You have heard our plans,
for prime real estate and pretty flowers,
for peak performance,
and petty victories.

Still, You walk beside us.

You have heard our hopes,
for high grades and hot tickets,
for hassle-free travel,
and hijinks galore.

You walk beside us still.

You have heard our laments,
for lost sheep and late papers,
for last night’s sleep,
and love’s disappointments.

You walk beside us. You still us.

When the real troubles begin,
whether we run faster than we thought we could,
or pull the covers over our heads,
or make the split-second decision to fight,
You are with us.

Surely, you are, still.

When we do not understand,
or do not want to, You are there.
When our hearts are broken
By the world as it is, You are with us.

You are the hand of love outstretched:
clean handkerchief at the ready,
wiping our tears, getting us on our feet,
bringing us back to life.

You are goodness and mercy,
tracing a path beside us
for all our days and beyond.


Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community. (Images from Pixabay.)

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