Spirit of God,
You move like the wind,
But we are not looking for you
when our noses are bent toward
small screens and large,
when our eyes cross
and vision fades
after hours of studying
held in our hands.
We know this, but it was a shock
when the 11-year-old said,
“Hey, maybe we could all
take a break from electronics!”
Hmmm. People might need us for something.
Suppose there is an actual emergency?
How can we arrange this?
Phones in a basket on the counter?
(We know the difference between
the ringer and a Facebook chime,
a tweet, a Bleacher Report update.)
After church, said the clergy parents.
After church, until Monday morning.
Today, may we find peace
in some Sabbath hours
going for a walk,
looking each other
in the eye,
looking for You.