Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Friday, March 19, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Let the redeemed of the Lord say “The Lord’s faithful love endures forever,” those the Lord redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Psalm 107:2–3

The dogs barked, the dogs scratched, the dogs got wet, the
dogs shook, the dogs circled, the dogs slept, the dogs ate,
the dogs barked; the rain fell down, the leaves fell down, the
eggs fell down and cracked on the floor; the dust settled,
the wood floors were scratched, the cabinets sat without
doors, the trim without paint, the stuff piled up; I loaded the
dishwasher, I unloaded the dishwasher, I raked the leaves,
I did the laundry, I took out the garbage, I took out the
recycling, I took out the yard waste. There was a bed, it was
soft, there was a blanket, it was warm, there were dreams,
they were good. The corn grew, the eggplant grew, the
tomatoes grew, the lettuce grew, the strawberries grew, the
blackberries grew; the tea kettle screamed, the computer
keys clicked, the radio roared, the TV spoke. “Will they ever
come home?” “Can’t I take a break?” “How do others keep
their house clean?” “Will I remember this day in fifty years?”
The sweet tea slipped down my throat, the brownies melted
in my mouth. My mother cooked, the apple tree bloomed, the
lilac bloomed, the mimosa bloomed, I bloomed.
—Nancyrose Houston, “The Letter from Home”

Give us letters of gratitude to write, O God.
Long letters of thanksgiving to those we love.
So that we might share our thanks,
remind ourselves of the storied grace you have placed before us.
May we live our letters of gratitude to one another,
Fresh with noticing the ways we belong, ever-linked, to one another.

March 19, 2021

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