Sunday, February 3, 2013

February 3rd

Yesterday I found myself pretty busy - and didn't get this done! But I had something other than a picture I wanted to post. Today's prompt was 3 GIFTS FOUND IN WRITING. 

It is just one thing - but from one of my favorite books of poetry ever. The book is practically in shreds, it has been dog-eared so many times and full of bookmarks and post it notes from every which way. The book is called Keep Me Faithful: Prayer-poems on the life of faith. It is written by Ruth Harms Calkin. Here is one of my favorite entries:

Part of the Gift 

I heard today
Of a decrepit native woman
Who walked mile after mile
Under the blistering sun
To bring a small gift of embroidery 
To the missionary she deeply loved.
Hour after hour she trudged
Over rough, rugged roads
Clutching tightly her small gift.
Her weary body sagged
Her vision blurred
Her bare feet bled from the jagged rocks.

Grateful but overwhelmed
The missionary wept.
The trembling old woman spoke softly:
"Please understand.
The walk is part of the gift."

My Lord
My commitment to You is for life.
I give myself to You unreservedly
To do with me as You please.
But may I not forget
That the tears, the fears
The strain and the pain
The sunless days
The starless nights
Are all a part of the whole.
In my total commitment 
I give full consent:
The walk is part of the gift.

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