Practicing Steadfastness

Painting by Jennifer Elam

When I ask myself, 
‘What is devotion?’
I find that my 
answers are all verbs:

to kneel and kiss the ground, 
and then rise to protect it

to set my ego aside
and then to stand grounded 
in my surest self

to listen for understanding 
and then stand under what 
I have heard, to shore
it up and help it breathe

to breathe in love for that which 
is holy, and then to exhale
my delight into the world, 
making art that hallows 
our groundedness in You

This is my devotion

Lisa Lundeen

Lisa Lundeen is a board certified chaplain, lover of words and woods, alumna of Guilford College ('00) and Earlham School of Religion ('06), and sojourning member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

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