Seventh Day: Covenant

Lately, I’ve had the occasion to think about landlords, tenants, rents and ownership. Which brings to mind this wonderful unpublished poem by someone named Margaret Halaska. Pilgrim Dad and I went on a contemplative retreat recently and this was given to us as one of the readings.

COVENANT

God
knocks at my door
seeking a home for his son:

Rent is cheap, I say.

I don’t want to rent. I want to buy, says God.

I’m not sure I want to sell,
but you might come in to look around.

I think I will, says God.

I might let you have a room or two.

I like it, says God. I’ll take the two.
You might decide to give me more some day.
I can wait, says God.

I’d like to give you more,
but it’s a bit difficult. I need some space for me.

I know, says God, but I’ll wait. I like what I see.

Hm, maybe I can let you have another room.
I really don’t need that much.

Thanks, says God, I’ll take it. I like what I see.

I’d like to give you the whole house
but I’m not sure…

Think on it, says God. I wouldn’t put you out.
Your house would be mine and my son would live in it.
You’d have more space than you’d ever had before.

I don’t understand at all.

I know, says God, but I can’t tell you about that.
You’ll have to discover it for yourself.
That can only happen if you let me have the whole house.

A bit risky, I say.

Yes, says God, but try me.

I’m not sure—
I’ll let you know.

I can wait, says God. I like what I see.

– Margaret Halaska

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4 responses to “Seventh Day: Covenant

  1. thanks for sharing this poem. it reminds me of a Christian fictional short story, My Heart, Christ’s Home. A good reminder of God’s unfailing love and forebearance.

  2. Brother Lawrence’s practicing God’s Presence in every area of one’s life is also another way of looking at this truth. Recently, I have been reminded again of Christ sleeping in the boat in the midst of the stormy sea while His disciples were frantic with fear. In both peaceful and rough periods of life, He has not left His post. It brought a calming assurance in my spirit.

  3. I really like this. So aptly reflects my life. I long to surrender fully and do so at times but often I find myself clinging to some “rooms”. But what I like more about the poem is that it so, SO wonderfully reflects God’s gentleness and patience. Truly our God is an awesome God.

  4. a beautiful image for our letting God in

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