My Spiritual Writing


When I write poems and prayers and blessings,
I rarely mention God
and occasionally mention Jesus,
and sometimes quote, or paraphrase, or just allude to
scripture

because I feel strongly that my words
and my heart
belong to everyone
and need to be heard by anyone who needs them
without barriers
without apprehension
without triggers

I want to reach those who believe in God
and those who don’t, or don’t know,
and those who have experienced so much pain and suffering
God simply doesn’t exist for them

because they too deserve love
and hope and comfort
and mercy
and healing

A few years ago,
while writing a message for church,
an idea came to me –
in the subconscious way these do –
that we know how God wants us to act
and those who don’t believe in God
know how we are supposed to act

as human beings
as residents of this planet
as neighbours and friends and 
members of the human family

we are called to take care of one another
to care for the weak and the poor and the sick
to care for the earth on which we live and work and walk
to care for each other with respect, with tolerance, with mercy

We know right from wrong
we know the difference between giving and receiving
generous and selfish
abundance and hoarding
and yet ego
power
money
go to our heads
crush our hearts
stomp on the faces of those we choose not to see
in our climb to the top
where we believe we are above the law of love

the law of humanity
that says
we are to take care of each other
the law we know
yet choose to ignore

So when I write poems and prayers and blessings
I am writing for everyone
of every colour
and belief
for those who eat with a knife and fork
and those who eat with their hands
for those whose hands are calloused from years of hard work
and those who feet are wrapped in clean socks and new shoes

those whose feet walk tens of kilometers to the hospital
to have a baby
and walk the same distance home with the infant in their arms

and for those who are unable to walk
unable to feed themselves
unable to speak their voice
unable to avoid the fists of another
unable to wake up
unable to say goodbye

and for those who say hello
to everyone they meet
and offer a smile to strangers

When I write poems and prayers and blessings,
I rarely mention God
and occasionally mention Jesus,
and sometimes quote, or paraphrase, or just allude to
scripture

because I am offering love
and hope and peace and joy
comfort and healing
mercy and acceptance
for everyone
because I believe
in the heart
and in hospitality
so all are welcome
in the space my words inhabit

Come in
you are welcome
you are safe
you are loved


~ Sara Jewell


 

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