“Juggling” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Juggling” introduces the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost:
Summer in the North, Winter in the South.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

I never was very good at baseball.
That is why I loved that day on the beach many years ago,
    when my body arched above in motion slow,
    to catch the friendly Frisbee saucer.
I thought that this must be a game for heaven.
I once saw someone juggle ten of these, flinging them into the upper air
    of the circus tent, easily, quietly receiving and dispatching each
    as they playfully returned to the hand that made sure
    they would be borne on air again.
What patience, what falls, what discouragement must have been
    in the life of that artist till he could fling those airy discs
    as easily as breathing in and out!

So much comes your way to juggle—you know the list.
Practice slowly—a few at a time, till many plots and peoples
    and places can revolve about your life, while you watch it all,
    just as the folks in the bleachers do…and the Lord of heaven and earth.

2 thoughts on ““Juggling” – An Alphabyte

  1. I awoke to a series of anxious thoughts racing through my mind. I was immediately drawn to the image of all these thoughts being tossed as if I was juggling them very fast….not holding anyone long enough to deal with it or even recognize actually what each was. So, I drew them all into my inner being….knowing that God was there in Spirit, and I found peace. I am still in bed, listening to thunder rolling in the distance, darkness filling the room as this storm approaches. My heart rate has slowed considerably now that I’ve surrendered my day and my thoughts to the Lord.
    Mom has several doctor’s appointments this week, with Wednesday’s being the most important. I know that I have been needlessly “juggling” the what-if’s concerning the “mass” in her face….but of course knowing all along, that the Great Physician is taking care of it. I step out in faith knowing that God is there.
    I’m remembering from yesterday’s reading from Matthew 14:13-21, that God supplies what I need. The storm outside is quieting and the room here is brightening….”and it came to pass”, God is Good, Amen!

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