Book of Hours/ 5:00 p.m.

BOOK OF HOURS/ 5:00p.m.

 Be yourself, everyone else
is already taken.

 ~~~Oscar Wilde

5:00p.m. Hour

 They say the eyes are the windows to the Soul.
These windows—a set of eyes…they gaze
from inside out…they gaze from the outside in.
What have they witnessed?  Has my vison changed
as time reveals itself over and over,
this hour, from these windows?   I ride as if
on a Ferris Wheel. I see for miles and miles.
Only for seconds, the picture changes—the
scenery, its landscape, positions…a rhythmic
cycle always forming new faces and holding a
familiar place.  How can ordinary windows reveal
so much, and how can so much unfold, becoming
something new again and again?
How can the ‘viewer’
not be changed in this hour, this specific time of
day?   No matter from which side of the window I stand,
the fading of light reveals images…
a casting of myself.  I look, I smile, I make a
funny face.  The window laughs, or was it the wind
pushing itself to get in?  My face reveals soft lines,
gentle wrinkles, adding to the personality of my character
growing with age.  I would love for others to see in me eyes
that express kindness, lips that speak truth, ears
listening to voices calling out, a nose that takes in
life’s delicate scents and breathes in its pleasures.
I would love others to see my open arms embracing
everything that has come my way…even the moments of
trial that broke my heart wider to love more
completely…even if the love denied.
So much more lies through these windows.
My eyes glimpse heaven in each of you…
my gaze has been blessed to behold.
I cannot begin
to count the endless faces of you, God,
that you have allowed, invited me to see.
And through this window,
You have allowed me to see You in me.

Pray with me in this hour.
6:00 p.m. will arrive next Monday—
Promise you will stay…invite another!
No worries if you pass.  I hold you in the hours remaining.

 

  

2 replies
  1. Ann Pawlik
    Ann Pawlik says:

    My favorite line,…”I would love for others fo see my open arms embracing everything that has come my way…even the moments of trial that broke my heart wider to love more completely…even if the love denied.” Those trials, even if they result in brokeness, make us more attuned, I think, to hopefully ask ourselves, ” What have I learned from this and how can I apply that lesson to my daily living?” I also reminds me of Jesus, going through all the trials of His passion, how physically broken he became as he walked to his death, and how hanging on that cross his heart opened wider in his love for others, even to the point of seeking forgivenes for those who had wronged him. And yes, even in denial, when we close ourselves off from Jesus, his heart is always open, to gather us in through the trials and tribulations we face. Look at Peter in his fear of being associated with Jesus,…taken back into the embrace of love. This is how that line spoke to me.

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