this is the recipe of life

said my mother

as she held me in her arms as i wept

think of those flowers you plant

in the garden each year

they will teach you

that people too

must wilt

fall

root

rise

in order to bloom

rupi kaur

God, may we step away from judgement of others and ourselves based on public portrayal of faith. May we be reminded that we are human and that cycles of life and energy and disappointment and joy are natural, and may we seek You for that internal work to deepen our roots.