a day for the fearful and confused


Today could be a day for the fearful and confused.
The ones who think there is no hope,
no way, no answer, no light,
no happy ending.
We who feel bound up and unmovable,
frightened stiff or insignificant,
whose dreams have faded like the late summer sun
whose hearts are broken and trampled.
This is the day for those who have
cowered and doubted and stumbled and mumbled,
who wonder how any good can come of it
at all.
This is the day for us
to hear the answer of our God.
Echoing still from ages ago,
as the men from many nations stumbled about
as the followers hid
where the doors were locked.

He comes

and stands in our midst.

He unlocks doors,
mends words,
tends fearfulness
grants peace
He gives strength
He paves ways
He heals hearts
He grants courage
He enlivens persons.

He speaks.

He does not duplicate or replicate.
He turns us around to see that
all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. *

That there is something waiting in us after all.

He creates us each as we are meant to be –
mending and melding our passions and desires
into the Good of His Will
and says to us again,
“Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when He has said this,
He breathes on us
and we are created
and He shall renew the face of the earth.


pentecost poem - the loveliest hour

*prayer of Julian of Norwich

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