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You are Al-Kareem

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Sometimes my heart feels empty

Sacrifice asks more than I can give

Forgiveness seems impossible

As the anger stews within


I can’t God

I can’t God

is my only prayer

The stony heart cannot expand


As I present this cold, barren place to God

The “I” begins to fall away in the embrace of love

And my prayer slowly shifts into a question:

Can’t God?


Of course, I cannot

But God can

And so the stone begins to crack

And compassion seeps out


It begins as a slow trickle

My stubbornness and tiredness

Don’t melt away easily

But slowly, the “can’t” flows away with the “I”


And all that remains is “God”

And that becomes my prayer




Love, mercy, patience, joy

Flow freely now

Like an abundant river flowing from the source

That knows no end, that knows no “can’t”


For you are Al-Kareem

The generous one

And I open to your stream

And let it flow in me

Christi Ortiz

About Christi Ortiz

Christi Ortiz is a licensed marriage and family therapist by profession and a poet by passion.  She enjoys trying to put to words to that which is wordless and give voice to the dynamic and wild spiritual journey called life. She lives in Spokane with her husband and two children, Emmanuel and Grace. She loves the outdoors and meditating in the early mornings which gives rise to her poetry.

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  1. Will you be publishing any material written by atheists?

  2. Tracy Simmons

    Hi Evan. We have a few atheist writers and publish a regular feature called Ask An Atheist. Be sure to check it out!

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