The disciples were scared spitless
when You sent them off two by two 
to preach and perform miracles
without You.
But they did it
and came back full of joy
with stories as long as Your arm.

Then when You were arrested,
beaten and brutally murdered,
they didn’t think 
they’d survive without
their teacher and friend,
but they did.

After Your resurrection,
and the disciples had eaten and laughed,
and listened to You tell them again
what their hearts so wanted to hear,
they stood looking at the clouds,
of You.
Engulfed in panic and dread, 
Your words of comfort were 
no comfort at all, 
and still, they thrived.  

They returned with joy,
they survived and thrived,
without You, their friend and teacher, 
because You, God, never left them.

You promised You would be with us always
and You always keep your promises.

Jesus says he is with us on our journeys. He says he has been with us since each of our journeys began.  Listen for him. Listen to the sweet and bitter airs of your present and your past for the sound of him.  
                             Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey 

Eastertide Reflection 7

Lately, when I experienced some “Oh, no!” feelings. I traced back to see what caused them and discovered there was nothing to be concerned about. An old/young part of me was simply startled when something unexpected happened and wanted reassurance that God was still with me, and everything was fine. 

What is going on in your life that feels difficult, scary or overwhelming? Do you feel alone in this? What’s it like to open to the reality that God is there with you, full of compassion, comfort and wisdom. What’s it like to know that God is in you, ready to meet the old/young part of you that gets startled in the night?

Credits and References:
“Sent Out” by Lawrence OP. Used with permission.
Poem “Always” by Esther Hizsa, 2023
“Ascension of Our Lord” by Lawrence OP. Used with permission.
“The Incredulity of St. Thomas” by Caravaggio, 1601-2
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2023.
The unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2023.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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1 Response to Always

  1. Patrick McKitrick says:

    Thanks Esther!


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