Wisdom – the Spirit of God,
Planting its feminine seed
In the body-soul
Of a Caribbean/Jamaican woman.
Wisdom generates razor-sharp intellect.
To conceive, birth, and form
Wisdom births mercy in action.
Mercy – “entering the chaos of others.”
Mercy lived in a hybrid context.
Wisdom inspires, “Yes!”
Yes, to Mercy discipleship.
Yes, to forming Mercy disciples
Yes, to a life of mercy.
Wisdom forms the intimacy of relationships.
Relationships – welcoming different persons and perspectives,
Allowing them to shape,
Shape intellectual thought and friendship.
Wisdom embraces growing old gracefully.
Cuddling the vulnerability of old age,
Weakness contained in a wheelchair
Obediently listening to instructions.
Wisdom is like a small poinsettia,
Planted in the muck and mess of a frail body.
Beauty lies in frailty
Beauty lies in the heart – heart-living hospitality.
Wisdom conceives graciousness.
Graciousness is gratitude,
“Thanks for the visit
“Can you come again?”
Wisdom senses beauty.
Beauty all around
In persons, in the environment
In the place of abode.
Wisdom inspires deep awareness,
Awareness of historical significance,
In Mercy history
Lived among a community of Mercy sisters.
Wisdom becomes personified
In an intellectual, a mentor, a colleague, a friend,
A Jamaican woman,
A Caribbean woman,
A hybrid woman formed by the mosaic of interlocking cultures.
Wisdom walks with us.
Wisdom talks with us.
Wisdom identifies God’s presence in context.
Wisdom writes in ‘Latinize’ format about God in context.
Wisdom is amongst us!
(A visit to Sr. Theresa Lowe-Chin, a female Caribbean Theologian and Sister of Mercy, by Dr. Anna Perkins and myself inspired this blog.)