24 September 2015

Responding to Fables of Faith

Responding to Fables of Faith

I - You ask, does faith come hard or easy?
I’d laugh but you’re serious.
All I can say is no one I know has had the baptism of desire
..........to skip right on ahead.
I can tell you that I can pinpoint some (or much)
....... horrible humanness in myself—
What is that? – it’s that span between
  ...the head and heart,
  .................and it’s gaping.
You see, our conversions are continuous:
somehow still they slip in –
.......perhaps because the days are an ever-leaking cup
..........................always empty, never filling up.
Or, then again,
  .........there will be a moment, a flash,
when you're awake to your own strangeness.
And, oh, I’m not even touching on the suffering—
..........which meets you but in undreaded forms
  ..................and in the most unappointed times
(& when you can finally exhale
...............it’ll hit you that
 ....................... it’s in hardship mostly, that’s when purpose sprouts).
Take heart, don't be discouraged,
......despite all the fits and starts,
..........faith’s a great and graspable Gift:
yes, no one can unravel the mystery of beauty
it’s the same with the beauty of this Mystery.
.....
II So what can you do? We can do this:
.......we can gather it up,
.....................the cup can be filled, the top can be reached:
..... in a lyrical way: Let’s all come,
....let’s touch
.......let’s sit around the table, touching,
...........let us chew and swallow our bread of faith in one room
...........from one table
.............in one place
One in our taking it in,
.........we'll be bound as one:
This ineffable Oneness making faith easier & so
  .................making hardships easier.
....
III Yes at this time, and in this place,
we’ll eat with
.....our friends & family who
.......ate with their friends & family
........ and their friends & family,
linking time and space
& all the way back to
......a hard table & a hard floor
.....where a handful of hard men were eating
with the Lord when He
faced The Hard Time,
....and whose faith they borrowed—
....a kind of plagiarism
.... but which, somehow in the end,
......cements all sorts, varieties, and degrees of separateness
........of this, our alien identity, with the One.
And through some wonderful kind of marvel
He made this
the most
.........primary of allegiances of all.
....... And still, for each of us faith is different--
God’s not interested in mass production.
.....yet our faith assurances are ever the same—
for no convert is
  ......ever the Original.