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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Dream

sorrow's incense leaked from
silent recesses marking the
throes of a death-watch
through years of
vain determination to
revive a broken bond-
a fruitless effort-
ultimately arriving at
refusal's destination
a dream of married love
in the Lord which
never seemed to
take direction
but honestly
never really started
four loves brought joy
though never enough to
prevent the inevitable
decade's days
desperately seeking a
faint light's clarity
yielded only confusion so
mourning began each day
as night awoke
dawn's darkness
sowing other unions'
imagined joy
reaped a harvest of
self-pity gathered in
sheaves of depression when
faced with the loss of divorce
unanswered whys impelled
counsel's finite intervention
friendship's relative support
somewhat lightened
burden's crux but
nevertheless produced
isolation's company
while prayer's indiscernible fruit
grasped at faith's
blinded insight
yet compassionate Love's
Hand in mine
measured comfort's
meager perception
while trekking in the
valley of shadows
kindled a grief as
yet unknown by
piling on our
young loves'
unasked questions
arising from our
unasked-for decision
as insufficient explanations
stripped away precious familiarity
ripping security's mantle
having to digest the aftertaste of
forced feedings in the
silent wanderings of their
broken hearts
still
we banished enmity with
mutual respect
always mindful of our treasures'
delicate nature
at last relief's sigh
echoed in the twilight though
agony's companionship
accompanied mitigated hope
for years to come
Love's supplication
proved daunting to
carry the cross
share the burden
heal the wounds with
Grace to forgive-
little by little
let go of the loss
surrender to
a greater Love offering
far more than dreams
trusting that
somehow
someway
sometime
God will
bring about some good
as a shoot of new life
moistened by tears
sprouted imperceptibly

Reflection/Discussion:
-How can you overcome the isolation of divorce?
-How can both parties make it "easier" for the children?
-How can the Church support the divorced couple?
-How can you support a friend getting divorced? 
-What part does suffering play in the Christian Life?


Friday, August 2, 2013

The Lover

the unexpected Presence
bearing a startling revelation
pierced my heart
an arrow of light
entwined with conviction
so bright 
so provoking
so Other
I dared not peek
as I cried in anguish at the
Truth emitting back at me
through the veil of Holiness poured
mercy undeserved
my Savior's chalice bearing
unbearable debt strained
by compassion's filter
lifted my soul from
guilt's quagmire
leaving me weightless of
sin's burden and
certain that I was lifted in Love
borne by a forgiveness unearned
yet in weakness I fumed
angered that my
own idolatry was the
source of all my sin and
was the answer to my petitions
lo all those months
to know all of my sins
so as to repent and be free
the unveiling surpassed
my naive expectations
propelling me to ask
as mercy cascaded over me
why, why do you love me so
without reservation or judgement?
how is it that I am
so generously received when
I have been so
pitifully self-absorbed?
the answer came so clearly
'that is Who I Am 
a turning is all I desire'
a Grace-filled acceptance was
my response to the offer
so heavy the Presence
so taken the weight
so dark the burden
so Light the One
in patience thirsting for
hearts to come home
spurned too often by
His beloved yet
everything changes when
Love is encountered
then embraced and
a hard path commenced
through the narrow gate
seek and
you shall find
knock and
it will be opened
ask and
you shall receive
as the Holy One of Israel
Creator of Heaven and Earth
Eternal and Immutable
Savior and Lord
becomes
your Lover