tonight: the end. is not the end.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
-C.S. Lewis

it’s the not yet part of now that catches up
yanking hard breath out of lungs
if feet don’t ever recommit to finding way to ground(edness)
on days unexpected or hard
it’s the not yet part of now that
infuriates and frustrates and vacates wonder
if left to it’s own or allowed a full stop
on days when harsh words slip and kindness slumbers
when disease destroys and healing falters
when brokenness shatters that which seemed to be getting better
it’s the not yet part of now that wearies
but
now, hope
now, faith
now, love
now, grace
now, circumstances do not define
now, heart, please constantly realign
because this dim glass is not all
this now holds the reality of this whisper, this call
we hold hope open-handed now, a kingdom we stand in, full
and enthralled, this promise: now and not yet
the end. is not the end.

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