Good Evening, God
We just finished a Lenten meeting — focused on the Poetry of Lent. Tonight we focused on Wild Geese, a poem by Mary Oliver. We each shared lines that hhad caught our eye. This one caught mine:
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
The World offers itself to my Imagination! My imagination!!! The line hit me — reminding me that I HAVE an IMAGINATION! And, I confess, God, I have been using it to imagine bleakness and darkness. That felt so wrong. It felt like a horrible misuse of a vital part of me.
Just yesterday, I was talking about not being taken captive by the Dark Forces. . . not being led into judging, anger and hate. But, here I was, doing something very similar by letting my imagination dwell on fearful futures.
You have told us so clearly to “overcome evil with good”. Told us that we are to pray for our enemies. To turn the other cheek. And if our enemy thirsts to give him water. Sigh. . . I keep thinking, God, that if You were to give me the power — I would do that. But, of course, I have it backwards! When I begin doing that –THEN, You’ll give me the power to continue.
So, I would ask, God, that You help me loosen the ties that bind my imagination. Set me free to imagine praying for peace — in the hearts of those losing violence upon others. Help me to imagine leaders everywhere repenting of threatening, bullying and violence.
Well, come to think of it, help me to come to You for cleansing and redirection. Ah, yes! Help me imagine a new way of living — a new way of loving in myself.