i wrote this poem today almost without thinking.
then i realized how greatly it relates to this week.
it's hard sometimes to stay patient, kind and calm with everyone. sometimes you raise your voice. sometimes you say things you don't mean. sometimes your friends say and do things you don't like and they don't mean. sometimes we all get angry. but we're all human. we all have flaws and faults. we all fall short of the glory of God but the important thing is that we have the humility to forgive.
there is no time to be strangers. there is not enough time to be angry, to hold back, to approach life and people and experiences with only half-hearted enthusiasm. time stands against us, that shadow at our backs that we can never erase. as Ephesians 4:26 says,
"In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."
i really take this to heart. if something is off, i like to communicate, listen, and let go as soon as i can. holding on to this stuff gets heavy, doesn't it? going through this life with burdens makes it so much harder; we close off our hearts to so many possibilities when we don't let go.
we're only given this one life, and in the words of my favorite poet Mary Oliver, "tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
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