Category Archives: Poetry

Turn to Wonder

“I have wonderful news:the Hoped-for-One,the Birthing you’ve longed forin the depths of your soul,has come, oh yes, has come!”— Joyce Rupp Really?I can’t see it happening.I long to be birthed into long stretches of unrattled moments,moments of easeand wholenessuntinged with disappointment. Will Your coming calm the sea of my lifefree me from my paralyzing thoughtssatisfy my hunger?This wafer … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Restless

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” –Luke 9:58 (NRSVUE) I want to lay my head on the satisfactionof believing that … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Trust

Life is a succession of dyings and risings. At the center of the Eucharist, we proclaim, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.”–Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, November 27, 2022 This morning I saw minuscule buds on my … Continue reading

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Advent 1: Touch

I waited for You at the door of wordsbut they were little more thanletters on a pageundecipherable my feelings far away.Did I have any? I fidgeteddistractedpowerless.  Then, through the locked door,You came. “Touch my face,” You said Lost feelingsfound tears. … Continue reading

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Just Now

Did you notice that just now?That unexpected spaciousness in the midst of everything trying to get through the door at once. A delicious “Ahhhh!” A sense that it’s going to be fine. It is fine.  You keep thinking you need more days with nothing scheduled,  … Continue reading

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Make Peace with Your Helplessness

  Make peace with your helplessness. You can’t change the past or control the future. What is is what is. Feel your anger.Watch it rise up and look for someone to blame. Even if it is their fault or yours or God’s, it doesn’t change a thing. You’re still … Continue reading

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Patches of You

Sometimes— let’s face it, a lot of times–I think I would be happier,if life wasn’t clouded with conflict, unsolved problems,deadlines, tension,and unpleasant feelings. Sometimes life just works.Things fall into place.We have summer days of endless skywith no dark clouds anywhere. … Continue reading

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Stay Right Here

Summer wasn’t finished.There were more mountains I wanted to climbwhen autumn came demanding, list in hand,reminding me of all the preparations to be madedeadlines to meetand commitments to honour.A rising tide of the urgenttriggered an internal tide of anxiety. “Breathe,” … Continue reading

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Carried

Just then some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but, finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the … Continue reading

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Enjoy This Too

Peace followed me home like a stray pup with soulful eyes accompanying me everywhere, barking at strangers, snapping at flies, resting her head on my lap as if she belonged to me. The little girl in me asks, “Can we … Continue reading

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