Poem Sunday, week 2. Thinking today about love, and courageous love – not just romantic, but embodied, incarnational. The kind of love that makes you break down all of the boundaries that have been set between the world as it is and the world as it should be. The kind of love that makes you walk on water.
by David Whyte
There is a faith in loving fiercelythe one who is rightfully yours,especially if you havewaited years and especiallyif part of you never believedyou could deserve thisloved and beckoning handheld out to you this way.
I am thinking of faith nowand the testaments of lonelinessand what we feel we are
worthy of in this world.
Years ago in the Hebrides
I remember an old manwho walked every morningon the grey stonesto the shore of the baying seals,
who would press his hat
to his chest in the blusteringsalt wind and say his prayerto the turbulent Jesushidden in the water,
and I think of the storyof the storm and everyonewaking and seeingthe distantyet familiar figurefar across the watercalling to them,and how we are allpreparing for thatabrupt wakingand that calling,and that momentwe have to say yes,except it willnot come so grandly,so Biblically,but more subtlyand intimately in the faceof the one you knowyou have to love,
so that when we finally step out of the boattoward them, we findeverything holdsus, and confirmsour courage, and if you wantedto drown you could,but you don’t
because finallyafter all the struggleand all the years,you don’t want to any more,you’ve simply had enoughof drowningand you want to live and youwant to love and you willwalk across any territoryand any darkness,however fluid and howeverdangerous, to take theone hand you knowbelongs in yours.
From The House of Belonging