearts,

For in their traditions lies the remedy to our fragmented parts.


Let us learn from the elders, their guidance we must seek,

For in their ancient wisdom, our spirits find the peak.

Let us not neglect their counsel, their lessons we must heed,

For in embracing our traditions, we find the wisdom we truly need. Amen.


**Wise discourse neglect not**


Wise discourse neglect not

Proverbs theirs neglect not

Training required neglect not

Rulers stand neglect not


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 9, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST


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The Book of Sirach Ch Eight v- 10 thru 11

10 Do not kindle the coals of sinners, lest you be burned in their flaming fire. 11 Do not give ground before scoundrels; it will set them in ambush against you.


This Haiku’s title is;


Devil’s Dance of Death


Temptation lures near,

Don’t dance with the Devil’s flame,

Choose light, break free, soar.

Amen.


**Sinners coals kindle not**


Sinners coals kindle not

Burned you for sure

Fire flaming theirs caught

You ambushed no cure


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 10, 2024 @ 04:18 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Eight v- 18 thru 19

18 Before a stranger do nothing that should be kept secret, for you do not know what it will produce later on. 19 Open your heart to no one, do not banish your happiness.


Shame’s Escape in Christ


In the depths of silence, a secret lies,

A truth concealed, hidden from prying eyes,

A soul burdened by shame, heavy and deep,

A battle fought in shadows, secrets to keep.


Addictions sought, like fleeting escape,

To drown the pain, the anguish, the heartache,

Through smoke and substances, a silent excess,

A desperate attempt to find solace, to suppress.


But in this dark abyss, a candle still burns,

A glimmer of hope, a light that yearns,

For God's grace, in Jesus Christ, to be found,

A love that lifts, that heals, that knows no bounds.


For God sees the struggles, the battles fought,

He knows each tear shed, each pain, each thought,

In Jesus, His Son, a Savior so kind,

The brokenness is mended, the shame left behind.


With arms open wide, He welcomes you near,

To release the burden, to wipe every tear,

No longer must you hide, in silence remain,

For in God's embrace, you'll find freedom from pain.


His love is unconditional, His mercy so vast,

A love that embraces you, broken and harassed,

In His presence, shame dissipates, it fades away,

As His grace showers upon you, day after day.


So let go of addictions, release the despair,

For in Jesus Christ, there's healing to share,

No longer seek death, but embrace life anew,

In the arms of a Savior, who'll guide you through and through.


Let His love be your refuge, your strength, your light,

As you rise above the darkness, taking flight,

For in God's grace, your true self will emerge,

A soul set free, no longer in hell submerged.


So let the shame be replaced by His love's embrace,

And may His grace guide you to a better place,

For you are worthy, beloved, cherished, and known,

In Jesus Christ, you'll find a love that's eternally your own. Amen.


**Later produce unknown regrets**


Secret keep not with a stranger

Later produce unknown regrets

Not a soul heart yours give as a complainer

Happiness banish not your request


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 11, 2024 @ 03:43 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Nine v- Eight thru Nine


8 Avert your eyes from a shapely woman; do not gaze upon beauty that is not yours; Through woman’s beauty many have been ruined, for love of it burns like fire. 9 Never recline at table with a married woman, or drink intoxicants with her, Lest your heart be drawn to her and you go down in blood to the grave.


Boundaries Respect


In this world of temptation and desire,

There's a lesson to learn, a warning to acquire,

About gazing upon a woman, not yours to claim,

A tale of caution, lest we end up in pain.


So don't gaze upon a beauty that's not yours,

Especially a married woman, love implores,

For the heartache and the strife it may bring,

A fight to the grave, a bitter ending.


There's a fire in her eyes, a captivating smile,

But within her heart, another man's vial,

Respect the sacred bond, the trust they share,

For love can turn to anger, beyond repair.


Love is meant to be cherished, not torn apart,

By the selfish desires that reside in our hearts,

Let's honor the commitments, the vows we've made,

And find our own path, where true love won't fade.


In the depths of our souls, let empathy rise,

For the battles fought within, hidden from prying eyes,

Let's choose compassion over shallow desire,

And kindle the flames of love, higher and higher.


So let us learn this lesson, etched in our minds,

To cherish the love that we ourselves may find,

For in respecting boundaries, we'll find our own grace,

And avoid the battles that could lead us to our grave. Amen.


**Beauty yours gaze not upon**


Woman shapely eyes avert

Beauty yours gaze not upon

Ruined many a beautiful woman’s spurt

Fire like burns ruin those who spawn


Woman married recline not at table

With her intoxicants drink not

Her heart’s love do not enable

Grave you’ll rest in this blood spot


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 12, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Nine v- Ten


10 Do not abandon old friends; new ones cannot equal them. A new friend is like new wine— when it has aged, you drink it with pleasure.


Old Friends Treasure


In the embroidery of life, friendships are spun,

Threads of trust and love, beautifully begun.

Through the years, as time slips away,

Old friends are treasures, growing with each passing day.


Like fine wine aging, they become refined,

With every shared moment, a deeper bond we find.

Through laughter and tears, they've stood the test,

In their presence, we feel truly blessed.


The youthful days of carefree mirth,

Now mingled with wisdom, gained from this earth.

Old friends, like aged wine, are richer in taste,

Their understanding and warmth, never to waste.


In the hustle of life, they're a calming breeze,

A safe harbor where we find peace and ease.

Their presence a comfort, like a familiar song,

Through the ups and downs, they help us stay strong.


As we journey through the years, side by side,

Old friends remain steadfast, like an unwavering guide.

They know our stories, the chapters we've penned,

And in their embrace, our souls truly mend.


So, let us not abandon these friends so dear,

For their loyalty and love, we hold them near.

Like fine wine aging, they only grow more divine,

With each passing year, like a precious vintage wine. Amen.


**Friends old abandon not**


Friends old abandon not

Ones new equal rage

Wine new friend not

Pleasure drink when aged


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 13, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Nine v- 11 and 12


11 Do not envy the wicked for you do not know when their day will come. 12 Do not delight in the pleasures of the ungodly; remember, they will not die unpunished.


Wicked Punishment


In the dark, where shadows creep,

A tale unfolds of secrets deep,

Where wicked hearts lay in disguise,

But truth shall pierce their web of lies.


Oh, heed my words, oh weary soul,

Death awaits the wicked, takes its toll,

Delight not in a life of deceit,

For ungodly ways, no Salvation to meet.


Beneath the moon's cold, haunting gaze,

The wicked weave their wicked ways,

But justice, like a sword of light,

Shall pierce through the darkness of the night.


Oh, heed my words, oh weary soul,

Death awaits the wicked, takes its toll,

Delight not in a life of deceit,

For ungodly ways, no Salvation to meet.


For every mask that hides the truth,

Shall crumble, fall, and be uncouth,

No refuge shall the wicked find,

In the depths of their twisted mind.


The hourglass of life, it turns,

For every soul, the fire burns,

But those who choose the righteous path,

Shall find solace in eternal aftermath.


Oh, heed my words, oh weary soul,

Death awaits the wicked, takes its toll,

Delight not in a life of deceit,

For ungodly ways, no Salvation to meet.


So let us seek the truth, my friend,

In love and kindness, let us mend,

For in the end, it's not too late,

To choose the path that leads to Christ’s fate. Amen


**Death is their punishment prepared**


Wicked envy not any spot

Know not day theirs uncared

Ungodly pleasures delight not

Death is their punishment prepared


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 14, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Nine v- 14 and 16


14 As best you can, answer your neighbor, and associate with the wise. 15 With the learned exchange ideas; and let all your conversation be about the law of the Most High. 16 Take the righteous for your table companions; and let your glory be in the fear of God.


A Haiku on the Law of Wisdom


Law of Lord guides way,

Wisdom flows in its embrace,

Goodwill blooms each day.


**Wise associate with eternally**


Neighbor answer with truth

Wise associate with eternally

Ideas exchange as proof

Law His converse paternally


Let the righteous be your friend

Companions at table forever

Glory yours be His kin

God’s fear live to discover


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 15, 2024 @ 04:57 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- Six and Seven


6 No matter what the wrong, never harm your neighbor or go the way of arrogance. 7 Odious to the Lord and to mortals is pride, and for both oppression is a crime.


Neighbor treat like yourself


In a world where kindness seems scarce,

Let's weave a poem, a tapestry of care,

A tale of neighbors, united and strong,

Living harmoniously, where peace belongs.


Never shall we harm, nor cause any pain,

Our hearts entwined, like a gentle soothing rain,

For in the unity of souls, we find,

A sanctuary where compassion is defined.


With humble hearts, devoid of pride,

We cast away egos, let harmony reside,

No obnoxious behavior shall disturb the peace,

Only love and understanding shall ever increase.


We'll build bridges, not walls, between each door,

Embrace humanity, like never before,

For within our differences, we shall find,

A symphony of voices, beautifully entwined.


No envy shall poison our hearts or minds,

Instead, we'll uplift, empower, and be kind,

For the strength of a community truly depends,

On the respect and love that each neighbor extends.


Let's celebrate the victories, big and small,

Lift each other up whenever we fall,

For in the spirit of unity, we forever discover,

A world where neighbors thrive, like sisters and brothers.


So, let us pledge to be a shining light,

Guiding others through the darkest night,

Never harming our neighbor, but always defend,

A haven of peace that shall never end. Can somebody say Amen.


**Whatever the sin neighbor harm never**


Whatever the sin neighbor harm never

The arrogance way go without

Behavior obnoxious prideful abuse isn’t clever

Crime is oppression both make God pout


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 16, 2024 @ 04:52 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 12 and 13


12 The beginning of pride is stubbornness in withdrawing the heart from one’s Maker. 


Trauma from a growling dog


In the depths of darkness and despair,

My heart is burdened, filled with fear.

A tale of trauma, etched into my soul,

Of a growling dog, unleashing its toll.


Its menacing eyes, a fiery red,

Screaming for help, filling me with dread.

Its fangs exposed, a chilling sight,

As it lunges forward, ready to bite.


I tremble, paralyzed by its fierce attack,

Seeking safety, I try to fight back.

Raising arms and hands, a feeble plea,

Yearning for respite, longing to be free.


The echoes of my screams reverberate,

Lost in the abyss, consumed by hate.

But through the chaos, a glimmer of light,

A beacon of hope, shining so bright.


I find solace in the strength I possess,

A survivor's spirit, refusing to regress.

Though terror may haunt, I won't be confined,

For I'll rise above the darkness, leave it behind.


With each passing day, I'll mend my broken soul,

Embracing healing, making myself whole.

No longer trapped in the dog's wicked snare,

I'll find the courage to breathe in fresh air.


And as I walk this path of recovery,

I'll find compassion, for both you and me.

For even the growling dog, so full of rage,

May have suffered wounds from a bygone age.


So let us strive to break the cycle of pain,

To heal the wounds that still remain.

For in unity, we'll find our sanctuary,

A world where love triumphs over every adversary. Amen.


**Stubbornness is pride’s beginning**


Stubbornness is pride’s beginning

Heart withdraws from Maker of all

Insolence is the vice reservoir of sinning

Afflictions sent by the God you won’t call

Ruining people striking their soul’s fall


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 17, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 19 and 20


19 Whose offspring can be honorable? Human offspring. Those who fear the LORD are honorable offspring. Whose offspring can be disgraceful? Human offspring. Those who transgress the commandment are disgraceful offspring. 20 Among relatives their leader is honored; but whoever fears God is honored among God’s people.


Honorable Offspring Encourage


In the realm of humble abode, where love resides,

There dwells a family, their hearts open wide.

A father, a mother, guiding with care,

Nurturing their offspring, teaching them to dare.


For in this household, there's a sacred creed,

To honor the Lord, and follow His lead.

Their children, a blessing, a gift from above,

Destined to embrace the light of His love.


As the years unfold, their spirits take flight,

Guided by principles, shining ever bright.

They learn the importance of reverence and awe,

To fear the Lord, and honor His law.


In the depths of their hearts, a flame does ignite,

Burning with passion, a beacon of light.

They strive for righteousness, in all that they do,

For they know that honor, is earned, not pursued.


With wisdom and grace, they navigate life,

Through trials and challenges, ripe with strife.

Their faith unwavering, as they face each test,

Knowing that with God, they are truly blessed.


As they grow older, their influence expands,

Becoming leaders, with hearts and minds in command.

They stand firm in their beliefs, never to sway,

Inspiring others, to walk the righteous way.


Their actions speak volumes, their words ring true,

A testament to the Lord, in all that they do.

Their honor shines brightly, like a guiding star,

Leading others closer, to where the blessings are.


In this family, united and strong,

Their love for the Lord, echoes in song.

Their offspring, honorable, fearless and true,

Blessed to have parents, who taught them what to pursue.


So let us cherish the gift of this tale,

Of offspring who become leaders, without fail.

For when we fear the Lord, and follow His lead,

We too can find honor, in word and in deed. Amen.


**Offspring honoring the Lord choose**


Honorable offspring can be whose

Offspring of humans for God’s sake

Offspring honoring the Lord choose

Not to be disgraceful offspring fake


Commandment transgress offspring disgraceful

Honor the leader of your relatives being

People God fearing honored graceful

They choose to be pure and never distasteful


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 18, 2024 @ 05:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 23 and 24


23 It is not right to despise anyone wise but poor, nor proper to honor the lawless. 24 The prince, the ruler, the judge are in honor; but none is greater than the one who fears God.


Poor Wise Man Treasure


In a humble little corner, where the sunlight fades away,

There's a soul filled with wisdom, though the world may never say,

With threadbare clothes and empty pockets, they walk a lonely road,

But their heart is filled with treasures, more precious than any gold.


For there's no one greater, no one higher,

Than the one who fears God, their soul on fire,

In the eyes of the world, they may seem poor,

But their wealth lies in wisdom, forevermore.


Through the struggles and the hardships, they've learned life's precious truths,

In the silence of their hardships, they found strength to push on through,

They've seen the battles lost and won, the storms that come and go,

Their faith in God unwavering, a light that always glows.


They may not have the riches, or the fame that others seek,

But their heart is filled with kindness, love's language they can speak,

They offer words of solace, to those who've lost their way,

Guiding lost souls to the truth, each and every day.


Let us not judge by appearances, by the clothes that someone wears,

For true wealth is not measured, by the treasures one declares,

In the heart of the one who fears God, lies a wisdom pure and true,

Acknowledging their greatness, for they're the ones we should look up to. Amen.


**Poor but wise despise not**


Poor but wise despise not

Lawless honor not whose caught

A place of honor is a judge, ruler or prince

God fearing man is greater to exist


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 19, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 26 and 27

26 Do not flaunt your wisdom in managing your affairs, or boast in your time of need. 27 Better the worker who has goods in plenty than the boaster who has no food.


Wisdom’s true purpose, Not flaunting control, But guiding with grace. 


Haiku of Christ’s Private Life of Wisdom


In a world too open,

Desires flaunt without restraint,

Yearning for the spotlight.


Yet, wisdom beckons,

To center on Christ, our guide,

In His love we find solace.


For He teaches us,

To keep our affairs private,

Guarding our hearts and souls.


In humility,

We share our spirituality,

Open, honest, and true.


For Christ's love shines through,

In our words and actions, pure,

Guiding us toward light.


Let us not be swayed,

By the clamor of excess,

But seek His grace alone.


In Christ, we find peace,

Balancing our public lives,

With our private selves. Amen.


**Affairs yours keep private**


Wisdom yours flaunt not

Affairs yours keep private

When needs arise boast not

Plenty goods worker better private

Food none boasting stops


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 20, 2024 @ 05:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 28 and 29


28 My son, with humility have self-esteem; and give yourself the esteem you deserve. 29 Who will acquit those who condemn themselves? Who will honor those who disgrace themselves?


Meekness Strength Haiku


In humble embrace,

Self-esteem blossoms brightly,

Strength found in meekness.


**Self-esteem enjoy with humility**


Self-esteem enjoy with humility

Deserved esteem in yourself smell

If condemned who acquits their tranquility

Themselves disgraced honor who to hell


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 21, 2024 @ 05:34 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 30 and 31


30 The poor are honored for their wisdom; the rich are honored for their wealth. 31 Honored in poverty, how much more so in wealth! Disgraced in wealth, in poverty how much the more!


Haiku of the Poor’s Wisdom


Humble hearts find grace,

In the wisdom of the poor,

Wealth may tarnish souls. Amen.


**Wisdom honored in the poor**


Wisdom honored in the poor

Wealth honors the rich

Poverty honored wealth how much more

Wealth disgraced poverty snitch?


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins


January 22, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- Two and Three


2 Do not praise anyone for good looks; or despise anyone because of appearance. 3 The bee is least among winged creatures, but it reaps the choicest of harvests.


Imagine a Bee


In a world where beauty takes the stage,

Where appearances define the gauge,

There lies a tale of truth untold,

Of good looks versus good sense, behold.


Imagine a bee, so small and petite,

With wings that flutter to a rhythmic beat,

Its stature may be diminutive and slight,

Yet it reaps the choicest harvests, day and night.


With petals adorned in vibrant array,

Flowers entice, in colors as they may,

But beyond the allure, a secret lies,

A treasure hidden from prying eyes.


For the bee, with its wisdom profound,

Seeks not just beauty, as it hovers around,

It delves deeper into the flower's core,

To savor the nectar, a divine rapport.


While some may gawk at superficial grace,

And chase illusions, like a fleeting chase,

The bee, oh dear creature, knows the art,

Of seeking substance, with a humble heart.


For beauty fades, like petals that wilt,

But wisdom endures, like the essence that's built,

The bee, an emblem of nature's sweet dance,

Teaches us to seek wisdom, given a chance.


So let us remember, in this worldly race,

That good looks may fade, leaving no trace,

But good sense, like the bee's sacred nectar,

Nourishes our souls, making us richer.


For in the end, it's not appearances that matter,

But the wisdom we gather, like honey's sweet splatter,

Let us be like the bee, wise and aware,

And reap the choicest harvests, with love and eternal care. Amen.


**Harvests the choicest of nectar**


Praise not anyone who looks good on the spot

Let the appearance of anyone despise you not

Creatures with wings least is the bee

Harvests the choicest of nectar for free


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- Four


4 Do not mock the one who wears only a loin-cloth, or scoff at a person’s bitter day. For strange are the deeds of the LORD, hidden from mortals his work.


**Lord’s deeds are a strange affair**


Mock not anyone no matter what they wear

Day bitter of a person scoff not to share

Lord’s deeds are a strange affair

Mysteriously hidden work His mortals can dare


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 24, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- Six thru Eight


6 Many are the exalted who fall into utter disgrace, many the honored who are given into the power of the few. 7 Before investigating, do not find fault; examine first, then criticize. 8 Before listening, do not say a word, interrupt no one in the midst of speaking.


Guilt prove innocent remain


In a world where judgment reigns supreme,

Where opinions form before truth's gleam,

A call to reason, a plea for grace,

To embrace the art of a fairer chase.


Innocent until proven guilty, we say,

A principle that should guide our way,

For in the depths of shadowed doubt,

Lies the truth we must seek out.


Let us not rush to condemn or blame,

But rather examine with a discerning aim,

To investigate, to gather every clue,

Before casting judgment, let us be true.


For fault cannot be found in haste,

Like delicate threads, truth must be traced,

Let the echoes of innocence prevail,

As we seek the truth, the whole living tale.


Through the corridors of doubt we tread,

With open minds and hearts widespread,

With careful eyes, let us dissect,

The layers of truth, the facts connect.


For in this world of biased cries,

Where falsehoods spread like wildfire's rise,

We must remember our duty to find,

The truth, the justice, that binds.


So let us not judge with a blind eye,

But with patience, understanding apply,

Examine first, then criticize,

To ensure fairness, truth's reprise.


Let innocence be our guiding light,

As we navigate the shadows of the night,

For in the pursuit of truth, we find,

A justice that's righteous and kind.


So let us echo the anthem of grace,

And honor the principle we embrace,

Innocent until proven guilty, we stand,

With open minds, justice in our hand. Amen.


**Absolute disgrace enter even the exalted**


Absolute disgrace enter even the exalted

The few give power to those who are honored

First examine and investigate before they are faulted

Criticize not listen say nothing speakers interrupt not dishonored


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 25, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- 14 & 17


14 Good and evil, life and death, poverty and riches—all are from the LORD. 17 The Lord’s gift remains with the devout; his favor brings lasting success.


Eternal Life for the Devout


In the realm where light and darkness meet,

Where the Lord's gifts of good and evil compete,

Life and death dance in a cosmic duet,

His devout find solace, their hearts truly set.


For in His wisdom, He weaves a grand design,

A tapestry of moments, both yours and mine,

With each breath we take, His grace intertwines,

Guiding us through valleys and peaks so fine.


He gifts us with life, a precious treasure,

A chance to learn, to love, and to measure,

The depths of our souls, our truest pleasure,

In this mortal journey, we find our own leisure.


Yet amidst this gift, lies the shadow of death,

A reminder of our time has a limited breath,

But even in darkness, He offers a promise,

Of Eternal Life, beyond this earthly closet.


For in poverty, He reveals our true worth,

A chance to find riches beyond this earth,

In humility and grace, we find rebirth,

And His devout find lasting success, a true mirth.


So let us embrace both good and evil,

For in their union, we find the primeval,

The balance of life, the joy and upheaval,

A testament of His love, a Salvation retrieval.


For His gifts are abundant, beyond measure,

To His devout, He grants endless treasure,

In the dance of life and death, we find absolute pleasure,

And His grace leads us to everlasting refresher. Amen.


**Riches poverty death life evil and good**


The Lord gives every lifelong gifts

Riches poverty death life evil and good given

The devout of His remains without any rifts

Success lasting from favor His living


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 26, 2024 @ 05:17 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- 21 & 22


21 Do not marvel at the works of a sinner, but trust in the LORD and wait for his light; For it is easy in the eyes of the LORD suddenly, in an instant, to make the poor rich. 22 God’s blessing is the lot of the righteous, and in due time their hope bears fruit.


**Richness God bestows on the poor**


Sinner’s works marvel not

Light of the Lord wait and trust

Suddenly His eyes instant easy blessing spot

Richness God bestows on the poor not lust


Righteous blessing God imparts

Fruit bearing hope from the heart

Your need given as a blessing indeed

Time due for the righteous concede


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 27, 2024 @ 04:43 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- 25 & 28


25 The day of prosperity makes one forget adversity; the day of adversity makes one forget prosperity. 26 For it is easy for the Lord on the day of death to repay mortals according to their conduct. 27 A time of affliction brings forgetfulness of past delights; at the end of life one’s deeds are revealed. 28 Call none happy before death, for how they end, they are known.


**Death makes not a soul happy**


In adversity one forgets prosperity

In prosperity one forgets adversity

Death day conduct easy for the Lord to repay

All mortals in their affliction forgetful state


Delight of the past are lost in this debate

Revealed deeds of life all can relate

Death makes not a soul happy unless Christ is their fate

Knowing the ending seems like a big mistake


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 28, 2024 @ 04:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 11 v- 29 & 34


29 Not everyone should be brought into your house, for many are the snares of the crafty. 34 Admit strangers into your home, and they will stir up trouble and make you a stranger to your own family.


Surrendering to God not strangers of greed


Beware, dear soul, of strangers at your door,

For hidden beneath masks, deceit may pour.

Like Satan's whispers, they'll manipulate,

With vile intentions, they'll desecrate.


Within their guise, danger often lies,

A twisted plot concealed behind their eyes.

Though their words may be coated in honeyed charm,

Their intentions are meant to bring you harm.


A stranger's path is an uncertain way,

Their motives veiled, like shadows at play.

They may come bearing promises of gold,

But their true aim may be to steal your soul.


Oh, let not these strangers within your home,

For they may rob and kill, as Satan roams.

Protect the haven that shelters your heart,

For in its warmth, love and trust impart.


Instead, invite those whom your spirit adores,

The ones who uplift, whose presence restores.

Gather your kin, your chosen family,

For in their embrace, you'll find unity.


Let God's will guide you through life's winding road,

With loved ones around, your faith will be stowed.

Together, you'll flourish, strong and secure,

In the sacred bonds that forever shall endure.


So, hold fast to those who share your beliefs,

Whose love and support will bring you relief.

For in their presence, you shall never roam,

No longer a stranger, but welcomed home.


In God's embrace, find solace and grace,

Embrace the light that shines upon your face.

Keep strangers afar, but open your heart,

To those you cherish, never to depart. Amen.


**House yours let not everyone enter**


House yours let not everyone enter

Crafty people create snares that are many

House yours that entertains strangers in the center

Trouble stir up stranger become family disown destroyed a plenty


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 29, 2024 @ 05:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 12 v- Two thru Four


2 Do good to the righteous and reward will be yours, if not from them, from the LORD. 3 No good comes to those who give comfort to the wicked, nor is it an act of mercy that they do. 4 Give to the good but refuse the sinner.


**Receive reward doing the righteous good**


Receive reward doing the righteous good

Lord for sure hopefully theirs as it should

Wicked’s comfort give not coming good none

Mercy act not good give received sinner refuse shun


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 30, 2024 @ 05:08 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 12 v- Six thru Nine


6 For God also hates sinners, and takes vengeance on evildoers. 7 Give to the good but refuse the sinner; 8 In prosperity we cannot know our friends; in adversity an enemy will not remain concealed. 9 When one is successful even an enemy is friendly; but in adversity even a friend disappears.


Refuse evil for Heaven’s sake


In a world engulfed by darkness and despair,

Where evil roams freely, without a care,

A poet's pen shall rise, a beacon of light,

To speak of a choice that can make all things right.


For Heaven's sake, we shall reject the wrong,

Defiantly refusing to dance with the throng,

In this poetic realm, our voices shall ring,

Urging souls to shun evil and rise on angelic wing.


With every word penned, we'll weave a tale,

Of courage and strength, where goodness prevails,

In verses we'll paint a portrait so clear,

Of a path to righteousness, devoid of fear.


For it is not by chance that we gather here,

To forge a path, where evil cannot veer,

With Heaven as our guide, we'll all stand tall,

Refusing the darkness, embracing love's call.


So let us embark on this poetic quest,

To awaken souls, to inspire the oppressed,

For in refusing evil to make, we'll find true peace,

And pave the way for Heaven's Sake, our eternal release. Amen.


**Refuse evil for Heaven’s sake**


Sinners are hated by God

Evildoers vengeance He takes

Sinner refuse good give the nod

Refuse evil for Heaven’s sake


Friends know not in prosperity

Concealed remain not an enemy in adversity

Friendly is the enemy when successful

Disappears the friend when adversity is stressful


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

January 31, 2024 @ 05:08 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 12 v- Six thru Nine


16 With their lips enemies speak sweetly, but in their heart they scheme to plunge you into the abyss. Though enemies have tears in their eyes, given the chance, they will never have enough of your blood. 17 If evil comes upon you, you will find them at hand; pretending to help, they will trip you up, 18 Then they will shake their heads and clap their hands and hiss repeatedly, and show their true faces.


Sweetly Speak Enemy is Weak


Oh, how sweetly doth the enemy speak,

With lips adorned in honeyed deceit,

They weave a tapestry of lies and charm,

But in their heart, their treachery alarms.


Like a serpent, coiled in the shadows deep,

Their words caress, but their intentions seep,

A venomous plot, concealed with a smile,

They mask their malice, their true motives vile.


They whisper grace and shower you with praise,

Yet their eyes, crazed with a wicked blaze,

A mirage of friendship, a tempting snare,

They lure you closer, unaware beware.


They paint a portrait of trust and affection,

But their heart harbors a dark resurrection,

Their every word, a dagger in disguise,

A web of deceit, spun with cunning lies.


Beware the sweetness that drips from their tongue,

For beneath the surface, their evil is strung,

They scheme to plunge you into the abyss,

To shatter your dreams, to steal your bliss.


But fear not, my friend, for you hold the power,

To see through their guise, to make them cower,

Trust your instincts, for they shall be your guide,

And expose the enemy's deceptive stride.


So let their sweet lips and scheming heart collide,

For in truth and integrity, you shall abide,

And though they may try to plunge you deep,

Your spirit shall rise, from the abyss, you'll leap. Amen.


**Sweetly speak enemies’ lips façade**


Sweetly speak enemies’ lips facade

Abyss plunge you by their scheming hearts

Tears of enemies are fake should be outlawed

Blood of yours they’ll enough have never imparts


You receive evil mapping

They will make their stand

Heads shaking hands clapping

Pretending to give a helping hand


You they will trip

Repeatedly hissing

Faces true theirs show to nip

Love they are missing


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 1, 2024 @ 03:52 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 13 v- Three thru Four


3 The rich do wrong and boast of it, while the poor are wronged and beg forgiveness. 4 As long as the rich can use you they will enslave you, but when you are down and out they will abandon you.


**Wronging the poor as they pursue**


Boasting of wrong the rich will do

Wronging the poor as they pursue

You to be enslaved trying to prove

You abandoned ultimately profit they ensue

Forgiveness beg from the poor in you


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 2, 2024 @ 04:15 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 13 v- Six thru Seven


6 When they need you they will deceive you and smile at you and raise your hopes; they will speak kindly to you and say, “What do you need?” 7 They will embarrass you at their dinner parties, and finally laugh at you. Afterwards, when they see you, they will pass you by, and shake their heads at you.


You see, in shadows cast, I stood alone, A puppet dancing to a callous tone.

Used and discarded, a mere vessel of need, embarrassed at dinners, my soul began to bleed. What did I lack? What was my crime? To be a pawn, a plaything, trapped in time.

My heart ached, burdened by their cruel jest, as laughter echoed, I wore a tattered vest.

At dinner parties, their words would pierce, whispered inquiries, stripping my inner peace. "What do you need?" they'd ask, with mocking tone, as if my dreams and desires were theirs to own. 


Embarrassment washed over me, like a tidal wave, as they basked in superiority, my spirit they'd deprave. But deep within, a fire began to ignite, A resolve to reclaim my worth, to take back my flight. For their laughter, their scorn, held no power here, I would not bow down, nor live in fear. Their shaking heads, their condescending glare, merely fueled the flame, my strength became aware. So, pass me on the streets, with disdain in your eyes, I'll walk with Jesus as my loving pride, I'll let His Spirit give me a rise. For I am not defined by your judgment's sting, I am more than a puppet, a dummy on a string. In the tapestry of life, I'll weave my own thread embracing Salvation’s authenticity, letting my soul be fed. No longer used by others, I did break free, to discover my worth, my true identity. For in the face of adversity, I'll stand Christ tall, No longer a victim, I'll defy their thrall. And though their laughter may haunt me still, I have risen above, with resilience living God’s Will. So, laugh if you must, with your noses held high, but know that I am more than meets the eye. No longer used, I'll forge my on in Christ’s Way, A testament to grace and strength, forgiveness in the face of dismay. Amen.


**You deceived when you are needed**


You deceived when you are needed

Hopes yours raise you smiled at by them

Need you what saying kindly greeted

Yet at their parties embarrass you by sin

Laugh finally at you heads shaking passing with a grin


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 3, 2024 @ 04:21 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 13 v- 24 thru 25


24 Wealth is good where there is no sin; but poverty is evil by the standards of the proud. 25 The heart changes one’s face, either for good or for evil.


Honest Wealth from Salvation


In the realm of existence, where dreams unfold,

There lies a power, more precious than gold.

Honest wealth, a treasure that can't be measured,

For it resides within, where souls are treasured.


A healthy soul, nurtured by truth's embrace,

Shines brightly, illuminating every space.

With Salvation's touch, it finds eternal peace,

A sanctuary where worries and fears cease.


In this sacred realm, goodwill takes its stand,

A guiding light, a beacon so grand.

For when we live with love, our hearts entwined,

The harmony of truth becomes defined.


And on our faces, a smile does arise,

A reflection of the love that never dies.

It radiates with grace, a gentle hue,

A testament to the goodwill we truthfully pursue.


For honest wealth is never purposely stealth,

It unveils the secrets of life's inner health.

It lies within the truth we choose to live,

A gift of love that we have come to give.


So let us strive to live a life so true,

Embracing Salvation, in all that we do.

May our souls be healthy, our hearts be strong,

And honest wealth guide us where we belong.


With smiles of love, and grace upon our face,

We'll manifest the beauty of truth's embrace.

For in this realm, where goodness is unveiled,

Honest wealth and souls forever prevail. Amen.


**Evil or good has longevity**


Sin not existent in good wealth

Proud standards evil is poverty

Facial looks change by one’s heart

Evil or good has longevity


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 4, 2024 @ 04:38 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 14 v- One thru Two


1 Happy those whose mouth causes them no grief, those who are not stung by remorse for sin. 2 Happy are those whose conscience does not reproach them, those who have not lost hope.


Salvation is better than speaking sin


In a world consumed by darkness, where profanity prevails,

There shines a ray of hope, where Salvation never fails.

For in the arms of Christ Jesus, a love so pure resides,

A refuge from the storm, where Redemption gently guides.


Oh, the allure of living in sin, with a mouth that spews disdain,

But let me tell you of a better path, where healing shall sustain.

For in Christ's forgiving grace, a new beginning is eternally found,

A transformation so profound, where lost souls are unbound.


Profanity may bring pleasure, a momentary thrill,

But the depths it drags us into, can shatter hearts by chill.

In the words of our Savior, a different truth is revealed,

A language of compassion, in which love is unconcealed.


For Salvation in Christ Jesus unburdens every soul,

His grace and mercy cleanse, making broken hearts whole.

With a mouth that praises God, a melody of joy is sung,

In the presence of the Lord, a new life has begun.


In the darkness, sin may tempt us, with its deceptive snare,

But through faith in Jesus Christ, we find Redemption's flare.

For His blood shed on Calvary, washes away our shame,

And in His Resurrection, we find victory's flame.


So let’s choose Salvation, over sin's enticing grip,

For in Christ's loving embrace, our spirits find their ship.

Though profanity may seem tempting, its pleasure is but fleeting,

But the peace and joy in Jesus, are eternally completing.


So let our mouths speak kindness, let our hearts overflow,

With the love of our Savior, to all we meet and know.

For in Salvation's embrace, we find true freedom's call,

A life transformed by Christ, is the greatest gift of all. Amen.


**Hope lost not God hasn’t forgot**


Mouth grief none your happy

Sin’s remorse stung not

Reproaching conscience not crappy

Hope lost not God hasn’t forgot


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 5, 2024 @ 04:38 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 14 v- Five thru Seven


5 To whom will they be generous that are stingy with themselves and do not enjoy what is their own? 6 None are worse than those who are stingy with themselves; they punish their own avarice. 7 If ever they do good, it is by mistake; in the end they reveal their meanness.


Punished by their own avarice


In a land of gold and lavish glee,

Where riches flowed abundantly,

There lived a group of folks so high,

Whose stinginess reached to the ever changing sky.


With pockets filled, they walked each day,

Counting coins in a miserly way,

Their mansions grand, their cars so fine,

But a penny saved? Oh, what a crime!


They dined on caviar and champagne,

Yet never touched a slice of grain,

For why spend on food, they all would say,

When a feast of air keeps hunger at bay?


Their closets filled with designer wear,

But they wore rags with utmost care,

For why waste money on fancy clothes,

When tattered garments create the wildest shows?


They built their homes with walls so thin,

To save on heating, what a win!

But shivering in their frigid space,

Their noses froze, red like Rudolph's face.


They traveled far on private jets,

But squeezed like sardines in tiny sets,

Why pay for comfort, legroom, and ease,

When discomfort brings such silly pleas?


They swam in pools of endless gold,

Yet never paid the heating bill, I'm comically told,

They shivered and shook, their teeth did chatter,

But warmth is a luxury, what’s the matter?


Their parties grand, with music and dance,

But they sat alone, in a fearful trance,

For mingling meant sharing and laughs so free,

But stingy they were, even to glee.


Oh, the irony of their wealthy plight,

With riches amassed, but hearts so tight,

For in their quest to hoard their treasures,

They forgot the joy that true wealth measures.


Let us all learn from this funny tale,

That generosity should never fail,

For in giving, we find true worth,

And laughter, love, and joy give birth. Amen.


**Own wealth he enjoys not**


Those stingy generous to whom

Own wealth he enjoys not

Those stingy fail to bloom

Worse none most are forgot


Prosperity own punishes their advance

Mistakenly doing good agreed state

Meanness revealed ends the trance

A slumber without eternal grace


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 6, 2024 @ 05:28 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 14 v- 11 thru 13


11 My son, if you have the means, treat yourself well, and enjoy life as best you can. 12 Remember that death does not delay, and you have not been told the grave’s appointed time. 13 Before you die, be good to your friends; give them a share in what you possess.


**Delay not does death**


Yourself treat well if means have you

Life enjoy best abilities give live to do

Delay not does death remember to prove

Enjoy life in each moment grave’s time you can’t undue


Death you can’t refuse

Friends good to before you lose

The life you share with them without sin

Possessions give before Eternal Life begins


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 7, 2024 @ 05:52 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 14 v- 19 thru 21


19 All human deeds surely perish; the works they do follow after them. 20 Happy those who meditate on Wisdom, and fix their gaze on knowledge; 21 Who ponder her ways in their heart, and understand her paths; 22 Who pursue her like a scout, and watch at her entry way.


Our Works in the Lord shall forever be


In this fleeting world of shadows and dreams,

Where time swiftly flows like a winding stream,

We strive to leave a mark, a lasting trace,

But all our deeds fade, vanish without a face.


But there's a truth that shines through all eternity,

The works we do in the Lord, they shall forever be,

In the embroidery of life, beyond the mortal gaze,

They endure in the realm where Salvation stays.


Oh, all human deeds may perish, fade away,

But the works in the Lord, they never decay,

Like stars in the night, they light the path we trod,

Guiding our souls, even when life is but a memory of God.


In the violent storms that life may bring,

We face trials and tribulations, the pain it stings,

But through the darkest nights, a beacon of hope,

The works we do in the Lord help us to cope.


For when we lend a hand to those in need,

When we sow seeds of love, compassion, and good deeds,

They bloom like flowers, spreading fragrance wide,

Reaching beyond the confines of this earthly ride.


When our time has come, and we bid farewell,

To this mortal life, where our stories dwell,

Our souls will ascend, to a realm divine,

Where the works we've done, eternally will shine.


So let us strive to leave a legacy true,

In the lives we touch, the love we imbue,

For when all is said and done, it's the Lord we'll meet,

And the works we've done will make our souls complete. Amen.


**You followed by works of life**


Perish surely deeds human

You followed by works of life

Wisdom meditate without fooling

Knowledge gaze fix without spite


In heart yours prudence ponder

Path hers seek to understand

Sharp scout her pursued out yonder

Way of entry watched at your command


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 8, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 15 v- Nine thru Ten


9 Praise is unseemly on the lips of sinners, for it has not been allotted to them by God. 10 But praise is uttered by the mouth of the wise, and its rightful owner teaches it.


In the realm where darkness hides, Where sinners wander, their souls divide. Praise may flow from tainted lips, But its meaning fades, like a sinking ship. In a world where wrong is right, Where shadows dance beneath the moonlight. Praise may rise from lips that stray, Yet its essence crumbles, like ash in the fray. Oh, praise unseemly, on sinners' lips it falls, But for the righteous, it echoes through the halls. For those who follow His Law, their hearts ablaze, Praise, a melody that sets their spirits to gaze.


But in the depths of a righteous soul, His Law ignites, making spirits whole. With every step, they seek His grace, Praise, a beacon in the darkest place. For the righteous, praise becomes a song, A symphony of faith, where they belong. Their lips resound with humble praise, In awe of the One who guides their ways. So let our voices join in unity, For the righteous, praise is a sanctuary. In His Law, we find our guiding light, Praise, a gift that keeps our spirits right. Amen.


**God did not allot the spiteful**


Sinners lips gives weird praise

God did not allot the spiteful

Wise mouth uttering a praise gaze

It taught by the owner rightful


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 9, 2024 @ 04:26 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 15 v- 14 thru 15


14 God in the beginning created human beings and made them subject to their own free choice. 15 If you choose, you can keep the commandments; loyalty is doing the will of God.


**Choices free given accepted façade**


Beings human created in the beginning by God

Choices free given accepted façade

Commandments keep then you’ll receive the nod

God’s Will is living His loyalty anything else would seem odd


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 10, 2024 @ 05:26 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 15 v- 17 thru 20


17 Before everyone are life and death, whichever they choose will be given them. 18 Immense is the wisdom of the LORD; mighty in power, he sees all things. 19 The eyes of God behold his works, and he understands every human deed. 20 He never commands anyone to sin, nor shows leniency toward deceivers.


**Power Mighty stoic prudence**


Death and life an everyone experience

Given by the choice you choose to concede

Lord’s wisdom immense Power Mighty stoic prudence

Everything seen God’s eyes understands how they breed


Works His behold

Deed human understood

Sin anyone not told

Deceivers leniency shown not as good


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 11, 2024 @ 04:36 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 16 v- One thru Two


1 Do not yearn for worthless children, or rejoice in wicked offspring. 2 Even if they be many, do not rejoice in them if they do not have fear of the LORD.


Children Wicked Rejoice Not


In the realm of shadows, where darkness dwells,

Lies a yearning that within my heart swells.

But not for wicked children, no, not for those,

Who in wickedness and sin do proudly repose.


For the Lord's light shines upon the righteous path,

And in His presence, we find our souls bathed.

So why rejoice in offspring who do not fear,

The Almighty's name, His words they don't hold dear?


A mother's heart, a father's pride,

Should rest upon a foundation tried.

Where love and reverence for the Lord reside,

Where righteousness and virtue doth abide.


Wickedness may flourish, evil may grow,

But its allure, the faithful shall forgo.

For what use is prosperity, without godly fear,

If souls are lost, their purpose unclear?


Let not our eyes be blinded by worldly gain,

But seek the wisdom that godly hearts retain.

For the righteous path, though narrow it may be,

Leads to eternal joy, from sin we are set free.


So yearn instead for children with hearts aflame,

With love for God, and reverence in His name.

Their souls shall shine like stars in the night,

Guiding others towards the Lord's holy light.


For wickedness may tempt, and darkness may allure,

But only in the Lord's grace, we find our cure.

Rejoice in children who fear the Almighty's might,

For they shall walk in His ways, forever in His sight. Amen.


**Children worthless yearn not**


Children worthless yearn not

Offspring wicked rejoice not

Many are they rejoice not

Lord’s fear they yearn not


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 12, 2024 @ 04:36 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 16 v- 12 thru 14


12 Great as His mercy is His punishment; He judges people, each according to their deeds. 13 Criminals do not escape with their plunder; the hope of the righteous, God never leaves unfulfilled. 14 Whoever does good has a reward; each receives according to their deeds.


**Unfulfilled never God rewards good deeds**


His punishment shows mercy His great

People judges He deeds theirs accordingly

Escape not criminals with plunders mistake

Unfulfilled never God rewards good deeds assertively


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 13, 2024 @ 04:35 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 16 v- 20 thru 21


20 Of me, therefore, he will take no notice; with my ways who will be concerned? 21 If I sin, no eye will see me; if all in secret I act deceitfully, who is to know?


**Notice take who of my sin**


Notice take who of my sin

Concerned who with ways mine

Me seen by who when I sin to begin

The deceitful acts secret know who the divine


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 14, 2024 @ 04:55 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 16 v- 26 thru 27


26 When at the first God created his works and, as he made them, assigned their tasks, 27 He arranged for all time what they were to do, their domains from generation to generation. They were not to go hungry or grow weary, or ever cease from their tasks.


Times of seasons arranged


In the realm where time was born,

In the depths where galaxies adorn,

Resides a force, divine and true,

A Creator, whose power we misconstrue.


From the beginning, God did decree,

To craft a world, both land and sea,

With tender care, He shaped each form,

In His image, humanity was born.


With hands that sculpted stars on high,

He wove together a cosmic sky,

With love, He whispered life's first breath,

And filled the void with beauty, till death.


In His wisdom, He assigned a task,

For each soul, a purpose, no mask,

To tend the earth, to till the soil,

To spread love's light, to end turmoil.


From dawn till dusk, from dusk till dawn,

God's tasks for us, they carry on,

Never ceasing, never growing tired,

In this eternal dance, our spirits are fired.


For truth, the nectar that sets us free,

God bestowed it upon humanity,

To seek, to question, to yearn for more,

To unlock the secrets of life's grand chore.


But we, oh, we, with eyes half-blind,

Often wander, lost, in the daily grind,

We forget the purpose, the sacred flame,

And let distractions dim our souls' aim.


Yet, God, He waits with infinite grace,

To guide us back, in His warm embrace,

He never grows weary, never grows weak,

His love eternal, for all who seek.


So, let us rise, and turn our gaze,

To the Creator who lights our days,

Through every trial, and every strife,

God's truth will guide, will shape our life. Amen.


**Times of seasons arranged**


Works His created with a plan

Tasks assigned by God then

Times of seasons arranged as they demand

Generation to generation hungry grow not withstand

Humanity’s tasks never cease His command


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 15, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- ONE AND TWO


1 The Lord created human beings from the earth, and makes them return to earth again. 2 A limited number of days He gave them, but granted them authority over everything on earth.


Who but God is our Creator


In the beginning, the Lord did decree,

To fashion beings, both you and me.

With tender hands, He formed our frame,

And breathed in us life's eternal flame.


From dust we rose, with purpose and might,

Created in His image, bathed in His light.

Limiting our days upon this earthly plane,

For He alone knows the measure of our gain.


With authority bestowed upon our hands,

To tend the earth's bounty or set ablaze its lands.

We hold the power to nurture or destroy,

To build a haven of peace or chaos employ.


The Lord, in His wisdom, granted this choice,

To test our hearts and listen to His everlasting voice.

For in our hands lies the future's key,

To embrace His love or let darkness decree.


Oh, children of Adam, heed this call,

To cherish God's creation, both great and small.

Let not ambition blind your righteous sight,

But seek His guidance, bathed in His light.


For we are but stewards of this earthly sphere,

To cultivate harmony, dispel all fear.

To love one another, to heal and forgive,

And through our actions, in His grace daily live.


So let us remember Salvation, with each passing day,

We believe the gift of life is but a fleeting ray.

For when our time ends, we return to the earth,

But our spirits soar high, to receive eternal rebirth. Amen.


**The earth’s everything authority**


On earth being’s human created by the Lord

And again the earth He made them return

He numbered their days as a ready limited report

The earth’s everything authority granted to burn


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 16, 2024 @ 05:24 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- 7 AND 10


7 With knowledge and understanding he filled them; good and evil he showed them. 8 He put fear of him into their hearts to show them the grandeur of his works, 9 That they might describe the wonders of his deeds 10 and praise his holy name.


Here’s a Haiku poem reflecting this joy of living in fear of Him as respect for authority. Amen.


Respect for Authority


In awe of His Might

Fear of the Lord brings me peace

His love guiding me


**Humans He showed evil and good**


Mortals filled by God with understanding and knowledge

Humans He showed evil and good

Hearts theirs He put His fear as foreknowledge

Works His grandeur them showed and understood

Wonders described by souls Name Holy His praised as it should


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 17, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- 11 AND 12


11 He set before them knowledge, and allotted to them the Law of life. 12 An everlasting Covenant He made with them, and His Commandments He revealed to them.


The Law of Life


In the beginning, God gave us life

And with it, the knowledge to thrive

He revealed to us His Law of Life

His Commandments, a Covenant to abide


In His wisdom, He showed us the way

To live in love, to serve and obey

To honor Him, to care for each other

To walk in faith, to always remember


His Commandments are a gift divine

To guide us through this earthly time

To bring us closer to His grace

And lead us to a forgiven place


So let us heed His Word so true

And follow His path in all we do

For in His Commandments we eternally find

A promise of love, for all of mankind


For God's knowledge is boundless and vast

And in His wisdom, forever we shall last

His Covenant with us will never end

For His love for us will forever transcend. Amen.


**Knowledge God gave mortals to pray**


Knowledge God gave mortals to pray

Life’s Law them allotted

Covenant everlasting with them made

Revealing His Commandments humanity spotted


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 18, 2024 @ 03:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- 14 AND 15


14 (God) said to them, “Avoid all evil”; to each of them He gave precepts about their neighbor. 15 Their ways are ever known to him, they cannot be hidden from his eyes.


**Evil all avoid**


Mankind told by their Creator

Evil all avoid

His Precepts given your Arbitrator

Neighbor love never again annoyed


God knows each and every one

Hidden nothing from Him

Identified by His only begotten Son

Forgiveness for your sin


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 19, 2024 @ 05:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- 24 AND 25


24 But to the penitent (God) provides a way back and encourages those who are losing hope! 25 Turn back to the Lord and give up your sins, pray before Him and make your offenses few.


**Mercy provided for God’s penitent**


Mercy provided for God’s penitent

Hope lost He encourages your faith

Sins give to Him and He’ll be lenient

Few offenses live prayer you must make


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 20, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 17 v- 29 AND 30


29 How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness for those who return to him! 30 For not everything is within human reach, since human beings are not immortal.


LORD’s Mercy is Great!


The mercy of the Lord is boundless and vast

Forgiveness for those who return at last

For not everything is within our grasp

As mortal beings, we face our own lapse


We stumble and fall, we stray from the path

But the Lord's mercy will always last

He welcomes us back with open arms

His love and forgiveness, a soothing calm


For we are but dust in the grand scheme

Imperfect beings, prone to wander and dream

But the Lord's mercy is a beacon of light

Guiding us back to what is eternally right


So let us turn to Him, with hearts contrite

Seeking His mercy, His love so bright

For in His forgiveness, we find forever peace

And in His mercy, our souls complete the release


For the mercy of the Lord knows no end

His forgiveness, a gift He freely sends

So let us return to Him, with humility

And bask in the glow of His divine mercy. Amen.


**Immortal you are not the less in jest**


Lord’s mercy is great

Forgiveness His sins confess

Reach of humans can’t relate

Immortal you are not the less in jest


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 21, 2024 @ 04:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 18 v- 8 AND 12


8 What are mortals? What are they worth? What is good in them, and what is evil? 9 The number of their days seems great if it reaches a hundred years. 10 Like a drop of water from the sea and a grain of sand, so are these few years among the days of eternity. 11 That is why the Lord is patient with them and pours out his mercy on them. 12 He sees and understands that their death is wretched, and so he forgives them all the more.


**Years few among eternity**


Mortals are what

Worth what

Them good by what

Evil is what


Years of one hundred their time be

Sand’s grain or water’s drop of the sea

Years few among eternity

God’s mercy poured in patience for free


Their wretched death He understands

Them forgiven even more

His Omnipotence He Commands

Eternity days we have in store


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 22, 2024 @ 05:08 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 18 v- 28 AND 29


28 Every wise person teaches wisdom, and those who know her declare her praise; 29 Those skilled in words become wise themselves, and pour forth apt proverbs.


**Wisdom taught by person wise**


Wisdom taught by person wise filled

Praise hers we live declared

Wise become words prepared skilled

Our proverbs apt given prepared


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

February 23, 2024 @ 04:58 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 18 v- 30 AND 31


30 Do not let your passions be your guide, but keep your desires in check. 31 If you allow yourself to satisfy your passions, they will make you the laughingstock of your enemies.


One stanza at a time. One maybe two poetic entries sublime. In the Lord I find abundant time. Will you join me in the Divine?


**Passions satisfied enemies accrue**


Let not passions guide you

Check desires yours do

Passions satisfied enemies accrue

Laughingstock you unable to sue


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February 24, 2024 @ 05:34 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 18 v- 32 AND 33


32 Take no pleasure in too much luxury which brings on poverty redoubled. 33 Do not become a glutton and a drunkard with nothing in your purse.


I often write in rhyme to pass the time in the Divine. To take on the pleasure of Truth Seeking Salvation as a life of living couth. So follow along in this tale of too much and find solace in Jesus as your crutch. Your peace your Salvation release. In a world of excess, where money reigns supreme in luxury and opulence, a never-ending dream but beneath the surface, a darkness hides unseen where gluttons and drunks are born, in a cycle so obscene. Too much luxury, brings poverty redoubled a never-ending cycle, where souls are left troubled. In a world of excess, there's no joy to be found when greed and excess, only bring us down. Tales of lavish feasts, and bottles of fine wine but behind closed doors, the truth begins to shine. Empty hearts and empty pockets, the cost of living blind. In a world of excess, where true happiness is hard to find.

We chase after riches, but lose sight of what's true. We drown in our vices, until we're left black and blue. But it's never too late, to break free from this curse. To find true contentment, in things that matter most in life’s verse. So let's break free from this cycle, and find joy in simplicity. Let's cherish what we have, and live with humility.


For true wealth is not in material things, but in love and harmony. Let's break free from excess, and set our spirits eternally free. Where forever never ceases to be. Salvation is this call. We give and give again trying not to fall. Forgive as forgiven our tale. We never lose sight of what is frail. Charity goes hand-in-hand not a fantasy like Neverland. Amen.


**Drunkard glutton do not create**


Luxury much pleasure not take

Redoubled poverty forever received

Drunkard glutton don’t create

Purse empty you’ve conceived


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February 25, 2024 @ 05:34 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 19 v- Five thru Eight


5 Whoever gloats over evil will be destroyed, 6 and whoever repeats gossip has no sense. 7 Never repeat gossip, and no one will reproach you. 8 Tell nothing to friend or foe; and unless it be a sin for you, do not reveal a thing.


**Sense none in gossip repeating**


Destroyed are evil gloaters

Sense none in gossip repeating

Gossip repeat never toasted

You reproached never fleeting


For or friend nothing them tell

Unless it’s your own sin

Your life never reveals a smell

Let your odor create life again


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February 26, 2024 @ 05:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 19 v- 24


24 Better are the God-fearing who have little understanding than those of great intelligence who violate the Law.


**Understanding little ok**


Those who fear God are better

Understanding little ok

Intelligence great are law violators

Fear God not they destroy instead of obey


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February 27, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 19 v- 29 thru 30


29 People are known by their appearance; the sensible are recognized as such when first met. 30 One’s attire, hearty laughter, and gait proclaim him for what he is.


**He is what he is shown**


Anyone’s appearance makes known their attitude

Recognized are the sensible known

Laughter hearty proclaiming their gait’s latitude

He is what he is shown


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February 28, 2024 @ 05:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- One thru Three


1 There is an admonition that is untimely, but the silent person is the wise one. 2 It is much better to admonish than to lose one’s temper; 3 one who admits a fault will be kept from disgrace.


**One wise keeps silent**


Untimely is scolding admonishment

One wise keeps silent

Temper lose not in banishment

Over disgrace fault admit unless defiant


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February 29, 2024 @ 05:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- 13 thru 15


13 The wise make themselves beloved by a few words, but the courtesies of fools are wasted. 14 A gift from a fool will do you no good, for in his eyes this one gift is equal to many. 15 He gives little, criticizes often, and opens his mouth like a town crier. He lends today and asks for it tomorrow; such a person is hateful.


The Wise and The Fool


The wise stand tall in silence's embrace,

Their wisdom shining in a tranquil grace.

They know the power of words left unsaid,

Choosing carefully when to speak instead.


But the fool, oh the fool, he cannot resist,

His voice a constant, noisy twist.

He criticizes, he condemns,

Spewing words like venom from his pen.


He opens his mouth like a town crier,

His words a never-ending choir.

But what does he truly have to say,

When his words bring no light, only dismay?


So let us heed the wise and learn from their ways,

Embrace the silence that in wisdom lays.

For it is in the quiet that true wisdom is found,

Not in the noise of the fool's empty sound. Amen.


**Wasted are fools courtesies**


Words few spoken make wise beloved

Wasted are fools courtesies most will shun

Good nonexistent in fool’s gift begrudged

Eyes his sees many equal gifts in one


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March 1, 2024 @ 05:18 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- 21 thru 22


21 There is a person whose poverty prevents him from sinning, but when he takes his rest he has no regrets. 22 There is a person who is destroyed through shame, and ruined by foolish posturing.


**Shame destroys some private publicly**


Sinning person prevented by poverty

Regrets none when rest taken

Shame destroys some private publicly

Posturing the foolish ruined not mistaken


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March 2, 2024 @ 06:01 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- 26 thru 27


26 A liar’s way leads to dishonor, and his shame remains ever with him. 27 The wise gain promotion with few words, the prudent please the great.


Here’s a Haiku about the Wise and the Liar they are never one in the same. Amen.


Wise and the Liar


Wisdom guides the way

Success blooms in honest hearts

Shame haunts the liars


**Remaining in shame forevermore**


Dishonor is the way of the liar

Remaining in shame forevermore

Words few shared gain the wise to conspire

The great are pleased by the prudence instore


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March 3, 2024 @ 05:14 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- 30 thru 31


30 Hidden wisdom and unseen treasure— what value has either? 31 Better are those who hide their folly than those who hide their wisdom.


**Treasure unseen or wisdom hidden**


Treasure unseen or wisdom hidden

Either has value what

Folly better hide or be smitten

Than wisdom theirs completely stuck


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March 4, 2024 @ 05:24 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 20 v- 30 thru 31


1 My child, if you have sinned, do so no more, and for your past sins pray to be forgiven. 5 Prayer from the lips of the poor is heard at once, and justice is quickly granted them. 6 Whoever hates correction walks the sinner’s path, but whoever fears the Lord repents in his heart.


Sinners Correction Righteous Affection


Whoever hates correction walks a dangerous path,

For pride and folly lead to the sinner's wrath.

But the prayers of the poor, the humble and meek,

Are heard by the heavens, justice they seek.


For those who turn away from wisdom's call,

Will stumble and fall, pride causing their downfall.

But the righteous and just will be granted their due,

Their prayers answered swiftly, their hearts pure and true.


Please do not despise correction from affection pure,

For in humility, our souls we must nurture for a cure.

And let us seek justice, for the poor and the weak,

For in the eyes of the Lord, righteousness we seek. Amen.


**Sinned have you child**


Sinned have you child

No more do

Sins past forgiven mild

Pray from lips like the poor pursue

Quickly justice granted God proves


Correction haters

Path of sinner walked

Lord fearer

Heart repented not balked


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March 5, 2024 @ 05:45 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 21 v- 19 thru 20


19 To the senseless, education is fetters on the feet, like manacles on the right hand. 20 Fools raise their voice in laughter, but the prudent at most smile quietly.


Here’s a Haiku about how the prudent know silent understanding in learning always willing to discover new things in Charity for the Sake of Salvation but the senseless laugh too loud not willing to learn but stay stagnant in sin. Enjoy!


Fools Laugh Prudent Smile


Silent wisdom blooms

Prudent hearts seek understanding

Senseless laughter fades

Amen.


**Senseless people seem shackled**


Senseless people seem shackled

Feet fetters that prevent learning

Laughter’s voice raised by fool’s cackle

Quietly smiling is the most prudent yearning


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March 6, 2024 @ 05:45 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 21 v- 26 thru 27


26 The mind of fools is in their mouths, but the mouth of the wise is in their mind. 27 When the godless curse their adversary, they really curse themselves.


**Themselves cursed godless feen**


Mouths rule fool’s mind

Wise mouth mind seen

Adversary cursed godless find

Themselves cursed godless feen


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The Book of Sirach Ch 22 v- 13


13 Do not talk much with the stupid, or visit the unintelligent. Beware of them lest you have trouble and be spattered when they shake themselves off. Avoid them and you will find rest and not be wearied by their lack of sense.


**Fools Company or Wisdom Peace**


In the company of fools we find no peace,

Their ignorance and foolishness never cease.

Their senseless chatter and mindless talk,

Leave us drained and exhausted, like a long hot walk.


Why waste our time with those who lack wit?

When we could be surrounded by those who are fit.

Fit in mind and spirit, with wisdom to share,

Not those who are clueless and unaware.


Avoid the unintelligent, the foolish and absurd,

For they will only leave us feeling absolutely blurred.

Seek out the wise, the thoughtful and the bright,

And find rest and solace in their intelligent insight.


So let us steer clear of the foolish and dense,

And instead surround ourselves with pure intelligence.

For in their company we will find absolute peace,

And not be wearied by their lack of sense we release. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 8, 2024 @ 05:24 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 22 v- 16 and 17


16 A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time. 17 The mind solidly backed by intelligent thought is like a stucco decoration on a smooth wall.


**Firm mind thoughts intelligent fright forgot**


A building bonded by a beam

Even an earthquake loosens not

Deliberation careful resolves the team

Firm mind thoughts intelligent fright forgot

Like a wall smooth decorated in stuccos lot


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March 9, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 22 v- 19 and 20


19 Whoever jabs the eye brings tears; whoever pierces the heart bares its feelings. 20 Whoever throws a stone at birds drives them away; whoever insults a friend breaks up the friendship.


**Friendship destroy by insulting gag**


Tears form in eyes from a jab

Feelings bare when heart pierced

Friendship destroy by insulting gag

Birds fly away from stone’s release


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 10, 2024 @ 04:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 22 v- 27


27 Who will set a guard over my mouth, an effective seal on my lips, That I may not fail through them, and my tongue may not destroy me?


Lips Seal Effective Holy Trinity


In the presence of the Almighty three

God, His Son, and the Holy Ghost decree

They set a guard over my mouth, sealing it tight

So my words may not lead me into wrongful plight


With a seal on my lips, I surrender all

To the Divine Will, I heed the call

For my tongue can be a weapon, sharp and cruel

But with their protection, I am no longer a fool


I trust in their wisdom, their guidance Divine

Knowing that through them, my words will always shine

In surrender to God, His Son, and the Holy Ghost

I find peace and solace, in them I eternally boast


So let me speak only words of love and grace

And let my tongue not be a stumbling place

For with their guard over my mouth, I am free

To live in surrender to the Holy Trinity. Amen.


**Destroyed not by tongue’s prosperity**


Mouth mine guard who

Lips mine seal effectively

Them through fail not blue

Destroyed not by tongue’s prosperity


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March 11, 2024 @ 05:20 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 23 v- Four thru Six


4 Lord, Father and God of my life, do not give me haughty eyes; 5 remove evil desire from my heart. 6 Let neither gluttony nor lust overcome me; do not give me up to shameless desires.


**Life mine is God the Fathers**


Life mine is God the Fathers

Eyes haughty give not to plunge

Heart’s desire for evil remove even farther

Lust not gluttony for me to overcome

Shameless desires me give up for the Son


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The Book of Sirach Ch 23 v- 12 thru 13 & 15


12 There are words comparable to death; may they never be heard in the inheritance of Jacob. To the devout all such words are foreign; they do not wallow in sin. 13 Do not accustom your mouth to coarse talk, for it involves sinful speech. 15 Those accustomed to using abusive language will never acquire discipline as long as they live.


**Death equals words ugly**


Death equals words ugly and sour

May Jacob’s inheritance never hear

Foreign words devout men run and cower

Sin wallow not without any fear


Talk course accustom the will be not

Speech sinful involvement none conspired

Abusive language unless they have forgot

Life as discipline never acquired


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The Book of Sirach Ch 23 v- 18 thru 19


18 The man who dishonors his marriage bed says to himself, “Who can see me? Darkness surrounds me, walls hide me, no one sees me. Who can stop me from sinning?” He is not mindful of the Most High, 19 fearing only human eyes. He does not realize that the eyes of the Lord, ten thousand times brighter than the sun, Observe every step taken and peer into hidden corners.


**Out of sight out of mind sinning**


Man’s bed of marriage dishonored deal

Speaking to himself alone he squeals

I’m surrounded by darkness me seen by who

Me hidden by walls that nobody can see through


Out of sight out of mind sinning me stopped by who you

Most High unmindful that He sees around corners as truth

Eyes only human feared as his unreasoned spoof

Denies the Lord’s eyes are the sun’s brightness aloof


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The Book of Sirach Ch 23 v- 27


27 Thus all who dwell on the earth shall know, all who remain in the world shall understand, That nothing is better than the fear of the Lord, nothing sweeter than obeying the Commandments of the Lord.


Lord’s Fear Nothing Sweeter


In this world of chaos and confusion

There's a truth that we must hold onto

It's the fear of the Lord that guides our way

And in His Commandments, we live each day


There is nothing better than the fear of the Lord

Nothing sweeter than obeying His Word

For His ways are perfect and true

And in His love, we find our breakthrough


In the darkness, His light shines ever so bright

Leading us through the darkest of night

His love surrounds us, never letting go

In His presence, we find peace and eternal hope


Let every nation, let every tongue

Proclaim His goodness, His love among

For in Him, we find our true delight

In His presence, we find our fight


So let us lift our voices high

And declare His name across the sky

For in the fear of the Lord, we find our strength

And in His Commandments, we find our faith. Amen.


**Understand all of the world**


Surely know all dwellers of earth

Understand all of the world

Lord’s fear is better than lying in the dirt

Lord’s Commandments obey sweeter than the netherworld


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March 15, 2024 @ 05:05 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 24 v- 0809


8 “Then the Creator of all gave (Wisdom) his command, and my Creator chose the spot for my tent. He said, ‘In Jacob make your dwelling, in Israel your inheritance.’ 9 Before all ages, from the beginning, he created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be.


**Tent spot chosen by the Creator**


Command His Author of Life gave

Tent spot chosen by the Creator of all

Dwelling yours make in Jacob’s wave

Inheritance of Israel is wisdom’s call


Ages all before

Beginning of it all

Wisdom created to adore

Never ceasing to be the call


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The Book of Sirach Ch 24 v- 19 thru 20


19 Come to me, all who desire me, and be filled with my fruits. 20 You will remember me as sweeter than honey, better to have than the honeycomb. 21 Those who eat of me will hunger still, those who drink of me will thirst for more.


**Wisdom desire wisdom come meet**


Wisdom desire wisdom come meet

Fruits mine have your fill and burst

Me remembered by honey sweet

Eat but still hunger me drink still thirst


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March 17, 2024 @ 05:01 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 24 v- 28


28 The first human being never finished comprehending wisdom, nor will the last succeed in fathoming her.


**Wisdom comprehended finished never**


Human first to fathom her splendid

Wisdom comprehended finished never

Succeed at last not comprehended

Her fathomed a wish to be clever


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The Book of Sirach Ch 24 v- 32 thru 33


32 Again I will make my teachings shine forth like the dawn; I will spread their brightness afar off. 33 Again I will pour out instruction like prophecy and bestow it on generations yet to come.


**I prophesy generations**


Teachings mine shine

Dawn bringing forth time

Brightness instruction of the Sublime

I prophesy generations bestowing the Divine


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March 18, 2024 @ 05:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 25 v- One


1 With three things I am delighted, for they are pleasing to the Lord and to human beings: Harmony among relatives, friendship among neighbors, and a wife and a husband living happily together.


**Harmony friendship happiness see**


Delighted am I in these three

Lord’s pleasing they do

Harmony friendship happiness see

Beings human love too


Relatives love harmony true

Neighbors friendship agree

Husband and wife constantly renewed

Happily living in Salvation free


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March 20, 2024 @ 04:49 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 25 v- Nine thru Eleven


9 Happy the one who finds a friend, who speaks to attentive ears. 10 How great is the one who finds wisdom, but none is greater than the one who fears the Lord. 11 Fear of the Lord surpasses all else. To whom can we compare the one who has it?


**Friend find one happy**


In a world full of chaos and noise,

Finding a friend brings so much joy,

Someone to talk to, wisdom who listens,

A companion in life, a true kindred mission.


We share our thoughts, our hopes, our fears,

Knowing our secrets are safe with them always near,

They offer comfort, support, and unbounding love,

A friendship like this is a gift from above.


We laugh together, we cry together,

In each other’s company, we just feel better,

No matter the distance, no matter the time,

Our friendship is strong, it will never decline.


So let’s cherish these moments, these precious times,

For a friend like you Toni is truly a rare find,

Fear of the Lord by someone who understands, someone who cares,

A friend like You is beyond compare. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 21, 2024 @ 04:18 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 25 v- Twenty


20 Like a sandy hill to aged feet is a garrulous wife to a quiet husband.


**In this discordant dance**


Upon a sandy hill, aged feet tread slow,

Each step a burden, each stride a chore,

The grains beneath, shifting, whispering low,

Like a garrulous wife, talking evermore.


To a quiet husband, her words like sand,

Abrasive, unyielding, a constant flow,

He longs for silence, for peace, to stand,

Yet her chatter surrounds him, to and fro.


Just as the hill challenges weary feet,

So does her talk wear on his soul,

In this discordant dance, they meet,

Struggling to find a harmonious goal.


Aged feet on sand, a husband and wife,

Each seeking solace, a moment of peace,

In the midst of life's tumult and strife,

May they find a way for their hearts to release. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 22, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 26 v- Five


5 There are three things I dread, and a fourth which terrifies me: Public slander, the gathering of a mob, and false accusation—all harder to bear than death.


**Three things I hate**


Public slander, a poison to the soul

Spreading lies, destroying all control

Words like daggers, cutting deep

Leaving wounds that never sleep


The gathering of a mob, a force to fear

A sea of faces filled with jeer

Their anger, their hatred, like a storm

A force that no man can overcome or reform


A false accusation, a dagger to the heart

A stain that never truly departs

Innocence lost, trust betrayed

A reputation forever frayed


But there is one thing that terrifies me more

A darkness that I cannot ignore

To be stripped of my dignity, my pride

To have my very essence denied


For what is death compared to such a fate

To have my very being desecrate

So I pray that I may never see

The horror of losing myself, of losing me. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 23, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 26 v- 13 thru 15


13 A gracious wife delights her husband; her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones. 14 A silent wife is a gift from the Lord; nothing is worth more than her self-discipline. 15 A modest wife is a supreme blessing; no scales can weigh the worth of her chastity.


**Soul-to-Soul Husband and Wife**


She is a beacon of light in my life,

A source of joy in times of strife.

Her love and care, like a soothing balm,

Toni’s peace and comfort, like a healing calm.


Her words are gentle, her actions kind,

In her presence, I find peace of mind.

Her grace and elegance, a sight to behold,

In her arms, I feel safe and bold.


Her wisdom and insight, a guiding force,

In her presence, I find my true course.

Her love knows no bounds, her devotion true,

In her heart, I find my strength renewed.


She is a treasure, a rare gem indeed,

In her, I find everything I could ever need.

A gracious wife, a gift from above,

Soul-to-Soul in her, I find my home, my eternal love. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 24, 2024 @ 05:24 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 27 v- 11 thru 12


11 The conversation of the godly is always wisdom, but the fool changes like the moon. 12 Limit the time you spend among the stupid, but frequent the company of the thoughtful.


**Godly Wisdom Foolish Stupid**


In the realm of wisdom, the godly converse

Their words like honey, sweet and diverse

Each sentence dripping with insight and truth

Guiding the lost back to the path of youth


But beware the fool, who changes like the moon

Their words like shifting sands, changing too soon

Limit your time among the stupid and vain

For their words bring only confusion and eternal pain


Instead, seek out the company of the thoughtful

Whose words are like a soothing balm, so careful

Their conversations filled with depth and grace

Leading you to a higher, enlightened place


So choose your companions with care and thought

For the words we speak can't be easily forgot

Surround yourself with wisdom and light

And your path will always be clear and bright. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 25, 2024 @ 05:23 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for March 26, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 27 v- 29 thru 30


29 Those who rejoice in the downfall of the godly will be caught in a snare, and pain will consume them before they die. 30 Wrath and anger, these also are abominations, yet a sinner holds on to them.


**Who revels in the fall**


Beware, oh wicked soul, who revels in the fall

Of those who walk in righteousness, standing tall

For your joy in their pain will be your undoing

As a snare awaits, your own downfall ensuing


The wrath and anger you harbor within

Are abominations, a deadly sin

Yet you cling to them, refusing to let go

Blinded by hatred, consumed by woe


But know this, oh sinner, your time will come

When the tables turn, and justice will be done

For the Lord sees all, and his judgment is sure

Pain and suffering will be your final lure


So repent, oh wicked soul, before it's too late

Turn away from your ways of anger and hate

Seek forgiveness, and mercy you may find

For in the end, it is love that will bind. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 26, 2024 @ 04:28 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for March 27, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- One thru Two


1 The vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance; indeed he remembers their sins in detail. 2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.


**Beware the vengeful heart**


Beware the vengeful heart, for it knows not the grace

Of forgiveness and mercy, in its darkened place

It seeks retribution, with hatred and wrath

But in the end, it will face the Lord's righteous path


For the Lord remembers all, each sin and transgression

And the vengeful heart will face his divine aggression

He calls for us to forgive, to let go of our hate

So that in turn, our own sins may be wiped clean slate


So let us not be consumed by anger and spite

But instead, choose forgiveness, in the Lord's light

For only then can we find peace and salvation

And escape the wrath of divine retribution. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 27, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for March 28, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- Five thru Six


5 If a mere mortal cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? 6 Remember your last days and set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin!


**As time ticks away**


Mirror, mirror on the wall

Reflecting mortal wrath so tall

Who will forgive these sins of mine

As time ticks away to the end of time


Remember the days of peace and love

Cast aside the anger, rise above

For death and decay await us all

Let go of sin before the final call


The mirror shows a face so cold

A reminder of the stories untold

But in the end, it's not too late

To seek forgiveness, change your fate


So cherish love and God’s fate

Let go of strife and hate

Love life, Before it's too late

Before it's too late. Sin does state. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 28, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for March 29, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- 24 thru 26


24 As you fence in your property with thorns, so make a door and a bolt for your mouth. 25 As you lock up your silver and gold, so make balances and scales for your words. 26 Take care not to slip by your tongue and fall victim to one lying in ambush.


**A bolt for your mouth**


Like a door, make a bolt for your mouth

Guard it with thorned fences, north and south

Protect your property and your precious speech

Don't let deceitful lies get within reach


Keep balances and scales for your words

Measure them carefully, like precious pearls

For one slip of the tongue could lead you astray

And fall victim to those lying in wait


Be mindful of the traps that lie in ambush

Waiting to catch you in a moment of hush

Keep your defenses strong and true

And let only honesty shine forever through


Like a door, make a bolt for your mouth

Protect your integrity, from north to south

Let your words be a beacon of truth

And shield yourself from deceitful sleuths. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 29, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for March 30, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- One thru Two


1 The merciful lend to their neighbor, by holding out a helping hand, they keep the commandments. 2 Lend to your neighbor in his time of need, and pay back your neighbor in time.


**The Merciful**


The merciful, so kind and true,

They always know just what to do.

They lend a hand when others fall,

They heed the needys urgent call.


In times of trouble, they are near,

To wipe away the falling tear.

They give their all without a thought,

Their generous hearts can never be bought.


They know the value of a friend,

And on them, they can always depend.

They hold out a helping hand,

And keep the commandments of the land.


To lend to your neighbor in their time of need,

Is a noble act, a selfless deed.

For when you give without demand,

You truly walk in God's Commands.


So let us follow in their way,

And lend a hand without delay.

For in helping others, we will find,

True joy and peace of heart and mind. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 30, 2024 @ 06:14 ROME time

Universal Utterings®
for March 31, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- Eight thru Nine


8 But with those in humble circumstances be patient; do not keep them waiting for your alms. 9 Because of the commandment, help the poor, and in their need, do not send them away empty-handed.



In a world filled with chaos and uncertainty,

It is crucial to act with patience and empathy.

For those in humble circumstances, in need of a hand,

They deserve our kindness, they deserve to withstand.


God's Command is clear, do not delay,

In helping those in need, show them the way.

To keep them waiting for our alms is unjust,

For the Commandment to help the poor is a must.


Patience is a virtue, it shows compassion and care,

It demonstrates that we are willing to share.

To not leave them empty-handed, but to lend a hand,

Is to follow God's Command, to help them stand.


So let us all remember, in this world so grand,

The importance of acting patiently towards those in humble circumstances, as God has planned.

Let us not keep them waiting, but act with goodwill,

For helping the poor in their need is a duty we must fulfill. Amen.


**Remember the Command**


It is said that patience is a virtue,

And in times of need, it rings true.

For those who act with patience and grace,

Towards those in humble circumstances, they embrace.


God's Command is clear, do not keep them waiting,

For your alms, their needs are anticipating.

To help the poor is a noble deed,

To fulfill their needs, is goodwill indeed.


So when you see someone in need,

Remember the Command, do a good deed.

Act with patience, show them you care,

Never leave them empty-handed, always be there.


For in the eyes of God, kindness is key,

To help the poor, is to set them free.

So be patient, be kind,

And in their time of need, you will always find time. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

March 31, 2024 @ 06:14 ROME time

Universal Utterings®
for April 1, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 28 v- 11


11 Dispose of your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, and that will profit you more than the gold.


**Treasure Dispose**


Dispose of your treasure, heed the call

Of the Most High, who reigns over all

For riches fleeting, like sand they slip

But in obedience, find true wealth's grip


Let go of the gold, the silver, the gem

And follow the commandments, cherish them

For in righteousness, your soul will thrive

And eternal treasures, you will derive


The world may tempt with its glittering store

But the riches of heaven, worth so much more

So dispose of your treasure, lay it at His feet

And find true prosperity, pure and sweet


For in following His ways, you will find

A peace and joy that money can't bind

So heed the call of the Most High above

And dispose of your treasure, in His love. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 1, 2024 @ 12:02 AM ROME time

Universal Utterings®
for April 2, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 29 v- 23


23 Whether little or much, be content with what you have: then you will hear no reproach as a parasite.


**Live Simply**


Whether you live with little or much,

Be content with what you have in a clutch.

For in contentment lies true wealth,

And brings to your heart peace and health.


Do not compare with those around,

Their possessions and their ground.

For jealousy will eat away,

At your happiness day by day.


Live simply, with gratitude,

For all the blessings that ensue.

Be thankful for each small delight,

And cherish them with all your might.


For in the end, it matters not,

The things you have, the battles fought.

What truly counts is peace within,

And a heart that's free from sin.


So whether you have little or much,

Be content with what you touch.

For then no reproach will come your way,

And you'll live each moment without dismay. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 2, 2024 @ 1:29 AM ROME time

Universal Utterings®
for April 3, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 30 v- 01


1 Whoever loves a son will chastise him often, that he may be his joy when he grows up.


**Chastise Him Often**


Whoever loves a son will guide him with care,

Chastising him often, showing him what's fair.

For through discipline and love, he will grow strong,

His character shaped, his values lifelong.


Though it may be tough to reprimand,

It's done out of love, to help him understand.

The lessons learned will serve him well,

In his adult life, his story to tell.


So let us remember, as parents we play a role,

In shaping our children, in helping them reach their goal.

For whoever loves a son will chastise him with care,

So he may be our joy, beyond compare. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 3, 2024 @ 5:58 AM ROME time

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for April 4, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 30 v- 22


22 Gladness of heart is the very life of a person, and cheerfulness prolongs his days.


**Salvation Gladness**


Gladness in Salvation, a treasure so rare,

It fills the soul with joy beyond compare.

It is the very life of a person, obviously they say,

And cheerfulness in Christ prolongs his very days.


With a smile that lights up the darkest night,

Gladness of heart shines ever so bright.

It lifts the spirit, it soothes the mind,

And leaves all worries far behind.


In times of trouble, in moments of despair,

Gladness of Salvation is always there.

It brings hope and comfort, it heals the pain,

And fills the heart with peace again.


So let us cherish this gift so dear,

And spread its magic far and near.

For gladness of Salvation is the key to a happy life,

And with it, we can conquer any strife. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 4, 2024 @ 12:01 AM ROME time

Universal Utterings®
for April 5, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 30 v- 23 thru 24


23 Distract yourself and renew your courage, drive resentment far away from you; For grief has killed many, and nothing is to be gained from resentment. 24 Envy and anger shorten one’s days, and anxiety brings on premature old age.


**Resentment Breeds Bitterness**


Drive resentment far away from you,

For it brings nothing but sorrow and rue.

Grief has killed many, torn hearts apart,

Leaving behind a trail of broken hearts.


Resentment breeds bitterness and hate,

Consuming your soul, sealing your fate.

It poisons your mind, clouds your sight,

Turning day into endless night.


Let go of anger, forgive and release,

Find inner grace, let your soul find peace.

For holding onto grudges, harboring pain,

Will only drive you insane.


Choose love over hate, kindness over spite,

Embrace forgiveness, let your heart take flight.

Drive resentment far away from you,

And watch as happiness and peace ensue. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 5, 2024 @ 04:07 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for April 6, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 31 v- 13


13 Remember that the greedy eye is evil. What has been created more greedy than the eye? Therefore, it weeps for any cause.


**Evil Eye Greedy**


The eye, a window to the soul,

Can be a tool of great control.

But when consumed by greed and lust,

It loses sight of what is just.


It covets all that it can see,

Desiring more incessantly.

It weeps for what it cannot own,

Its hunger never overthrown.


The greedy eye is quick to judge,

To envy and begrudge.

It sees the world through selfish lens,

And in its wake, destruction bends.


So let us guard our eyes with care,

And not be swayed by what's not fair.

For in its depths, the soul can find,

A light that's pure and truly kind. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 6, 2024 @ 05:51 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for April 7, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 31 v- 15


15 Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind everything you dislike.


**Neighbor Feels as You**


Your neighbor feels as you do,

In this world that's often askew.

They share your joys and sorrows too,

And understand your regret the things you rue.


They see the flaws that you despise,

And hear the same deceitful lies.

Together, you both empathize,

With hearts that ache and tears that rise.


So remember, as you go about your day,

That your neighbor feels in the same way.

And let compassion guide what you do and say,

As you navigate this world each day to pray. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 7, 2024 @ 03:41 AM EST

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for April 8, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 31 v- 22


22 Listen to me, my child, and do not scorn me; later you will find my advice good. In whatever you do, be moderate, and no sickness will befall you.


**Your Parent Listen**


Listen to me, my child, with an open heart,

For my words may guide you as you chart

Your path through life's twists and turns,

Teaching you to be cautious and to discern.


Do not scorn my wisdom, for in time you'll see,

The value of my advice, tried and true, for thee.

In all that you do, be moderate and wise,

And you'll find that no sickness shall arise.


For balance is the key to a healthy life,

Avoiding extremes and unnecessary strife.

Take care of yourself, mind, body, and soul,

And you'll find that you can reach your goals.


So listen to me, my child, and heed my call,

For my words may prevent you from a fall.

Embrace moderation in all that you do,

And you'll find that good health will follow you. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 8, 2024 @ 04:41 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for April 9, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 31 v- 30


30 Wine in excess is a snare for the fool; it lessens strength and multiplies wounds.


**Death from drinks excess**


In the depths of the bottle, the fool finds solace

In the sweet taste of wine, they drown their sorrows

But little do they know, it's a dangerous game

For excess in liquor only brings forth pain


It weakens the body, numbs the mind

Leads to reckless actions, leaves wounds behind

The fool may think they're invincible

But in truth, they're just vulnerable


So beware the allure of the bottle's embrace

For in excess, it's a treacherous place

Strength dwindles, wounds multiply

A snare for the fool, a dangerous lie


Choose moderation, choose wisely

Don't let the lure of liquor be your demise

For in the end, it's not worth the toll

Excess in wine is a trap for the fool.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 9, 2024 @ 04:51 AM EST

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for April 10, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 32 v- 13 thru 14


13 Above all, bless your Maker, who showers his favors upon you. 14 Whoever seeks God must accept discipline; and whoever resorts to him obtains an answer.


**Whoever seeks the Lord**


I lift my voice in praise

To the One whose forever gaze

His love is never-ending

His mercy never fades


He showers me with blessings

In every single way

I'll always bless my Maker

For His grace every day


Bless the Lord, oh my soul

For He is good, He makes me whole

His favor never runs dry

I'll bless my Maker till the day I die


When troubles come my way

And I don't know what to do

I seek my Maker's face

And He always sees me through


He whispers words of wisdom

And guides me on my way

I'll accept His discipline

For in Him I find my stay


Whoever seeks the Lord

Must accept His ways

For in Him we find the answer

In Him we find our days


I'll always bless my Maker

For His love will never end

I'll praise Him in the morning

And worship Him again and again and again. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 10, 2024 @ 03:51 AM EST

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for April 11, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 32 v- 16


16 Whoever fears the LORD will understand what is right, and out of obscurity he will draw forth a course of action.


**In Him understand all**


Whoever fears the Lord

Will understand the way

To navigate this world

And live with righteousness each day


For in the fear of God

Comes wisdom and insight

To see the world's truths

And discern what is right


Those who fear the Lord

Will know the path to take

To walk in love and justice

And never be led astray


They will see the beauty

In all that God has made

And cherish every moment

In the light of His grace


So let us fear the Lord

And seek His wisdom true

For in His ways we'll find

The understanding to pursue


And in this fear of God

We'll know what is right

And live a life of purpose

In His guiding light. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 11, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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for April 12, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 32 v- 24


24 Whoever keeps the Law preserves himself; and whoever trusts in the LORD shall not be put to shame.


**Yourself preserved Law kept**


In the midst of chaos and despair,

There is a promise we can share.

For those who keep the Law of the Lord,

Will find their souls preserved and restored.


In a world filled with lies and deceit,

The Word of God is our retreat.

For those who trust in the Lord above,

Will never be put to shame or lose their love.


Though trials and tribulations may come,

We can stand firm in the face of the storm.

For the one who follows the path of righteousness,

Will find strength and courage in times of distress.


So let us hold fast to the Word of the Lord,

And trust in His promises evermore.

For those who keep the Law and trust in His name,

Will find peace and Salvation, free from shame. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 12, 2024 @ 05:23 AM EST

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for April 13, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 33 v- 11 thru 12


11 In the fullness of his knowledge the Lord distinguished them, and he designated their different ways. 12 Some he blessed and exalted, and some he sanctified and drew to himself. Others he cursed and brought low, and expelled them from their place.


**Lord’s knowledge our fullness**


Blessed be the man who walks in God's ways

Exalted and sanctified by His grace

Humbled in surrender to His wonderful days

His life a testament of His love we must embrace


In his heart, the light of God shines bright

Guiding him through darkness and night

His steps are ordered by the Lord

His faith unwavering, his soul restored


But woe to those who turn away

From God's Commandments, led astray

Cursed and brought low by their own pride

Their hearts hardened, their souls denied


They reject the Salvation offered to all

Choosing instead to heed the serpent's call

Their path is dark, their end is grim

Separated from God, their chances slim


So let us heed the lesson clear

Choose God's way, have no fear

For in His grace, we find our rest

Sanctified and exalted, forever blessed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 13, 2024 @ 04:03 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 33 v- 13 thru 14


13 Like clay in the hands of a potter, to be molded according to his pleasure, So are people in the hands of their Maker, to be dealt with as he decides. 14 As evil contrasts with good, and death with life, so are sinners in contrast with the godly.


**God is the potter’s hand in clay**


In the hands of the Potter, we are clay

Molded and shaped in His own special way

He forms us with love and absolute care

Creating beauty from life’s certain despair


His hands are gentle, yet strong

Crafting us right where we belong

Each curve and line, perfectly placed

By the Master's hand, we are embraced


He knows our flaws and our fears

But in His hands, we have no tears

For He is the Maker, the Creator of all

Shaping us with love, never greater the call


So let us trust in His design

Knowing that His hand is divine

For in His hands, we find our worth

As He molds us from the dust of the earth


Like clay in the potter's hands

We are shaped by His commands

So let us yield to His Heavenly pleasure

And be transformed by His righteous measure. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 14, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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for April 15, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 34 v- 14 thru 17


14 Living is the spirit of those who fear the Lord, 15 for their hope is in their Savior. 16 Whoever fear the Lord are afraid of nothing and are never discouraged, for he is their hope. 17 Happy the soul that fears the Lord!


**Lord’s fear is your spirit alive in Him**


Living is the spirit of those who fear the Lord,

Their hope in Jesus Christ, their Savior adored.

For those who fear, are afraid of nothing,

Never discouraged, their faith always flourishing.


In the arms of Jesus, they find their rest,

Their hearts filled with peace, by His love so blessed.

With Him as their anchor, they face every storm,

Knowing His grace will always transform.


Happy is the soul that fears the Lord,

Their trust in Him, never ignored.

For in Him, they find their strength and light,

Guiding them through the darkest of night.


So let us embrace the fear of the Lord,

For in Him, our hope is fully restored.

Living in His spirit, we find true joy,

For Jesus is our hope, His Salvation deploy. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 15, 2024 @ 04:39 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 34 v- 19 thru 20


19 The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support, A shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard against stumbling, a help against falling. 20 He lifts up spirits, brings a sparkle to the eyes, gives health and life and blessing.


**Eyes of the Lord**


In the eyes of the Lord, we find solace and peace

He watches over those who love Him without cease

A mighty shield and strong support, He stands

Protecting us from harm with His invisible loving hands


In His gaze, we find a shelter from the heat

A refuge from the trials that we constantly meet

When the noonday sun beats down with all its might

He is our shade, our source of delight protection from spite


He guards us against stumbling on our way

Guiding us through life, day by day

In His eyes, we find strength and grace

A love that will never fade or be erased


Forever let us look to the Lord above

And trust in His unfailing Salvation love

For in His eyes, we find our truest friend

Our protector, our shelter, until the very end. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 16, 2024 @ 05:17 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 34 v- 28 thru 29


28 If one builds up and another tears down, what do they gain but trouble? 29 If one prays and another curses, whose voice will God hear?


**Whose voice will God hear**


When one builds up, another tears down,

In a world where hatred and love are obviously found.

One prays for peace, the other curses in hate,

Whose voice will God hear, in this tangled debate?


Will it be the one who spreads kindness and light,

Or the one who tears down with all of their might?

Will God listen to the words of love and grace,

Or to the curses that seek to permanently erase?


In the end, it is not the volume that matters,

But the intentions behind the words that are scattered.

For God hears the cries of the pure in heart,

And knows the truth, when people use words that tear apart.


Let us choose carefully the words that we speak,

And let love and kindness be what we eternally seek.

For in the end, it is love that will securely prevail,

For in God's eyes, love will surely never fail. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 17, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 35 v- 8 thru 10


8 The offering of the just enriches the altar: a sweet odor before the Most High. 9 The sacrifice of the just is accepted, never to be forgotten. 10 With a generous spirit pay homage to the Lord, and do not spare your freewill gifts.


**The Sacrifice of the Just**


The altar stands in quiet grace,

Enriched by offerings of the just,

A sweet aroma fills the space,

A pleasing scent before the Most High's trust.


The sacrifice of the righteous few,

Accepted by the heavens above,

Their deeds remembered, forever true,

Their hearts filled with endless love.


Their gifts of kindness and of light,

Illuminate the altar's flame,

A beacon in the darkest night,

A symbol of their noble aim.


So let us strive to be like them,

To offer all we have and more,

For in the eyes of the Most High,

The sacrifice of the just will soar. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 18, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 35 v- 21 thru 25


21 The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal; Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, 22 judges justly and affirms the right. God indeed will not delay, and like a warrior, will not be still until he breaks the backs of the merciless 23 and wreaks vengeance upon the nations; Till he destroys the scepter of the proud, and cuts off the staff of the wicked; 24 Till he requites everyone according to their deeds, and repays them according to their thoughts; 25 Till he defends the cause of his people, and makes them glad by his Salvation.


**God Defends His People**


In the darkness of despair, the lowly cry out

Their voices lost in the chaos and frightened by doubt

But God hears their plea, their anguish and pain

Our Lord promises integrity, His justice will forever reign


He sees the proud, with their scepters held high

Their hearts full of greed, their spirits awry

But He will not let them go unpunished and free

For He will bring them down, to their knees


The wicked, with their staffs of deceit

Their lies and their schemes, so cruel and discreet

But God will cut them off, with a swift exacting stroke

For He is the Lord, and His words are no joke


He defends His people, with a mighty hand

He fights for their cause, He makes them stand

He brings them Salvation, He makes them glad

For He is their God, and He will never be mad


Let us trust in Him forevermore, in His power and might

For He is our fortress, our shield in this spite to fight

He hears our cries, He sees our pain

And He will bring honesty, His justice will reign. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 19, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 36 v- 20 thru 22


20 Give evidence of your deeds of old; fulfill the prophecies spoken in your name. 21 Reward those who have hoped in you, and let your prophets be proved true. 22 Hear the prayer of your servants, according to your good will toward your people. Thus all the ends of the earth will know that you are the eternal God. who keeps His promises and cares for His people.


**Evidence of Your Deeds**


Show us your power, O mighty Lord,

fulfilling your promises with a mighty sword.

Let your glory shine brightly upon us,

revealing your love and grace, so wondrous.


For we have trusted in your word,

knowing that your ways are never absurd.

Grant us strength and courage to stand,

firm in faith, guided by your hand.


May the nations see and believe,

that in you, all things we can achieve.

For you are the eternal God, so true,

fulfilling every prophecy, making all things new.


So we lift our voices in praise,

for your mercy and love that never fades.

May your name be exalted on high,

as we witness your power, drawing nigh.


Give evidence of your deeds of old,

fulfilling the prophecies, as foretold.

Rewarding those who trust in you,

proving your prophets' words are true.


Hear our prayers, O Lord, we pray,

and lead us in your righteous way.

For all the earth to see and know,

that you are the eternal God, who loves us so. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 20, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 36 v- 27 thru 30


27 A woman’s beauty makes her husband’s face light up, for it surpasses all else that delights the eye. 28 And if, besides, her speech is soothing, her husband’s lot is beyond that of mortal men. 29 A wife is her husband’s richest treasure, a help like himself and a staunch support. 30 A vineyard with no hedge will be overrun; and a man with no wife becomes a homeless wanderer.


**My Wife Toni**


In her radiant beauty, my heart finds joy,

Her presence lights up my world like a beacon,

Her gentle words soothe my soul, oh boy,

With her by his side, I feels like a king.


She is my treasure, my partner in life,

A pillar of strength, a rock in the storm,

Through thick and thin, through joy and strife,

She stands beside me, keeping me warm.


Her beauty is unmatched, her love pure,

In her arms, I finds peace and rest,

With her by my side, I can endure,

For she is the one I love the best.


So here's to the woman who lights up my face,

Who brings me joy and love every day,

She is my rock, my saving grace,

Toni my wife, my treasure, in every way. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 21, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 37 v- Four thru Six


4 A harmful friend will look to your table, but in time of trouble he stands aloof. 5 A good friend will fight with you against the foe, and against your enemies he will hold up your shield. 6 Do not forget your comrade during the battle, and do not neglect him when you distribute your spoils.


**Harmful or Good Friend**


Harmful friends, like shadows in the night,

They linger at your table, but never in sight,

When troubles come, they vanish in the dark,

Leaving you alone to fight what’s stark.


But a good friend, a beacon in the storm,

Stands by your side, his heart always warm,

He fights with you, against all odds,

Protecting you from mishap, like a shield of our God.


Choose your friends wisely, my dear,

For in times of need, it will always be clear,

Who is true and who is fake,

A harmful friend, or a good one to make. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 22, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 37 v- 12 thru 13


12 Instead, associate with a religious person, who you know keeps the commandments; Who is like-minded with yourself and will grieve for you if you fall. 13 Then, too, heed your own heart’s counsel; for there is nothing you can depend on more.


**Righteous Receive**


Associate with a person of faith,

Whose heart is pure and actions straight,

Who keeps the Commandments without fail,

And walks with you on the righteous trail.


For in their presence, you'll find peace,

And strength to make the trials cease,

Their words of wisdom will guide your way,

And keep you from going astray.


In times of doubt, they'll be your light,

And lead you through the darkest night,

Their prayers will lift you from up above,

And fill your heart with boundless love.


So heed your own Spiritual counsel,

For there is nothing you can depend on more,

And cherish the company of the faithful,

Who will grieve for you if you fall, for sure. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 23, 2024 @ 06:01 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 37 v- 13 thru 15


13 Then, too, heed your own heart’s counsel; for there is nothing you can depend on more. 14 The heart can reveal your situation better than seven sentinels on a tower. 15 Then with all this, pray to God to make your steps firm in the true path.


**Heart’s Counsel Implore**


Listen closely to your heart's wise counsel implore,

For it knows the path that will lead you well,

But when unsure, turn to God above for sure,

And ask Him to guide you away from Hell.


In Your Walk to Emmaus, embrace your brothers,

For in unity, we find strength like no other,

Let your steps be firm in God's chosen way,

And trust in Him to lead you each day.


Through prayer and faith, you'll find the light,

To guide you through the darkest night,

So heed your heart's counsel and trust in God's plan,

And you'll walk with Him hand in hand. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 24, 2024 @ 06:01 AM EST


NJ Emmaus April 19, 2024

Tom Roesch Loving God by Knowing Yourself


Fortunate Life never an addict

No mental challenges athlete through-and-through

Great family three older sisters; Carol, Barbie and Janet

Janet and me bonded while Carol and Barbie were close too

Brother-in-Laws are great family love is what would pursue


Attend Mass every week

Engrained in me the Mass I do seek

31 years married to Karen we wrote

35 years of knowing each other we spoke

She’s Lutheran I’m Catholic love forever we note


Sign of God’s grace

Matrimony that lasted

Drew and Rebecca to face

Teachers never flabbergasted

Family tough times we couldn’t erase


I was a man who kept on living

Didn’t discuss with God what to say

I hadn’t learned to be giving

Took me a while to learn how to pray


Wife got hit by a car

Head injury that kept her down

Loss her hearing and taste sub par

Spoke of my commitment to always be around


Emmaus made me different

A person of faith

I learned to stop resisting

Grace I would learn to taste


God’s intersession my old self at bay

Coasting along made me feel blah tired

Not good enough in God’s eyes that day

But Emmaus walk made me on fire from grace required


Hidden life in excess

Porn was a norm

Learned God would address

The fears of my storm


Confession became a release

The sin I hid inside

Tunnel light became my peace

God forgave my sins that divide


Faith journey keeps me rising

The ups more than the downs

Not perfection or I’d be lying

Overcoming the sin of a clown



© Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

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The Book of Sirach Ch 37 v- 16 thru 18


16 A word is the source of every deed; a thought, of every act. 17 The root of all conduct is the heart; 18 four branches it shoots forth: Good and evil, death and life, and their absolute mistress is the tongue.


**The Heart is our Word**


With just a word, the world can change

A simple thought, a thought so strange

The root of all our actions, our deeds

From the heart, the source it feeds


Four branches, reaching far and wide

Good and evil, side by side

Death and life, in balance sway

The tongue, their mistress, has the final say


So choose your words with care and thought

For they hold power, where death can be caught

They shape our actions, our destiny

The word, the source, of all we see. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 25, 2024 @ 05:01 AM EST



NJ Emmaus Mark Gallus

Rose Talk


Access line your effort kind

Shooting for the highest impact

He ask for a relationship to bind

More than the devil wants to attack


There is healing in wounds

Sharing what I’ve endured

Our own will is fruitless consumed

God pushes me in the direction He reserved


Free those who are self imprisoned

Plenty of people even in this room

Wisdom is needed as your revision

Dead life was my will of doom


Security in freedom I wanted

But God had other plans

Angel saved my daughter

Who now helps babies withstand


My dad was amazing

Christmas day load up with a grin

So engaged in hurt a grazing

25 years I held it in


Rose flowers represent my walk

Heaven treasures I will be

I went to where He is to talk

God answered in an orange soda for free


Many years of closet prayer

Sin set in with shame

Rosary prayers called a lady bug with care

Orange wasn’t more of the fame


Adoration overcame fall decorations

Scaring my wife to hide

Main church in Adoration

Overcame what we couldn’t divide


Dad’s illness became prevalent

Brain tumor took him quick

Five months he’ll be gone we couldn’t prevent

Before God would take him sick


Daughter became sick too

Covid took her fame

Our tears overcame this abuse

An angel my baby became


Teddy bear fell near me

Her room was lonely indeed

Hugging the bear I would see

My daughter was there I would concede


My snowman adventure

Building a life with Him

Lady bugs of protection

Mother Mary over sin


© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

April 19, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 37 v- 29 thru 31


29 Do not go to excess with any enjoyment, neither become a glutton for choice foods; 30 For sickness comes with overeating, and gluttony brings on nausea. 31 Through lack of self-control many have died, but the abstemious one prolongs life.


**Excess Equals Death**


Excess, oh how it tempts us so

With every pleasure, every dough

But beware, for in indulgence lies

The path to ruin, the glutton's demise


For when we feast without restraint

Our bodies suffer, our health we taint

A lack of self-control will lead to death

As we over consume with every choice breath


But those who practice abstinence

Will find their lives filled with sustenance

For moderation is the key

To a life of health and longevity


So heed this warning, my dear friend

For excess leads to a bitter end

But with restraint and self-control

We can live a life that's Godly and whole. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 26, 2024 @ 05:55 AM EST


NJ Emmaus Ed Beck

The Mask


The family’s first born

Life was tough

Head dropped baby torn

Car door opened was rough

Five-year-old on the ground tough


Tried to steal some gas

Missed quarter toll my mistake

Police arrested on my ass

Joining the Marines my fate


Myself I had to blame

One head smaller than the other

Friends of mine recorded my shame

Mistakes I made with my brothers


My move to New Jersey to cover

No family to cater to fake

Wife and I grew together

Until others helped my mistake


Clown I became

Divorce on the horizon

My father if he had lived to see the shame

A 33-year marriage ended from lyin


The masks I would wear

The world is so crazy

On the upswing I did prepare

No longer Jesus lazy


Roller coaster ride

See trouble I would hide and mumble

Million excuses from assholes divide

Divorce caused me to stumble


Cherish your women

Look at what they provide

Remove the mask of sinning

Eternal love will coincide


God in my life remains my seed

Removed mask you’ll find

God gives you what you need

A good ride no longer blind


© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

April 20, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 38 v- Nine thru Ten


9 My son, when you are ill, do not delay, but pray to God, for it is he who heals. 10 Flee wickedness and purify your hands; cleanse your heart of every sin.


**Sick; Pray to God**


When sickness strikes and all seems lost

Turn to God, no matter the cost

His healing power knows no bounds

In Him, true restoration is always found


Do not delay, seek Him today

For in His hands, all illness will sway

Flee from wickedness, purify your soul

Let His love and mercy make you whole


Cleanse your heart of every sin

Let His light shine brightly within

For it is God who heals and restores

In Him, we find strength and so much more


So do not wait, do not delay

Call upon Him, let Him light your way

Trust in His power, trust in His grace

And in His presence, find your rightful place


Prayers to God, delay not in your distress

For He is the one who will truly bless

Heal your body, heal your soul

And make you once again totally whole. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 27, 2024 @ 05:13 AM EST


NJ Emmaus Deacon Joe

Sacrament Talk


We live in a world of hardened hearts

People are starving for attention

I struggled with addictions in my start

Sacraments gave me a life of prevention


Every person I see as a Child of God

Do you embrace the Sacraments of God or sacraments of the devil

Baptism and confirmation your nod

First communion begins each level


Emmaus fills the God hole in me

I identify with each of you

We shepherd our children to see

Healing only Jesus can do


We are a soul in a body

Blessed by God to know

Caring for souls even shoddy

By the sacraments we eternally show


Do you want to go to Heaven?

Why do we bring hell on earth?

Spiritual combat we are living

Heaven brought to earth our worth


External sign of internal grace

Regeneration of water recorded

Perpetual learning on my face

The grace of Christ God ordered


Actual soldiers will become

Sharing the Eucharist from up above

Body Blood Soul and Divinity of His Son

Salvation forgiveness His love


We can’t stay in the tomb

We are children of the resurrection

Confession of sins in lieu

Sacraments from heaven


Anointing of the sick

Only a priest presents this order

Holy Orders and Marrying Priests do

God prepares us within our borders


Get real don’t bullshit others

The Sacraments our confessions above

The need of all our brothers

Liberation and Salvation our love


© Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

April 20, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 38 v- 16 thru 18


16 My son, shed tears for one who is dead with wailing and bitter lament; As is only proper, prepare the body, and do not absent yourself from the burial. 17 Weeping bitterly, mourning fully, pay your tribute of sorrow, as deserved. 18 For grief can bring on death, and heartache can sap one’s strength.


**Mourn for Family, Friends and Foes**


In the quiet of the night, we mourn

For those who have passed on shown

Our tears flow freely, our hearts torn

As we bid farewell to the ones we've known


We weep for family and for friends

For foes who have now become dear

Our sorrow knows no bitter end

As we grieve for those we hold near


We cry out in anguish in absolute despair

For the loss that feels so deep

Our souls are heavy, burdened with care

As we mourn, fears and forgiveness we keep


But in our tears, we find solace

In our lament, we find peace

For we know that their souls find grace

In the arms of Christ, their rest will never cease


So let us weep bitterly, let us mourn

For those who have left us behind

But let us also rejoice, for they are reborn

In the presence of God, where eternal peace we will find. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 28, 2024 @ 05:21 AM EST


NJ Emmaus Fadi Karan

Faith in the Word of God


Truth never changes

Word of God is the truth

God remains the same

Jesus is the proof


God’s Word must be our faith

Not a moment we should waste

Our roadmap of life’s grace

Forgiveness humanity can taste


Growing up we were really scared

Civil War created death galore

Struggling teenager haste prepared

High school I didn’t want anymore


Matthew chapter 7 verses 19 through 21

Hearts treasure of Him I desired

Learning words of the Son

Freedom in life our God requires


Enough is enough leaving the war behind

To the mountain I would wonder

The monastery I would find

Silence I would experience exploding hearts thunder


Life’s journey exploded

Heart made sense to gain

Joyful feeling imploded

My heart sharing God over shame


Unknown passport created

France was my destination

Life’s journey underrated

Prayers constant for my gestation


Bibles roadmap showed the way

French became second nature

Lovely wife I meant to stay

Lifelong friend by my maker

Faith and his word no longer a faker

© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

April 20, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 39 v- Five thru Seven


5 (A righteous person who studies the Law of the Lord daily) for His care is to rise early to seek the Lord his Maker, to petition the Most High, To open his mouth in prayer, to ask pardon for his sins. 6 If it pleases the Lord Almighty, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; He will pour forth his words of wisdom and in prayer give praise to the Lord. 7 He will direct his knowledge and his counsel, as he meditates upon God’s mysteries.


**Law of the Lord Study**


Each morning I rise before the sun,

To study the Law of the Lord, the Holy One.

In the quiet stillness before the day begins,

I seek forgiveness for my many sins.


With open heart and mind, I delve into His word,

Seeking wisdom and guidance, my spirit stirred.

I utter the poetry of my soul, a song of praise,

To the One who fills my days with grace.


I ask for understanding, for knowledge to see,

The path He has laid out vividly before me.

To walk in His ways, to follow His light,

To spread His love and truth, shining bright.


Each day I rise, with purpose and zeal,

To study and learn, to pray and to feel.

May His Salvation spirit fill me, guide me each day,

As I strive to live in His holy way. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 29, 2024 @ 05:58 AM EST



NJ Emmaus Ernie

Prayer


God gave me a ride

When I needed a hand

Something I never deny

Daily Mass is my demand


Learned how at an early age

Prayer a gift from my mum

Praying family together our rage

Children protect God your turn


Priest was my desire

Passing the exam

A seminary became my fire

Prayers all would understand


Prayer is now my life

Matrimony I would embrace

The temple of God without strife

My life filled with his grace


The Franciscans I once enjoyed

Leper colony I was assigned

A sickness had me totally annoyed

Two years of recovery confined


Decision was made without procrastination

Priesthood was not for me

New York was my destination

Freedom journey I would see


I met Lynn my soulmate in Christ

Her wisdom beyond measure

Lifelong love would always suffice

A baby girl would soon be our pleasure


Miracle baby was born

A nurse her profession

God’s grace is her norm

Trust in Christ her confession


Without prayer my life would be incomplete

A study of love and grace

Language of love my daily feet

Prayer of the Lord across my face


My mum I honor as the prayer teacher I can trace


© Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

April 21, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 39 v- 18 thru 20


18 He has but to command and his will is done; nothing can limit his saving action. 19 The works of all humankind are present to him; nothing is hidden from his eyes. 20 His gaze spans all the ages: is there any limit to his saving action? To him, nothing is small or insignificant, and nothing too wonderful or hard for him.


**God’s Will Be Done**


In the beginning, God spoke and it was done

He created the heavens and the earth, the moon and the sun

His power is unmatched, His wisdom divine

All things are made by His hand, all things are His design


From the depths of the ocean to the heights of the sky

Every creature, every plant, every star up high

All creation sings His praises, all creation bows in awe

For He is the Creator, the Alpha and the Omega, the Eternal Law


Nothing can limit His saving actions, His mercy knows no end

He is the God of all nations, the Father, the Friend

He sees all things, nothing is hidden from His sight

All works of humankind are present to Him, in His love we find our light


Let us praise Him, let us worship and adore

For He is the Creator, the Lord of all, now and forevermore

May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven above

For He is the Almighty God, the one we trust and love. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 30, 2024 @ 05:35 AM EST


NJ Emmaus

Greg Gallo

Cameo


Long journey to the Church

Deacon Bob aided my faith walk

Overcoming all past hurts

Grace is now how I talk


Emptiness I had to overcome

Men must be men

God’s creation His will of the Son

Journey to overcome sin


Once an atheist

Religion I once considered bad

I was willing to state it

I was lost and very sad


Now the Church means everything to me

I could see how others adored

The Holy Spirit talked to me to be

In Jesus I was fully restored


Greatest thing I should have never ignored

See the Church as truth

Gratitude I would implore

In eternity I’ve seen his proof


© Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

April 21, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 39 v- 24 thru 25


24 For the virtuous his paths are level, to the haughty they are clogged with stones. 25 Good things for the good he provided from the beginning, but for the wicked good things and bad.


**Good Things and Bad**


God's blessings flow like a river,

To the virtuous, His paths are clear,

Smooth and level, free from strife,

Guiding them through a blessed life.


But to the haughty, His paths are blocked,

With stones and thorns, their way is rocked,

For the wicked, good things and bad,

Their journey filled with trials, they always seem sad.


From the beginning, God has provided,

For the righteous, His love is undivided,

Good things come to those who obey,

Their lives brightened by His holy ray.


Let us strive to walk in His ways,

To receive His blessings all our days,

For the virtuous, His love will shine,

And in His grace, we will find the Divine. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 1, 2024 @ 05:35 AM EST


NJ Emmaus 

Robert Stanton

Loving God through Trust


Realized I was more than just a sinner

Full of anger from being abused

Stepbrothers abuse didn’t make me a winner

As my family seemed overused


Wife was like my mother

A child came soon after

Wife spoiled me like no other

Second son came soon from Heaven’s rafter


My mentality was different full of change

The Eucharist didn’t mean a thing

Brought up on broken promises

Mom didn’t pick me up to explain


Invited to the retreat

ShopRite bags my luggage

Men hugging each other

Found myself a worthy brother


Wife acquired anemia

A stroke soon made her bleed

Showing my wife love beyond measure

God’s grace gave us what we need


© Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

April 21, 2024

Universal Utterings®
for May 2, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 39 v- 32 thru 33


32 That is why from the first I took my stand, and wrote down as my theme: 33 The works of God are all of them good; he supplies for every need in its own time.


**Works of God are Good**


Oh, how I rejoice in the works of God,

In His goodness and mercy, I am awed.

For all His creations are perfect and true,

In His time, He provides for me without flaw.


The birds of the air, the flowers in bloom,

All testify to His power and His graceful room.

For He cares for them all, from the least to the great,

In His hands, they are safe and always relate.


The sun in the sky, the moon at night,

Shine brightly with His love and His absolute might.

For He guides us all with a steady hand,

In His wisdom, we can always and forever stand.


Let us sing praises to our God above,

For His works are all good, filled with love.

In His time, He supplies for every need,

In His grace, we will always succeed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 2, 2024 @ 05:33 AM EST


NJ Emmaus

Dr. Jerry

No Suit Needed for Service


No suit to start.

Service talk is work at hand.

God moniker to start

Serve to love, God grand


Service is love.

No money involved.

Agape love from above.

Grace That allows all to be resolved.


Where do you look for service to do?

Roll up your sleeves and be ready.

All service is a worthwhile time.

What you do for God makes you steady.


Sometimes painful.

Embodiment wasn’t true.

Service isn’t fake but gainful.

Love shared and received for you.


Mom wore the pants to react.

Older parents guided me in pride.

Dad was a balancing act in fact.

Taught me who I am to confide.


Pride was tough to overcome.

Losing what I gained as proof.

The Lord to shun

Faults sense of pride of my youth.


I love you guys

Not showing what I need

God allowed my disguise

I overcame my own prideful greed.


House fire changed my persona.

No house And I wasn’t OK

Angry With God, my hosanna.

He protected my family to pray.


Community offered us meals

They made me encouraged to do

To appreciate the good things the fire revealed

Acts of kindness as love of proof


Once a jerk of annoyance

Now a divine jerk to prove

I’m serving as God’s enjoyance

God’s grace overcame my pride of youth


True service begins at home base

Just enjoy who you are as love

Better person from Divine Kool-Aid

Serving humanity for God above


Prayer group needed

The divine within you will click

Put yourself out over greed

Service of love you can’t resist


Thomas Cruz-Wiggins

April 21, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 40 v- 15 thru 17


15 The offshoot of violence will not flourish, for the root of the godless is on sheer rock. 16 They are like reeds on riverbanks, withered before all other plants; 17 But goodness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and righteousness endures forever.


**Goodness is like Eternity**


Violence breeds only destruction and pain,

Its offshoots will wither and never sustain.

For the root of the godless is on rocky ground,

No growth from chaos their confusing sound.


But goodness, like eternity, will never fade,

It stands strong, unyielding, and unafraid.

Righteousness endures through every endeavor,

A beacon of hope that will last forever.


Though darkness may try to snuff out the light,

Goodness will always shine through the night.

For in the end, it is love that will eternally prevail,

And goodness will always be better than evil’s cocktail. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 3, 2024 @ 05:33 AM EST


NJ Emmaus

Mark Gallus

Rose Talk

My snowman adventure


Access line your effort kind

Shooting for the highest impact

He ask for a relationship to bind

More than the devil wants to attack


There is healing in wounds

Sharing what I’ve endured

Our own will is fruitless consumed

God pushes me in the direction He reserved


Free those who are self imprisoned

Plenty of people even in this room

Wisdom is needed as your revision

Dead life was my will of doom


Security in freedom I wanted

But God had other plans

Angel saved my daughter

Who now helps babies withstand


My dad was amazing

Christmas day load up with a grin

So engaged in hurt a grazing

25 years I held it in


Rose flowers represent my walk

Heaven treasures I will be

I went to where He is to talk

God answered in an orange soda for free


Many years of closet prayer

Sin set in with shame

Rosary prayers called a lady bug with care

Orange wasn’t more of the fame


Adoration overcame fall decorations

Scaring my wife to hide

Main church in Adoration

Overcame what we couldn’t divide


Dad’s illness became prevalent

Brain tumor took him quick

Five months he’ll be gone we couldn’t prevent

Before God would take him sick


Daughter became sick too

Covid took her fame

Our tears overcame this abuse

An angel my baby became


Teddy bear fell near me

Her room was lonely indeed

Hugging the bear I would see

My daughter was there I would concede


My snowman adventure

Building a life with Him

Lady bugs of protection

Mother Mary over sin


© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

April 19, 2024

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The Book of Sirach Ch 40 v- 25 thru 27


25 Gold and silver make one’s way secure, But better than either, sound judgment. 26 Wealth and vigor make the heart exult, but better than either, fear of God. In the fear of the Lord there is no want; whoever has it need seek no other support. 27 The fear of God is a paradise of blessings; its canopy is over all that is glorious.


**Fear of the Lord is the greatest wealth**


In the realm where wisdom's voice is held in high esteem,

Sound judgement's worth surpasses any golden dream.

The Fear of the Lord, a treasure, pure and bold,

Outshines the lustrous gleam of silver or of gold.


For in the awe of Him, there lies a path so clear,

No want shall grip the heart, nor shall we entertain fear.

A paradise of blessings flows abundantly,

For those who trust in Him and bow at the knee.


Believe in His Son's Salvation, the gift so divine,

A promise of eternity, with His glory to intertwine.

Through faith, we're clothed in righteousness, made whole,

A ticket to His kingdom, the saving of our soul.


In His magnificent kingdom, where streets are paved with grace,

Every tear is wiped away, we'll meet Him face to face.

The wealth of earth is fleeting, its shimmer quickly fades,

But in His presence, forever, the light never evades.


Let us hold to judgement, to wisdom's gentle call,

For Fear of the Lord is the greatest wealth, surpassing all.

With eyes fixed on Salvation, our spirits soar and sing,

For in His glorious kingdom, we'll reign with our Eternal King. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 4, 2024 @ 05:53 AM EST


NJ Emmaus Brother

Brian Wilcockson

An apostle formerly revered


Twasnt as bad as it feared

To face life without a beard

But when I contemplate sin

I no longer tug on my chin


May 2, 2024

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for May 5, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 41 v- Two thru Four


2 O death! How welcome is your sentence to the weak, failing in strength, Stumbling and tripping on everything, with sight gone and hope lost. 3 Do not fear death’s decree for you; remember, it embraces those before you and those to come. 4 This decree for all flesh is from God; why then should you reject a law of the Most High? Whether one has lived a thousand years, a hundred, or ten, in Sheol there are no arguments about life.


**Death Decree is of God**


In the quiet whisper of time's unyielding march,

Where shadows lengthen and the days grow stark,

Lies a sentence not for the weak of heart,

But a natural end, from which none can depart.


Do not tremble, nor with fear be fraught,

For death's decree is a universal thought,

A destination that all life must seek,

A quiet closure for the strong and meek.


Remember well those who've gone before,

The countless souls who've reached that shore,

Their memories a tapestry, rich and vast,

A testament to lives that could not last.


And those to come, in time's great chain,

Will also find this path, preordained,

For in this cycle, we are but a part,

A fleeting beat within the world's throbbing heart.


This decree for all flesh, it is divine,

From the God who shaped the stars that shine,

An order woven in the cosmos' loom,

From life's first breath to the silent tomb.


Why then should you reject this Law,

The Most High's will, without a flaw?

For in its wisdom, we find a eternal peace,

A promise that all struggle will cease.


Accept the passage, the end of strife,

As just another facet of this mortal life,

For in the end, it's love we'll recall,

A force that binds and outlasts us all.


Do not fear death's final embrace,

It's but a journey to another place,

A transition from this world to the next,

Where souls in Salvation, unburdened, are no longer vexed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 5, 2024 @ 04:17 AM EST

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for May 6, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 41 v- 14 thru 20


14 My children, listen to instruction about shame; 15 judge of disgrace according to my rules, 16 Not every kind of shame is shameful, nor is every kind of disgrace to be recognized. 17 Before father and mother be ashamed of immorality, before prince and ruler, of falsehood; 18 Before master and mistress, of deceit; before the public assembly, of crime; Before associate and friend, of disloyalty, 19 and in the place where you settle, of theft. Be ashamed of breaking an oath or a covenant, and of stretching your elbow at dinner; Of refusing to give when asked, 21 of rebuffing your own relatives; Of defrauding another of his appointed share, 20 of failing to return a greeting.


**Shame’s Instruction Rules of Disgrace**


In the court of human conscience where judgments are arrayed,

Shame sits as a stern judge, in robes of darkness made.

Not all shames are equal, not all disgraces weigh,

For in the realm of virtue, some shames should lead the way.


Be ashamed of deeds unkind, of words that harm or sear,

Of the lies that twist the truth, making the false appear.

Be ashamed of stolen moments that were never yours to take,

Of promises like brittle glass, destined just to break.


Shame, oh judge, be gentle when the fault is merely small,

When a greeting's left unanswered, or no helping hand to call.

Not every slip is sinful, not every error great,

Some are but human folly, not the bait of fate.


But cast your heavy verdict on immorality's stage,

Where deceit and cruel intentions, in history's book, doth cage.

Be harsh on true betrayal, on loyalty's broken sword,

On theft that leaves another's life diminished and unadorned.


On oaths and covenants shattered, let the gavel fall with might,

For these are the chains that bind us, in societal trust and right.

These are the shadows that linger, the stains that long endure,

These are the acts deserving of a shame that's just and pure.


And so, let shame be measured, a guide to lead us back,

To a path of righteous conduct, from the wayward, errant track.

Let it teach us to be humble, to mend our errant ways,

Not every kind of shame is shameful, in the human days we play.


For shame can be a teacher, a call to rise above,

To correct our course with honor, with integrity and love.

Let it not be a torment, but a voice to guide the heart,

To a life of greater meaning, where better selves can start. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 6, 2024 @ 05:50 AM EST

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for May 7, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 42 v- 15 thru 16


15 Now will I recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe. By the LORD’s word his works were brought into being; he accepts the one who does his will. 16 As the shining sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works.


**Works of God in Nature**


Upon the canvas vast and grand,

The Lord's word did command,

Nature's beauty to unfold,

In patterns rich and stories untold.


Mountains rise in majesty,

Valleys carve their history,

Rivers twine in silver streams,

Reflecting heaven's sunlit dreams.


Forests deep with verdant leaf,

Shelter creatures beyond belief,

From tiniest ant to the noble stag,

Each playing part in nature's mag.


Oceans deep where mysteries dwell,

Their waves a rhythmic, soothing spell,

Teeming life beneath the blue,

A testament to what His word can do.


The sky, a tapestry of light,

Stars that twinkle through the night,

Planets dance in cosmic display,

The work of God in grand play.


Birds that soar on feathered wing,

To each, their unique song to sing,

In harmonies that blend and thrill,

Obeying their Creator's love at will.


Flowers bloom in vibrant hue,

Morning kissed by drops of dew,

Each petal a silent praise,

To the Lord's almighty mysterious ways.


In every leaf, and twig, and stone,

His artistry is clearly shown,

A masterpiece of love and power,

Unveiling more each passing hour.


He accepts the one who seeks His face,

The one who runs the faithful race,

Doing will that's just and right,

Walking ever in His guiding light.


For in the works of nature we see,

The hand of God, so clear and free,

Inviting hearts to understand,

The love behind each crafted land.


Let us then with reverence stand,

And care for this entrusted land,

For in His works, we find our call,

To cherish and protect each and all. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 7, 2024 @ 05:02 AM EST

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for May 8, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 42 v- 18 thru 20


18 He searches out the abyss and penetrates the heart; their secrets he understands. For the Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come. 19 He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. 20 He lacks no understanding; no single thing escapes him.


**God understands all secrets**


In the silent chambers deep within the soul,

Where whispers echo and the secrets toll,

God's gentle gaze, with love so vast and smart,

Pierces through the veil to understand each heart.


He walks the corridors of every hidden thought,

Where battles are fought, and peace is sought.

No shadowed corner can obscure His sight,

For in His holy presence, all is brought to light.


The abyss of the human heart, profound and steep,

Where dreams are sown and memories keep,

Is an open book to His all-seeing eyes,

He reads each page, hears every heart's cries.


With wisdom that the sands of time transcend,

He knows the journey's start, its course, and end.

The past, a story told; the future, a song unsung,

Each moment to Him, both old and young.


Not a single thing from Him can hide or slip,

For He holds the universe in His firm absolute grip.

The secrets of the heart, the truths untold,

In His loving knowledge, gently unfold.


He searches deep where human eyes fail,

Through stormy seas and the calmest gale.

The very essence of our beings He has known,

Every past deed, to where our seeds are sown.


He makes known the paths that we must tread,

Guiding gently, by His wisdom led.

He sees our fears, our joys, our every whim,

For nothing escapes His vision, not even the grim.


So trust in Him who knows the heart's domain,

Who understands its joy, its sorrow, its pain.

For God, who searches and sees the unseen,

Is the keeper of secrets, the heart's serene. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 8, 2024 @ 05:03 AM EST

Universal Utterings®
for May 8, 2024


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The Book of Acts Ch 17 v- 28 thru 30


28 For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’ as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 29 Since therefore we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.30 God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he demands that all people everywhere repent.


**Mystery of the Trinity lives in us**


In faith's embrace, we touch the divine,

Threefold mystery, eternally entwined;

Father, Spirit, Son—the Trinity,

Dance of the Godhead, our holy unity.


Within our hearts, this truth we hold,

A love so vast, so deep, so bold;

The Trinity moves, breathes, lives inside,

In their sacred dance, we are invited to abide.


Surrender to Salvation, the Son implored,

His name, Jesus Christ, our shield and sword;

By blood, by Cross, by grace so free,

He opened Heaven's gates for you and for me.


The Father's arms, outstretched and wide,

Draw us to His heart, where love abides;

Creation’s Architect, with tender care,

Crafts a place for us, beyond compare.


The Spirit whispers, gentle and profound,

In silent breaths, in roaring sound;

Guiding, comforting, with us to stay,

A flame that turns our night to day.


In this divine dance, we find our part,

The Trinity's rhythm beats within our heart;

Our being encompasses, with every move,

A step, a leap, in sacred groove.


Believing in the Name, the Word made flesh,

Resurrection's hope, our souls refreshed;

Life Eternal, promised gift to gain,

In Heaven's realm forever to remain.


Here on Earth, we touch the skies,

In heaven's love, our spirit flies;

The Trinity within, around, and above,

Encircles us with His everlasting love.


So let us live, with faith aflame,

In Jesus Christ, the most powerful Name;

The Mystery deep, the love so vast,

In Trinity's embrace, our lot is cast. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 9, 2024 @ 05:43 AM EST

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for May 10, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 42 v- 28 thru 33


28 Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works; 29 Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power. 30 Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more. Extol him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom him. 31 For who has seen him and can describe him? Who can praise him as he is? 32 Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of his works have I seen. 33 It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear him he gives wisdom.


**Greater is He Praise Him**


Beyond the grasp of mortal sight,

In realms where stars are sown,

Dwells He in unapproachable light,

The Sovereign, God alone.


Greater is He than all His works,

The Source of life and love,

His majesty, where mystery lurks,

Enthroned high above.


His canvas, the expansive sky,

With heavenly bodies penned,

He spoke, and suns ignited high,

Their radiant beams extend.


The moons, His quiet sentinels,

Their silent vigils keep,

Orbiting 'round their carousel,

While worlds in darkness sleep.


Such power that flung the cosmos wide,

That set each planet's spin,

Is but a whisper of the tide

Of might contained within.


Our minds, in finite shells confined,

Can scarce His nature glean,

The Architect of all designed,

Seen but yet unseen.


His purpose for us, not to know

The depths of His grand scheme,

But in our lives His love to show,

And in His grace we live Redeemed.


We, the echoes of His voice,

In every act and ward,

Charged to make the choice

To praise, to serve our Lord.


Let every deed reflect His glory,

Each breath a hymn of praise,

Let every chapter of our story

Speak of His wondrous ways.


Praise Him with the morning's rise,

Praise Him when day departs,

For He who crafted earth and skies

Has also shaped our hearts.


So sing, O man, with fervent zeal,

In harmonies profound,

For though His fullness we can't reveal,

In praise His love is found. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 10, 2024 @ 05:21 AM EST

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for May 11, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 43 v- 11 thru 12


11 Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor; 12 It spans the heavens with its glory, the hand of God has stretched it out in power.


The Book of Genesis Chapter 9 v-16

16 When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on earth.


**The Maker of Rainbows**


Behold the Rainbow! Arc of hues in splendor spread,

A bridge between heaven and earth, in sky so clear and wide.

Its Maker's artistry above our heads His colorful bed,

A masterpiece where faith and beauty coincide.


Majestic is its curve, a bow without an arrow,

Its colors painted by the hand of the Divine.

In every droplet, light is split with skill so thorough,

A sign of promise, where hope and grace align.


Then bless its Maker, for through the storm it shines,

A covenant of peace, no words could ever scar.

A testament to love that endlessly entwines,

Connecting all that lives, both near and oh so far.


For every living creature, every mortal soul,

Behold the promise written across the sky clear shone.

From violet depths to red's assertive role,

A spectrum of assurance that we shall never die alone.


It whispers of a pact, an everlasting bond,

Between the heavens and the teeming earth below.

In every living being, of which we're all so fond,

A sacred agreement, in every heart to grow.


So next time the clouds do part and rains begin to cease,

Lift your eyes with reverence, observe the colors dance.

Remember the covenant, which brings our hearts release,

In every vibrant arch, there's a glimpse of His heavenly expanse.


The earth and all within, the creatures great and small,

Are cradled in this vow, this universal span.

The rainbow tells us all, there's love beyond our call,

An everlasting covenant, uniting God and man. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 11, 2024 @ 05:26 AM EST

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for May 12, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 43 v- 28 thru 33


28 Let us praise Him the more, since we cannot fathom Him, for greater is He than all his works; 29 Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power. 30 Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more. Extol Him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom Him. 31 For who has seen Him and can describe Him? Who can praise Him as he is? 32 Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of His works have I seen. 33 It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear Him He gives wisdom.


**God praise indeed He is awesome**


Infinite and Unseen, O Lord Above,

Thy works declare, never denying Thy full love.

For greater art Thou than all deeds so grand,

Crafted by thine Omnipotent eternal hand.


We praise Thee more for what we cannot see,

The Mystery wrapped in Thy divinity.

Thine essence veiled, too wondrous to surmise,

Yet in Thy works, Thy glory never lies.


It is the Lord who made the stars that gleam,

The One who paints the sunrise with a beam.

The sculptor of the mountains, vast and steep,

The shepherd tending to His earthly sheep.


With reverence, our voices lift in awe,

For wisdom's gift to those who fear and draw

Nearer to the heart of what is true—

The wisdom that is found, O Lord, in You.


Thou art the author of life's grand design,

In every leaf, in every creature's spine.

To fathom Thee, the mind must soar and leap,

Beyond the bounds where earthly knowledge creeps.


For greater still, Thou art than all Thy works,

In hidden depths, where sacred mystery lurks.

We stand amidst Thy tapestry, so wide,

And find Thee greater still than all described.


To praise Thee more, our spirits yearn and strive,

For Thou art alive, and in Thee, we're alive.

With every breath, a testament to Thee,

The Lord of all, in all, through all, we see.


In wisdom's path, Thou art our guiding light,

From fear of Thee comes insight, pure and right.

O Lord, we stand, in awe of Thy great might,

Praising Thee more, in love's eternal flight. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 12, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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for May 13, 2024


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The Book of Sirach Ch 44 v- Five thru Ten


5 Composers of melodious psalms, writers of lyric poems; 6 Vigorous, solidly established, at peace in their own estates— 7 All these were glorious in their time, illustrious in their day. 8 Some of them left behind a name so that people recount their praises. 9 Of others no memory remains, for when they perished, they perished, As if they had never lived, they and their children after them. 10 Yet these also were godly; their virtues have not been forgotten.


**Poets Remembered**


In verdant fields of the Godly estate,

A poet dwells, with peace as their mate,

Vigorous in verse, in rhyme they create,

A master of words, none can debate.


Their quill dances with a life of its own,

On parchment pure as virtuous tone,

With every line, their renown has grown,

Solidly established, their seed is sown.


Through the ages, their verses cascade,

Time's harsh winds could not make them fade,

In the heart of humanity, there they've stayed,

Their virtues bright, not once have they frayed.


For they write of love, of life, of cheer,

Of battles within that we hold dear,

Their sonnets strong, yet bring a tear,

Echoes of truth that we all wish to hear.


In the silence of their tranquil lands,

They pen the thoughts that time demands,

With a gentle heart and skillful hands,

Their legacy rhymes in eternal sands.


A defender of hope, their words, our shield,

In the gardens of the spirit, eternity they yield,

A harvest rich; to only One, they've kneeled,

Their soul’s crop abundant in the mind’s field.


Forever remembered, they rest in peace,

For their poems are the endless feast,

Of minds and souls, their eternally release,

In the estates of the Godly, never have they ceased.


So let us read and forever keep,

The poet's words that are sown so deep,

In the heart of humanity, as the universe sleeps,

Through time and space, their virtues sweep. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 13, 2024 @ 05:56 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 44 v- 19 thru 21


19 ABRAHAM, father of many peoples, kept his glory without stain: 20 He observed the Most High’s command, and entered into a covenant with him; In his own flesh he incised the ordinance, and when tested was found loyal. 21 For this reason, God promised him with an oath to bless the nations through his descendants, To make him numerous as grains of dust, and to exalt his posterity like the stars, Giving them an inheritance from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.


**Abraham’s Covenant with God**


In the fabric of time, before nations took shape,

In silence profound, where the world lay agape,

There walked a man, of faith so grand,

Abraham he was, on Canaan's strand.


With a heart devout, to the heavens he gazed,

Upon the Most High, his eyes were amazed,

A call he received, a divine command,

To bind with God, a covenant grand.


"Leave thy home," the Almighty decreed,

"To a land I shall show, follow my lead,

For I shall make thee, a father most famed,

And through thee, shall my people be named."


In the realm of the stars, a promise was sown,

To Abraham, standing so humble, alone,

"Look skyward," said God, "and try if you can,

To count the stars," a measureless span.


"So shall your offspring, forever be,

As numerous as stars, for all to see,

A people of faith, from you they'll rise,

To inherit the earth, under these skies."


And down to the shore, where the waters kissed land,

God spoke once more, his voice so grand,

"Behold the grains, on the seashore vast,

Your descendants shall be, as countless and cast."


An oath was sworn, a future foretold,

A lineage of faith, would soon unfold,

From Isaac to Jacob, the tribes took form,

A nation conceived, through a covenant born.


A patriarch thus, Abraham became,

Of a multitude vast, too grand to name,

His faith like seeds, in the earth's embrace,

Grew into peoples, of diverse grace.


Through trials and years, his lineage spread,

By the promised oath, they were surely led,

To worship the High, in reverence and fear,

Their patriarch's God, forever near.


Now history whispers, of Abraham's trust,

A tale of devotion, from dust to dust,

For he is the father, of many a throng,

Who heed God's command, and to whom they belong.


Blessed be the man, who heard the call,

And walked with God, giving his all,

From him sprang forth, a celestial band,

As numerous as stars, and the grains of sand. Amen.


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May 14, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 45 v- One thru Three


1 From God came the man who would win the favor of all the living: Dear to God and human beings, MOSES, whose memory is a blessing. 2 God made him like the angels in honor, and strengthened him with fearful powers. 3 At his words God performed signs and sustained him in the king’s presence. He gave him the commandments for his people, and revealed to him his glory.


**Moses God’s Favorite**


Upon the mount of Sinai's peak,

In silence, where the heavens speak,

There stood a man, by God's own call,

To serve as their guide, to lead them all.


Moses, the shepherd, humbly trod,

A man of faith, beloved by God.

Chosen to free the captive clan,

And bring them to the promised land.


With staff in hand and heart inclined,

He sought the Lord, his will to find.

Upon that mount, in holy flame,

The Lord Almighty spoke his name.


"Take off thy shoes," the voice declared,

"For where thou stand'st is holy, spared."

The ground was sacred, set apart,

A hallowed space to share God's heart.


In favor found, with trust bestowed,

Moses beheld the path that glowed.

A covenant of ancient days,

To walk in God's commanding ways.


The tablets two, in stone inscribed,

By God's own finger were described.

Ten edicts clear, to guide their life,

To quell the strife, absolve the spite.


"Thou shalt have no gods before Me,"

A call to worship, pure and free.

"Remember the Sabbath, honor kin,"

The rules to hold their world within.


"Thou shalt not kill, nor steal, nor lie,"

Commands that echoed through the sky.

"Adultery, covet not," it read,

To guard the heart, the soul, the bed.


With laws in hand, Moses descended,

His face with holy light was blended.

The tablets spoke of love and fear,

A moral code for all to hear.


The favor found in Moses' plight,

Brought forth the laws that shine so bright.

A testament of time's eternal embrace,

The Ten Commandments for our human race.


And still today, we look above,

To find the grace, the law, the love.

For in those words, we see the face,

Of God's own favor, Moses' grace. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 15, 2024 @ 04:54 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 45 v- 15 thru 17


15 For Moses ordained (Aaron) and anointed him with the holy oil, In a lasting covenant with him and his family, as permanent as the heavens, That he should serve God in the priesthood and bless the people in his name. 16 He chose him from all the living to sacrifice burnt offerings and choice portions, to burn incense, sweet odor as a memorial, and to atone for the people of Israel. 17 He gave to him the laws, and authority to prescribe and to judge: To teach precepts to the people, and judgments to the Israelites.


**Aaron was ordained by Moses**


In Sinai's shadow, beneath the blazing sun,

Moses stood firm, as the Lord's will was spun,

With sacred oil, anointing Aaron's head,

Ordained to serve, where holy paths are tread.


The tabernacle shone with God's own light,

Aaron robed in garments pure and white,

Breastplate aglow with gemstones' varied hues,

To bear the tribes of Israel, and their views.


With incense rising, sweet aroma spread,

Before the veil, where angels fear to tread,

Aaron raised hands, blessings to impart,

Channeling grace, from the Almighty's heart.


Brothers in faith, by sacred bond and rite,

Moses and Aaron, in their service unite,

One to command, one to atone and plead,

Together sowing faith's enduring seed. Amen.


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The Book of Sirach Ch 45 v- 26


26 May God grant you wisdom of heart to govern His people in justice, Lest the benefits you confer should be forgotten, or your authority, throughout all time.


**Heart of Wisdom Ordained**


In sacred halls where silence reigns,

A solemn oath to God remains,

Priests and deacons are granted by His grace,

A heart of wisdom for His place.


With robes as pure as driven snow,

Through rites divine, their wisdom grows,

To govern flocks in justice true,

And guide the souls as shepherds do.


The sacraments, their holy charge,

Entrusted to these hearts so large,

The bread of life, the cup of peace,

Through these, our bond with Heaven's lease.


In water's wake, the newborn cry,

As baptisms wash the sins awry;

In confessions whispered, soft and low,

They absolve the wrongs, the spirits glow.


With oil anointed, sick are blessed,

In holy matrimony, love's confessed,

And at the end, last rites are given,

To ease the passage into heaven.


These rituals, etched in time and space,

Shall never fade, nor be displaced;

The priest's authority, a gift divine,

Throughout all time, it shall not decline.


For in their hands, the keys to bind,

And loose on earth, as God designed;

They stand as stewards of His word to adore,

Their voices, echoes of the Lord.


Amidst the trials, joys, and strife,

They dedicate their very life,

To service in His holy name,

A flame of faith they must proclaim.


So let us honor, with respect so due,

These humble deacons and priests, steadfast, true;

Who bear the wisdom from above,

To govern with justice, serve with love. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 17, 2024 @ 04:41 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 46 v- 11 thru 15


11 The JUDGES, each one of them, whose hearts were not deceived, Who did not abandon God—may their memory be ever blessed! 12 May their bones flourish with new life where they lie, and their names receive fresh luster in their children. 13 Beloved of his people, dear to his Maker, pledged in a vow from his mother’s womb, As one consecrated to the LORD in the prophetic office, was SAMUEL, the judge who offered sacrifice. At God’s word he established the kingdom and anointed princes to rule the people. 14 By the law of the LORD he judged the congregation, and visited the encampments of Jacob. 15 As a trustworthy prophet he was sought out and his words proved him to be a true seer.


**Samuel Opposed Idolatry**


In ancient days of Israel's fold,

A tale of faith and strength is told,

Of Samuel, prophet, judge, so bold,

Whose heart for God was pure as gold.


From Hannah's fervent, tearful plea,

A child was born, to set hearts free,

Anointed voice of the Holy One,

Samuel served till his days were done.


As a boy, in Shiloh's light,

He heard God's call in the still of night,

"Speak, Lord," he said, his soul alight,

"Your servant hears, and I'll set LIFE right."


He grew in stature and in grace,

A judge revered in every place,

Against idolatry, his stern face,

For only the Lord should Israel embrace.


In times when judges ruled the land,

Samuel's integrity took its stand,

He led with an unwavering hand,

On the rock of God's commandments, firm he'd stand.


He anointed kings by God's decree,

First Saul, then David, for all to see,

Yet warned of the burden a king would be,

A prophet's foresight, a destiny.


Even after his final breath,

He spoke beyond the veil of death,

Calling Saul at Endor's depths,

Foretelling fate with his posthumous breath.


Samuel, whose prayers like incense rose,

A faithful shepherd, he opposed

The wayward hearts, the spiritual foes,

With God's own word, he'd interpose.


A prophet mighty, a priest divine,

In history's pages, his deeds shine,

A judge who served a grand design,

Samuel, whose life was a sacred sign.


So let us remember this holy seer,

Who walked with God, devoid of fear,

His legacy, like the stars, clear:

To love the Lord and hold Him dear. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 18, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 47 v- Eight


8 With his every deed (David) offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole heart he loved his Maker.


**Whole Heart of David Loves God**


In Judah's hills, where olives grow and cedars touch the sky,

There reigned a king, a shepherd boy, whose psalms would never die.

With every deed, a grateful heart, to God Most High he'd raise,

His voice would lift, his harp would sing, in endless streams of praise.


With sling in hand, Goliath fell, the giant met his end,

And David's faith, with thanks to God, did Israel's peace extend.

He danced before the Ark of God, his joy could not be tamer,

For with his whole and fervent heart, he loved his gracious Maker.


Through trials dark and troubles vast, when Saul's spear sought his life,

He found his refuge in the Lord, amidst the mortal strife.

In caves and wilderness, he'd pray, his trust in God unswayed,

Each victory, a testament, for which thanks to God he paid.


A temple dreamt, but not fulfilled, his son would build the space,

Yet David's heart, his psalms of praise, would fill it with God's grace.

A man of flaws, yet after God's own heart, he sought to be,

King David's legacy of thanks, through all ages, we still eternally see. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 19, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 47 v- 12-15 & 19-20


12 Because of his merits he had as successor a wise son, who lived in security: 13 SOLOMON reigned during an era of peace, for God brought rest to all his borders. He built a house to the name of God, and established a lasting sanctuary. 14 How wise you were when you were young, overflowing with instruction, like the Nile in flood! 15 Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge. 19 But you abandoned yourself to women and gave them dominion over your body. 20 You brought a stain upon your glory, shame upon your marriage bed, Wrath upon your descendants, and groaning upon your deathbed.


**Solomon’s Satire**


In Solomon's court, where wisdom reigned,

The air was thick with peace sustained;

His mind, a vessel of the divine,

His aroma with knowledge like fine wine.


A temple built, to skies it soared,

In Israel, their God adored;

The nations round, in awe, they stood,

At peace and prowess understood.


But hearts, they wander, as they may,

And Solomon's eye did stray away;

A myriad of loves, his bed did share,

From distant lands, with charms so rare.


With women's whispers, soft and sweet,

Came gods of stone, on foreign feet;

Altars raised, where incense burned,

To deities, his heart had turned.


Oh, wisest king, in judgment keen,

What folly now does this convene?

The one who split a child in twain,

Now fractures faith for love's brief gain.


Jerusalem, once pure and fair,

Now watches idols rise in square;

The very bed where peace was born,

Now hosts a shame, his lineage torn.


The temple's glow begins to fade,

As foreign rites are now on parade;

A covenant, once held so dear,

Is left to rust, as gods foreign appear.


The sage of sages, lost his way,

For fleshly love, his wisdom sway;

A kingdom built on sacred trust,

Now bending 'neath idolatrous lust.


O Solomon, your stain has spread,

A legacy of zeal misled;

The glory of your early days,

Eclipsed by erring, faithless ways.


The stain remains, a caution tale,

Of how the mightiest can obviously fail;

Let history recall and eternally weep,

The king who let his virtue sleep. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 20, 2024 @ 04:53 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 47 v- 25


25 Their sinfulness grew more and more, and they gave themselves to every evil.


**More and more grew their sinfulness**


Once wise and just, a king of lore,

Solomon stood, his wisdom famed,

But as the sands through hourglasses poured,

His virtue waned, his vices flamed.


A heart that once for truth did yearn,

Grew tangled in desire's snare,

For every turn, a lust would burn,

And lead him from the path so fair.


His temple, once to God so true,

Became a den for idols' eyes,

And as his sinful courtiers grew,

The king's own soul was the prize.


In golden halls, where once was prayer,

Now echoed with a different tune,

Of flesh and flash, a gaudy lair,

Beneath a cold and watchful moon.


The wisdom of the man was lost,

In the pursuit of fleeting joy,

For every line he dared to cross,

More of his soul he would destroy.


And so the sin of Solomon spread,

A mirror to our times, for today it truly seems,

Where virtue's cloth is thinly thread,

And vice is sold in gilded dreams.


The world today, in neon glow,

Parades its openness to sin,

Forgetting seeds that we now sow,

May grow to shadows deep within.


We chase the flash, the flair, the fame,

And drown in pleasure's sweet excess,

Forgetting wisdom's sacred flame,

Is dimmed by every wanton caress.


But still, there lies a path of light,

For those who from the dark would turn,

To find the way, the truth, the right,

And let the fires of virtue burn.


So let us not like Solomon fall,

But hold to what is good and true,

And rise above with forgiveness our call,

To live a life as Christ to pursue. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 21, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 48 v- Three thru Six


3 By God’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. 4 How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Whose glory is equal to yours? 5 You brought a dead body back to life from Sheol, by the will of the LORD. 6 You sent kings down to destruction, and nobles, from their beds of sickness.


**Elijah the Prophet**


Upon a land parched and weary, Elijah stood bold,

Prophet of the Most High, in scriptures foretold.

Whose glory is equal to yours, O seer?

In famine and drought, God's voice you did hear.

A herald of truth in a world led astray,

You called down the fire, and the false idols gave way.


In confrontation on Carmel's vast height,

Against Baal's priests, you challenged their might.

Three times you did summon the heavens’ fierce blaze,

Confirming Jehovah's omnipotent haze.

The fire descended, your faith to reward,

A testament powerful, for our God is the Lord.


With prayers, you closed heaven, no rain did appear,

For years, till your word would release it, so clear.

Then down came the fire, not once but thrice told,

Consuming the offering, the altar, the bold.

A sign to the people, a divine decree,

That God was the master of all they could see.


To the widow at Zarephath, you were a guest,

Whose jar of flour and oil was blessed.

And when her son’s breath ceased, to the Lord you cried,

"Return this child’s life!" and death was defied.

Fire of a different kind you brought forth in love,

A miracle from the merciful Father above.


Elijah, O man of both tempest and calm,

Your journey concluded in chariot of psalm.

To heaven, you ascended in whirlwind and flame,

And Elisha, your pupil, would honor your name.

Your story, a testament, set in God’s Word,

Three times brought fire from heaven, and all hearts were stirred. Amen.

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 22, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 48 v- 12 thru 16


12 When Elijah was enveloped in the whirlwind, ELISHA was filled with his spirit; He worked twice as many marvels, and every utterance of his mouth was wonderful. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was anyone able to intimidate his will. 13 Nothing was beyond his power; and from where he lay buried, his body prophesied. 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. 15 Despite all this the people did not repent, nor did they give up their sins, Until they were uprooted from their land and scattered all over the earth. But Judah remained, a tiny people, with its ruler from the house of David. 16 Some of them did what was right, but others were extremely sinful.


**Elisha led by Elijah**


Upon the shores of Jordan's flow,

Elisha stood with heart aglow.

Elijah's mantle soon to fall,

A whispered prayer, a destined call.


The chariots of fire he did ride,

And with them bore the great divide,

Elijah, prophet, soared on high,

Left his earth-bound son to sigh.


Elisha gazed at heaven's gate,

Felt the weight of a prophet's fate.

"Elijah's spirit be my guide,

Let double portion now abide."


He grasped the mantle, heaven-sent,

Across the waters his intent.

He struck the waves with faith's decree,

"Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" he’d plea.


The river parted, dry the land,

Elisha walked with God's command.

He took the spirit, took the flame,

Continued works in Elijah's name.


He healed the sick, the waters cured,

With salt and word, his faith assured.

He raised the dead, the children led,

And countless souls to righteousness fed.


In every deed, the echo clear,

Of Elijah's voice, forever near.

For though the grave may claim the shell,

Elisha's works did brightly tell.


That spirit true, does not expire,

It passes on, ignites new fire.

And Elisha, with heart sincere,

Bore the mantle without fear.


So let the story be retold,

Of prophet’s spirit, brave and bold.

Elisha walked the path of right,

With Elijah's spirit, his guiding light. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 23, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 48 v- 12 thru 16


20 But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; He heard the prayer they uttered, and saved them through ISAIAH. 22 For Hezekiah did what was right and held fast to the paths of David, As ordered by the illustrious prophet Isaiah, who saw truth in visions. 23 In his lifetime he turned back the sun and prolonged the life of the king. 24 By his powerful spirit he looked into the future and consoled the mourners of Zion; 25 He foretold what would happen till the end of time, hidden things yet to be fulfilled.


**Isaiah the Prophet**


In ancient days of Judah's reign, Isaiah walked the land,

A prophet graced with vision clear, by God's almighty hand.

With holy fire that touched his lips, his voice rang out so bold,

To kings and men, his prophecies, of future times foretold.


He saw the coming of the One, a Savior pure and meek,

A servant suffering for our sins, the Righteous One, unique.

"Immanuel" he named the child, with us, our God would be,

A light to pierce the shadow's veil, to set the captives free.


With warnings stern, and promises, Isaiah's words did soar,

Of nations judged, and peace to come, and mercy to implore.

The lion lying with the lamb, a vision of the peace,

When swords to plowshares shall transform, and wars shall finally cease.


Through chapters scrolled in eloquent, poetic verse and rhyme,

His legacy, a tapestry of providence and time.

For in his words, we find the hope, the steadfast love of God,

The covenant that stands the test, though we are seriously flawed.


So, let us sing of Isaiah, the prophet of the Lord,

Whose ancient words still echo through, in harmony’s eternal chord.

For through the mists of history, his visions still inspire,

To walk in faith, embrace the light, and kindle heaven's fire. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 24, 2024 @ 04:37 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 49 v- One thru Three


1 The name JOSIAH is like blended incense, made lasting by a skilled perfumer. Precious is his memory, like honey to the taste, like music at a banquet. 2 For he grieved over our betrayals, and destroyed the abominable idols. 3 He kept his heart fixed on God, and in times of lawlessness practiced virtue.


**The Prophet Josiah**


In days of old when shadows loomed,

A prophet rose, his heart illumed,

Josiah, king of Judah's land,

With steadfast faith, he made his stand.


Amidst the lawless, darkened days,

He walked in virtue's shining rays,

With heart to God forever true,

He sought to cleanse and to renew.


The idols fell beneath his hand,

He brought back hope to Judah's land,

The sacred scrolls he did restore,

And led his people to adore.


Though trials came and tempests blew,

Josiah's faith remained like dew,

A beacon bright in times of strife,

He lived for God, and gave his life. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 25, 2024 @ 06:09 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 50 v- 16 


16 Then the sons of Aaron would sound a blast, the priests, on their trumpets of beaten metal; A blast to resound mightily as a reminder before the Most High.


**Jewish Catholic Traditions**


In ancient halls where candles gleam,

Two faiths converge, a sacred dream.

The Jewish rites, the Catholic prayer,

In reverence, both faiths lay bare.


The Sabbath's peace, the Mass's grace,

Each seeks the holy, sacred space.

A yearning heart, a lifted voice,

In ritual, both find their choice.


The bread and wine, the challah's taste,

In sacred meal, no moment's waste.

Epiclesis, bell blessings rung,

In both, the heart and soul are sprung.


From different paths, a common thread,

In prayer and rites, the spirits fed.

Jewish traditions, Catholic Mass,

In faith's embrace, all shadows pass. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 26, 2024 @ 05:22 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 50 v- 22 thru 23


22 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wonders on earth; Who fosters growth from the womb, fashioning it according to his will! 23 May He grant you a wise heart and abide with you in peace.


**The Trinity is Forevermore**


In time's vast weave, a triune thread,

Three words unite where silence bled.

Mystery cloaked in sacred lore,

A dance of love, forevermore.


Father, Spirit, Son entwined,

In cosmic grace their paths aligned.

One essence shared, yet three they soar,

A paradox, forevermore.


Eternal flame, a light unseen,

In shadowed realms they intervene.

A trinity, we can't ignore,

Divine embrace, forevermore.


In faith we stand, though minds may strain,

Three-in-One, a boundless reign.

Their whispered truth, our hearts implore,

One God in love, forevermore. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 27, 2024 @ 05:13 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 50 v- 27 thru 29


27 Wise instruction, appropriate proverbs, I have written in this book—I, Yeshua Ben Eleazar Ben Sira—as they poured forth from my heart’s understanding. 28 Happy those who meditate upon these things; wise those who take them to heart! 29 If they put them into practice, they can cope with anything, for the fear of the LORD is their lamp.


**Wisdom Words Whispered of Ben Sira**


In ancient scrolls where wisdom’s whispers dwell,

Ben Sira speaks with truths profound and clear,

His proverbs, like a wellspring, gently swell,

And teach us how the Lord’s command to fear.


With fear of God, our lamp through darkest night,

His words, a beacon guiding lost and lone,

In every proverb, gleams of holy light,

A path of virtue, by His grace, is shown.


Ben Sira’s voice, a sage’s calm refrain,

Instructs the heart to seek the righteous way,

To shun the folly, vanity, and pain,

And in the Lord's embrace, our trust to lay.


So heed the wisdom from this ancient sage,

Let every verse illuminate your mind,

For in his counsel lies a timeless page,

Where fear of God and peace are intertwined. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 28, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- One thru Three


1 I give you thanks, LORD and King, I praise you, God my savior! I declare your name, refuge of my life, 2 because you have ransomed my life from death; You held back my body from the pit, and delivered my foot from the power of Sheol. You have preserved me from the scourge of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips of those who went over to falsehood. You were with me against those who rise up against me; 3 You have rescued me according to your abundant mercy.


** My King My Lord My Savior**


In the shadow of His throne, I find my rest,

My King, my Lord, my Savior, ever blest,

From death to life, His love has drawn me near,

In His embrace, all fears and doubts disappear.


He ransomed me from darkness, cold and deep,

To walk a path where joy and light now sweep,

His mercy, like a river, flows so free,

Rescuing the lost, the lonely, and me.


In times of trial, He is my steadfast guide,

Through storms and strife, He stands by my side,

His grace, abundant, covers every need,

In His refuge, my soul is truly freed.


With praises high, my heart will ever sing,

To my Redeemer, my Lord, my King,

For in His loving arms, I’ve found my peaceful place,

A life transformed by His redeeming grace. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 29, 2024 @ 03:31 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- Six thru Eight


6 I was at the point of death, my life was nearing the depths of Sheol

**Mercy for my Silent Hell**


In shadows deep, where pain did dwell,

A boy of nineteen, in silent hell.

A man’s dark deed, a cruel disgrace,

Left scars unseen, a broken face.


In shame I ran, from hope estranged,

A double life, in twilight’s range.

Thoughts of death, like storms, did roar,

With a rope I implored, I sought release, but found no door.


In darkest night, my cries took flight,

To heavens high, I turned my sight.

No hand to hold, no friend to send,

Till mercy’s light did softly bend.


Jesus bore my shame, my fears,

He healed the wounds, wiped away the tears.

Now in His grace, I find my role,

To share His love, and soothe each soul. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 30, 2024 @ 05:23 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- 9 thru 12


9 So I raised my voice from the grave; from the gates of Sheol I cried for help. 10 I called out: LORD, you are my Father, my champion, my Savior! Do not abandon me in time of trouble, in the midst of storms and dangers. 11 I will always praise your name and remember you in prayer! Then the LORD heard my voice, and listened to my appeal. 12 He saved me from every evil and preserved me in time of trouble. For this reason I thank and praise him; I bless the name of the LORD.


**Hell or Highwater Praise God**


In shadows deep, where death's cold fingers cling,

I stood at Hell's own gate, my voice a trembling ring.

Dark whispers called, despair's cruel siren song,

Yet from my heart, a plea to God burst strong.


"You are my Father," through the gloom I cried,

"My Champion, my Savior," with faith undenied.

In that abyss, where hope seemed lost and frail,

God heard my prayer, His mercy did prevail.


From every evil, His hand did deliver,

In darkest night, His light did make me shiver.

He saved my soul from death's relentless claim,

And now with grateful heart, I praise His Holy Name.


I bless the Lord, my voice a hymn of grace,

For in my darkest hour, I saw His amazing face.

Eternal thanks I offer, pure and true,

For God, my Savior, made all things anew. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

May 31, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- 13 thru 17


13 I sought wisdom. 14 She came to me in her beauty, and until the end I will cultivate her. 15 As the blossoms yielded to ripening grapes, the heart’s joy, My feet kept to the level path because from earliest youth I was familiar with her. 16 In the short time I paid heed, I met with great instruction. 17 Since in this way I have profited, I will give my Teacher grateful praise.


**Wisdom Sought Christ My Guide**


In darkness deep, my spirit cried,

With wounds unseen, my soul denied.

But in the night, an angel came,

A spark of light, a holy flame.

Through Christ, my heart began to mend,

In Him, I found a faithful friend.


Awake, reborn, my eyes could see,

The path to wisdom, clear to me.

With Scripture's truth, my guide each day,

In Christ alone, I found my way.

His words, a balm to heal my pain,

In His embrace, my soul regained.


Each dawn, I seek His wisdom pure,

In holy texts, my heart's secure.

To cultivate with earnest zeal,

The love of God, so true, so real.

In prayer and study, I reside,

With Christ, my Teacher, by my side.


No longer lost, I pay her heed,

In Christ, I find the truth I need.

Redemption's grace, a gift so grand,

In Jesus' name, I firmly stand.

His wisdom flows, my guiding light,

Through every day and darkest night.


Forevermore, my grateful praise,

To Christ, my Teacher, I will raise.

For in His love, I've found my peace,

From trauma's grip, I find release.

With thankful heart, my song shall be,

To Christ, my Lord, eternally. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 1, 2024 @ 06:44 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- 19 thru 20


19 I burned with desire for her (wisdom, Jesus Himself), never relenting. I became preoccupied with her (wisdom, Jesus Himself), never weary of extolling her (wisdom, Jesus Himself). I spread out my hands to the heavens and I came to know her (Christ-fed) secrets. 20 For her (Jesus) I purified my hands; in cleanness I attained to know her, (to know Jesus). At first acquaintance with her, (Jesus), I gained understanding such that I will never forsake her (wisdom, Jesus Himself).


**Desires of wisdom of Jesus Himself**


In shadows deep, where secrets lie,

A yearning heart began to cry,

For wisdom's flame, a guiding light,

To know my Savior in the night.


With fervent prayer, my soul did soar,

Seeking truth and nothing more,

In Jesus' name, my spirit found,

A love so pure, profoundly sound.


Unwearied lips, His praise outpour,

Extolling wisdom evermore,

His words, a balm to heal and mend,

A grace that knows no bitter end.


With hands uplifted to the skies,

I glimpsed the truth through tearful eyes,

Christ-fed secrets, deeply sown,

By God's own breath, forever known. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 2, 2024 @ 06:04 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- 22 thru 23


22 The LORD has rewarded me with lips, with a tongue for praising him. 23 Come aside to me, you untutored, and take up lodging in the house of instruction; 24 How long will you deprive yourself of wisdom’s food, how long endure such bitter thirst? 25 I open my mouth and speak of her: gain wisdom for yourselves at no cost.


**Praising tongue Lord rewarded**


The Lord bestowed a gift on me,

A tongue well-trained in praise,

To lift His name in melody,

And guide through life’s dark maze.


As Teacher of God’s wondrous lore,

I call the untutored near,

Come dwell where wisdom’s treasures pour,

And banish doubt and fear.


How long will you forgo the feast,

Of wisdom’s nourishing bread?

Why let your thirst be never ceased,

When living waters spread?


With open mouth, I speak His name,

Christ’s wisdom, pure and vast,

Embrace this gift, no wealth to claim,

Eternal truths amassed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 3, 2024 @ 06:45 AM EST

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The Book of Sirach Ch 51 v- 29 thru 30


29 May your soul rejoice in God’s mercy; do not be ashamed to give him praise. 30 Work at your tasks in due season, and in his own time God will give you your reward.


**The Mercy of God rejoices with all**


In the quiet dawn, where hope takes flight,

May your soul find solace in God's pure light.

Let mercy's balm soothe every care,

For in His grace, your heart shall share.


Do not be ashamed to lift your voice,

In praise and song, let your spirit rejoice.

For every whisper of faith you sow,

God’s love will nourish, and make it grow.


Amidst the tasks that fill your day,

In work and joy, find your sacred way.

Each moment, a step in life's grand dance,

Guided by His divine providence.


In season, toil with steadfast heart,

Know that in God's plan, you play a part.

And as you labor, with patience and grace,

In His own time, He'll reveal your place.


So cherish the journey, both trials and peace,

In His eternal love, your soul finds release.

For when you trust in God's grand design,

Your reward will come, in His perfect time. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 4, 2024 @ 06:01 AM EST

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The Book of John Ch 11 v- 25 thru 26


25 “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.


**Jesus is Life’s Resurrection**


In Bethany's embrace, the shadows lie,

Yet hope is whispered through the sky.

"I am the resurrection," He proclaims,

Life eternal, in His holy name.


Martha's eyes, with tears, they gleam,

"Do you believe?" is more than a dream.

For those who trust, death holds no sting,

In Christ, the risen, hearts take wing.


"Though you die, you shall yet live,"

A promise only He can give.

Faith in Him, the path so bright,

In darkness, Jesus is everlasting light. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 5, 2024 @ 06:44 AM EST

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The Book of 2 Timothy Ch 2 v- 8 thru 10


8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.


**God’s Word chained not**


In ancient scrolls, the Word resounds,

Unchained by time, in hearts it pounds.

A beacon bright, in shadows cast,

For chosen souls, both first and last.


Through trials deep and mountains high,

The Word of God shall never die.

It bears the weight of love and grace,

To guide the lost to Jesus' face.


In Him, Salvation firmly stands,

A gift bestowed by sacred hands.

If we have died in Him, we shall also rise,

Beyond the grave, to endless skies.


Persevere, and reign we will,

With every storm, stand stronger still.

But should we falter, turn away,

His love remains, though we may stray.


Deny Him not, lest we be lost,

For every soul, He paid the cost.

Yet in our doubt, His truth persists,

For He is faithful, He exists.


He cannot change, nor can He lie,

For in His essence, truth does lie.

Eternal promise, steadfast, pure,

In Him, our hope is ever sure.


So let the Word in freedom soar,

Its power, might, forevermore.

For chosen ones, it lights the path,

To find Salvation, escape His wrath.


In Christ we live, in Christ we reign,

Through every joy, through every pain.

Unchained, the Word of God remains,

A guiding star through life's terrains. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 6, 2024 @ 06:44 AM EST

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The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


**Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus**


In the quiet hush of dawn's first light,

Where shadows flee and hearts take flight,

A sacred moment, pure and bright,

The Sacred Heart, our guiding sight.


Upon this day, in reverence deep,

Where faith and love together sweep,

We gather, souls who no longer sleep,

In Jesus' heart, our spirits leap.


His heart, a flame of boundless grace,

A refuge in this world's vast space,

With tender love, His warm embrace,

He calls us to a holy place.


O Sacred Heart, with thorns entwined,

A symbol of love so mystically divine,

Through every trial, we find the sign,

Of mercy in each of your heart's design.


His heart, it beats with love so true,

For every soul, both me and you,

In sorrow's night or morning dew,

His sacred love, forever new.


O Jesus, in Thy heart we find,

A peace that calms the restless mind,

A love that heals, a grace so kind,

In Thee, our refuge, intertwined.


With every beat, Thy heart does speak,

Of love for all, the strong, the weak,

In humble hearts, Thy strength we seek,

Thy Sacred Heart, our spirits peak.


On this solemn day, we vow to be,

Reflections of Thy merciful charity,

In every heart, Thy love decree,

O Sacred Heart, we worship Thee. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 7, 2024 @ 05:37 AM EST

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**Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary**


In the garden of eternal grace,

Where lilies bloom in sacred space,

A heart immaculate and pure,

In Mary's love, we find our cure.


Oh, heart that beats with tender care,

A mother's love beyond compare,

With every throb, a song of peace,

From earthly woes, a sweet release.


In your embrace, the sinner's plea,

Finds solace, hope, and sanctity,

A beacon through the darkest night,

Your love, a guide to Heaven's light.


Immaculate Heart, so full of grace,

With virtues time shall not erase,

In sorrow's depth, your strength abides,

A fount of mercy, where love resides.


Oh, Heart aflame with divine fire,

Inspire in us a pure desire,

To love as you, with faith so true,

To see the world with eyes anew.


In trials, when our spirits tire,

With you, we find our hearts' desire,

To walk the path where Christ has led,

With you, our guide, our daily bread.


Immaculate Heart, in thee we trust,

In times of joy, and when we must

Face shadows cast by doubt and fear,

Your gentle beat, we hold so dear.


Oh, Mary, Mother, guide our way,

Immaculate Heart, to you we pray,

In life, in death, our hearts entwine,

In love eternal, pure, divine. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 8, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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The Book of 2 Corinthians 4 v-18


18 as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.


**Mary’s Unseen Prayers**


In the quiet hush of dawn's first light,

We kneel, our Rosary held tight.

Beads of faith through fingers slide,

Whispered prayers in the morning tide.


Each bead a step on paths unseen,

Threads of grace in a world serene.

We contemplate the Eternal's face,

In the silence, finds our sacred place.


Beyond the veil of time and space,

Lies the realm of endless grace.

Mary's heart, with fervor, knows,

What is unseen forever grows. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 9, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 5 v-2 thru 12


2 He began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


**The Beatitudes blessed are they are you**


Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Humble and meek, they shall inherit,

The riches of God's grace given.


Blessed are those who mourn and weep,

For they shall be reassured.

In their sorrow, God will keep,

And wipe away your tears rest assured.


Blessed are the meek and mild,

For they shall inherit the earth.

In their gentle spirit, reconciled,

To God's love and eternal worth.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst,

For righteousness and justice true.

Their hearts and souls will be immersed,

In God's mercy, pure and new. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 10, 2024 @ 05:12 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 5 v-13 thru 16


13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 


**Salt of the Earth**


In faith's pure light, we walk the narrow way,

As salt of earth, our purpose clear and bright,

To season lives with truth and hope each day,

And guard against the shadows of the night.


Yet salt that loses taste is soon forgot,

Its essence gone, its value cast aside,

For what is salt if flavor it has not?

A thing discarded, trampled, and denied.


So let us keep our fervor ever strong,

Preserving all that's good with love and grace,

In Christ, our strength, we find where we belong,

And through His power, we hold our sacred place.


With every step, let's honor heaven's call,

A beacon shining in a world of strife,

For in His name, our purpose stands for all,

As salt of earth, we bring eternal life. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 11, 2024 @ 06:50 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 5 v-14 thru 16


14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.


**Light of the World**


In the darkness, you bring forth the dawn,

A beacon of hope where shadows have gone.

"Ye are the light of the world," He proclaims,

Through you, His love and mercy remain.


Upon a hill, your light brightly shines,

Guiding the lost through life's tangled vines.

"Let your light so shine before men," He said,

That they may see your good works and be led.


In the heart of night, your glow does suffice,

Reflecting His grace, a radiant device.

"Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,"

So stand tall, for your light is His gospel. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 12, 2024 @ 03:34 AM EST

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"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."


**Mi Tonita**


In the gentle whispers of the dawn,

Your love, Tonita, brightly shone.

In Christ, our souls are interwoven,

In His light, our love is chosen.

As Jesus taught, we love one another,

In you, I've found my true lover.


"By this everyone will know," He said,

As we follow where He has led.

Through trials and joys, hand in hand,

Together, we fulfill His command.

In every heartbeat, every prayer,

My love for you is always there.


On this special day, my wish is true,

To show my love as Jesus knew.

You are my soul mate, my heart's delight,

In you, I see His love shine bright.

Forever, Tonita, in Christ's embrace,

Our love, a testament of His grace.

Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 13, 2024 @ 04:34 AM EST

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The Book of Psalm 27 v-Seven thru Nine


7 Hear my voice, LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. 8 “Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”; your face, LORD, do I seek! 9 Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You are my Salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my Savior!


**Lord voice mine hear Savior mine**


In the quiet whispers of my soul,

I call to You, O Lord, my goal.

Hear my voice as I implore,

Have mercy, answer, I need more.


My heart exudes it beckons, "Seek His face,"

In Your embrace, I find my place.

Your presence, Lord, is all I seek,

In Your strength, I am not weak.


Do not hide, O Lord, from me,

In Your light, I yearn to be.

Do not repel in anger's fire,

Your love, O Lord, my heart's desire.


You are my Salvation, my guiding star,

In Your grace, I travel far.

Do not forsake me, Savior divine,

In Your arms, forever mine. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 14, 2024 @ 05:34 AM EST

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The Book of Mark 4 v-26 thru 29


26 Jesus said, “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land 27 and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. 


**No one knows how God’s Kingdom grows**


A man scatters seed on the ground,

The Kingdom of God is like this,

Night and day, growth is found,

In mystery and silent bliss.


Whether he sleeps or gets up,

The seed sprouts and it grows,

Though he does not know how it’s enough,

The divine secret, only God knows.


All by itself the soil yields grain,

First the stalk, then the head,

Then the full kernel in the ear remain,

By God's own hand, it is fed.


As soon as the grain is ripe,

The sickle is put to the field,

For the harvest time is right,

God's Kingdom revealed, unconcealed. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 16, 2024 @ 04:51 AM EST

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for June 17, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 5 v-38 thru 42


38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.


**Matthew Five Thirty Eight thru Forty Two**


You’ve heard it said, an eye for an eye,

But I tell you, don't resist an evil guy.

If someone slaps you on the cheek so square,

Turn the other, show love and care.


If someone sues to take your shirt,

Let them have your coat, avert the hurt.

If compelled to go a mile, go two,

Show them kindness, as Jesus taught you.


Give to those who ask, don't turn away,

From those who borrow, do not sway.

For love is stronger than any might,

In peace and grace, find true delight.


Bless those who curse, pray for the foes,

In giving mercy, the heart truly grows.

By these actions, let your light shine,

Reflecting the love that is divine.


Let your heart be full of grace,

In every step, in every place.

Follow the words from the Most High,

In love and mercy, abide don’t deny. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 17, 2024 @ 04:49 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 5 v-43 thru 45


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,


**Matthew 5 v-4345**


In the light of love, let hearts be pure,

“You have heard it was said,” the ancient lore,

“Love your neighbor and hate your foe,”

But a higher calling, Christ did bestow.


“But I say to you, love your enemies,

Bless those who curse you,” He decrees,

“Do good to those who hate you, pray

For those who spitefully use you,” in His way.


“That you may be children of your Father above,

He makes His sun rise on evil and good with love,

Sends rain on the just and unjust,” His grace,

A boundless mercy, we’re called to embrace.


May we reflect this divine, holy light,

In every action, be it day or night,

For in loving all, our souls are free,

Fulfilling the law of love, eternally. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 18, 2024 @ 04:33 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 6 v- One thru Four


1 “[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. 


**Practicing Righteousness in Secret**


In secret give, let no one know,

The kindness of your heart,

Seek not the praise of men to show,

From God you will depart.


When you give with humble grace,

Your left hand unaware,

The Father sees in hidden space,

Rewards beyond compare.


So let your deeds in shadows lie,

Away from worldly eyes,

For treasures stored in heaven's sky,

Are where true blessings eternally rise. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 19, 2024 @ 04:53 AM EST

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for June 20, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 6 v- 7 thru 15


7 In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 


**Teaching on Prayer and Forgiveness**


In the quiet of the heart, where whispers dwell,

Words of wisdom from Jesus tell:

"When you pray, do not babble like pagans do,

For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him what to do."


"Pray then in this way," He gently imparts,

With reverent words, from humble hearts:

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, all the same."


"Give us today our daily bread," we plea,

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive debtors freely."

"And lead us not into temptation's snare,

But deliver us from sins evil lair."


"For if you forgive others their trespasses true,

Your heavenly Father will also forgive you."

"But if you do not forgive," He did proclaim,

"Your Father in heaven will not forgive your transgressions the same."


In these sacred verses, a path we find,

A guide for the soul and a balm for the mind.

With hearts open wide, in prayer and grace,

We seek His kingdom and His holy place.


Words of Jesus, timeless and clear,

Teach us to live without worry or fear.

For in forgiving and in prayer's deep art,

We find the peace that dwells in God's heart. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 20, 2024 @ 05:15 AM EST

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for June 21, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 6 v- 19 thru 21


19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up treasures in heaven,


**Storing Treasures in Heaven**


In a world of fleeting gold and rust,

Where treasures turn to ash and dust,

Seek not the wealth that fades away,

But treasures in Heaven that eternally stay.


Where moth and rust cannot corrupt,

And thieves break not to steal and disrupt,

There lies a wealth beyond earthly compare,

In Heaven's realm, so pure and so rare.


For where your treasure finds its place,

There too, your heart will set its pace.

So store your riches high above,

In realms of peace and boundless love.


Seek not the gems that time can claim,

But eternal light in Jesus' name.

Let Heaven be your heart's true guide,

Where everlasting joys always abide. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 21, 2024 @ 05:05 AM EST

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for June 22, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 6 v- 27, 33 thru 34


27 Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? 33 But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. 34 Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.


**Seeking God’s Kingdom without Worry**


In the quiet hours of the night,

When worries grow and dreams take flight,

We ponder on our fleeting days,

And wonder if there's other ways.


Can worry add a moment's time,

Or ease the mountain we must daily climb?

The weight we bear, the fears we hide,

Are shadows cast from deep inside.


Yet hear the words of wisdom's call,

To seek God's kingdom, first of all.

In righteousness, our hearts align,

And blessings fall like morning's shine.


Do not fret for what’s to come,

Tomorrow's path is yet unsung.

Today's enough, its trials clear,

With faith and love, we persevere.


Each day unfolds with light anew,

Trust in God, and He'll see you through.

With every step, let go of fear,

For in His grace, He holds us near. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 22, 2024 @ 05:35 AM EST

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for June 23, 2024


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The Book of Mark 6 v- 37 thru 40


37 A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. 38 Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”


**Jesus Calms the Storm**


In the heart of the sea, the tempest did rise,

Dark clouds gathered, veiling the skies.

Waves like mountains, fierce and tall,

The disciples trembled, fearing their fall.


The boat was tossed by nature's might,

Hope seemed lost in the dead of night.

Amidst the chaos, their voices did cry,

"Master, save us! Or we’ll surely die!"


From peaceful sleep, He rose with grace,

Calm assurance upon His face.

He rebuked the wind, spoke to the sea,

"Peace, be still," was His decree.


The storm obeyed; the winds did cease,

The waters rested in perfect peace.

Amazement filled each fearful heart,

"Who is this, that storms depart?"


With gentle eyes, He questioned their fright,

"Why are you fearful? Where is your faith's light?"

In His presence, they found their calm,

For even the tempest heeds His palm. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 23, 2024 @ 04:49 AM EST

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for June 24, 2024


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The Book of Luke 1 v- 57 thru 60


57 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”


**The Naming of John the Baptist**


In the quiet town of Judah's land,

A promise fulfilled by heaven's hand.

Elizabeth's joy, her time had come,

To bear a son, God's chosen one.


Neighbors and kin with hearts so light,

Rejoiced with her, a wondrous sight.

Their laughter echoed through the air,

A gift from God beyond compare.


On the eighth day, the time was near,

To name the child they held so dear.

"Zechariah," they thought with love,

But she spoke a name from above.


"No, John," she said, with voice so clear,

A name ordained for all to hear.

In this small town, a light would dawn,

With the birth of a child ordained as John. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 24, 2024 @ 04:59 AM EST

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for June 25, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 7 v- Six thru Eight


6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. 7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”


**The Secret of Sincere Prayer**


Do not cast pearls before the swine,

Nor give what’s sacred to the blind.

For precious things are not to be,

Trampled by those who cannot see.


Ask, and it shall be given you,

Seek, and find the path that’s true.

Knock, and the door will open wide,

With love and grace, come step inside as proof.


For everyone who seeks, shall find,

In earnest heart and open mind.

To those who knock, the door’s unveiled,

Through faith and hope, love prevails.


So guard your heart, and guard it well,

Let wisdom in your spirit dwell.

Seek the truth with fervent plea,

And find the light that sets you free. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 25, 2024 @ 05:56 AM EST

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for June 26, 2024


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The Book of Matthew 7 v- 15 thru 20


15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So by their fruits you will know them.


**Recognizing False Teachers by their Fruits**


Beware the wolves in sheep's disguise,

With honeyed words and charming lies,

For outwardly they seem so pure,

But inwardly, their hearts obscure.


By their fruits, you’ll know their name,

Not by their claims or worldly fame,

For figs don’t grow on thorny trees,

Nor grapes from thistles in the breeze.


The healthy tree bears fruit that's sweet,

In kindness, love, and deeds complete,

But trees diseased with rot and blight,

Yield only harm, despite the light.


Observe the fruit, both good and ill,

In actions, words, and hearts that fill,

For every tree that fails this test,

Will face the fire, find no rest.


So recognize the true, the false,

By fruits they bear, and heed the calls,

Of wisdom, love, and truth’s embrace,

To walk the path of God’s own grace. Amen.


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

June 26, 2024 @ 05:36 AM EST

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The Book of Matthew 7 v- 21 thru 23


21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’


** True disciples hear and heed**


Not everyone who calls my name,

"Lord, Lord," with fervent plea Heaven obtain,

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