Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day 2013

Today, the prayers are punctured with cannon shot.
Today, the river runs red with mud, swollen with the memories of lives swept away.
Today, children stand in the rain and ask what all the pretty poppies are for.

And I pause and look at the guns and wonder how to explain all this to the innocent.

I pull back the curtain on human hurt, just a bit, just enough, I hope, to reveal something of sadness and thankfulness. What it all comes down to – not enough love in our hearts. We humans, we can die for lack of love.

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee.

This is the only way to peace. This is the only thing stronger than death. This is the only thing that can overcome “all this.”

Today, let every heart bloom red with love, lest all these pretty poppies be in vain.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Intercessions - November 6, 2013

God of the sleepless nights,

Of the weary restless, the heavy-lidded, heavy-laden ones. Give your beloved rest. You who neither sleep nor slumber, soothe insomniac hearts with the steady beating of your own. Sing over the tousled beds, the troubled heads, till all the tangled soul wanderings run smooth and still. Rock away the little fears, the hidden tears, till every child can sleep in heavenly peace. Keep our nights in the hollow of your hand, that when we awake we will be satisfied, still with you.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

little boy beauty

Beauty is a brown-eyed babe,
Flannel soft and smiling.
Beauty is the steady gaze,
Tender and beguiling.

Beauty is a dimpled cheek,
Smooth and round and warm.
Beauty is the hushing body,
Tucked into my arm.

Beauty is a holding hand,
Whispers of the skin.
Beauty is beholder’s eye,
Wide to take it in.

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