Posted by Claudia May
The people I had the privilege to meet became living biblical narratives. Their courage inspired me. Their faith deepened my own. Their agency, beauty, and desire to live a life filled with hope caused me to ponder how I respond to the trials I encounter. Their wisdom enthralled me. Their belief in God humbled me. Their beauty captivated me. The children, women, and men I met challenged my world-view. They exposed my insecurities and cultural preferences. Their honesty and willingness to cry, and feel, and touch reminded me not to self-edit my thoughts or hold back my emotions when I pray to God.
So often during my journey through Colombia our devotional readings reflected much of my daily experiences. Each poem, each scripture passage, gave me the opportunity to reflect on the relevancy of scripture and poetry to my every day life. And so, I leave you with some of the poems and biblical passages that ministered to me. May they bless you as they have blessed me — if not more.
To be of the Earth is to know
the restlessness of being a seed
the darkness of being planted
the struggle toward the light
the pain of growth into the light
the joy of bursting and bearing fruit
the love of being food for someone
the scattering of your seeds
the decay of the seasons
the mystery of death
and the miracle of birth
From that which we fear, make us fearless.
O bounteous One, assist us with your aid.
May the atmosphere we breathe
breathe fearlessness into us:
fearlessness on earth
and fearlessness in heaven!
May fearlessness surround us
above and below!
May we be without fear
By night and by day!
Let all the world be my friend!
Atharva Veda XIX
Oil and incense make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of friends
comes from their advice
Don’t desert your friend
or a friend of your family;
don’t go to your relative’s house
when disaster strikes.
Better a neighbor nearby
than a relative far away
Proverbs 27: 9-10
Rich people think they are wise,
but an insightful poor person
sees through them.
Proverbs 28: 11
Observe those who have integrity
and watch those whose heart is right
because the future belongs to persons of peace