Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Monday, March 15, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8

A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.
Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,
and there’s a word that changes
poison into butter and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.
Withhold the unripened thought.
Come and understand the kind of word
that reduces money and riches to dust.

Know when to speak a word
and when not to speak at all.
A single word turns the universe of hell
into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled
by what you already know. Be watchful.
Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing
about the power of words –
Only the word “I”
divides me from God.

Yunus Emre, Untitled [“A Single Word Can Brighten the Face”]

You are Word,
You are Wisdom,
You search us,
You know us,
You tune us to love,
You turn us toward good.
Give us the right word.
Give us a good word.
Give us the word we need to change the world.

March 15, 2021

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