“I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.”
― Hermann Hesse

(a visitor to the blackberries / Julie Cook / 2015)

Waiting for the burdens to lift,
growing familiarly uncomfortable,
we ripen like freshly picked fruit.

Tender to the touch yet apt to bruising far too easily,
Colors now slowly blend, as the sun continues to work her charms.
Time will not be kind.

Buried by inconsistencies while hiding in the dappled light,
We long for the miraculous of the Divine
Only to be transfigured and made all the more beautiful.

And so we hope and wait.

13 comments on “Melancholia

  1. Melissa says:

    He is our strength, love you

  2. Lynda says:

    As Melissa says, God is our strength. You probably cannot step back at this moment in your life but I can see a definite deepening of your faith and acceptance of God’s direction in the reflections that you have posted. God is your strength and your guide and the Holy Spirit is speaking to others through your experience. Blessings and prayers.

    • I totally agree Lynda!–and whereas I do see and know of the positive within God’s hand—I am often compelled to write about things that may not always reflect my own state of mind as I find God directing my thoughts to convey that which is often beyond me and my dealings—allowing my circumstances to cast light toward the darkness of others. . .
      I am finding that in my own journey, it is often three steps forward with 5 steps back, which leads to frustration—I know that He is in the midst of my current life with my dad and step mother–for good and for bad—I find words filling the page that come for someplace other than my own thoughts or what I was going to write—allowing Him to direct my hand and my thoughts—-amazing really —blessings on this late June Monday. . .

      • Lynda says:

        It is truly amazing when we step aside and allow the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions. Today I am putting the finishing touches on the final paper for my course on Luke and Acts. I always ask the Holy Spirit to do the writing for me as I know I’m not capable of expressing my thoughts clearly – especially as I still have anesthetic brain!!

      • you again, have made me laugh out loud–with that brain of your 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    I love this, Julie. It’s so encouraging. I heard the same message when praying last night. It felt good to read this. 🙂

  4. Another lovely and faboulous post. Well, missy, we’re packed and waiting for my sister to come pick us up to take us to the airport. I believe I have figured out how to post on my blog from my phone. And I hope I can so we don’t feel so cut off from you. Take good care of yourself while we’re gone. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • Well, I will say that once, when our wifi here at the house was on the fritz–I tried posting from phone and IPad—it may be more trouble than it’s worth–so you if you see it a pain—forget it and just say ces’t la vie cause you will be living la vida loca—as you stroll the streets la vita dolce!!!
      ciao ciao and au devoir and bon chance—have fun!!!!! Enjoy and soak it all in for me 🙂
      I love you Natalie 🙂

  5. Nicodemas says:

    A beautiful poem! And so encouraging.

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