Spiritual poems and ponderings

Jam

Sweet

but, not fake

– not just ‘nice’

sweetness of earth and growth and life and sun and rain and fruit and careful hands and fire and movement and waiting and seasons and sharing

you are far from ordinary

yet so often ignored; left on the shelf

we do not take a moment to pause and consider

the strength and flavour of your sweet love

 

When the sun shines through the glass

rubies glow

treasure contained in a jar

like your son

and

somehow, like us, now

 

Tucked into the fridge door

spread across a piece of wholemeal

we utter a silent thank you

hope in the morning –

you make the bitterness bearable

 

And you

hover on finger tips and lips

sticky…

I want to be covered in you!

such a small jar

is there enough to cover all my sour parts?

the widow’s oil did not run out

you are always enough

 

A sigh of relief

a gift

a welcome

an every day

and a special occasion

you are for all times and all seasons

 

And the pot of goodness

reminds me

of Sally’s story of trust

of the way you capture our hearts

and spark dreams

and invite us to join you on adventures

 

I am amazed again

at the way you enter into our lives

and make them a story to be told and shared

the way you direct our paths

and whisper mysteries

like ancient recipes

 

like…

how to make jam

 

From a creative worship workshop at the Cornwall House of Prayer (Ludgvan), August 2013. This was a fun exercise in exploring how ‘ordinary’ objects can reflect or point us to God. This poem was inspired by Sally who made and sold jam to raise funds for a project she visited and supported in Zimbabwe.



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