Saturday, September 23, 2017

Learning to trust


Faith is learning to trust
that there will always be a place for you
with nourishment and warmth;
that the sun will always rise again;
that the shadows on the lawn will turn to gold.

Friday, September 22, 2017

When calm turns to storm


What is it about life --
that the very things that give us pleasure
can sometimes overwhelm us?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Respecting the spark

I believe there's a divine spark
that animates every one of us
as well as all creation.
My guess is we will never heal
the gaps that lie between us --
between nations, generations, or religions;
between left and right, rich and poor,
old and young, or male and female --
until we learn to respect that spark:
to condemn actions instead of people;
to object to and resist choices
without insulting their perpetrators.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our safe and golden stillness


From our safe and golden stillness here,
we hold in prayer the suffering 
of those elsewhere, whose lives are torn,
by nature's cruel quakes and storms.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

United we stand


The more we stay connected --
to the present, to our bodies, to each other --
the less vulnerable we are and the stronger we become:
our strength lies in our unity; our weakness, in divisions
from each other and ourselves.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Final harvest


And now, as we begin to harvest
the final fruits of the season,
what colors, tastes, and memories will we be storing up
to feed us during the long winter months ahead?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bloom where you're planted


However small, or unimportant, 
or ordinary our role may be,
it's still our chance to bring life and color 
to the grateful world around us.