by Joanne Spence
Riffing on Psalm 46
Our Beloved The Beloved Whose beloved are you? Are you the beloved of the Ukrainians? Are you the beloved of the Russians? Indeed, the earth is changing. Where is the holy habitation of the most high? I believe you are in our midst Because you say you are. I believe you are an ever-present help. I truly want to believe that you are breaking through hearts of stone. Then I think of my own Stubborn heart And I wonder If you are the infinite Heart of Love How can I even know that with my Tiny finite mind? The Psalmist assures us you reign Even, or could it also read, in spite Of humanity’s desolation. You say, “Be still and know that I am love.” But we won’t be still Instead, we work till we drop Believing it is necessary to our calling and even our salvation. But in you all hearts You are with us. Oh, beloved help us, ALL OF US, find Your refuge and your strength.
Joanne Spence, MA is a writer, teacher, entrepreneur, lover of sunsets, and translator of hard stuff. She calls Pittsburgh, PA home where she empty-nests with her husband, Doug, and flirts with the idea of homesteading. Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists is her first book. Her poems have appeared in Pittsburgh Theological Journal and Enfleshed.