Sacred Parentheses

Posted on: November 14, 2012 Written by
Sacred Parentheses

Sacred Parentheses.

Divine.  Directed.  Thoughtful.

Purpose-Driven and Spirit-Filled.

God of History altering your walk—

The walk you thought was His intention forever.

This parting is a “sweet sorrow”

As was written long ago

Of two lovers´ supposed destiny and their ensuing separation.

A romance cut short.  A destiny stifled.

The knight in you rises up to protest—

But you hold your tongue

And kiss the hand of your King.

For He has spoken.

All the undone and unseen and unmet

Rise up before you.

They contrive to steal your focus,

Dash your heart,

And wound you in your God-journey.

But your Royal Leader,

The Captain of your life and times,


And He defends you from their onslaught.

And He turns to you to gently remind:

“All results are Mine—and I am not finished yet.”

“In the land you love,

I am still there.

In the unfinished dreams

I am still wooing and accomplishing.

I just need a little time

(only a parenthesis)

To weave your dreams into My history.”

Sacred parentheses,

Sent like an archer’s arrow

Into your heart and life.

Take the cup.

For you cannot see

The intentions of the God of history

Nor the purpose-injected destiny

He is unraveling for you.

© 2012 Women of the Harvest.

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Pam Sider lives in Spain and together with her husband coaches Latinos working with non-profits in the NAME region. With almost 24 years of overseas experience and 3 TCK's, her blog reflects her "modern day psalmist" approach to the multiple issues of life & faith in all things cross cultural. You can read more about it at:

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  • Parentheses. When I use them in writing, it is for a specific purpose – perhaps to add some secondary information that I think will be helpful to the primary story. Or to interject a comment of my own into the narrative. Or to separate something out so the whole thing makes more sense. I love how this poem challenges me to trust God’s plan and heart in those times when I’m not yet understanding the purpose of life’s parentheses.

  • Paula

    Very insightful & thought provoking. It seems we often resist God’s plan rather than accept it as what is best from his loving hands. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Pam

    Melody & Paula,
    I love the visual of the parentheses that God interjects…and that He fills it with His will, heart, purposes, etc. just as you have both reflected. It’s a continual challenge to accept what He chooses to insert…
    thanks for reading,


  • Sue

    Pam, what a powerful poem! It describes a heart-rending time in my life when I left the field. Looking back now I can see that the parentheses had a God-given purpose in my life. Thank you!

    • Ruthi

      Sue, we just had to leave this past October. Would you care to dialogue outside of this blog, by email?