This intimate poem by multi-disciplinary artist Adrienne Oliver invites the reader to explore love through patience and constancy in response to 2 Peter 3:8-10.
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2 Peter 3:8–10
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
There is a patience in devotion; a giving not just of one’s self, but of one’s time. Devotion is enduring and unwavering, constant in its endless generosity, drawing strength not from the heart really, but from the subject of the heart’s attachment. Motherhood is faithful, and here the faithful are called to do as mothers do: devote one’s whole self, body and soul, with trust.
Adrienne Oliver is a performer, educator, and writer. Her work explores the intersection of the mundane and magical. Through memoirs and multi-modal explorations, she seeks to highlight the nuance and performance of both woman and motherhood. Her essays and poetry have been featured in several digital publications and journals as well as Tribe de Mama, The Village Magazine, Parents Magazine, and Mama, Bare. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her daughter, Pearl.