Words of Wash and Water

In a garden,

The bucket laden and light,

I knelt at Jesus’ feet.

Mindful of the matriarchs of my faith,

Who knelt as this so long before

To anoint these same dusty, earth-caked feet.


One spilled incense, her destiny over them,

And rinsed with her tears and dried with her mane.

Another caressed these feet in a garden, as me.

Her tears seeped through closing wounds.

Salt stung healing flesh.


My bucket is brimming but perfectly leveraged.

Only I can carry it so.

Filled with my destiny, my praise, my tears,

My words.


Oh Jesus, let me spill them,

Cascading over your toes.

Words of adoration.

Poems of praise,

Heralding hope.


These words will wash you with my wonder,

But your earth-dust will not fade.

For the feet were glad to walk upon

The soil the hands had made.


My words of praise flow over

Soaking ground and seeds of faith.

The words of life and lives of hope,

Drink deeply of their praise.

Let them blossom, grow and drop their seed.

For what are words, their droplet,

But to bring fruit to bear?

Enrich the soil and beautify

The garden,

I find you there.

2 thoughts on “Words of Wash and Water

  1. Very strong emotions there Abby, thanks for sharing it with us ! I’ve always liked the story of Mary Magdalene. As many are, I was puzzled at first but eventually understanding a little more of hers and Jesus’emotions.

    The other moving piece I like a lot is in Luke 1, the inspiring words of Jesus’ mother Mary. Her words were perfectly in tune with the prophecies and with what Jesus would teach :

    46 Then Mary said,

    “My soul praises the Lord;
    47 my heart rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 because he has shown his concern for his humble servant girl.
    From now on, all people will say that I am blessed,
    49 because the Powerful One has done great things for me.
    His name is holy.
    50 God will show his mercy forever and ever
    to those who worship and serve him.
    51 He has done mighty deeds by his power.
    He has scattered the people who are proud
    and think great things about themselves.
    52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    and raised up the humble.
    53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away with nothing.
    54 He has helped his servant, the people of Israel,
    remembering to show them mercy
    55 as he promised to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his children forever.”

    1. David, I love Mary’s song too! I’ve always kind of disliked when it’s called “The Magnificat” because that seemed too formal for the raw worship of her song. But, yes, it’s one of my favorite passages to pray.

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