The Poem is a 4-week series in Isaiah 11, a section of poetry a few of us have thought a lot about over the years. As a result of that thinking, it has had a large influence on how we view things and do things at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe's. The hopeful fruit of a month in the poem together is a reminder of our identity: congregationally and individually.
Sins of omission get us all
What do I need to reckon with personally?
What sins of my family or my race or my congregation or my gender do I need to consider that I haven’t considered?
"For A New Beginning" by John O'Donohue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.