October 2, 2012


(for the warriors who have had to leave the field they love)

Sacred Parentheses.
Divine.  Directed.  Thoughtful.
Purpose-Driven and Spirit-Filled.
God of History altering your walk –
The walk you thought was His intention forever.

This parting is a “sweet sorrow”
As was written long ago
Of two lovers´ supposed destiny & their ensuing separation.
A romance cut short.  A destiny stifled.
The knight in you rises up to protest -
But you hold your tongue
And kiss the hand of your King.
For He has spoken.

All the undone and unseen and unmet
Rise up before you
They contrive to steal your focus,
Dash your heart,
and wound you in your God- journey.

But your Royal Leader,
The Captain of your life and times,
And He defends you from their onslaught.
And he turns to you to gently remind:
“All results are Mine – and I am not finished yet.”

“In the lands you love,
I am still there.
In the unfinished dreams
I am still wooing and accomplishing
I just need a little time -
Only a parenthesis,
To weave your dreams into My history.”

Sacred parentheses.
Sent like an archer´s arrow
Into your heart & life.
Take the cup.
For you cannot yet see
The intentions of the God of history
Nor the purpose-injected destiny
He is unravelling for you.

Photo by:  CarbonNYC


  1. So beautiful, mom. Somehow, you referenced a lot of issues and questions I have been pondering myself lately. Your writings (or His writings, I often get the two confused) are truly touching and surprisingly relevant, every time. There is a very special anointing over you... I love to see how He is using you and your gifts! I am so proud to call you my mom! :) May He continue to prosper you in this way...!! Love you always!! (L)

  2. Pam, Thank you so much for this poem. It cuts through all the questions we know our friends face as we see them not be able to return to the field. I sent it to our pastoral care department-- suggested they use it for every returning missionary. I agree with Daniela, what an anointing. Thanks!!!


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