Three Poems

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Jubilee

You’ve multiplied the many fruits
of every gift You’ve given me:
music, service, intellect,
with love-begetting-love
multiplied most;
and now
like a plant
in a pot
You ask me to rest;
and looking up I see Your hand 
and feel grace shower down 
                restoration,
                emancipation, 
readying me for Your coaxing forth 
                the new growth, 
                the new buds,
                the new fruits, 
                the new gifts-for-the-world.
At rest I receive
what I need for next, 
what serves You best,
no longer tasks on a list,
but Kingdom-building-by-BEING alone.
So, “yes,” to this rest,
and all that comes next, 
and the work of “Jubilee”: 
                                          rest in You.

Rest in Me, Full of Comfort

Rest in Me,
full of comfort;
I know you often optimize everything, 
make the most of every gift, 
Magis-ize each moment; 
just for now,
stop and savor for savoring’s sake;
feel the wind;
hear the current’s gurgle; 
see the stars;
fill full of wonder, and hear My heartbeat;
I hold you;
and the world; 
and the works;
and everyone I’ve ever made;
so, full-of-comfort, 
rest in Me.

You Are a Reflection of the Invisible God

You
are a reflection 
of the invisible God,
light from Light,
joy from Joy,
sent to enfold
each soul you meet
in God’s embrace
at this moment in time; 
love from Love,
you live in Me
and light the world 
with My love,
because of My love.
About Mary Ellen Smajo 1 Article

Mary Ellen Smajo has been savoring and writing responses to sacred moments since early high school, when she first began to notice and reflect on God’s tangible actions in our lives. She is a (“very happy and grateful!”) member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and serves as the music minister for IVC Chicago. Prior to joining IVC, she worked in clinical education; before that she worked as a medical physicist in the hospital setting. Her PhD is in medical physics, and she did her undergrad at Loyola University Chicago. “These poems are God’s; may they do the work for which they were sent. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.”

15 Comments on Three Poems

  1. These poems speak very directly to me and confirm the message that God has been giving me for quite some time – “Rest in me!” Thank you for sharing your gift.

  2. Mary Ellen,
    Your three poems so well describe the acceptance of the Peace of a Grace-filled moment which I seek. They respond so well to a reflection I penned some months ago. Thank you.

    “Grace for A Restless Heart”

    Seeking Grace
    Stillness flowing

    Prayer to YOU
    Not really knowing

    Touch my Heart
    And set me growing

    Mind and heart
    Together knowing

    Where YOU are
    This very morning

    Sun and moon
    On Earth bestowing

    Heat and light
    For all things growing

    Joy and Sorrow
    Keep me knowing

    That YOUR Grace
    Is ever flowing

  3. Mary Ellen,
    These are beautiful. I’m so glad you posted these so others are able to enjoy and find peace your poems.
    Marilyn

  4. Mary Ellen, these are beautiful and nurturing poem. I especially love, “Rest in Me, Full of Comfort”. Thank you for sharing them!

  5. God be praised for the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, and for your attentiveness and willingness to share it, Mary Ellen. May we rejoice in these blessings!

  6. Often we neglect to rest and feel guilty. Your poems remind me how important it is to do so. The rest is also a gift from God.

    Thank you.

  7. Dear Mary Ellen~
    Initially,I read your poems but knew I needed to come back to them and spend time in reflection. “You are a reflection of the Invisible God.” Is my favorite. It really spoke to me and moved my heart. Thank you for sharing this contribution.

    Gracefully,Suzanne

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