Respecting the awesome power of words!



In the end, as in the beginning,
and every place and time
in between, God refuses
to accept our rejection;

both our personal distancing,
and our sociocultural writhing away.

We are divinely desired,
and we will always be
sought by the sacred.

It is the uniqueness
of this seeking that makes it
both confounding and compelling
at one and the same time.

We have experience and metrics
for a whole host of stalkings,
all of which are unyielding
and often even violent;

but the steadfast pursuit
of unconditional love is
another creature altogether.

It is aromatic breath
from the depths
of the darkest places
into which we flee
or are pulled;

not necessarily the scent
of a sweet dessert
to which we are irresistibly drawn;

more like a mysterious fusion
of spices and herbs
gently tickling our olfactory imagination
in places we never knew
sensation could exist,
wondering us toward a depth
both haunting and hopeful.

Pay attention to your nose
because, when it comes
to paths toward the holy,
it knows.

© 2017 Todd Jenkins

4 responses

  1. Pay attention to your nose. I am nursing a beagle with a spinal problem and this is so vivid — how he uses his nose to perceive everything when he cannot move.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    • I think it’s an oft-forgotten sense; and our canine companions have much to share in this regard.


      February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

  2. Such moving words! This may be my new fave 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    February 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

  3. Ben Padgett

    Hey Todd, thanks for reminding me, once again, that God’s Spirit constantly bumps up against us no matter the circumstance of our living!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

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