“Who splits the stone…”

“I say to you that from these stones  God is able to raise up children to Abraham.”         - Jesus (Luke 3:8, NASB)

“I say to you that from these stones
God is able to raise up
children to Abraham.”
- Jesus (Luke 3:8, NASB)









who laughs in light
who stumbled moans
who pledged in youth
who mired in woe

who doubled down
who bore it through
who emptied out
who wounded flew

who reached to lift
who freed in faith
who prayed by heart
who facing raised

who split the stone
who feathered day
who calls by name
who paths a way

who breathes into
who stirs awake,
who risks in love
who rivers grace.

“The voice of the Lord discovers the world”










“The voice of the Lord…discovereth the forests.”
- Psalm 29:9, KJV


You Lord, who makes the cedars to break,
You, the waters that bend the world,

You God, the floods to rise upon,
You, who in storm our need unfurl;

Come Lord, discover the forest yet shaken,
birthing its fawn, breaching its deer,

Divide the flames of fire before us,
wilderness racing ravine unto ridge.

Voice your name, God, the treetops to listen,
free fall your glory, your temple instill,

Raise up the horn of your strength in our making,
deepen the peace of your people here.

(William B Jones, May 10, 2014, after Psalm 29)


Moriah Birches

Moriah Birches








“The presence of paper birches…requires abundant light, such as occurs in an opening created by fire or an extensive blowdown of [other] trees, in order to establish and grow.”
- New England Forests Through Time.

this flash of light will cost you something,
shard against your skin in time,
coming through the crowded waiting,
huddled musings as you by

course to open some in wonder,
others caution open sky,
yet the standing cannot hold you,
time nor keep you still, though try

but this day, this hour silver,
lifting ash-blown into light,
beyond paper word reflecting,
brighten into my own sight.

“The word is very near to you”

“The word is very near to you…”

(Deuteronomy 30:14)

To listen the Word you first must hear,
beyond the rising of the sea,
across the burning of the sky,
tender the people’s lost, and found.

To speak the Word, you must in courage
let it speak within your heart,
set it forth from where you are,
trust your hearers’ need to hear.

To let the Word stir, you first need see
its seed is planted among us already,
it starts from where we are in our lives,
it grows with the tending, so let us begin.

The Word is very near to you.

Thanks be to God
the word given us bear.


In honor and memory of those seeking to teach God’s Word.

In and through







Let me light enough within, God,
your love carry to and through.

Let me shade enough to shelter
these you ask me, giving to.

Let me warmth enough to nourish
word you stir inside my days.

Let me courage come your waking,
let me strength inside this dream.

Let me pass your deeping darkness,
Spirit lead me in and through.

Let your light, God, in my living,
as I am called unto you.


“In and through” by William B. Jones, Lent 2014
(Christmas Cactus photo courtesy of Phil Robinette, OFM)











to rise this ridge
your crescent moon,

to true this voice,
this body to,

to let light fall,
slip full into.


“I remember you in the night watches…
and sing within the shadow of your wings.”

-Psalm 63, verses 6 & 7