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AN AGNOSTIC IS SOMEBODY who doesn’t know for sure whether there really is a God. That is some people all of the time and all people some of the time.

There are some agnostics who don’t know simply because they’ve never taken pains to try to find out—like the bear who didn’t know what was on the other side of the mountain.

There are other agnostics who have taken many pains. They have climbed over the mountain, and what do you think they saw? Only the other side of the mountain. At least that was all they could be sure of. That faint glimmer on the far horizon could have been just Disneyland.

Frederick Buechner

– Originally published in Wishful Thinking


I will fail you

And you will fail me.

Its inevitable.

Strains are necessary

in the fabric

of love’s covering.

A baby in the womb

lengthens its limbs

and curls its fist,

in preparation for life’s journeying.

Tears appear

not because we’ve failed,

to steel our love against tests.

But because

love is strong enough

to stretch,

to allow failure and hurt

to raise its voice

and then repent.

To tend to wounds uncovered.

The fabric of love

in truth

is not something that’s never been torn.

But rather

something that’s gained its beauty and strength

from its reinforcements.

Its tears repaired

again and again,

until goodwill’s


Love’s a patchwork quilt

of remembrance

that can raise when needed.

To catch the undercurrents

and to provide

a platform for uplift.

For us all to rise

and catch our breaths,

to then gain the distance needed,

to value our attachments.

To recognise the strength

of love’s encompassment,

a fabric that bears any strain.

That covers the wounds we

impart in our


That measures us

again and again

not by how we fall

but how we rise once again.

A quilt of a thousand uses

and counting.

Ana Lisa de Jong

Living Tree Poetry

January 2018

Photo by Bailey Zindel on Unsplash

‘Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:

If either of them falls down,

one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

a long time ago someone said to me,

“I don’t want your God.”

and I could understand their pain…the loss was too much.

But, the thing was, it wasn’t their loss, it was mine

And it was sacred, it still is.

their projection of God didn’t change my journey

because I had my own path to walk

but I saw a battle that began that day

that froze that person

their journey…still afraid that God will bring more than they can bear…

You can’t package God

any more than you can choose the conversation that

awakens the wound…


having given up believing in fear helps,

just as much as knowing that the God of love

heals and transforms the heart…

for all those suffering this night…

I wish you the constant compassion that you need to heal

and for you to have believers who will hold you at just the right moments so that you can breathe…

so you won’t freeze…

your lungs will remember there is beautiful life

waiting for you

so don’t hold your breath too long…

it is ” breathe in…I am known by the God of Love…

breathe out…I am known by the beat of my heart . ”


Rev. Donna Knutson

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