Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:26-27

Mother's Day

There is no peace dishes
keep piling voices raising needs
unending silence only
in the dead of night.

There is no finish day flows
into night homework and games spill
everywhere underfoot tripping
arm loads of wash done piling
up again.

There is no peace sweeter
newborn breath asleep arms limp
trusting completely a heartbeat
familiar and constant pounding
with love bursting
with joy.

There is no terror bigger
than the first permit toddler
grown sitting behind the wheel
heart breaking with fear
hands trembling in prayer.

There is no greater gift
the precious life observed
shared, complicated and challenged,
a child for a mother
peace and joy amidst mess
high volume love unceasing
God presence known, incarnate
love made real.

The Collect for Mother's Day 2010
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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