your foundation was laid
in a crack house of thieves
burned beyond belief

your foundation still stands
surviving refiner's fire
strengthened with love

Dedicated to all the youth in detention who have survived early childhoods that are beyond our imaginations.

crack house
Crack House by Chris Bartelski

Inspired by the Lenten Journey reading of  1 Corinthians 3:10-23.

12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.  14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

For March 12 

People on a Lenten Journey

Lorot Poetry: Echoes of the Hills

Becca Givens at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

Terri at What About God?

Jonathan Stone


Michael (Booguloo)


Roy DeLeon at Expressive Prayer


  1. terri0729 said on March 13, 2012
    This one is so cool!! I really, really liked a lot, Terri!! Well done :)
  2. granbee said on March 13, 2012
    Bless you, dear Terri, for you had already shared with me at my own blog about your wonderfully blessed time with the detention house youths! Your poem certainly carries a clear message about the manmade foundations those poor youth started out life on; and the eternal, imperishable foundations upon which they now know they can stand on all the remainder of their days! Hallelujah! Wonderful photo to illustrate, as well! Thank you for all your work with us here on our journey!
    1. Terri said on March 13, 2012
      someday we will have to worship together!
  3. becca givens said on March 13, 2012
    Stunning!! I particularly like the last stanza ... and the dedication!! If only all of the world's youth would experience unconditional love and divine nurturing to provide the strength of this foundation!

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