Brokenness Made Whole – a woman’s journey to being a pastor

Wholeness
By Jane Spriggs

 

“Children are to be seen and not heard”

 was what I heard, and learned…

  But you, God, have created me to be

an extrovert

a shepherd

a preacher

to lead and feed your people.

 

“God helps those who help themselves”

was what I heard, and learned…

  But you, God, have called me to walk alongside

the broken

and be broken

and feel others’ pain

 

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”

was what I heard, and learned…

so I avoided conflict and tension

But you, God are calling me to be bold

and honest

and tell the truth.

 

As I make friends with the little girl who was

afraid to be heard

afraid to be too big

afraid of the broken and being broken

afraid to tell the truth

 

I see you, Jesus

beside me

behind me

pushing me forward

letting me go

coming with me

 

Into wholeness.

***

Pastor Jane Spriggs wrote this poem when she attended Bethel Seminary – St. Paul about 12 years ago.  She’s been preaching and leading at Monticello Covenant Church since 2011, and is finding beauty in brokenness and truth-telling – both hers and others.  She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two sons. You can find her on Facebook too.

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6 Responses to Brokenness Made Whole – a woman’s journey to being a pastor

  1. Tim says:

    Thanks for letting me run this, Jane. It’s a beautiful and powerful statement of your journey with Jesus.

  2. melodysongs5 says:

    This is beautiful 💓

    • Jane Spriggs says:

      Thank you, Melody. I found it when cleaning my files this week, and felt nudged to share it (in the hopes that it might help someone else in their journey).

  3. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    Thank you so much for this, Jane. It’s very powerful. So glad you heeded the call of God and not those other voices. I just love your final lines:
    I see you, Jesus
    beside me
    behind me
    pushing me forward
    letting me go
    coming with me
    Into wholeness.

  4. Jane Spriggs says:

    Thank you, Jeannie. That means a lot to me.

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