Thursday, April 01, 2010

Women in The Garden...Maundy Thursday

I am a woman,
a woman
standing in the garden
with the Boys, over there.

I am neither planting, pruning
or scything
but I am praying,
waking and uttering
scrapings of words.

murmured words
words of pleading,
that's what we hear
uttered to the Invincible One.

He, who has this Son,
HIm, over there kneeling
by that rock where
the Boys are nearby.

The women with me,
we are set apart a ways
but we can hear
His murmured words
of discourse intent,
and sometimes loud
barks, and then
for a while.

Those Boys,
they sleep and nod
stupidly when they
are supposed to be
around Him like a hedge
made of prayer and
mutual silence,
but most of all, love.

Yet no, they snore and snuffle
scratch and sniff in their
fevered dreams,
but He does not sleep,
can't because this
is no time for sleeping,
not for Him.

We girls, we watch and wait
with Him
in the night watches
in the open of the garden
where the indigo sky
encloses us roughly
against the grass and thistles.

We girls, we are made of
sturdier stuff
from the cooking, the
baking, the making,
of others all the day long,
working and doing,
and often as we do we
pray and are filled like
new skins of wine, of
pressed oil, of soft

Our wakefulness
is here to stay,
unlike those Boys,
them, over there.

If only they knew
how they will lose
sight of Him as they
lose sight of the stars
in their courses above
as the candle burns
the hours away.

And He will flame out
as all falling stars do
but only for while...we
can see it coming

In the silence we gather
our hands together,
we girls and keep our
eyes upon Him and
with Him we are,
inside our hearts will
we will grieve for
grief yet to come.

He knows, this Jesus,
that's why the soft words
melt into hard barks of
twisting hands and
pursed lips of a struggling
Man, Man Divine.

A little wind comes up now
gentle but steady and It
seems to have a purpose
known only to Itself
as it moves over Him
kneeling at that rock,
hands wringing and grasping
as his locks move on this
wind and softly buffet his
face, fluttering the wings
of a night moth alight upon
His shoulder, which is heaving.

We gather our hair veils about
our heads a little tighter,
a little closer around our hearts
so they stay and will not
engender stern looks from
the Boys should they waken
which is doubtful.

The dawn will come
and with it, soldiers
and uppity old men,
and servants, scowling.

There is not much else
we girls can do but stand
and watch our Lord be
taken away.

Our hearts will ache
but we are only women
in their sight, yet we
are so much more...

We have laid hold of His
Word, of His promises
of kingdom come,
how it will be done on
earth as in heaven.

Jesus, remember us
when You come into
Your kingdom,
the anointing of Your
feet with oil, how our
glory faded before Yours
in the foreshadowing.

May we receive what was
once whole, and now
broken, our Lord,
for we shall see You,
after Abba Father,
after all the company
of heaven, in another
garden on a morning
not unlike the one coming
but brighter.

And before the Boys do...

But it comes before that,
the hard time
when we will weep
and anoint the shell of
this Man
carrying the seed of love
for the blooming of
the world, and first we
will touch the sheaf of
finest wheat, the risen
Body and drink of Your
Voice, living water.

It is time now, Master,
Loving Lord.
We girls,
we are with You
in Your darkest hours.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, Catherine. You do have a way with words. Beautifully expressed. Thank you.
Happy Easter.
Blessings, Shirley

Anonymous said...

"beautiful Catherine"

Anonymous said...

really beauatiful. We women, who give birth and stay up many nights without sleep tending to or worrying about or praying for or children, our loved ones...are perhaps, as you say, more capable of staying awake with Christ this night

Charles W said...


Robert M+ said...

"Wonderful, Catherine! May I have permission to print this out to leave at our Altar of Repose for today?"

Rachel S said...

Amen. Stunning.

Catherine said...

Yes, Robert, by all means. Thank you.

Maria E said...

Wow. Simply wow.

Ann M said...

This is beautiful, Catherine. You've taken the journey. I have followed a splintered path, full of tiny rocks and beautiful bugs, but I think the paths will meet up. I missed Maundy Thursday footwashing and stillness and the intent to be a 4am vigiler. But I will be there today, at noon.
Thanks for the gifts you share, not bad for a girl.

Christina M said...

Beautiful, Catherine. Thank you!

Cathie R said...

wonderful...thx for passing it along

Jan said...

So beautiful, and just what I needed to read tonight in this hotel computer "room" (desk) in Austin, TX. Good Friday was a day of silence and absence as no one in my family mentioned this at all (except an email from my son's girl friend). Blessings.

Catherine said...

Jan I am sorry you were away from people to share this day with. It sounds a bit hard to be there where you are...just know I care, k?

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