Sculpture in the Auckland Regional Botanical Gardens.

Dear Holy Spirit,

A sacred kingfisher came to sit on the fence today
and I was having an Important Conversation
about identity and vocation,
about solid ground,
tūrangawaewae, a place to stand;

and I was reminded
that birds do not exist only on solidity:
they perch on branches that sway,
and on telegraph wires;
they fly
and glide on currents;

and in being reminded
was being invited:
to trust you,
you who is breath and spirit,
who broods over the waters of chaos,
bringing life and form;
Pentecost dove,
Wild Goose,
and, perhaps, Sacred Kingfisher.

May I learn to trust,
learn to lean into uncertainty,
learn to discern your movement in chaos and in creativity:

You who is Spirit and Life and Truth.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.

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