Heartspeak by Todd Jenkins

Glad to share another one of Todd Jenkins beautiful poems. I find the words uniquely interesting having recently come through surgery and certainly remembering well coming through grief and how I can feel a tangible difference between one person and another saying “My thoughts and prayers are with you.” More of Todd’s wonderful words can be sound here.

Ichawaynochaway Creek, Newton, GA

Ichawaynochaway Creek, Newton, GA

When, “Our thoughts and
prayers are with you.”
becomes the end and
not the means,
we have lost
our spiritual momentum.

Too often, we see prayer
as a request for God
to move, so we don’t have to.

The core of prayer is
a shifting of hearts;
primarily our own.

We speak our angst,
cry our frustration,
groan the unspeakable;

and in the stillness between
syllables, tears, and breaths,
a different note vibrates.

Maybe it’s a new note,
perhaps a dissonant one;
but, always, it calls us
toward the circle.

Whatever else we imagine
it to be, prayer is a request
for inclusion in the sacred journey.

If you’re willing to move,
but don’t know where or how,
let your heart speak.

The rest is not up to you,
but you will likely
find yourself up to it.

© 2016 Todd Jenkins

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4 Responses to Heartspeak by Todd Jenkins

  1. Thank you Todd and Maren – I’ve just passed this to a retired minister friend whose son is very ill.

  2. Maren says:

    Glad to pass this blessing on to them and hold them from far, far away in prayer.

  3. Lucy Brady says:

    Thank you! I have found myself resting in the ocean of prayer connecting me to the sacred community. They held me until I healed. These are beautiful words,

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