25 11 2014


A canyon can
a mountain top
salted with saints,
majestic ones,
in whom is

my delight.

from glowing ember
singing star

from distraction
by distraction

His heart
and yours
and ours, we

and take, eat,
this is one
body, one
spirit, one
hope, one
high calling to

worthy of
the bond of peace
over all
through all
in all
humility, and

shall be well, and
shall be well, and
manner of thing
and ever shall be

world without



I don’t often post poetry in this space, but today it seemed appropriate. My heart is full, thankful for gifts of God’s presence and people at Laity Lodge this past weekend, heavy for Ferguson and all the ways our pride and blindness rob us, leaning into divine purpose that makes all things new, and looking toward a day when the redeemed from every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship with one voice around the throne.

Thanks for the inspiration to the High Calling community, Marilyn McEntyre, who invited us to slow down and play with words, Vincent Bacote, who reminded us to be salt and light, the psalmist David, T.S. Eliot, the apostle Paul, doxology, and Julian of Norwich, who said:

“In my folly, . . . I often wondered why, by the great foreseeing wisdom of God, the onset of sin was not prevented: for then, I thought, all should have been well. This impulse [of thought] was much to be avoided, but nevertheless I mourned and sorrowed because of it, without reason and discretion.

“But Jesus, who in this vision informed me of all that is needed by me, answered with these words and said: ‘It was necessary that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.'”

And so it shall. Hallelujah.



11 responses

25 11 2014

I got to go to the retreat a couple of years ago, Jeanne. It was, as Ann says, all grace.
Love your words and heart. Wish I could have been there this year.

25 11 2014

Wish you could have, too, Linda! Love you, friend. xo

26 11 2014
Sandra Heska King

I missed you, friend. I miss you every year you’re not there.

25 11 2014
Jody Collins

Jeanne, I’m so tickled to see the High Calling retreat this time featured some playing with poetry. Your words here are beautiful. And oh, Jesus, how we need your grace to wrap our brains and words around this tough and terrible time we live in….

I’ve so enjoyed your sharing, especially pictures.

25 11 2014

Thank you, Jody. The invitation to play with poetry was such a gift — one of many sweet ways God whispered His nearness. And, yes. How we need His grace to live as light in these dark days. May He tune our ears to His voice and our hearts to His heart, and when we speak, may we speak in living echoes of His words.

Grateful for you.

25 11 2014

This is absolutely lovely. And a place/people/experience worthy of such lovely words. Thank you.

26 11 2014

Thank you, Diana. I wish you’d been there. Next year, maybe? xo

26 11 2014
Sandra Heska King

So grateful to have spent time with you in this sacred place.

26 11 2014

Yes. You’re a treasure. Thank you for making room for me in that big heart.

29 11 2014

This is so beautiful, Jeanne. And now I can hear your lovely voice in these words :). What a gift to meet you by the Frio.

29 11 2014

Thank you, Laura! Such joy to spend time with you. Love you.

Your comments are a gift. Please know I read each one with gratitude.

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