Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Thursday, March 25, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24

Right now you don’t have to parse the entire
universe in infinite, particulate detail;
for just these few minutes merely sit and become
only breath, that is to say, spirit.

Now…what you see is a world without you,
as it was before you were born and
will be when you’re no longer here.
Are you amazed that it goes on without you?

Slowly learn the lesson about who you are:
dust of the earth, dust of a star.
The stuff that is you has always been here
fulfilling its purpose in losing its Self.

Until you.

Now it’s become human body and brain;
it believes it’s an I and stands apart
from the rest of creation, asserting its right
to be Lord of All, whatever the price.

But you know in these moments the price is too high,
far more than our planet is able to pay.
In your ego-fed effort to have it your way
you have “become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

The world doesn’t need you the way you need it.
For these next few minutes, let go and just be,
and become not an ego in charge of it all
but a part of the Whole in search of your place.
—Ron Stone, “Memo to Self Re: Meditation”

God, let us be in search of you.
Let us listen in our search.
Let us tend to the infinite, the expansive, the ever-present within You.
Let us slow our bodies
Let us tend to the gardens of our lives.
Let us plant, and await the bearing of fruit that comes only from you.
Let us be in search of you, O God. Amen.

March 25, 2021

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