wholeness: sensing hints of wholeness

“I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement with God.” — Wendell Berry

Hints of wholeness 

 Where do we begin and end? 
 Is there a boundary between you and me
 and other living things?

 Don’t we all draw breath, our sustenance 
 given by a generous, almighty hand
 that loves us without restraint?

 Now we look at air and water,
 fire and earth, tree and leaf,
 noticing the connectedness.

 We see and sense our union 
 with all living things, our sentience 
 linked inexplicably with theirs.

 Earth in its rawness, primitive 
 soil teeming with hope,
 with richness, and with life.

 Fire exists in the heavens,
 wrapped in the golden glow of sunset 
 and sad devastation of forests.

 We see repeating patterns
 in the sky, in a flower,
 in each day, the length of hours.

 And our souls can sense
 areas of difference still
 giving hints of wholeness.

 Variety is seeded in the universe,
 in all burgeoning plants,
 in faith, and in infancy.

 What we will become
 is still a mystery
 for now, waiting to be revealed.

 Brokenness is our default state
 throwing us on God's mercy,
 his great forgiveness and grace.

 We learn not to divide 
 our hearts but yield them up
 in surrendering to his love.

 Our brothers and sisters 
 are not too dissimilar to us
 when viewed through grace.

 One day differences will subside 
 because what unites us
 is greater than what divides.
 © joylenton

“[Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.” — Dallas Willard in Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning

8 thoughts on “wholeness: sensing hints of wholeness

  1. So beautiful as usual, dear Joy. I especially love the last stanza of your poem:
    “One day differences will subside
    because what unites us
    is greater than what divides.”
    Thank you for your inspiring words, dear Joy. Blessings and love to you! xoxo

    • Dear Gayl, I’m glad those lines spoke to you. I so appreciate you being here, my friend. Thank you for your kind and encouraging thoughts and generous social media sharing. You’re such a blessing to me. Love and hugs! xoxo 💟

    • Hello Julie, it’s a pleasure to bring a blessing your way. Savour your meditation! We’re having rather a dull, drab and wet day here. Icy conditions and snow are forecast from tomorrow onwards. I hope you can still manage your hikes and shorter walks. Love and hugs, Joy xo 😊💟

  2. Dear Joy,
    Such precious words and images here. I love this stanza:

    ” What we will become
    is still a mystery
    for now, waiting to be revealed.”

    It reminds me of the Scripture that “all creation is groaning” every part is waiting for that full mystery of God’s healing and wholeness to be revealed. We see such glimpses now–what incredible beauty will it be then? Thank you for lifting my heart today, dear friend. Blessings, love, and hugs to you. xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, thank you for sharing that Scripture reference which links so aptly with the mystery of our full becoming in Christ. Oh, yes, the future “incredible beauty” of creation and of our souls is unimaginable once fully released from the burden of the Fall and its devastating effects. I’m honoured to have been instrumental in the lifting of your heart, dear friend. May God grant you more encouragement, renewed hope, and strengthening for the challenging days ahead. Much love, blessings, hugs, and prayers. xoxo ❤️

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