The Forming

By Katie Harmon-McLaughlin

“… and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:4-5, NRSV

When the memory of the moment
You said your “sacred yes”
Grows dim and distanced in your soul…

And you question how or if
The encounter that changed you
Could have happened at all…

And you wonder if what you’ve
Committed to is more
Than you are capable of…

And the anxieties of the unknown
Begin rushing through you
As a prickling, pulsing fear…

When the burden feels too heavy,
The blessing too unclear,
And the road ahead is marked endurance

B R E A T H E
Again
and
Again
and
Again.

Breathe until this crowd of questions
Narrows to the most important few.

Breathe until your hope is restored.
Breathe until your vision is clear.
Breathe until a stillness enters
And calms the storm.

Breathe until you become aware
Of the One who issued the invitation
Who remains beside you,
And works within you–
Who is doing the forming
And who is the form.

Spiritual Practice: Breathe deeply. What does it look like in your life to trust the One who is doing the forming and is also the form?

4 Comments on “The Forming

  1. Your words say what we feel but can’t quite articulate, Katie. Thank you for that gift. Thank you for inviting us to narrow the crowd of questions and breathe.

    • Words stood out for me like…Memory…Sacred….Anxieties,.. Endurance,..Breathe…Stillness…It was all so telling and self revealing and sparkled of Hope… so splendid. Thank you.

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