Coffee for Your Heart- Spaces

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By Susie Teramura


There it hangs,

By a single strand

A root,

And she grins,

And begs me

to look again,


Twisting it

With her

Little fingers

To see

If it is

Still there,




With surprised eyes,

She holds

It high,

The tooth

Is out!


And space

Is made

In her

Growing mouth

For the

Bigger ones

That are

On the way,

The permanent ones,

The ones,

That will last

A lifetime.


Loving her sweet

Toothless smile

A wave of

Mixed feelings,

And thoughts,

Enter in.


It’s the space

That stops me,

And seems

To be what

I am seeing,

In my life too.

You, Father,

Making space

For new teeth,

New seasons,

And new things.


I am left

In many ways

With space,

And what seems

Like a wait.


You promise

That new and

Bigger things,

Are on their way,


That things are

Being formed

In the

Secret place.

Your plans

Are in progress,

And soon

The new,

Will push

Through and

Find its way

Into place,

And become

Permanent there.


You ask me

To be ok

With space,

And the wait,

To trust You,

That Your unseen

Hand is

At work,


And to know that

As I enter

Into the

The uncomfortable

Lonely places,

I will find

You there


With me,

Your presence

My reward

For all eternity.


She tucks

That tooth

Under her pillow

And we say


Thanking You

For all

The spaces

You made there.

Isaiah 43:19

 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.


Isaiah 64:4

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.


1 Corithians 2:9

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—


Isaiah 45:3

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

9 thoughts on “Coffee for Your Heart- Spaces

  1. Susie, I know I’ve been leaving a comment almost every week, but I truly enjoy how you pull together the simple into the sacred. Lovely gift of art and word – btw love the Bible verse garland too! Blessings….

  2. Susie,
    First a technical question! I know I saw your sweet girl’s photo when I got your post in my email but you must have taken it off your blog? I loved it — so so sweet! How wonderful that as your girl tucked her tooth under her pillow, you prayed about spaces in your lives — what a beautiful example of how God fills up those spaces with all that he offers us. Space is an interesting idea to think about, isn’t it? We say we need space — from people, work, projects — then we fill up our lonely and empty spaces with — more work, more people, more projects, when really, what we’re looking for to fill up our spaces in our hearts and souls is God. (Or maybe that’s just me that needs space from people?! haha!) Praying that God fills up both of our empty spaces while we wait, Susie . . .

    1. Hi Valerie- Yes you are right- I edited it after I posted it. I guess the email subscribers don’t get the edits – I’m very indecisive about things- at times ;)!!!You are so right about space!! Funny after I wrote about that last night- today was so busy and it thought”space,?! what space?…. I need space!!!” hahah so your words ring so true with me!! Thanks for your prayers and your friendship! (glad to have met you through blogging- what a blessing!!) xoxox

      1. I’m laughing that you changed your mind about including your sweet girl’s photo! You should go with your first instinct — your readers would love seeing her! 🙂 And I am the one who is blessed to have met you on my blogging journey! Much love to you! xoxo

  3. So comforting how God can and does fill up those empty spaces with Himself. Thank you, Susie. I love how you can take an everyday life experience and create a poem with such spiritual significance. Your poems always soothe my spirit. Hugs!

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