#FiveMinuteFriday: Steady (a poem)

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//If I take this leap of faith
will my feet still walk steady?

Will my mouth quake with words
ready for thanks and giving or

collapse on faithless ground again?

Today, I walked up these steps
the courthouse statuesque – lives change here

marriages, divorces, hearings
but today an adoption

for this child we prayed.
A boy found a forever home

And an angel was sent to place
a small wad of gas, groceries, and tears
spilled over into my purse

because God hears our plea
I asked if we’d be ok

a new career and a passion
humbling my calling – will we be ok

God answered today – downtown
at the courthouse where lives change

Forever families and angels
loosed in the halls

right before a man asked
to pray over me for salvation

my response – I know 
Sometimes God talks to us before the
miracle, the answered prayer

We need only hold steady.//

Today, I witnessed two miracles. A namesake and a reclaiming. God’s steady hand saying, It will be okay. Don’t give up.

I walked into the courthouse to witness the blessed, official adoption of my best friend’s baby. With two dollars to my name, my other friend offered to pay for parking so I wouldn’t miss it. An angel blessed me with grocery money. It just appeared in my purse.

Who am I to deserve it more than my neighbor? I will pay it forward. I always do. Just like when two pastors welcomed me and my children, with open arms, into their home. I lived there for almost two years. God’s steady hand provided me shelter. My husband and I were able to do the same for a wonderful man who moved from Minnesota to our city. God’s blessing and reminder to always pay it forward.

I can’t tell you how many times an angel has shown up for me and my family. I’m ever grateful and wishing I could tell this angel thank you. Thank you so very much. It’s a tough time, but we don’t waver in faith and we keep showing up. I will walk faithfully for as long as the Lord allows me.

It’s #FiveMinuteFriday. The word prompt is STEADY. Above is five minutes of free flow writing. I welcome your comments and thoughts.

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Cover photo credit: Hanna Morris