I continue with a poetic view of my feelings and the coronavirus pandemic. I wrote two poems where I dealt with the question of control and prayer. As I faced these thoughts on March 28, I faced the reality of surrender which always takes me to “Let Go.” My recovery program has taught me the power of letting go of results and turning to a Power Great than myself that has everything under control. Then the next day I wondering about all my praying frenzy—who was I praying for in reality?
Let Go—Surrender March 27, 2020 Step three (Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.) encourages me To view this world And its trials Then let go! Let go of Control Manipulation Power Authority Wisdom Rules Everything As I let go, My hands open up Palms face up to the sky Ready to receive As I let go, Tension leaves my throat My stomach My chest As I let go, I give God room to moving around in my life Safety A container to work in A place to bless Often, I scrunch my eyes shut Hold my breath Clench on tight to False security And try to control Only an illusion! This closed-off space offers No place to receive No openness No receptivity! If I let go And let God Power is in the right hands! I’m at ease! God is in the control My fight is over! A topsy-turvy world of Today Coronavirus pandemic explodes The third step remains The same today As always And God is in control! Let Go!
My control issues fan out into all parts of my life, so I had to look at one of my personal private times—my prayers—and wonder deeply.
For Whom Am I Praying? March 28, 2020 Stripped bare today, I wonder For whom am I praying REALLY? When I utter My prayers to my God Stand naked Before him Where is my heart really? Does empathy reign? Does compassion cover Me like a mantle, Rich green velvet shawl Draped over my shoulders and the world? Do my words Include you Your needs The world's? Or does selfishness rule? Does each sentence Begin with I Dotted with me Sprinkled with my and mine? I focus where? Inward Outward Me? You? As I turn these thoughts Over In my mind, I know the truth! Interdependence Not me, not you But we! Not mine, not yours But ours! Deeply I feel that! Our world needs this Whole-hearted unity A healing alliance Life-flowing love The imaginary wall of Indifference melts In golden droplets On the ground Green Irish clover pops up Verdant and life-giving Dutch tulips spring into action With lips reaching for the sky A multi-colored, multi-cultural garden procreates From those drops Those tears New life forms And a new world begins! All because I prayed for us! You prayed for us! The world opened its heart To our kinship Instead of our differences!
These hard times offer possibilities, spiritual opportunities to see everything differently. Pause with me and pray for our wounded world and its people! I would love to hear how you are praying during this turbulent time!
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