I was talking with a friend the other week about how it feels to be truly clean, and she compared it to the waters of a river. I tried to capture that idea here:
I’ve stepped in a lot of rivers.
When they had dirt at the bottom,
My steps would send mud
floating down the river,
and the tan filth blocking any view of the riverbed.
I’ve looked at a lot of rivers.
And I love the ones that slowly,
In their crystal blue motion
capture the rolling beauty of nature
in their clear flowing depths.
I want to be a dirt-free river.
I want no mud of the world in me
and to flow confidently onward
to the ocean,
knowing I am clean.
The Miracle of the Sacrament
If you saw the peace
in the little crust of bread,
as eyes were closed
and thoughts turned upwards;
If you saw the cleansing
in the little cup of water,
as if liquid light were poured into a silhouette,
and great drops of brightness overflow;
If you saw the power
Christ was willing to use in your behalf,
the legions of angels armed for battle
awaiting your prayer for their help;
If you saw the gifts
He holds, willing to give you,
the blessings He prepared to make you happy,
and the joy of living with Him up above;
If you saw the desire
The Spirit has to live in you,
to talk to you, to be your friend,
to make you into something wonderful;
If you saw all this with spiritual eyes –
the miracle of the sacrament –
would you live the rest of the week
the way you do now?