In this first week of January, I am already ignoring one of my every-year resolutions–the one where I promise myself not to use up all the lines in my planner every single day with things to do and places to go. There’s something so freeing about white space in those tight little squares that represent my life. I want to leave room for God to work, to breathe his plan into a day that is not trussed up like a corseted ribcage with no room for air–God’s or mine!
Last winter I wrote a poem about a day outside with my granddaughter. She was two and just learning about the logistics of walking in snow. Even so, it seemed her feet barely touched the ground as we stomped circular trails in our snow-covered yard. Hildegarde of Bingen described herself as a “feather on the breath of God,” and that image floated into my mind on that beautiful, light-as-air day, which then found its way into a poem I’ve shared over at Awake Our Hearts.
We are so weighted down with our do-lists and our already-set-in-cement plans that I’m afraid we’ve lost our feathery identity. What keeps you from responding to the breath of God when it comes?
Pull on some warm socks, grab your mittens, and meet me over there for a short visit and a little prayer:
Lord, may I, too, learn
to hover, held
on your breath,
in blessed lightness.
Feathery blessings to you,
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