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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Whisper

He is speaking but
are we listening?
or rather
do we even care?
too much interference
preoccupations
responsibilities
interests
social and financial goals
problems at work or home
or both
so little time to
do so much
it's easy to say:
at least I go to Church
well, sometimes or
maybe when I'm
pestered to go
but I don't
get much out of it anyway
so why torture myself
let my wife take the kids
that'll take care of it all
then reality strikes a discord
whether it be
sickness/crisis
job loss/lay off
affair/divorce
injury/death
any one or combination
to learn that
life is fragile and fleeting
many times unstable
with heartaches and sorrows
as unwelcomed invaders
things change
sometimes drastically....
so now, I'm listening but
don't hear anything except
echoes in my anxious mind
stability fades away
searching ascends while
darkness decends
only to find that
control is a fantasy
so is self-reliance and
in the end bring
insecure self-absorbtion
it is solely surrender that
opens my heart to
know the One who
gave Himself up for me
in an Encounter that
changes everything
He is real and alive
and Loves me
so I decide to give myself
over into His Hands
to follow and serve Him first
for Love is always
reaching out
the First to speak
actively not passively
with longing not indifference
deep within
piercing my defenses
resting in my soul
only then to recognize
His whisper

Reflection/Discussion:

-Do you take the time to listen to the Lord?
-How can you practically do that?
-How do you discern if it really is the Lord?
-How does Sacred Scripture help you discern His word to you?
-Talk about this with someone who prays each day.
-Join a support group of fellow disciples of Jesus.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The True Intimacy

though unexpressed
even assumed
often undeveloped and
more often than not
unattained
true intimacy
beckons us from within
like a lonely whimper
in the night
longing for love
yearning for completion
while telling no one-
even your spouse- of
your emptiness and
desire for more
while you settle for
vain pledges of
affection smothered by
colliding schedules
self-sufficient values
self-fulfillment goals and
self-protective habits which
drive each into
self-absorbed fanticies
and acceptable losses
descending into desolation
alone, abandoned
questioning what happened
what did I do wrong
what am I missing
where do I go from here
but all is not lost because
Grace is always already offered
and can intervene if
we seek, ask and are open to
Love's Reality to
redeem our
forlorn condition when
we are
washed by Water and Blood
from a pierced side
renewed by the Spirit
we open ourselves to
knowing and being known
accepting humility's
confession of guilt
granting of forgiveness and
commitment to change
by guarantied Grace
step by step
beginning with authentic
self-disclosure
rooted in a vulnerabilty
that reveals our true self
in a transparent journey to
intimate relationships of
I and Thou
husband and wife
friend to friend
risking all to
love as I desire to be loved
courageously accepting the
possibility of
getting hurt or
being rejected yet
surrendering to a
process of
Divine transformation to
live out our actual selves in
true intimacy

Reflection/Discussion
What comprises true intimacy?
What does it take to initiate true intimacy?
Do you have true intimate relationships?
Why? Why not?
What prevents you from attaining that?
Do you have an intimate relationship with Jesus?
If not, why?
How can that happen?