“…….and you said I would be thrown out!”



“……….and you told me the others would throw me out!”




Lenten Journey – Day 4
Biblical Scripture: Matthew 9:2-13
Open Invitation to Join Terri from
Cloaked Monk

25-Feb-12: Matthew 9:2-13, focusing on verses 10-12.

10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”



Oh, now croaky, so folky in pokey timidey hopsies

Oh, now, Lowly Croaky, once Big Croakey, peeks at top

Oh, now on top, once in ditch, picked up by camel popsies

Oh, now, frog legs and darting tongue seek out more to cop.


“How can I be here, how can I be amongst you, oh friends?”

“Did I not brag and stick out my tongue and give you warts?

“Oh, the Babe and then the kings told us with you to blends.”

“Oh, the Light  now blazing out your froggy eyes will from you no more parts!”


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Dreamwalker
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 01:26:51

    another thought provoking piece Granbee… and I hope many others come to learn what mixing means.. … Love and grace my sister of light..

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:34:23

      Sue, so very pleased you signed on with the “mixing”. I am so thrilled I can always depend upon you to “get it” at a spiritual level. Beating my drum with you, dear sister!

  2. becca givens
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 01:36:55

    Granbee — you give me lots to ponder with your interpretation of today’s lenten journey reading … I am glad to be on this journey with you! xoxo

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:35:36

      Praise be, Becca! You also give me pondering time with your interpretations of the Lenten Journey we travel together with Terri! So pleased you found ponderous thoughts here! Bless you!

  3. cloakedmonk
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 05:34:40

    I love the characters you have created and the way you express their struggles and joys and then the way that illumines our own struggles and joys. Lovely journeying with you.

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:37:36

      Terri, bless you for your supportive and encouraging feedback! I must admit, I get quite a kick out of my characters. I suppose you realize, they are all inspired by little parts of me as those parts have been connected in my own spiritual journeys!

  4. zumpoems
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 06:46:04

    You add so much color and imagery without using color words or typical image painting. Very well done!

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:38:28

      Wow, zummy! Such high compliements from you! Color without typical color words, huh? I am so extremely inspired by these comments of yours! Watch out!

  5. Galen Pearl
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 07:14:16

    Rose, Your comment on my guest post at The BridgeMaker prompted my post today with a link to you. Thought you might be interested.


    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:46:19

      After reading you post of Sunday, 02/26/2012, from the link you so helpfully provided, this is what I say: Wow, Galen! Wait until my friends hear that you said I was “tactful.” This is the very most encouraging thing ANYONE has said to me in years. I have vowed to be encouraging and support, even when I express a different point of view, to all in cyberspace and all in person during this Lenten Season. So very pleased you were prompted into a closer observation of events and people in your own life. All I can say is, it was the moving of the Holy Spirit. Thanks Be to God! (I am copying this comment in answer to your comment on my last post at https://granbee.wordpress.com

  6. totsymae1011
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:36:00

    “Stick out my tongue and give you warts?” Sounds like somebody didn’t learn a lesson, Must the tongue come out again? Running, running as fast as I can….

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:47:47

      See, Tots, the frog got included because the Babe and the Wise Men told the other critterlyfolk friends that he should go along. It is IMPLIED that he stopped sticking out his tongue at them and actually, never did give them warts, which the Light now shows them.

  7. eof737
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:58:39

    “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means… I’ve always paid attention to that line in the bible. 🙂

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:48:45

      Hooray for you, eof737! Pay attention to the sinners and publicans and the sick always. So pleased about your comment here!

  8. cottonbombs
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:40:25

    Rose! This is one of my favorite messages of Jesus: coming to help the sick, not the well. Though, not a Christian, I am a big fan of said philosophy. And I am a fan of you, too, Rose!

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:53:13

      One day, Peter, you and I will stand together in glory. You may not wish to be labeled a “Christian” right now, but I am going to be like George Burns answering John Denver in the movie, “Oh, God!” when Burns (playing the role of God) told Denver that it did not matter that he, Denver did not go to church, because he, Burns(God) didn’t go to church, either. You are like that. I cannot honestly blame you, for so many “Christians” are such turn-offs, right? You oughta have to live amongst these good church folk here in NW Alabama if you think “Christians” in Canada are bad! Why do you think I see myself in Ugly Bird and Big Croakey Frog and Stump Woman and Old Crookeye? See why so much of great American literature gets written in the Deep South? We have more to speak out against? We are more comfortable being “weird and eccentric” in the eyes of our neighbors!

  9. willofheart
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 21:44:31

    I am glad I am able to reflect something through the verses you shared, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”… thank you so much Rose for sharing the light…

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:54:40

      Willof, bless you for reflecting with me on these verses and continuing to seek more and more Light to shine on our journey to wisdome about these truths!

  10. Miro
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 22:08:17

    Thanks for bringing a little sunshine to the world with your creativity. I’m nominating you for the Sunshine Award: http://warriorpoetwisdom.com/2012/02/27/sunshine-award/
    Peace & grace,

    • granbee
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:56:26

      Miro, bless you for your nomination. I am totally slammed these days with converting illustrations for this poetry series, guest authoring at ChristianBlessings, and continuing to write offline on this series. What an honor to be called a Sunshine Giver! You are absolutely indispensable to me in my own continuing journey as a spiritual warrior. You give me so much strength!

  11. lscotthoughts
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 00:09:30

    Rose, as always, your structure, rhythm, rhyme and language is wonderful, but this one conveys a very important message of uniting and all being one~ Thank you! 🙂

    • granbee
      Mar 01, 2012 @ 01:53:49

      Bless you many times over, dearest Lauren, for zeroing right into the center of my soul’s most earnest desire–that we should all join together for the good of all!

  12. Thomas Davis
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 09:11:10

    Light shining from eyes, uniting us all for the good of us all.

  13. Betty Hayes Albright
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:07:37

    I agree with what Thomas said – light “uniting us all for the good of us all.”

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:21:05

      Yes, Betty, you and Thomas are very dear to my heart with your comments both picking up on the central message of nearly all of my blog–and most of my other writing projects and illustration work(actually, playing around!). Bless you most abundantly. So pleased to be marching ever forward into more and more light in your wonderful company, Betty!

  14. bardessdmdenton
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 08:23:10

    “How can I be here, how can I be amongst you, oh friends?”
    “Did I not brag and stick out my tongue and give you warts?”

    There but for the grace of God go I…we are all ‘in this’ together. Your words are always a rhythmic rhyming joy, Granbee, but oh so profound and wise.

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