Your desire for your lover –
          Your longing to be one with an other –
That is a reflection of God’s longing for you:
          An invitation to desire God in return

Your sacrificial outpouring of watchful care
          Toward the child of your body
Is a faint negative of God’s care for you;

And the cry of an orphaned or unloved child,
          Wandering dirty and unfed
Is the echo of God’s own need to feed –
          and to be fed –
          in a marriage of mutual belonging.

The beautiful love-names you ascribe to God,
          God also ascribes to you,
As the Spirit calls forth your new beginning,
          creates your mind like that of Christ,
          calling you not servant but friend,
          calling you “beloved child!”


© 1998


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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