Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Saturday, March 6, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exodus 20:4

To know that the atoms
of my body
will remain

to think of them rising
through the roots of a great oak
to live in
leaves, branches, twigs

perhaps to feed the
crimson peony
the blue iris
the broccoli

or rest on water
freeze and thaw
with the seasons

some atoms might become a
bit of fluff on the wing
of a chickadee
to feel the breeze
know the support of air

and some might drift
up and up into space
star dust returning from

whence it came
it is enough to know that
as long as there is a universe
I am a part of it.
—Anne Alexander Bingham, “It is Enough”

Atom by atom we belong to you, O God,
the bond of life,
the spark of connection,
the joining of mind, body, spirit, heart, thought, action,
all point to the knot of love which binds us to you.
Whether on the cusp of life or death,
let us know, notice, rest in that belonging,
so that we might see ourselves
in the inexpressible wordlessness of your always-present presence.

March 6, 2021

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