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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Oh, Ye of Little Faith*

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Image by jclk8888., posted with the Richard Rohr Meditation referenced below

My writing is the prayer that opens me
up to the meditations I read and/
or hear now each and every morning .

A discipline of sorts, it heals my sins
of Absence, Addiction and Attachment.
As a child I competed to get A’s—

But, now, Alone time is the only A
I seek.  Not even Absolution is
preferable to Love, Unlimited.

Writing is the prayer that opens
me—paradoxically opens me—to
in-pouring Love of which words are mere trace.

Out-pouring is the call that I am more
or less obedient to, ministry
I do not understand and so resist.

My writing is the prayer that opens me
beyond logos to roiling listening
and eventually to giving back.

And I hereby exhort myself to write—
despite not feeling it—despite what we
excuse as writer’s block, despite boredom.

Oh, yes, I bore myself and turn to film
and other diversions—most of which are
empty occupations which lead me back.

To where if  I were willing and able
to write through reams of dross, I’d think past
what I can write now into faithfulness.

If I could know the story’s end before,
how easy it would be to follow course—
how little faith I would need, then, to write.

*Matthew 8:26  He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  (New International Version)

Inspired by today's meditation by Richard Rohr: 

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quote:  "Nine of Jesus' healing stories are actually exorcisms. Although we may think we are too sophisticated for such stories, the fact that there are so many speaks to their importance. I understand "possession by devils" as a primitive but absolutely truthful way of referring to what we now call addiction. In each case, the person is in some sense trapped by a larger force, and is powerless to do anything about it. The only cure for possession is "repossession." You have to be repossessed by Something Greater than the disease."

Find the entire meditation HERE

And I haven't written either blog posts or chapters since ... since .... Perhaps this is a new beginning.

It generated a series of poems:  

In case you are interested, here are The Twelve Steps of AA (from Great Britain).

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright.

© 2016 Susan L. Chast


Jae Rose said...

My writing is the prayer that opens me - such a beautiful line in this meditative poem Susan..it was a pleasure to read another aspect of your writing (and you).. much to relate to and find healing in in these wise words..a peaceful Sunday to you

amyo said...

Thank you, Susan. This is a blessing.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a wonderful testament, to both writing and your faith. Beautifully done.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Powerfully thought-provoking, obviously deeply felt, and one of your most beautiful pieces.

Sumana Roy said...

this is so beautiful and truthful of a poet's journey...

Mary said...

Beautiful, Susan. Writing can definitely be a prayer....I will keep that thought & practice it! Your faith is meaningful and strong.

Anonymous said...

what I can write now into faithfulness... just love that Susan...we do not know the story's end, but we write in the direction we hope it will move!

thotpurge said...

what I can write now into faithfulness...just love that Susan. We do not know the story's end but we write in the direction that we hope it will move.

brudberg said...

I love the thought of what writing can give you.. Maybe it's the only way for us to write to find that end...

Old Egg said...

Each of us must find the right course to love one another, do no harm and as writers perhaps put a smile on others faces as well. It is so important for us to all have something to lead our lives by. What excellent words you have written here Susan.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I can clearly see how your poetry and your spiritual life have combined in the expression of your faith.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is soo beautiful Susan, such a profound write :D

Lots of love,

Truedessa said...

Writing is a healing balm for me as well. Some words I keep to myself and some I share. I think you have found a good place of meditation. May your faith keep you strong.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Pairing things we love and believe in can sure be a path towards healing. Writing--the art of self-expression via creation--is like a prayer, indeed.

annell said...

Something is really strange today....June 12, 2016, and yet here I am at your blot post, May 29, 2016? There is a reason I am here, perhaps your poem is a message from the Universe I need to hear. I will take it with me this week, while I am away...I will have faith, I will not falter. Thank you so much....

Maybe I am time traveling today? What else could the answer be?

I have printed it our and will read it each day!

Gillena Cox said...

uv the fact that your writing is a prayer; and i'm selfishly happy to be included via reading your words and meeting your muse

have a blessed Sunday

much love...

Matthew Henningsen said...

This is such a wonderful poem. It's a prayer for the poetic act, for the hardness of it, and the commitment and dedication it takes. Poetry as a religious act... very interesting.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I agree, Rosemary - truly a signature poem.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Susan I am intrigued by these 12 Steps...they speak to my soul as does this amazing poem. I felt it flowing through as if written for me....I sucked in breath when I read...

'As a child I competed to get A’s—

But, now, Alone time is the only A
I seek. Not even Absolution is
preferable to Love, Unlimited.'

And it went from there as I felt tears wash over me...healing tears. Thanks Susan for this.

Myrna R. said...

Susan I just returned from a short meditation retreat. Reading your poems has enhanced my experience tremendously. How beautifully you share your growth, your faith, your inner self through your writing. Thank you so much for today's poem and for the twelve step poems. I feel so honored to read these and am stunned by the grace of your writing. Blessings.

humbird said...

Ah, Susan you just mention your AA, but it takes dedication to master them, and all others steps too just to know you're at beginning... Very much resonate, and me, too, at meditation pursuit now...

Luk Lei said...

Beautiful, Susan!

I hope this poem alone becomes a writers common prayer

kaykuala said...

If I could know the story’s end before,
how easy it would be to follow course—
how little faith I would need, then, to write.

Like the way you consider writing to have many permutations that one is prompted to write as one anticipates a mystery and an uncertainty that cannot be known before hand!


Bekkie Sanchez said...

Writing is everything to me, but there are a few things more important. Those things are very personal but writing is pretty personal. Good thoughts.