Poetry On Odyssey: Something To Believe In
Start writing a post

Poetry On Odyssey: Something To Believe In

Learning to trust through loss.

Poetry On Odyssey: Something To Believe In
Jack McCalister

This week I heard news of two deaths. The first was a girl who worked at camp with me one summer, almost seven years ago. We were placed in the same section of camp during one of the hardest weeks of the summer. I remember at the weekly staff meeting I was so exhausted that when someone asked me how my week was going, I just broke into tears. I had been translating for a camper from Spain all week and was worn out from being the only person who could fully communicate with this camper, who was homesick and frustrated.

McKenzie sat with me until I had finished crying. The next day during mail call, I had a letter from her. She wrote so many words of encouragement, and ended with a Bible verse: Proverbs 17:22: “A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.” I haven’t seen or spoken to her since, but I cannot count how many times I’ve opened my Bible to that verse, which has her name written beside it. It has provided endless encouragement throughout these seven years.

The second was a woman named Esther, who lived at Capernwray Bible School in England, which I attended for a semester. Every week she would invite a group of students to bake cookies at her house. I was invited one week, and she taught us her very specific chocolate chip cookie recipe. While the cookies baked, we sat in her living room and talked. I don’t even remember any of our conversations, but I remember leaving her house feeling so refreshed and so, so thankful.

It’s hard to know that these people are no longer alive to shower the world with blessings. It’s hard to know that I was never able to tell them how much the tiny moments of interaction touched my life. Half an hour can make all the difference in the world. My heart is broken for their families and close friends, but I am also deeply joyful, because I know these two beautiful souls are now smiling with Jesus, maybe sharing cookies. I am joyful because I trust in God’s plan and I trust that despite the pain, He is good.

i am ink stains and scribbled notes,
conflicting images glued to pages and You

are the blank space that surrounds me,
the purity of untouched pages, You

are holding, surrounding me,
leading each part of me toward the next,

turning chaos into coherence.
i am nonexistent without You, i am

floating into oblivion without You.
You are the crafter, creator of the me

You desire. The me with a purpose—
me complete as a part of You.

i am painfully unfinished, but You
pull me into a story: meaning and truth.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
The Airport: We Are All On A Journey

I find the airport calming. For the most part.

Keep Reading...Show less

Its 2023: What does Japan do better?

Not just piss of giant monsters

Its 2023: What does Japan do better?

There are some things Japan does better than most of the West. Here are the top 7.

Keep Reading...Show less

10 Best Quotes from "The Gospel According to Satan"

How humanity discovers new ways to commit the same old sins

10 Best Quotes from "The Gospel According to Satan"

The core tenet of spirituality is to understand our spirit rather than the desires of flesh. Easier said than done. What takes you away from spirituality is sin, which is the opposite of having the discipline of faith and the understanding of grace. To achieve discipline, the gospel is a massive source of strength and truth to many. Here are some best quotes from the book of how the gospel has been twisted over generations to confuse the message of God.

Keep Reading...Show less

Did NYC's CUNY student give 'hate-filled' commencement speech against Jews?

Fatima Mohammed, a law student, is accused of demonizing Israel. Others say she used her right of free speech and college should a secular space to discuss these issues

Did NYC's CUNY student give 'hate-filled' commencement speech against Jews?

City University of New York and its law school came under scrutiny for a commencement ceremony that featured a keynote speech seen as discriminatory against Jews. The school system, better known as CUNY, released a statement condemning the remarks as “hate speech” following a widespread outcry and calls for the college to speak out.

Keep Reading...Show less
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before...

One of the things that I love most is space. I am a HUGE space nerd. Literally ask any of my friends. I was first introduced to space when my dad dragged me to see Star Trek. Since walking out of that movie theater in 6th grade, becoming an astronaut hasn't been just some wild dream that could come true.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments