How to Eat, Pray, Love “Here and Now.”  Patheos asked several bloggers: When you can’t drop everything for a year-long spiritual pilgrimage, how/where do you seek spiritual renewal in times of personal crisis? 

Taking the pressure off
means going to the restaurant that makes my favorite dish
or getting to my Mama’s kitchen
with childhood favorites
of okra and apple crisp;
Or taking a retreat to a spiritual center in the woods
where I can sleep for two days before praying
Or getting to the last place I felt God:
the wooden altar of an AME church
crying there until the janitor locks up,
Or seeking the company of my closest friends
who don’t need me to do or be anyone
to love me


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