Morning Devotions

Kneeling on the cold stone
hearth each morning,
facing yesterday’s ashes
cold and gray as death, 
ignites a necessary humility.   
Today’s fire must be made
from what lies at hand -

life and heat coaxed
from pages of an old newspaper, 
kindling and a match
placed just so and the one log
that sits in the wood box, big
enough to snuff it all out. 

Dare to try, for you must
face this possible failure
again and again if you wish
to stave off the chill, to warm
the house before the children wake
in their innocence unaware
of this wrestling with wood
and flame, the effort it takes,
the faith. 

Linking with The High Calling for their community gathering on the topic, Create Good.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Jody. Boy, that fire left me frustrated yesterday, but overall, I'm excited to be learning something new.

  2. "Facing yesterdays ashes", oh yes. This was really beautiful, thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  3. This is beautiful, Kelly! "Today's fire must be made from what lies at hand." I love that. We can't wish and hope what we don't have into existence. We can only work with what we've been given for each day -- with a heart of thanksgiving for its provision. What if we woke up one morning and there was no wood, after all! Such a great reminder, thank you! :)

  4. This is a lovely poem and the metaphor really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing with our link-up at The High Calling. We won't be featuring it this time, but I encourage you to try us again.