My hope for you

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 the
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 in silence since
fairness isn't a factor-only
heartbreak is
as well as
anger
frustration
self-pity
all 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
serve when I
want to withdraw
pray when I
don't see the point
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"?