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Poetry speaks to our minds and hearts and is meant to communicate more than the sum of its words. It is an apt expression of our walk with the Lord. I encourage you to forward this link to those you love. I pray this poetry leads you into reflection and prayer but I also want to start a conversation. You, too, have something to share with others-not only in person, but also here. Your experience is yours to give away to build up and learn from others in the Body of Christ. Share the word that you hear, the experiences you have lived. We are all part of the New Evangelization.If you also want to contact me by email, feel free: genefirn@yahoo.com

Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Cross

maybe
it will always
be this way
a melody of sadness
softly playing
in the background
of my soul
punctuated by flares
of heartache-
surprise resurrections
of reality
buried by busyness-
accompanied by
tears of loss
traveling all too
familiar paths while
resisting my power
to be controlled
logic is a fool
vainly seeking
to understand
empty explanations
while protests of injustice
echo silence
since
fairness isn't
a factor-only
heartbreak is
so is
anger
frustration and the
self-pity
revealing my
incredulity
escaping proves
fruitless
whatever good
is promised
remains hidden while
the take feels
greater than the give
when following the
Via Dolorosa
yet
love triumphs when
Grace overcomes
in the struggle to
go beyond
my pain
a decision to be
faithful when I
want to turn away
to serve when I
want to withdraw
to pray when I
don't see the point
to endure when I
want to give up
not letting it
dictate my life
nor always color
my vision
the issue is
will I let Him
carry my sorrows?
will I trust Him-
He who trusted while
hanging on a cross?
will I
unite my cross
with His to
become ours for
the sake of
those we love-
to contribute
what is missing in
the mystery of
redemption
releasing
a consolation
in the fellowship of
suffering love?
even so
my loss lingers and
without warning
sorrow is triggered
the rhapsody returns
beckoning
an encore
a deeper communion
letting go once more
further in
higher up
saying yes
even without confidence
grasping for a
Unity untouched

Reflection/Discussion:
-How does this poem compare with your experience of loss?
-What's similar/different?
-What does Isaiah 53 and Jn 11:35 say about Jesus and our suffering?
-How can the experience of loss draw you closer to the Lord?
-How does uniting our cross with the Lord's cross bring meaning into suffering?
-How do feelings and faith work together?
-What does it mean to let Jesus "carry our sorrows"?