Woman Leaping At Sunset

Thump, ka-thump, scratch, scrunch.

Rhythm disrupted,

Life skips a beat.

Rats racing in a maze.

Cats waiting to pounce.

Dogs panting with glee.

The merry-go-round continues.

Pleasant, then faster, faster,

‘Til the children scream and hang on in fear.

Somewhere, somehow,

I am on hold.

Suspended, upended,

Dismembered and wondering.


I fall on my face writhing in my sweat.

Anguish, fear, overwhelm, frustration.

Then I hear it, starting softly,

Building cascading to highs

And lows, loud then soft,

Higher, higher to a momentous crescendo

Of light and beauty and sound.




In the presence of Wisdom.

Nothing and everything change

In one moment of surrender.


Thump, thump, thump, thump.

Rhythm in sync,

Clear and distinct.

All of life is but a song.

Children living free.

Moms hugging tight.

Dads steadily strong.

The carnival continues.

Pleasant afternoon at the park.

The children squeal in delight.

I am here now.

Suspended in Grace.

Holding tight. He never fails.


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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has four more books, "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon and under the book tab on her website. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab. Also check out her blog at TeresaShieldsParker.com.