Spiritual Formation

A New Way of Struggling

Read this poem this morning in “A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants“.  Thought I’d share:

To struggle used to be

To grab with both hands

and shake

and twist

and turn

and push

and shove and not give in

But wrest an answer from it all

As Jacob did a blessing.

But there is another way

To struggle with an issue, a question –

Simply to jump

off

into the abyss

and find ourselves

floating

falling

tumbling

being led

slowly and gently

but surely

to the answers God has for us –

to watch the answers unfold

before our eyes and still

to be a part of the unfolding

But, oh! The trust

Necessary for this new way!

Not to be always reaching out

For the old hand-holds.

-From “A New Way of Struggling” by Susan W.N. Ruach

To struggle used to be

To grab with both hands

And shake

And twist

and turn

and push

and shove and not give in

But wrest an answer from it all

As Jacob did a blessing.

But there is another way

To struggle with an issue, a question –

Simply to jump

off

into the abyss

and find ourselves

floating

falling

tumbling

being led

slowly and gently

but surely

to the answers God has for us –

to watch the answers unfold

before our eyes and still

to be a part of the unfolding

But, oh! The trust

Necessary for this new way!

Not to be always reaching out

For the old hand-holds.

-Fro “A New Way of Struggling” by Susan W.N. Ruach

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