Consider the Lilies (listen here).

I’m not fine and everything’s not OK

I can’t even put on my clothes today

Remind me what’s what, will you please?

I’m coming back, I’m on my knees

So pull me in and fold my elbows

Beneath your arms, these great walls of history

Hold me now, tell me again

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid

Hold me now, tell me again

“Take heart for I have overcome the world!”

My hands shake from the weight of the load

Steady these small sacrifices

Enclose them between your palms

Those magnificent loaves—are they woven with fingerprints?

Hold me now, tell me again,

“Rejoice with me! I have found my lost sheep.”

Hold me now, tell me again,

“Rejoice with me! I have found my lost coin.”    

Will you build my homes and write my poems?

Love my love and sew my children?

Paint the barn and weave the tangled yarn

Into a needlepoint story of all the things I do not yet know?

Hold me now, tell me again

“Consider how the wildflowers grow”

Hold me now, tell me again,

“Take heart for I have overcome”