Wings and Weights

by Stephanie Nickel

We love to spend time with certain people because they lift our spirits just by being in the same room. They give us wings.

And then there are others. Sometimes through no fault of their own, they weigh us down, piling heavy loads on our shoulders.

However, what would happen if we asked the Lord to teach us the benefit of being weighed down?

How should we pray when we’re soaring high? How should we pray when we are feeling earthbound?

Some people
Give us


Others give us


I prefer wings

I risk flying
High above
People and their problems
If I only use
My wings.

 If I don’t allow the weight
To preoccupy
But simply keep me
On Terra Firma
I can look around
See my fellow weight-bearers

And perhaps
Help them become
Power lifters.

For wings
And weights.

“…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other…And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)

Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 28 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are co-authoring Deb Willows’ autobiography; freelance editing; and keeping up with a number of blogs. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on “Write! On,” the news bulletin for guild members. To read more of her poetry, visit Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.


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