The Wind is Howling …

Cynthia Helton

The Wind is howling outside.
Does it frighten you, or invigorate you?
It blows for a reason.

Change is in the air.
To many it is uncomfortable and unsettling.
This change that comes unbidden.

To others it signals freedom;
an energy that confirms our personal desires.
This flow must be God!

Yes, it is certainly God;
but God comes to each so differently,
focusing in on our suffering.

Life brings suffering to all.
That is not meant as a threat
Instead it brings God’s grace.

That is hard to hear.
Does anyone like to reveal their insecurity?
Who wants to admit ignorance?

But ignorance keeps us stuck.
Ignorance chains us to what we know;
a safety that denies awareness.

What we think we want ..
what we convince ourselves is right
often comes as ego masked.

Is it really for others?
Does our insistence for justice speak universally?
Is it inclusive or exclusive?

The Wind is howling outside.
Does it frighten you, or invigorate you?
It blows for a reason.

It stirs us to question.
Is our motivation a mere mob mentality?
Safety we find in numbers?

Or does it speak internally?
Does it lure us to personal transformation
where true change must begin?

Information does not mean wisdom.
Sometimes the questions simply can’t be answered.
Sometimes things cannot be fixed.

Sometimes there is no certainty.
Is Heaven’s Hound nipping at our heels?
It all begins with faith.

True faith is not naivety.
It is not a denial of reality.
It is our hope’s precursor.

Can we remove our masks?
Can ego acquiesce to the greater good?
Do we dare accept grace?

Grace – a blessing often denied.
Grace – a blessing we cannot earn or merit.
Grace – to weather any storm.

Perhaps the Wind brings storm.
Perhaps it’s time – perhaps we’re now ready.
The Hound relentlessly prompt us.

The Wind is howling outside.
Does it frighten you, or invigorate you?
It blows for a reason.