Water and the Word: Poured and Shared

September 25, 2017

Poured and Shared


In my neck of the woods, 

afternoon thundershowers are a staple 

on the summertime weather menu. 


We plan our lives around them, 

either devising a dry plan B, 

or umbrella-ing our way 

through the downpours.  


This afternoon was 

just such a day. 


I sat and watched the daily special 

unfold in the sky 

through my office window; 


morning's cotton clouds turning 

to saturated gray sponges; 

invisible drumroll echoing, 

with occasional flashes 

of lightning's cymbals. 


I couldn't help but think 

of all the ways I have diplomatic immunity 

from the consequences 

of these storms, 

my possessions and privilege 

offering security and shelter beyond reproach. 


In the wake of recent earthquakes, 

hurricanes, and tropical storms, 

I also couldn't help but think 

about how many other people, 

near and far, have their livelihoods 

and lives laid bare 

by such tempests. 


I pray daily that we'll all have 

compassion and courage to let go 

of our stranglehold on comfort, 

offering who we are 

and what we have 

to help piece together broken fragments 

in all of the places where chaos threatens 

to extinguish Hope's candle. 


Come, Lord Jesus; 

be known by and to us 

in the cup of deliverance 

poured and shared. 


© 2017 Todd Jenkins


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