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TURNING TO LOVEPosted Friday, April 6, 2012, at 4:46 PM
Running from the fears that pursue me
I pant as fear pours from my pores
Leaping, hurdling, skirting the edges . . .
Constantly moving in hope to evade those who wish me harm
Their words assault my senses, my confidence, my being
Am I who they say I am?
Am I a person of no worth?
Am I worthy of love?
I pause . . . resting . . . listening for their disparagement
All I hear around me is the sound of my own fear
I hear silence between my gasps for breath
Slowly, ever slowly the quiet grows
Glancing from place to place I fear the accusers
While quiet slowly wraps me in loving arms
Calming in the silence a quiet voice resonates
Its strength and love flows within me
I still myself and listen
You are my child . . . I created you for love, for good
Love as I love you . . . touch others in my love
Stand with the least . . . stand with the lost . . . stand with all
Embody my love . . . embody my grace . . . embody my heart
Peace filled my soul
I turned and faced the accusers . . .
And loved them
Oh God, love is a choice? Not just an emotion? My heart is filled with doubt that I am up to the task. On this Good Friday help me make the choice to love. I know Easter . . . resurrection is coming. I am so ready to be done with sorrow and turn to your joy. I am so ready for Easter. Help me center myself in love . . . and you. So be it. Amen.
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Rayla Stewart Hogue is a native of Dexter. She is a wife, mother, and minister of the UCC (United Church of Christ). She seeks to recognize and embrace the unending hues of God's ethne and religion, and commits herself to living and expressing this inclusive diversity through Sacrament and the spoken, written, and sung Word of God.