The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
I abide by the requirements of home:
rituals of bathing, eating,
preparing for sleep,
milk lovingly poured,
an ear awakened,
the willingness to wait my turn.
What solace limits provide—
Six steps lead from the entrance of my house
to expectant ground.
Promise and need call me out.
Gravity compels my feet to fall
yet they lift again,
ever a miracle of service.
Without the simple demands
outlining each day,
I would waste bereft of reason
no will to approach the door.
The threshold You set in place for me
allows me freedom to move.
Ms. Karen Jessee, OP
Ms. Karen Jessee, OP - -
a member of the Dominican
Laity, St. Mary Magdelene Group in Raleigh, NC. She writes and
teaches, living with her husband and children near Chapel Hill, North
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