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“Discussing Jesus” by Susie Sweetland

In an unusual twist,

we spent some of the

morning discussing Jesus.


You have questions

and all my Sunday school

answers rush right back to me.

You are surprised by what

I remember and say with such

conviction. It is interesting to

me too how it comes back

so clearly, still leaving so little

room for doubt.


I know I married a man

of science and so should

perhaps not be so

surprised by your doubt,

but the mind does

what it wants.


Belief has always come

easily for me and I

suppose I forget sometimes

that it’s harder for some.


When I see

a plant grow,

I know scientifically

speaking why it is so,

but I also believe

that somewhere in

those leaves of green

there is a spirit

willing its growth,

unwilling to give in

to all that troubles

the life of a plant.


I wonder if my over

abundance of faith

baffles you.


Or perhaps your

scientific brain

simply delights in it.

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Susie received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University, spent some years in the Ohio Appalachians and currently lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband and cat where she works in the Vineyard industry. She spends her free time writing, growing plants and making art. She has been published in a variety of journals, on line and in print, and co edits The Blue Hour Literary Magazine, http://thebluehourmagazine.com/.

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