From Ann Glover O’Dell’s Midwifing the Soul:
The Holy Promise
The holy promise
planted in the soul of each newborn
reverberating through the lineage
to those who hear the words aloud
repeated by their elders as they learn
the answers to the “who made you?”
and struggle with their own
repeated “why?” and “what now?”
and the tension of the sometimes
too taut tether cord
and planted, too, this covenant
within the deeps of those
who never hear the sacred sentence
Scripture speaks to those
within the confines
of an orderly progression
of confessional conscientiousness
where stories of the patriarchs
weave threads of continuity
irrefutable by time
announces from on high
the ‘I will be’ and ‘you will be’
resounding through all heartbeats
transcending sacred writ
telling all attentive
and declaring loud to deafened ears
and sending solace to the spirits
of those who never harken
to the inner urgings of their soul.
From Celia’s Images in a Reflecting Pool: a Journal:
The re-entry problems at work on Monday are not physiological or even psychological for the frequently cited reasons. After “flight” on the preceding two days, the body gets up once again to “fight.” And the more relaxing the flight has been, the more likely the fight will bring fears.
One has let down one’s guard, and the ego doesn’t take kindly to peace. It knows its days are numbered if its owner should ever learn to choose Peace consistently.
Why is it that so many of us are cowards in the middle of the night?
If we could all learn how to separate “big deals” from trifles, we would certainly be well along the way toward living satisfactorily and peacefully.