Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Run and Hide

 A noise, a crack, the explosive sound of bullets, the rising of the dust as they hit the ground. 

After the bomb, the pulse jumps, reacts to the suddenness. A whoosh of adrenalin, a widening of the pupils. The arm hairs stand erect, the forehead displays immediate beads of sweat.

The knees buckle ever so slightly. Should I be ready to flee, to run, to hide? Where can I even go that will be better than here, or safer than my current position.

All of the options uncertain with no way to know the best choice.

Do I hide?



The perceived need for action, to do something is great but the results of what can actually be done are minimal.

Who will help me? Who will help us?

(c) 2021 Brian D. Kelley

(Written as I was thinking of the current tragedy in Myanmar)

Thursday, May 20, 2021



Life giving elixir

doubles as most popular cleaning agent

more valuable than purest gold

yet it sits in a toilet

Without it there is no life

at its lack we pine for it passionately

It flows and fills the lowest spots

is able to take on any form

when encased the pressure builds

when released it overflows

brings the new

it is the stuff of which we mostly are

and best of all

when we find the living version

as was said

If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water



Tuesday, May 18, 2021



Sometimes a word we have repeatedly used thousands of times just suddenly sounds different. In my experience this happens faster in second languages perhaps because you can look at it as an insider. But it can also happen in the mother tongue.

This happened to me as I heard something or read something - actually I do not know. But I do know that there was in a moment of time a thought that crossed my mind about the English word Resource.

And somehow in my mind's eye I saw the word written differently with a dash separating the syllables - Re-source.

Resources are what we all need no matter what we do. In the work of missions it is often a topic. Everyone needs it, and I must confess to a feeling in times of Covid that is is lacking more than normally.

But as this rewriting of the word hit my mind, with a dash, I started to look at it differently.

If we write it Re-source, it implies that it is something that is happening again and not simply a one off experience.

I was reminded of the Bible passage in John 4:35 where it says - Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields, that they are white for harvest.

It is like the economic template of supply and demand. We read here that the demand is great and the only missing part is the “supply”.

But that part of the equation is added from another passage and that happens in this very same chapter just 25 verses earlier - “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.

I found it astonishing that this small thought about a single word, resource / re-source led me into a new discovery. 

We have what we need when the focus return to the source, ie. we re-source.

Seek first [b]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [c]provided to you. (Mt 6:33)

So now when I think about what I need and ask for resources, I realize it is my job to do the “re” part and. look to the true source of all we need.

(c) 2021 Brian David Kelley

Monday, May 03, 2021


Vacuum abhorrence

emptiness not for us

avoid the void

filling with shillings or pills?

what the will wills

choosing, refusing

selection, direction

ward of the blank


bareness rejected

vacuity corrected

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Something about her draws

She has a smile that melts

An icy heart

And a heart that smiles

Like a jump start

Something about her draws 

Like magnet to steel

Like moth to a flame

Like a hook on a reel

Or a child to a game

Something about her draws

The pull of gravity

Please do not set me free

A smile that draws

A heart to thaw

Inner beauty

A gentle soul

A faithful heart

More than rote

Exceeding a start

When all that is visible fades

There is a truth that remains

And when the exterior fades

The central soul remains

(c) Brian David Kelley 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Time is Come

The time is come
not long ago
so far away it seemed
its march continues unimpeded
will it be redeemed?

In distant past
the plans were laid
Its memory now faded
and as the speed
easily leaves us jaded

so hard to measure
impossible to capture
can't be bottled or preserved
and the secret longing
for its demise

(c) 2021 Brian David Kelley