My Story Is Not

During the seasons of Lent and Easter our church is going through the basics of Christian belief in the Apostles’ Creed. Each week we are reflecting on a different line from the creed and during the week we are reflecting on various scriptures that speak to the theme. Every Wednesday there is a psalm and an invitation to rewrite it in our own words.

This week we considered “He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” This week’s psalm is Psalm 71, a psalm about God’s faithfulness from birth through life. Here is my own poem, inspired by the psalm:

My story is not
grand flashes
but steady faithfulness.

My mother brought me up trusting God.
My father taught me to praise.
Even my brother left a trail of crumbs that nourished my soul.

My God need not
flash forth
but be a place of refuge,

That I may keep trusting and praising and finding crumbs.

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