May my pointing hands refrain from forging dark divides
and seek instead to guide along the potent paths of Love.
May my drooping hands retell of efforts sown and pauses reaped,
of wholeness sought and second buddings eager to appear.
May my wringing hands be still and simply fold in rest,
releasing outcomes, oughts and shoulds, reclaiming fear-tossed peace.
May my clenched hands unfurl strife, untether tight control,
and in the widening space receive and nurture and support.
May my open hands refuse to strike, suppress, exclude,
and rather gather silently with deeper sights in view.
May my cupped hands reach toward Love and find compassion there,
quickened to the hope-filled life,
to untapped gifts and dreams,
to Eternal Love.
—by John Kiemele
About John Kiemele
John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center. With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations. Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well. John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.
Reflections: A Journey through Lent into Easter
from Selah Center
Available now on Amazon
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