God’s kingdom is present
even in our failures;
even in our false starts and
missings of the mark;
even these can be used
as building blocks
in the edifice of love and justice.
When we move toward our vision
of the heavenly realm,
a universe moves with us.
It is only in staying frozen within ourselves,
in doing nothing,
that we fail to do God’s will.
Better an attempt at love that falters
than all the pious pondering
that leads to nowhere.
But when the piety and pondering
engage our willing
hearts and minds and hands,
God is there, smiling over our efforts;
and there, too, to catch us when we fail
and fall down in exhaustion.
We are often tired; we are sometimes weary;
but let us never be despondent.
Let us never sacrifice hope
on the altar of our ego.
Despondency closes the door on God,
and refuses to accept the holy gift of life.
Despondency feeds no one,
least of all ourselves.
It starves the would-be saint’s soul
as surely as it does the pauper’s body.
1/29/05 - 4/24/05