It is time to draw near again
To come home to You, to what is deep within me, and to those who gather around me
To watch and to wait; to be open, to surrender, to accept
To seek out peace, quietness, meditation, and prayer.

For I will be encompassed, consumed
As joy and pain
The forming of new life and the breaking of the body,
The union of two into one and the rendering of one into two
Meet and touch within my body and soul.

As the sunflower moves towards the sunlight
So I turn my face to You
And create.

Catherine McNiel is a seeker who writes to open eyes to the creative and redemptive work of God in each moment. She is the author of “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” (NavPress 2017), and her writing has appeared in numerous books and articles. Catherine serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry, while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Connect with Catherine at or on Twitter @catherinemcniel
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