Signs and Wonders Are Everywhere

Cactus Wren

Spiritual direction can help you see what’s right in front of you. I wrote this poem-prayer after a walk through my neighborhood. You don’t have to walk far to see Divine signs.

Signs and Wonders

O God, we ask for signs

And you give us trees ablaze with yellow blossoms.

We ask to hear your voice

And you give us the song of one small bird joyously proclaiming a new day.

We ask to feel your love, to know it in our bones

And you give us treasured friends with kind, encouraging voices.

And we ask—no, we beg you—for everything we think we need

And you give us a thousand ways to die through big and little suffering.


O Father, help us to wake up from our sleepy living and see you

in every blessing you put before us each day,

Open our plugged ears to hear your quiet whispers

in the silence and in the sounds that surround us.

Guide us to see your love

in everyone we meet and in every burden you ask us to carry,

Until we see your shining face and the radiant face of your Son

when finally, joyfully, you welcome us home.

Palo Verde Trees in Phoenix