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. A former atheist trying to find my way as a Quaker minister. A former drop-out trying to find my way through an M. Div program at George Fox. A former addict who, over twelve years ago had a life changing encounter with Jesus that has altered the course of my life forever. I am a creative person called to pastoral ministry, spiritual direction and discipleship. I love "conversations of consequence" with people who are willing to wrestle through the deeper truths and messiness of life. I have found God in my brokenness, and He has shown me how to use that personal knowledge to work toward healing and reconciliation with others. I love the outdoors, camping and recreation, an eclectic blend of music and arts, and creativity in general. I am passionate about expressing my faith in Jesus, and allowing God to transform every area of my life and every decision I make. Together with my wife Liz and daughters Sophie and Greta, we are on a journey to figure out where, when, and how to live out the call God has placed in our hearts. For more about me check out the "about" or "my story" pages. View all posts by jtower11

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