Spiritual Direction

(Nazareth, Michigan) My spiritual director at Transformations Spirituality Center sent me on my way yesterday with a copy of the following in my pocket. She would want me to share it, for sure.


(For Malidoma Somé, Loon Lake 2000)


You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts

Sent to be delivered to a hungry world,

And as much as the world needs your cargo,

You need to give it away.

Everything depends on this.


But the world forgets its needs,

And you forget your mission, and

The ancestral maps used to guide you

Have become faded scrawls on the parchment of dead Pharaohs.

The cargo weighs you heavy the longer it is held

And spoilage becomes a risk.

Your ship sputters from port to port and at each you ask:

“Is this the way?”

But the way cannot be found without knowing the cargo,

And the cargo cannot be known without recognizing there is a way,

And it is simply this:

You have gifts.

You must deliver them.


The world may not know it is starving,

But the hungry know,

And they will find you

When you discover your cargo

And start to give it away.

—Greg Kimura


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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