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Feathered, almost, I suppose.
an egg cupped in a nest,
the worrisome business of being born
blunted by something sure
bringing light and heat
to the blind uncoiling of limbs.
There will be no abrupt nudgings
to take flight with wings too weak
to shatter air; you are welcome to stay
a week, a year, a lifetime.
All you need do
is never look down.
Instead keep your vision fixed
on the sky: something is coming,
flapping furiously, with arms like an angel,
to enfold you. Believe in this.

Generally, my post goes up Friday night.  Here it is Saturday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write.  I could tell you that I’m running late because I have a book due Monday that has been consuming my energies.  True enough.

I could also tell you that I had a cold.  Also true.

But I’ve also been putting it off because I just don’t know what to say in the face of the gas attacks in Syria and our own military response.  The day American missiles flew, my 18 year-old son filled out and filed his Selective Service registration.

I look back and I shudder.  I look forward . . . and I just don’t know. There are so many wrong paths, so many destructive choices, so much hate and wrongdoing.

What should we do?  I’d love to say that I have eloquent answers, but I don’t.  I love to say that I have a detailed plan, but that wouldn’t be true.

Then I pulled up this graphic for today.  Trust in the slow work of God.

I took a deep breath.  Trust God.  Trust that it might take a while.  But trust God.

I can do that.  I can trust in God while questioning man.  I can pray for justice even if I’m not sure how to bring it about. And even if I don’t know the big plan, I can do small things with compassion and love.

I may not be striving forward with confidence today but I am looking to Him.  Listening for Him.  And acting as His hands on Earth.  Trust.  Pray.  Compassion and love.

Right now its all that I have.

–SueBE

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