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The Cleansing of the Beating Heart
by Tyrone Vincent Banks

Friday, January 06, 2006
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My New Years Resolution is to read the Bible from cover to cover, this has inspired me to write this "chain of thoughts."

The Cleansing of the Beating Heart

©2006 Tyrone Vincent Banks

 

Every journey begins with one step…

I’m trying to get right

I wish that I never learned the full arsenal of four letter words that I have mastered.

But, I let those words into my heart and they do not wish to leave

For some reason, they feel that they’re still needed

To make me complete.

 

I let impatience enter into my heart

Just like my days in the Corps, everything has to move efficiently and quickly

No one will be left behind and I’ll remove the weakness from your body

Through pain and sweat –

YOU WILL DO AS I SAY!

…that too is a curse that I’ve passed on as my children lack a measure of patience at times, unfortunately,

THEY DO WHAT I DO AND NOT WHAT I SAY…

 

It was inevitable.

 

The original sin

The knowing of all things impure and evil

The loosing of immortality

The thorns about the ground

The money that’s earned by the sweat of our brow

The pain of childbirth…a few of many

 

Because of man’s sin – the Ark floats in

A second chance – a cleansing of humanity so that the chaff will separate from the seed and we are reborn…

 

SIN

What was sinful back in the day?

So bad that God sent the waters to wash us away?

 

Was it even close to the sin of the world after Christ’s sacrifice was duly noted and then forgotten by some?

 

The dropping of bombs

The releasing of the gas

The rape of children

The decapitations

The betrayal of faith

The corruption of the church

The Slavery

The lynching

The dragging of the bodies behind a truck

The impure thoughts totally submerged and saturated in sin

 

My sin

Your sin

Our sin

Begat sin…

 

The Business to mind is our own, but…

 

As a collective, we’re simply asking for it…

 

The proverbial macho man in the wife-beater shirt

Challenging others to “hit him in the bread basket.”

 

Or daring you to “Knock a chip off of their shoulder…”

 

The pushing of the envelope…

in which we just have to see what is not truly ours, but we steam and gently tear open the envelope for a glance and before you know it – the contents is revealed.

 

You don’t want HIM to hit you in the bread basket!

You don’t want HIM to knock anything off of any part of your body                


 

His envelope has been tampered with and open

The seal will be broken

The word will be spoken

 

All is REVEaLed AT the back of a book of the lIving wOrd…Next to the ChriStian heart.

 

I admit my corruption

I admit to my sin

 

But if I can somehow cleanse those things from my beating heart, and then

 perhaps the waters will not return to cleanse it for me…I’ve only but started to ask for forgiveness for a lifetime of ignorance.
 
 

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/7/2006
E x c e l l e n t. This will stay with me -- as it will with every
other reader, I am sure -- because it reverberates with truth.
Bless you! Phyllis
Reviewed by J M 1/7/2006
Tyrone,

This is cleansing food for my soul. The journey is a long one and it takes dedication and faith to endure it the lessons within the Holy Bible guides us on the way. We learn from the beginning to the end.
I want to thank you for this uplifting write.

Joselyn
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/6/2006
I feel inadequate to add to Aberjhani's words. May your journey be a blessed one, Tyrone. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/6/2006
A deep and powerful stream of spiritual consciousness that provides a courageous glimpse into one man's struggle to climb the higher peaks of his own soul. The spiritual energy is beautiful and the expressed determination admirable.



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