2012’s Word

I WAITED for the truck,
positioned myself near a window
not to miss it,
heard the brakes,
looked up,
beat the delivery man to the door,
signed for the package,
tore open the box.

Do I come to a new year
with that much enthusiasm?

I do,
even though there’s so much left part-done,
started and put aside,
forgotten or almost so,
piling up in hidden places.
Do I really need to take on something new?

But I was reading again just yesterday
familiar words,
“In the beginning God created…
and the earth was formless.”

And the word ‘formless’ jumped off the page at me.
“Just like some of my things,” I said.
In need of shaping.

And the words hung there in my thoughts a while.

What is it that’s formless?
Can I be specific about that?
Oh, yeah.
I know exactly what my undone stuff is.
You know yours?

‘Cause if God can take what’s formless
and make heaven and earth,
imagine what He can do with all my formless this-and-that.

And perhaps 2012 will be the year of the formless,
of the formless taking shape.

I have named those things
and am going after them
the way I lurched for that door
to receive the package and open it.

I’m opening 2012.

The best words I saw
that helped me filter my thoughts
came from Jon Acuff,
What are you going to FINISH in 2012?

Yes, I declare 2012 the year of the formless things taking shape! 🙂

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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4 Responses to 2012’s Word

  1. Susan says:

    Marilyn thank you for sharing this. I haven’t had enough faith to even think about the formless things, let alone give any of them a name or think that there was any possibility something – anything – could take shape. But somewhere in between your first words — “I waited for the truck…” — and nearly the last – “What are you going to finish in 2012?” – hope was born anew.


  2. love this!

    My word for 2012 is “faithful.”


  3. laura says:

    I haven’t named my 2012 yet, though I do think I’ve found a picture for it. Still mulling it over. Good grief, I have so many formless things going around in my head…I like this idea of the naming.

    Happy New Year, my friend. Maybe we will get to meet again in 2012. 🙂


  4. Fern Boldt says:

    On January 1, I started filling out a 96-page journal entitled: “Memories for My Grandchild. A Keepsake to Remember.” My husband has written the story of his childhood, but now they want to know what mine was like. It was quite enjoyable to write! Mind you, I had to tear out a couple of pages of questions, the answers to which were too painful to write about. This is one of my many projects for 2012–to leave a legacy of love behind me.


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