Held

As far as the sky is stretched
from east to west,
I am held.

As deep as the tree is planted
from mystery to miracle,
I am held.

As long as time is sustained
from birth to death,
I am held.

As high as the wind is called
from whisper to storm,
I am held.

As close as the galaxy is bound
from cell to star,
I am held.

on Isaiah 42:5-6

Dwelling

If the winds howl and the lightning flashes its threat,
nevertheless I will be at home in the storm
so long as you are there.

If the stars burn and the meteors rain with abandon,
nevertheless I will be at home in the heavens
so long as you are there.

If the road extends endlessly and companions part ways,
nevertheless I will be at home on the journey
so long as you are there.

Go Tell It

Tell it, o mountain,
and say it, o hills,
that God is steadfast
always & everywhere.

Tell it, o river,
and say it, o streams,
that God is neverending
always & everywhere.

Sing it, o sunrise,
and shout it, o clouds,
that God is imaginative
always & everywhere.

Sing it, o sparrow,
and shout it, o raven,
that God is all-knowing
always & everywhere.

Tell it, o desert,
and say it, o plains,
that God is life-giving
always & everywhere.

Faithfulness

O God my God,
tune my heart
to follow You
like the day follows
the long peace of night,
like the sun follows
its course across the sky,
like the cloud follows
the inspiration of the wind,
like the maple follows
winter’s invitation to hibernate,
like the warbler follows
its instincts to migrate.
O God my only God,
so tune my heart.

Hannah’s Song

Though my soul is dry,
the stream is swollen with rain
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though the bread crumbs are stale,
the doe and her fawn graze without worry
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though death looms with certainty,
the sun sings a new song every morning
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though soldiers sharpen their weapons for war,
the sidewalk yields to a stubborn dandelion
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though arrogance shouts from its mountain,
the hummingbird continues to savor earth’s nectar
because God’s goodness has not failed.

on 1 Samuel 2:1-10