Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Virgin a Day: Day Four



"Our Lady of Fortune's Arrows" 


So often,it seems like we're targets for fortune's arrows.

Things happen that are outside our control,
no matter how much we try to keep our lives 
measured and fully predictable.

Hurricanes roar ashore
and wash away homes and all the ephemera
 that makes up the collage of our lives.

Lovers betray us
and make us wonder how much of our relationship
was mere fiction.

Miscarriages, stillbirths, debilitating or even fatal illness,
job losses or financial reversals,
deaths of people we love. . . 

we
are
not
in
control
of 
everything

We can only choose how we react to it.

Will we, like the Holy Mother,
look "what is" in the face and find the strength
to move forward,
perhaps with a heavy heart but full of resolve?

Will we face down tyranny, abuse, 
and ignorance with a heart of love 
and the conviction that if not us, then who?

Will we move through life with a certainty
that we have the power of miracles within us?



16 comments:

Carol L McKenna said...

'Our Lady' is an example of courage for me ~ lovely and creative Virgin creation you have done ~ blessings to you ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

judie said...

This is interesting and creative. I wish the GOOD fortune arrows wouls strike me...just once?

Priti.Lisa said...

You are such a powerful writer...wow!
And the artwork is amazing too.
"If not us than who?"
That will be in my head all of today♥

Delphyne said...

Another beauty, Meri - and I love these challenges.

Will we face down tyranny, abuse,
and ignorance with a heart of love
and the conviction that if not us, then who?

Will we move through life with a certainty
that we have the power of miracles within us?

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Haunting image and powerful words Meri......thank you!

Ruby

Gloria said...

Interesting post and love this version. Thank you.

rebecca said...

as mary loves all of us your words have recognized the all in us.
deeply personal and profound...thanks for taking us in to the heart of the heart of you, the heart of the heart of all.

xoxoxxo

Norma Ruttan said...

it's amazing how some of the images of Mary today fit right in with how I'm feeling today!
what a talent you have for weaving words together...right to the essence of Mary's strength

Lizbethem said...

A stunning image and such thoughtful words! A really beautiful post.

Hettienne said...

A very powerful image (yet again) and very powerful words! thank you for spreading the message of the miracle - Will we move through life with a certainty
that we have the power of miracles within us? - so powerfully true!! thank you!

Paula Scott said...

Wow. Words of arrows too-right on target. Not to mention such a compelling image! Very inspirational.

Meri said...

Thanks, everyone. For some reason, many of your comments come "Do not reply" as a return address, so I can't respond individually to you, but please know your comments are much appreciated.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I so know what it's like not to be in control!

Our Lady of the Loo in Red

Annie said...

In life's storms, She is our unfailing anchor.

gma said...

Stunning. Meri your work is way cool!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I am deeply drawn to your lady of the arrows and can so resonate with the words you write. The quality of our lives definitely is shaped by how we face into the peaks and valleys.