While

While

While you were fretting, I’ve been working.

You cannot see me, but I am moving mountains.

They are not the mountains you’ve been despairing,

they are the unseen problems I know best.

For while you’ve been crying, I have held you,

while you’ve been hurting, I’ve been healing.

I am solid and secure while you are wondering where to go:

So stay beneath my cradling wings for a while.

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The Wind

The Wind

The wind buoying up the wings of the eagle
is not idle hope. This wind is the sturdy love alive
in gathering during troubled times to exchange strengths,
transforming the impossible into flight over dark waters.
No perfect answer sparkles in the sunrise
but see how it burns with endurance in the shadow,
singing through the unjust bars of circumstance until dreams
are returned.
Ours is the lift beneath the eagle’s wings, for by the grace that we follow
the Spirit is the blazing wind that has come upon our souls to declare a new day.

 

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The wind wants to teach you

“The wind wants to teach you”

 
Tragedy climbs your walls with claws the color of rain.
It does not come alone. It drags that phone call,
another hospital room, pale dread, blowing ash and
forms you do not have the money to fill.
Claw marks trail in a steady dark line,
cracks spread, and you huddle deeper inside the walls
beneath a tattered tarp of prayer.
On the beleaguered battlements of the wall
what will climb up next?
 
You wait. Wait. Wait.
 
Breaking soul, the wind wants to teach you that tragedy cannot fly
and that the sky is still yours.
Your tattered tarp will yet be wings of pearl.
 
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