I am learning
or seeing more and more
that my surroundings can be peaceful
but that to keep God's peace in my heart is a great
battle and one that does not end.
At the same time, I see hints of promise and
that change is possible; to grow spiritually
means growth in humility
and by knowing this
I know more of
how little I know.
How mired I and others can be; it is not for no reason
that some of our Orthodox prayers beg God
that we will repent before we die.
Yet God promises to be with us
to be faithful
and in this promise