Lenten Devotional

Below is a selection of poetry, generated by members of our congregation during the 2021 Lenten season. This page will be updated regularly with new poetry and prose, so make sure to check back!

Getting It Wrong
by Angela Hed Vincent

Getting it wrong.
Is falling and finding joyless life just another sad song?
And what of hell and breath and the agony of our undoing?
This hell on repeat.
And then the reprieve.

I choose hope.
Even if it is elusive.
These talks of hell and angels and a God that hates me.
I choose stars and the cosmos.
I choose my fragments and my fissures,
the wholeness of my pain.
I choose to honor where I’ve been.

I don’t need hell, I know it well.
The light and the darkness,
the all that is,
the breath of my being,
the love I can’t feel.

Even so, I choose hope.
You two-faced God.
Light and dark.
Evil and loving.
All one.
You are as I am.

I see all moments at once
All phases of the moon simultaneously
My parents seeing me through time baby, child, teen, and 40 year old all at a glance
I breathe in the current moment
Meditate on emptiness as I feel the fullness of my chest as a breathe
The god around
The god within
All of time
And the importance of this moment

by AK Hed Vincent

i awake at night
stars over my head
that i cannot see
where is the poetry?
the ceiling stares back at me
with her careful patterns
the window is etched with snowflakes

that will soon pass
i want time to sit and breathe
and just be
just be me

by Kelly Klosterman