The Center #SmallWonder Link-up

It's been a rough week here.  

On Wednesday my parents stopped by on their way home from wintering in Florida and by Thursday my Mom was in our local hospital having tested positive for both type A and B Influenza.  They hope to move her out of the ICU today, but it will be a long road to recovery as she is a cancer survivor and transplant recipient - her health is often precarious on the best of days.   

After rising to the crisis (she went into septic shock that first night), I found myself whirling and wrote to a friend, "I'm having a hard time holding on to my center."  In the writing of those words, this thought came like a love note slipped into my pocket. 

Truth has a way of flipping perception on its head, revealing the inside-out of a circumstance or, if you will, the often wrongness of my thinking.  Maybe you also are in need of such a reversal?  


You do not hold
the Center,
it holds you.
Do you see
the difference?

It is not your job
to grasp and cling.
Yours is to rest,

Each sorrow,
each joy is a
passing breeze
swaying the 
that holds you. 


Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.

What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God? 

That's my proposal - that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  

You're invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don't worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right - you're welcome to come as you are. 

While you're here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.  



  1. Kelly, I will be praying for your mom today. Having my own mom going through treatment, I know well the emotions you have shared here. "In that day, he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure." (Is. 33:6,NLT). He will be your sure foundation - your stability in the days ahead. Blessings!

  2. "You do not hold the center -- it holds you."
    This is lovely, and so true of our God who is both Center and Circumference.

  3. Ooh, I love this, Kelly. We don't have to grasp hold of the Center--He has us. So sorry about your mom. :( Praying for a full and speedy recovery, and for peace for everyone as you wait it out with her.

  4. Kelly, the thought of holding the center and how God showed you Who holds it and what you actually need to is all beautiful, affecting each one of us. Giving God the glory for this beautiful Truth.
    I lift your mother in my prayers and will hold her there. I know the ups and downs with parents aging. God's love covers you and them.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  5. Oh, your poor mother. Bless her heart. Thankful that she has come through the first awful days, and turning to the Great Physician to lay His healing hands upon her. Praying that she'll make a quick and full recovery.

    I sooo loved your poem. Oh, it's the truth, isn't it? We do not hold the center, HE holds us. And yes, our only challenge is resting in the knowledge that HE has everything under control, even when life spins crazy.

    Praying for your strength, too.


  6. Oh my goodness, this: "You do not hold the Center, it holds you." YES!!! Praying for your mother...and all of you!

  7. Beautiful poem -- may we learn to rest in Him alone! Praying for your mom. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

  8. That is a profound 'love note,' Kelly. I'm so grateful this tucked into your heart and mind as you were feeling the weight of too much. Prayers continue coming from my heart - and many others'.

  9. Kelly,
    This perspective shift...what a love note....thank you for sharing this ...praying now for your mom's recovery and for your heart to be feel loved and held.

  10. Kelly, beautiful words here, as always! I am hoping that this is a more peaceful week for you and your family.

  11. Less striving, more resting, yes!
    Praying for your mom's recovery and that you and your family don't catch the flu.