To Put the Pieces Together


more than ever
let us be the ones
who will not turn away.
Let us be the ones
who will go
farther into the wreck
and deeper into the rubble.
Let us be the ones
who will enter into the places
of devastation beyond belief
and despair beyond our imagining.

And there let us listen
for the Spirit that brooded
over the formless darkness,
and there let us look again
for the God who gathered up the chaos
and began to create.
Let us be the ones
who will give ourselves
to the work of making again
and to the endless beginning
of creation.

A Gathering of Spirits © Jan Richardson

This article has been adapted from Jan's book In the Sanctuary of Women (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2010). Used by permission.

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