Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Thursday, March 4, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; Exodus 20:2

trees, in general; oaks, especially;
burr oaks that survive fire, in particular;
and the generosity of apples

seeds, all of them: carrots like dust,
winged maple, doubled beet, peach kernel;
the inevitability of change

frogsong in spring; cattle
lowing on the farm across the hill;
the melodies of sad old songs

comfort of savory soup;
sweet iced fruit; the aroma of yeast;
a friend’s voice; hard work

seasons; bedrock; lilacs;
moonshadows under the ash grove;
something breaking through
—Patricia Monaghan, “Things to Believe In”

O Repairer-of-the-breach,
O Unconditional Love,
Open us to the something breaking through.

March 4, 2021

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