Here’s a poem prompt from Madeleine L’Engle for this Saturday of Holy Week.
The Promise by Madeleine L’Engle You promised well, actually you didn’t promise very much, did you? but that little is enough is more than enough. We fail you over and over again but you promised to be faithful to us not to let us fail beyond your forgiveness of our failure. In our common temptation you promised we would not be tempted more than we are able you promised not to lead us into temptation beyond our frail strength and you yourself are our refuge in temptation our escape from the pit and that is enough so that we can bear more than we thought we could bear of loneliness, nothingness, otherness sin, silliness, sadness. for thine is the kingdom and the other great fors: forbearance, forgiveness, fortitude, forever. this is what you promised it is enough it is everything. ~L’Engle, Madeleine.“The Promise”, from The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle. Shaw Books, 2005.
What are you bearing today?
Which of the “great fors” is enough for you today?