On Earth

Thy will be done on earthWe need you, Highest Living God;all of life needs you!Can’t you hear the lament of gray whalesas Korean warships pace overhead?Haven’t you noticed the shrimp fieldssmothered by oil,not to be renewed for generations?How long will...

Before Pentecost

Ah, blessed and beautiful Spirit of God!If you were a flowering azalea,I would be a butterflyresting on your petals and savoring your perfume.If you were an expansive ocean,I would be a kid on the beachchasing the tides and dipping my toes in the surf.If you were a...
Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly

At first I want to rail against the fog (as though it will make a difference) and cry “My God! My God! Why can’t I see my way clearly?!” . . . until I stop long enough to realize that I can see: the blown-away seed of a dandelion at my feet, the...

On Ascension Day

God of heights, lift us up:We are crawling in the mire of everyday routine.God of the heavens, lift us up:We are overwhelmed with the attention required by the things of this earth.God of the stars, lift us up:We cannot see past the clouds of “truth” that...

Vanilla (or: A Parent’s Prayer When A Pet Dies)

From one parent to another,O Holy Mother-Father,I reach out for the strengthto bear a brokenhearted child’s tearswithout solutionswithout heart splintswithout easy fixesjust tissues.If ever I needed you to be near, it is now,but not for me.Bear near to one who...

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