from the pages of Patrick's
Personal Spiritual Journal
What causes roots to grow?
Thirst. Need. Lack.
I seldom hear you speak.
You seldom answer my prayers.
Awe-inspiring interventions are the exception to the rule of a droning existence.
Perhaps I am to embrace your silence.
What other option have I?
Either reject it and be miserable
Or embrace it and allow your silence to be constructive.
Keep the tree from dying
Providing nourishment and drink
Make the tree attractive
Luring beautiful birds and the human eye
Make the tree stable
So it won’t blow away in the storms
Make the tree blossom
New leaves, flowers and fruit
So now the giant does ballet
Help the tree grow
Without growth, the tree will be cut down
Unseen, unattractive, a nuisance, persistent, hardworking, without blossoms or leaves, never swaying in the breeze or soaking in the sun
My roots need a lot of work
My flexibility is barely measurable
My growth negligible
My fruit short-armed
My attractiveness one step above ugly
Tossed by storms
And at risk of dying
Help me, dear Lord,
To put down roots
Patrick is Routine Revelation. These are entries from his personal spiritual journal. Most entries were written several years before they were published. For more on Rev. Riecke, click here.