God, Life, Photograph, Poetry


will come upon you.
you would risk it
or not.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

Life is about change; we must take the steps to be ever diligent and ready. For it often comes when we least expect it. In what or should I say, in who do you put your faith to see you through the inevitable changes that will come?

#JustBelieve  #GraceWins  #HopeLives

Life, Writing

Tell Me Your Name

Tell Me Your NameMy name is Mark Wayne Schutter,
son and prince of the one true God,
loyal servant to the true King, Jesus Christ.
Husband to a beautiful wife,
father to an amazing daughter;
and I will stand against evil
in this life and the next!

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I wrote the words above in December of 2004 one month after my daughter was born.  Over ten years later, thank God they are still true even though I often find myself wondering who I am and often in need of a reminder.  Our lives are so much more than what we see, for there is eternity placed in our hearts. Words of truth are so easily stolen, vanishing into the darkness like smoke into the night. Yet, one small light can carve the dark and cast out the doubts, we must see that the light does not go out.

The script is based on the scene from the movie Gladiatorin which Maximus is in the Roman coliseum and turns to address the emperor Commodus when he is asked to tell him his name. Years earlier Commodus had murdered his father Marcus Aurelius and ordered the execution of Maximus and his family, thereby claiming rule of the Roman Empire.  Maximus escaped being killed but was later captured and forced into slavery becoming a gladiator; fighting in the ring for his life to the crowds amusement.

However, when his defining moment arrived he turned, faced the murderer of his family boldly proclaiming who he was.  Through the journey and struggles Maximus never forgot who he was, he knew his name, he knew it with all his heart.  I pray that we all are able to do the same.  How would you answer when asked your name? God Bless! ~M

PS – did you catch the Pi symbol, in honor of Pi Day; 3-14-15? 🙂

Photograph, Poetry, Writing

The Colors of the Spirit

Naturea blowing wind
swirls endlessly in perfect harmony
with the rhythm of our
repeated sins

an unrelenting rain
beats incessantly down into arid
and barren spaces of our
tattered minds

a freezing sleet
pelts our lives with no concern
carving scars across our
broken hearts

an incessant fog
shadows every move we make
the gloom hiding our
remembered shame

a bright sunshine
softens the ever hardened places
and gently forgives our
every mistake

an everlasting blue
so freely grants mercy’s gift
covering our spirits in
unending grace

~Mark Schutter ©2015

Life, Photograph

Love and Compassion – What do you want me to do for you?

Love and CompassionAs they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David !”  The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.  ~Matthew 20:29-34 (NASB)

The bible records that wherever Jesus went people cried out Him, especially those shunned by society, the outcasts, and the rejects, those who had lost all hope the things of this world, in others and in any ability to save themselves. 

Isn’t this still true today?  Even after 2000 years, when we are hurt, lost and without hope; is it then that we cry out to God?  I wonder if in those moments those who profess no belief in God also find themselves calling out to something larger and beyond themselves.

What strikes me was the response of Jesus; he stops, calls to them and simply asks, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

Jesus gave no indication that He knew what they wanted.  He simply asked and waited for them to answer. Could it be true that Jesus, often in a still small voice, is asking this very same question even today, to you and to me? “What do you want Me to do for you?”

So I leave you with this – maybe we should also be asking this question of others?  Many are yearning and waiting for someone, anyone to ask them this question.  So set aside your own agenda and thinking that you know exactly how to solve the problem and ask.

The blind men knew exactly what they wanted Jesus to do for them, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”  Clear and straight to the point was their answer as I suspect those in need also know exactly what they may need in that moment but no one ever asks.  We give them our answers, our promises, even our good intentions but we do not ask what do they truly want.

I believe that love and compassion first starts here. In order for us to meet a need at that still point and to truly fulfill it we must first ask the question and wait for an answer.  Even if the question is asked silently within the halls of our own hearts.

Just Believe ~ Grace Wins ~ Hope Lives
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