Blessed Assurance

The
context
of the world
trades and markets
on fear, using it
to generate despair
and extinguish hope and faith.
Fear is an enemy of hope.
Faith is our anchor in times of fear.
God says to not fear, calling us by name.

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Core Strength

How
can I
be open
to sharing grace
when I am afraid,
feeling vulnerable
to implacable forces?
I have what I need within me
to connect to my divine heartspace.
There I will find God’s strength to transcend fear.

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A Place in Time

Place
matters.
Socially
distanced from all
my familiar spots
wrests me from my moorings.
No cup of tea with a friend.
No snuggles with my sweet grandsons.
I am thankful to be safe and well,
but this place in time is forever changed.

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Easter Reprise: A New Stanza

God
gave us
free will, not
to rule the world
but to love, cherish,
and share in creation.
It is through Christ, we cross the
borders of the holy and are
entreated to love one another.
Lord, take us, renew us and remake us.

We are Easter people and see the world
not as lost but full of new promise.
The road is not without peril,
many challenges await,
but in Christ we find strength.
We are one body.
Alleluia!
Together
we will
mend.

The first stanza is from Easter: A New Beginning posted last Easter.  The second stanza is new and as we remain in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it reflects a prayer of hope for the renewal yet to come.

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The Power of Pain

The
cross calls
us to ken
the mystery
of Christ’s suffering
as an act of great love.
It’s difficult to bear pain,
experience anguish, and yet,
if we do not turn away, we learn
abundant life dwells on the other side.

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Peaceful Surrender

As
I walk
with Jesus
this holy week
the world is writhing
in pain and agony.
Our Lord surrendered to Love
becoming one with the Divine.
I pray for the healing of the world.
May we find peace in surrender to Love.

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Sacred Heart

First, we feel, move and react from the gut
in a full-on visceral response.
Next, the head thinks, plans and reasons.
Human ego hard at work.
The real instrument
where humility
meets the Spirit
is the heart.
It just
knows.

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