Punctuating Life

Written By: Chris Mace
Punctuating Life

“First Light”, Sullivan, Maine

Tumbling in

at first light,

scrambled, fragmented, shrouded

and incomplete

Thoughts –

mixed, imagined, punctuated with

question marks, exclamation points, commas, periods,

and more-

waiting to be untangled, sorted, aligned

aching to be finalized, completed, emphasized

into a moment, a paragraph, a chapter,

but sometimes troubled into an ellipsis …

a pause

hanging in consideration or in mystery…

before earth’s final twist

into last light,

Released to dreamy darkness

or restless rest

only to return

at another, and maybe another, or another

first light.

Time , “not endless”, interrupted

with uncertainties, doubts, questions,

anxiety, fear, grief, disappointment, shame,

and finalities.


always overwritten with





from the constant, faithful, Sovereign One, in whom there is no shadow of turning,

from the One from Whom all blessing flow,

from Israel’s Champion who assures , “…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand, (Isaiah 41:10)

from the One who forgives, redeems and restores those who call upon Him in faith alone,

from the One who moves insurmountable mountains, turns weakness into strength, changes difficulties into joy, and fills trials with grace and mercy,

from the One who makes life into “good” as it conforms to the image for which He created it to be,

from the God of perfect gifts and of

all comfort, hope, peace, joy and love,

from the One who promises never to leave or forsake those who seek His Kingdom!

Trusting through revolving, evolving time-

assured, empowered to withstand, to overcome,

to live out the punctuations

with joy!


good and justice will prevail

when God closes history with its final


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