Journey Through Brokenness – April 3

The Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service last evening, ended with a poem that speaks into the experience of emptiness that spans from the cross to the empty tomb. It is shared here for today’s reflection.

The Sacrament of Letting Go

from Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr

Slowly
she celebrated the sacrament of letting go.
First she surrendered her green,
then the orange, yellow, and red
finally she let go of her brown.
Shedding her last leaf
she stood empty and silent, stripped bare.
Leaning against the winter sky
she began her vigil of trust.

Shedding her last leaf
she watched its journey to the ground.
She stood in silence
wearing the color of emptiness,
her branches wondering;
How do you give shade with so much gone?

And then,
the sacrament of waiting began.
The sunrise and sunset watched with tenderness.
Clothing her with silhouettes
they kept her hope alive.

They helped her understand that
her vulnerability,
her dependence and need,
her emptiness,
her readiness to receive
were giving her a new kind of beauty.
Every morning and every evening they stood in silence
and celebrated together
the sacrament of waiting.

Let our prayer be silence.

One thought on “Journey Through Brokenness – April 3

  1. On Sat, Apr 3, 2021 at 7:04 AM Reflections on Grace wrote:

    > Pastor Jeff Smith posted: ” The Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service last > evening, ended with a poem that speaks into the experience of emptiness > that spans from the cross to the empty tomb. It is shared here for today’s > reflection. The Sacrament of Letting Go by Macrina Wiede” >

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