Faith, Hope and Love
by Caroline Frost Shea
Faith is like a fallen leaf:
surrendered, floating slowly down the stream.
Obstructions are just a short delay
to the stronger current of the dream.
Your love is that very river:
Water pure as gold and free of fear.
Trees planted on the banks grow and flourish
Neither death nor winter visit here.
Hope is what we’re given for the journey.
The sustenance that carries us to the end.
Expectation: better than bread or water.
Taste the vision just around the bend!
This poem felt like a little gem that floated to me during worship. Like a lot of my poems they started with one line “Faith is like a fallen leaf…” and the rest of the poem didn’t come until I wrote that line down. Inspired in part by 1 Cor 13:13 and in part by the life of Louie Zamperini whose story is told by Laura Hillenbrand in the book Unbroken, I’ve been pondering the idea that faith, hope and love are more essential to our life than food or water.
(Photo by Caroline Frost Shea)