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Spiritual Direction - Poetry

  • Praying into Holiness

  • Two Parables

I.

  • A child came to her mother and asked,
  • “What is the kingdom of heaven like?”
  • “The kingdom of heaven is like
  • a woman who waits for a voice.
  • 2 fingers pressing gently
  • the glint of silken threads
  • Watch!--
  • as she holds the lines loosely
  • as she lets them lead
  • Out & Up & Into
  • another place,
  • a glorious throne room,
  • a King, drenched in light,
  • reading your name, my girl,
  • feeling our names,
  • my child,
  • where they are sewn
  • into His palm.”
  • II.
  • Soon after the child came to her mother again and asked,
  • “What else is the kingdom of heaven like?”
  • I smiled into her face, and said,
  • “The kingdom of heaven is also like
  • a woman who carries a key.
  • She has a knack
  • for taking up with strangers
  • as they descend
  • inward
  • to a cell.”
  • “Does she open the door?”
  • “No. She does not. She waits!
  • And how can she wait?
  • What does she know
  • about the essence of light,
  • how it shines when you can’t see it,
  • how it speaks as we go?
  • How can she believe
  • that I-- that you, my own--
  • will reach out, despite the dark,
  • to grasp the key
  • to turn the lock
  • to open the door
  • to His radiant face?”

- Mary Kat Cone

(drawing by Margot Cone)