Monday, December 9, 2013

Healing Words


I should let Younger Daughter handle my to-do list more often.  Last night she added to it:

For the life of me, I can't remember why I put LL Bean on the list.
But surely any list is better when it has hot chocolate on it.

And then we did those things together – made hot chocolate, drank it, relaxed, and played a game, while listening to Fauré’s Requiem.  This was so therapeutic that this morning I forgave her for not getting up in time for the bus.  She has made it to the bus every other morning so far this school year, and that right there is a miracle, although some days she was cutting it close.

Today another miracle occurred – I remembered to buy the long underwear that our church is collecting for the men at the shelter. I get to check that off my list!

I found out tonight that the money the church raised at the craft show went to the local food bank, which is seeing an increase in clients lately. (Funding for food stamps was cut in November, and will likely be cut more if the farm bill is ever passed.)  

Here is another poem that Younger Daughter wrote at her poetry table at that craft show.  I like to think that the uncertainty she expressed here has in some way been turned into one sure meal for at least one hungry person.

A Prayer

Oh, Lord, my God, is this all right?
I have never prayed before.
But I have seen the others bend,
Their heads bowing down.
Their lips move
And they form words.
Do the words matter, Oh Lord?

Is it the words
Or thoughts,
The holy thoughts
I see on their lips
As they speak to you, Oh Lord, my God?
Is it the thoughts?
If that is so
I might have prayed before.

4 comments:

Becky said...

Wow, yes, I love the poem and those "to-do's" are healing indeed. I too am always reminding myself, stop and enjoy. Stop and enjoy, no rush!

Cassi Renee said...

Those are wonderful additions to your to-do list, and good reminders of how much she loves you.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You make me want a daughter.
And her poem--it's how I pray! Glorious!

The Crislers said...

After reading this and your other posts, I've decided to adopt your daughter. She's going to love Iowa.

Also, maybe you were looking for the world's best slippers from L.L. Bean?