Acedia

“… how we perform these often dispiriting duties, from the changing of a baby’s diaper to the bathing of an aged parent, reveals what kind of God we worship.”

Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me
Weary, yet itching for greater things,
Longing to change the world while
my own heart lies stony and stagnant,

I turn
from the trifles of significance and
grand Calls to the small,
the smallest of things, and seek

as I sweep scattered breakfast,
wipe porridge from grabby fingers,
to loose
my fingers from my own feeble Self

and mop
away the dregs of my torpid ego
and make a hole fit
for footwashing Christ
to call home.

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