Monday, March 10, 2014

You Said You Were the Way

Now, when we dream dreams
Or puzzle over the future;
Now, when our ideals are challenged
And the second best becomes attractive,

You are there....
Upsetting our easiness,
Contradicting our compromises,

Replacing our narrow vision
With the sight and sound and taste of a better life,
Picking up the loose stitches of our devotion,
Kitten Playing with Balls of Yarn by David Davis
Kitten Playing with Balls of Yarn

Turning the random into the real,
And for this we praise you.

And it always will be so.
For you did not say you were the answer,
you said you were the way;You did not ask us to succeed,
you asked us to be faithful;You did not promise us paradise tomorrow,
You said you would be with us to the end of the world,
Turning the random into the real.

And for all this we praise you,
now and forever.
Amen.
Iona Community

The Scottish island of Iona is the geographical heart of this community, founded by George MacLeod in 1938. The community also has members in various urban centers where they seek to live their common life in the midst of violence. This excerpt is an appending of a larger prayer written by John L. Bell.

6 comments:

Julie's Jewels said...

Amen!! Good post Sis!

Mimi said...

Thank you Julie...

Jodi said...

It really is all about walking in the path, day by day. Nice poem. I've never heard of the Iona community; sounds interesting.

Adrienne said...

This is beautiful - a good reminder. I appreciate your blog and visit often. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comments. I answered your question in my comments. ~Adrienne~

Tina Trivett said...

What wonderful sentiments and a good reminder. :)

Mimi said...

Jodi,
I had never heard of the Iona community until I found this but you are right they are interesting... let Brian research them for us!!
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Adrianne,
thanks for your visit and comments I am on my way over to your blog to find the answer to my question...:-)
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Tina,
Thanks for your visit and comments..How do you feel today..
I have thought about you much lately and hope you are fairly pain free through the holidays!!!
My prayers and {{Hugs}} for you..