sun {rise} worshiper

I fumbled through my words

as my feet hit the pavement

slowly holding their pace –

my heart steadily pumping blood

to the tiny life inside.

“I need comfort” was all I could get

out between exhaustive breaths.

I don’t often come to you as the miracle worker

you are, but recognize your capability.

Some days, I need a friend to greet.

On this early sunrise, you met me.


We pound out, side by side, partners.

Sweat brings renewal, you sprinkle

heat and a cool breeze on my skin.

I heard you say that to know you is where

my comfort resides.

I look at the sunrise you sketched this morning

and feel you pull a blanket of pinks and blues

over my tense shoulders.


I’m running to you. Give me enough air

to reach you.



I’ve found myself in my running shoes for the past few months, searching. For strength, energy (more of it), but mostly for the quiet. Our lives are chaotic with change, business, and beautiful people. We’ve made memories this summer with our loved ones, shared long, hot days, and I’ve found myself searching particularly hard for comfort. When life presents challenge, it’s startling how quickly I am to return to poor coping mechanisms. Running has been providing me a bit of solace and sweat, especially on the muggy mornings before the sun rises.

I’ve been able to spend time thinking, praying, and attempting to approach a quiet heart and mind.
I’m especially full of gratitude when the soul maker, healer, savior of my heart meets me out there. Thank you for this morning, thank you.

2 thoughts on “sun {rise} worshiper

  1. How wonderful the promises of God and the light He is to our souls!
    “Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b

    ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7


    1. Powerful verses, Michelle. I love the words “whole heart” in Jeremiah, they are particularly comforting to me. To have this perfect design at my fingertips and still struggle with reaching it is frustrating, but you’re right, there is so much promise found in Him alone. Thanks for sharing these. I hope you’re well, I think and pray for you often.


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