It’s OK

Marilyn O'Leary, RScP

It’s OK
by Marilyn O’Leary, RScP

It’s OK to notice.

It’s alright to hug for a long time the man whose partner just died.

It’s alright to care about children

you don’t even know.


You feel sad, your heart breaks.

Mine, too.

It’s why you want to reach out to the acquaintance who is dying.

I care = you matter.


So many wonder their whole lives,

do I matter? We can say yes.

You matter.


And what to do?

Today, in June, I roasted a turkey,

the bird of abundance, a giver.

With whom can I share it?

Some of my children will come,

a sibling.

A sick neighbor needs food.

Scraps will be left for the dog.

I am the conduit of the Spirit’s bounty.

I am God’s hands, her talents.

Who will care if not me, if not you?

Who will hug? Who will cry? Who will pray?

When I pray that god is love

the miracle is that love comes

through me, to me, as me.

Thank you.