06 October 2011

Time for conversation

I wake
thinking in lists
what must be done
mental check marks
bullet points
never believing
there is time enough
perhaps an early start
is best
yet always
my brain static
is interrupted

Martha, Martha,
you are worried and upset about many things,
but few things are needed—or indeed only one*

Yes, Lord,
I stop, to calm
come to a place of stillness
there is no one there
but Him and me
a hillside
an ocean shore
a river bank
where idle chatter
steps aside
makes way
for conversation

I offer
a willing heart
open ears
and a listening spirit
What words I speak
are not important
for their clarity
or perfection
meter or rhyme, no,
they are significant only
because of their intended
audience
and the intimacy
of their exchange

This then is prayer
may these conversations
never cease


from Luke 10:41-42


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Jamming with Bonnie about Whitespace and Prayer


also joining my voice with Emily and the imperfect, broken and redeemed.

7 comments:

Sandra Heska King said...

Always time for one thing. This poem breathes stillness. Sigh . . .

Joyful said...

Wonderful :-)

Brandee Shafer said...

Nice. I love Mary and Martha and all they teach us.

Katie said...

I am always amazed that I can have a Martha heart and a Mary heart at different times.

Wonderful insight to the ONE.

emily wierenga said...

i need to find this hillside. thank you for helping me hear God tonight. e.

Carrie Burtt said...

A beautiful message we all need to hear.....thank you. ;-)

Bonnie Gray said...

"there is no one there
but Him and me
a hillside
an ocean shore
a river bank"

I love how you place us -- walk us -- to one of these spots. Me, I pick river bank this week. ;) Love our poetry and how it transports us to beauty.

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