can it be?

can it be?
have I for so long
forgotten to feed myself?

yes.
for nigh a year now
I was slowly starving.
getting lost in busy days,
tossing aside the hunger
that chewed away inside.

yet, I did not die.
by some quiet miracle
I made it to this moment
of truth:

I nearly starved to death.

it was not my body
that I failed to feed.
it was my spirit,
left alone for days
without nourishment or care.

and then one day
I paused to look within,
shocked at what I found:
so thin of faith,
so weak in understanding,
so needy of encouragement.

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my starving spirit cried the truth:

I can!
I will!
I must
be fed!

"can it be?" taken from Fresh Bread, by Joyce Rupp Copyright 1985. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.

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