Dancing in the Desert

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Dancing in the desert

Dry bones cracking and popping around

Grit, heat, and friction invade

As warped echoes of hollow sound scatter

Many are driven to the desert to seek You,

Cutting free the marionette strings of control.

Those who tell us who to be and what part to play

Are silenced. Only One Voice speaks where hot winds blow


Yet You are there in the exposure, refining.

Your Voice comforts the afflicted with resurrection.

As we die to ourselves in the desert,

Your Living Water reanimates dry bones with joy…

But not before death, not on our terms do we follow

We surrender

In the desert we learn to trust You,

In a wilderness fraught with danger we lose ourselves

to find You

Our voices join the Voice of creation

Our hearts vibrato like cello strings in Your hands

Your Spirit penetrates our hard places and bring life

Like a Flood in the desert


About jtower11

Hi there! I am James Tower: A husband, father, dreamer, visionary, thinker, poet, mystic, metal-worker, and scholar. I have served College Avenue Friends since 2013. I like to describe the way God has been at work in my life by saying that "He has been creating in me the heart of a pastor, the mind of a scholar, and the zeal of a missionary." I have an extremely nontraditional background as Jesus has given me freedom from the slavery of addiction to drugs, and my journey to faith came later in life after an overdose in 2000. I graduated with a M. Div with an emphasis in biblical studies from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland Oregon in 2016. I have a love for teaching and revealing the historical and doctrinal context from which the biblical text arises, and connecting its redemptive message to life today. Other interests include teaching a leadership class based on the Friends Testimonies at William Penn University, writing, and metalwork such as blacksmithing, a passion which I enjoy teaching others as a way of discipleship. View all posts by jtower11

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