Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Sacrament of Waiting

she celebrated the sacrament of letting go.
First she surrendered her green,
then the orange, yellow, and red
finally she let go of her brown.
Shedding her last leaf
she stood empty and silent, stripped bare.
Leaning against the winter sky
she began her vigil of trust.

Shedding her last leaf
she watched its journey to the ground.
She stood in silence
wearing the color of emptiness,
her branches wondering;
How do you give shade with so much gone?

And then,
the sacrament of waiting began.
The sunrise and sunset watched with tenderness.
Clothing her with silhouettes
they kept her hope alive.

They helped her understand that
her vulnerability,
her dependence and need,
her emptiness,
her readiness to receive
were giving her a new kind of beauty.
Every morning and every evening they stood in silence
and celebrated together
the sacrament of waiting.

I had posted this poem by Benedictine nun, Macrina Wiederkehr almost 3 years ago, when I left Kenya. As I'm yet again waiting to see what the next season holds, I was reminded that waiting can be a season that can produce good things.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this poem. My husband and I feel like we are here. And have been here awhile. But we are not here alone.