Not About Me

It’s not all about me.


You already knew that.

And so did I.

But today

I was reminded of that fact.

The arrival of a new baby.


Mommy and Daddy…

And the whole clan.

I also learned

That a dear friend’s uncle

Passed away.

Add to that

The discovery that

Two friends have separated.

Now joy and sadness

Are alive in the same heart.


I read that a young dad

Has been hospitalized.

They don’t know what’s wrong.


He is doing better.


Add to the mix concern

And many other emotions

And that’s where I am.

Does that mean I can’t fly?

Absolutely not.

It just means


I soar with those whose hearts

Are filled with joy.

Other times

I wrap my arms around

Those who are hurting.

And often I must

Bow my head

And let my prayers

Wing heavenward.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15 NIV).


2 thoughts on “Not About Me

  1. Ah, about 3/4’s of the way through I thought of Romans 12:15.

    Your poem really makes me think–if we, finite as we are, can hold inside our heads a tapestry of emotions, and weave each precious sentiment into something that makes sense to us–how much more is God able to hold all of His emotions in perfect harmony, and still be perfect Love all at once?

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