01 June 2016

Step Three: Rest

Papyrus 62, Mat-11.25-30-verso-10-12-14-16-IV
unknown writer in 7th century

 “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28  International Children’s Bible (ICB)

A friend reminds us, as always, that we
know how to ease the load, to smooth the road.
We can decide to trust a greater Truth.

I can’t retain this in my head without
an act of will.  Remember this address,
my Mom would say.   It’s where we live.  It’s home.

And I rehearsed and I hung an ID
on my lanyard.  Like this landscape, like this
rock we can see and hold, God’s reminders.

Mercy, my friends, is there if we want it.
Mercy and gratitude to give and take
Rehearse it.  Carry prayers in pockets.

Inspired by readings and discussion in Buds of Jesus
 and by Richard Rohr's meditation 
"Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1, Step Three"

Part of my series, cf  Oh, Ye of Little Faith*

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright.
© 2016 Susan L. Chast


amyo said...

"It's where we live, It's home."
Yes, where we can rest in G!d is home. One must be able to trust, in order to rest. Everything else is impermanent. Only G!d, Holy Mystery, is unchanging Love, unbelievable Mercy, the undeniable Eden we long for. And it is enough, dayenu!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Prayers in pockets. I love this poem. One of my faves.