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Lifetime’s Journey

It is a lifetime’s

journey

.

From knowledge to

knowledge

.

Grace

to grace

.

And the blessing

we pray

.

Is for each footstep

that we make

.

Along our daily

wondrous way.

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Inspiring Poems: "Up-Hill"

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Does the road wind up-hill all the way? 
   Yes, to the very end. 
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? 
   From morn to night, my friend. 

But is there for the night a resting-place? 
   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. 
May not the darkness hide it from my face? 
   You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? 
   Those who have gone before. 
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? 
   They will not keep you standing at that door. 

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? 
   Of labour you shall find the sum. 
Will there be beds for me and all who seek? 
   Yea, beds for all who come.

Christina Rossetti’s beautiful poem I found rather pessimistic when I first read it : an up-hill road all the way?

But when you read it carefully, you see that she not only accepts that life can be demanding and sometimes a real struggle for some people, but that also there are times of consolation:

But is there for the night a resting-place? 
   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. 
May not the darkness hide it from my face? 
   You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? 
   Those who have gone before. 
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? 
   They will not keep you standing at that door. 


And at the end of the journey is a resting place:

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? 
   Of labour you shall find the sum. 
Will there be beds for me and all who seek? 
   Yea, beds for all who come.

Conversio Morum*

Conversion

Of life

.

An onward

Journey

.

To what is

Beyond now

.

Hoping

Trusting

.

That future

State

.

Like a rising

Sun

.

Will create

New light

.

For which

We now run.

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*”conversio morummeans “conversion of life” and is used in Benedictine spirituality (see the link below)

Inspired by https://beingbenedictine.com/2019/02/17/from-who-we-are-to-who-we-might-become/

The Turning

Sometimes there is a turning

To darkness

.

A fleeing

From the light

.

When the spirit longs

For a freeing

.

From the night

Of selfhood

.

From only-ness

The loneliness

.

Of a sole existence

Touch my spirit now

.

With those rays

Of bright hope

.

Those ways

Of love and gentleness

.

Those journeyings

To peace.

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“Touch my spirit now”