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The etymology of Godspeed according to Wiktionary: From Middle English phrase God spede (“may God cause you to succeed”), from God (“god”) + spede, subjunctive of speden (“to prosper”), from Old English spēdan, fromspēd (“success”) 

We rarely use it today.  If and when we do use it, it hardly sets off any spiritual spark as it once had among people of faith.

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s progress contains a farewell from Evangelist, bidding Godspeed to Christian and encouraging him to continue on his journey.  We see it in Fiddler on the Roof with the “Sabbath Prayer” scene, singing: “May God bless you and keep you.” It is common to our Christian benedictions, where we bid each other good tidings until we meet again as we quote Numbers 6:24-26.

We are familiar with such blessings as we part company, but we are far from doing them regularly.  We rarely do so other than as part of our liturgical program or format.  If nothing else, it is a sign to eager and fidgety children that church is almost over.  Sadly, we do not use such words when we part ways any longer.

If we understood what it meant, would we wish our brother or sister in Christ Godspeed?

Do we really want other Christians to succeed right before our own eyes and in our midst?

Can we praise God for Him blessing someone else despite all of our prayers, petitions and supplications for the same thing for ourselves?

I ask us to ponder such a thing.  I wish us to seek the Lord’s direction in how we deal with one another.  In all these things, I bid you Godspeed.

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Under the Darkness

 by  Bruce T. Jackson

There are some people

Who live under the darkness.

You rarely see them during the day.

Yet, when the sun goes down

And the street lights come on,

They magically appear.

Out of the depths of somewhere unknown,

They emerge all made up and dressed up,

Looking for something new

But not something new under the sun.

They thrive in the dark of night.

They live for sundown and avoid sunrise.

They slip in and out of juke joints and bars.

They liven up when the lights are low

And the music is so loud

That it seems to drown out

The sighs and cries of a dreadful life.

They live in the dark.

They come alive at night.

They live hidden lives by day

And only emerge from under the darkness.

 

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Reprinted from the book Words from the Underground

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 I felt driven to share some of my pieces of poetry as I prepare to publish my fourth book of poetry, Words from the Underground.  I find these to be pieces that will set the tone for my most secular poetry work that I have done to date.  These words are words from my heart based upon what I have seen, heard and even experienced in ministry, service and just plain life.  They open the vast world of the urban streets that remain unknown to many who may never venture into such places otherwise.  May God bless you.

Missing Motivators

 

I counted them on my fingers.

I counted them one by one.

I counted them out loud

Until my counting was done.

I counted them one by one.

I counted them until I was done.

I counted them and counted on them,

But now I find none.

 

The Beauty in the Beast

 

The beauty in the beast

Remains hidden deep within.

The beauty rests inside.

It is a mystery of its beauty

Lives beyond normal sight.

It is the beauty of the beast

That rarely is seen.

To know its beauty is

To know the beast.

Both of these poems will be available in my upcoming summer release, “Words from the Underground.”

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