Starved for Hope

I know what you planned, what you meant to do, teaching me
to love the world, making it impossible
to turn away completely, to shut it out completely ever again –
it is everywhere; when I close my eyes,
birdsong, scent of lilac in early spring, scent of summer roses:
you mean to take it away, each flower, each connection with earth –
why would you wound me, why would you want me
desolate in the end, unless you wanted me so starved for hope
I would refuse to see that finally
nothing was left to me, and would believe instead
in the end you were left to me.
~Louise Glück “Vespers”
(one of ten Vespers poems)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
~Psalm 130:5

Mid-spring days like this:
bright, so promising with potential, birdsong constantly in the air, scent of orchard blossoms, lilacs, early roses and a flush of color everywhere…

how can I not love the world so much I never want to leave it?

Yet I must hold this loosely. It is but a tiny show of the glories to come, of what You have waiting for me next.

I am wounded with the realization that I must eventually let this go.

I hold onto the hope that won’t be found in all this beauty and lushness, the fulfilling hope that can only be found in my relationship with You as my Father and Creator.

You provide only a taste here so that I know what I starve for, starved with hope for what You have in store.

I will wait for you
I will wait for you
in the end You were left for me.

Amen and Amen.

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One thought on “Starved for Hope

  1. WOW!
    Two wake-up calls from Louise and you, Emily.
    Balm for our wounded, bleeding souls as we try
    to cope with, and endure the pain of hopelessness as
    we see cruelty and devastation all around us we look
    at our our world today.

    We see the answer in both of your punch lines at the end…
    They land in my soul like a blast of dynamite.
    Yes, Yes, I WILL wait for him!
    WHY???
    Because :
    – He keeps His promises.
    – He can be trusted.
    – He put His life on the line (CROSS) for us
    – He asks nothing from us except that we believe
    in Him and that we treat others as we would want
    to be treated.

    Liked by 1 person

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