A Little Pre-Vacation Poetry

Since I am heading out very soon for vacation, I am sharing this poem from one of my books. It is based on a verse from this week’s reading from Romans. It is on pg. 27 of Barefoot Theology.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
-Romans 12:2

Discernment2013-02-17 11.11.02

nearly black
cloak the sun
they rush from horizon
to shore across a churning
sea bringing defiant winds painful hail
excessive lightning streaming rain mind–numbing thunder
I created this storm that rages
through my life watched it
gather strength knowing it
would hurt me
I changed
ignored intuition
stubbornly focused on
my having my own way
until the first startling thunder shocked
me into stillness recognizing my reckless needless
flight into chaos God would have
me do otherwise if
I’d just be
still and

2013-09-13 14.02.28

RCL – Year A – 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 24, 2014
Exodus 1:8-2:10 with Psalm 124 or
Isaiah 51:1-6 with Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20


About rachaelkeefe

Hi. I am a pastor, an author, a painter, and a poet. My latest book is available now to order from Chalice Press, The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention (http://amzn.to/2DZ55EU).
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