By Stacey Margaret Jones

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I believe you will turn toward me in the morning,
powered by an almighty need
to confirm I am still on this earth,
that what is seen and unseen still lives between us.
This is one thing I must have
the only thing that can trigger the day
that is begotten of our agreement.
You are the sun god of us,
the truth that turns the orbit
of being loved on this earth for me.
Through this love, I feel the warm rays of a brighter
salvation from afar,
come down from heaven,
by the power of you, through you,
incarnate in your arranging the blanket so my shoulders
are made warm.
For my sake, you brushed away the debts I owe you,
you suffered, but didn’t bury the pain of all those slights and insensitivities.
It rose, and you let it walk off, disappearing
in accordance with your wish
that we ascend to equal worthiness.
Our mutuality is seated in all the rooms of this house.
The living goodness and the dead betrayals,
ensure this holy love will not end today.
The marriage that rises each day, from this renewal, proceeds from the living and
     the dead of us.
It is glorified in finding your slippers for you, or your buying me Starbucks even
     though you don’t even drink coffee.
It is spoken through a one-minute phone call to check on my
     doctor’s-appointment anxiety.
Our catholic love that is born of the service of the marriage we once made, and
acknowledge is sometimes wounded and forgiven back into life,
the resurrection of not just a love, but also a hope for a love,
and a life in the marriage to come.

 Stacey Margaret Jones

Author’s Note: “Creed” was a personal challenge to take the Nicene Creed and convert it by saving one word from each line in order to translate the way Christians commit to their God to the love that exists in a marriage. Marriage can be the manifestation of God’s love on earth, so I wanted to investigate how our renewal of our Christian vows can manifest in our commitment to each other.