Come running through the forest
of your thoughts
into the clearing of grace.
Run through the wilderness
of who and what did not want you
and realize there is freedom for you
to still want better things.
It is okay to dream better dreams.
Even if what you lost
seemed to be everything.
Because the truth is,
you were always made for more.
You were always made to carry on
through the worst of things,
gathering all the strength you would need
to be who you are today.
Even when you were hurt along the way.
Even when you felt like a prisoner
in your very own mind, by grace,
and you still have permission
to roam free.
Roam free into the clearing.
Catch your breath.
You are allowed to do that.
You are allowed to want more
than these current feelings
and out in the clearing,
you are allowed to find healing.
Even these sidewalks
overgrown with weeds
are still a part of the path
that leads her where she needs to be.
And even when the road is winding,
she will cling to what matters most,
for though she has walked
so far through the wild,
she knows one day,
she will arrive at the coast,
and she will take the deepest breath
against the ocean’s endlessness
and be reminded
that for all of the years
she worked so hard,
she made it this far,
she is free
to just be
and to rest.
for all of the hard work you do outwardly,
may you find the courage to work inwardly
stepping full into the boundless grace
that allows you to mindfully slow down,
even in the thick of things
that have yet to be sorted out,
you are allowed to believe:
you are worth the quiet moment
you are worth the deeper breath
you are worth the time it takes
to be still, be free, and rest.