Stand and Tip

I chose the name Stand and Tip for this blog because that is what I have been asked to do! In 1990 at the Cincinnati Nature Center I was doing a meditation where you simply Look and Listen when I heard this poem. Years later I was asking the Lord for light on my path forward and I heard “Perhaps I could ask you just to be a lily leaf, Stand and Tip?” So following the wisdom in this poem, I am trying to reflect that process in this blog.

Perhaps I Could Ask You ©1990 Molly Lin Dutina
Lily pads at the pond
Grow on stalky stems
Leaves unfold an opened palm
Cupped at center point
Summer shower starts to drop
Mercurial glistening spheres
Gathering in the center spot
‘til bulbous weight smears silver drops
Into glistening globs
And tips the leaves so full
To pour their contents overboard
And rising from the spill
Stately shielded lily-hands
Begin the cycle once more

Keep my stem flexible, Lord
My hands open and cupped
Eager to receive Your all
Questioning not Your skill
Only trusting the power of Your love
To melt my rigid will

Drench me Lord
In Your shower of love
Let me gather and drink my fill
Then spill over on those around
And rise to await Your will

Send water of Your Spirit
To tip me over, pour me out
Then wash over me once again
Fresh cleansing by Holy Words

Shine Your light through
This enshrouding mist
Color me with covenant this:
Abiding presence and constant love,
Indwelling grace that conquers sin
Transfigured rigid I
Yielded and bent
In Your service
Spilling forth rivers of living water
And giving rest to croaky voiced frogs
Who, when Spirit-kissed,
Become priests and kings
Singing their praises to You.

Perhaps You ask me just to be Your lily leaf,
Stand and tip

mercurial spheres

Since 1990 the lotus pond at the Nature Center has lost most of it’s plants. They used to stand upon 2-3 foot stalks! I was so grateful Bob and I could find the negatives from those photos we took so long ago!