I love this idea of praying with poetry. Anne Higgins has created a lovely book of meaningful poems with questions attached to each one to get you thinking about experiences, gifts, flowers, trees, remembrances—a myriad of life events. She also prompts us to write and talk to God about concerns, questions, losses, and meanings.
Many of her poems touched me, especially "My Father, at 92." It reminded me how special my father was to me and inspired me to write about him.
However, the following poem is the heart of the book and is called "Digging for God":
I want to put my arm into the tunnel
provided by the groundhogs.
and keep digging
until I find God
so I can ask Him,
How come the weeds are still green
when the grass is brown with drought?
How come the only thing flourishing
now in the dried up, hard pan, heat baked soil
of the garden in the woods
is the Poison Ivy?
Prompt: What do you want to ask God? How do you dig for God? Where do you dig for God?
I'm sure many of you will find cause to enjoy this book. I plan to use Digging for God as a daily journal motivator.
Anne M. Higgins is a Daughter of Charity. She teaches at Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. She is the author of four volumes of poetry.
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