Julie Weldon


I would like to share something a little different with you, Slam Poetry. I was introduced to this art form by my son the English Teacher. It is a particularly moving piece that may just tug at your emotions and have you reaching for a tissue. It is an example of holy wisdom found hidden in the voice of a new generation. The wisdom held within is unmistakable. We all need someone in our lives to believe in us, to “push” us.

In third or fourth grade my teacher wanted me to draw a cat on a large piece of paper for the classroom. My memory has long faded as to the details of why she needed this task from me, but I will never forget the push my mom gave me to do my best.

My first attempt at drawing this cat was nothing more than a stick figure cat. I showed my mom, and she kindly asked if I was proud of my effort? Did I think I could possibly do better?

“I don’t know how to draw a cat?” I protested.

“But you draw peanuts characters by looking at their pictures in the comics. Let’s find a picture of a cat for you to draw from.”

Mom patiently pushed me into stretching myself and doing more than I thought I could do. When I was finished I truly was proud of my efforts and began to realize that I did indeed have a gift that needed to be pushed and nurtured. Mom’s efforts of challenging me have made me the artist I am today.

God, like the poet in “Push”, wants us to be everything He created us to be. He is standing beside us ready to offer His love and encouragement, His wisdom through the Holy Spirit to guide us, and His son to model for us the gift of grace that once received, transforms us into the beloved children of God who can do all things!

Psalm 139:13-14
13 For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

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