Where Is God?

Where Is God? August 14, 2013



My new book of poems, Reduced to Joy, has just been published. The book contains seventy-three poems, retrieved and shaped over the last thirteen years, about the nature of working with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy. For the next few months, I’d like to share poems from the new book with you.

Since the beginning of time, we as human beings have always called out for a higher power or larger force to rescue us when we’re in pain or trouble. During my cancer journey, I was forced into this conversation more than once. After many years, this poem has surfaced as the few words I’ve been able to retrieve that speak to this.


It’s as if what is unbreakable—

the very pulse of life—waits for

everything else to be torn away,

and then in the bareness that

only silence and suffering and

great love can expose, it dares

to speak through us and to us.

It seems to say, if you want to last,

hold on to nothing. If you want

to know love, let in everything.

If you want to feel the presence

of everything, stop counting the

things that break along the way.

A Question to Walk With: Whatever your spiritual background or interest, how would you begin to answer this timeless question: Where is God?

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