Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Psalm 118:26

At the ruins of the Seven Churches Inishmore
Pick a crevice,
a homey gap
between stones
and make it
your own.

Grow a life here
from wind
and the memories of ancients
embedded in limestone.

The bees will use you
for their sweet honey.
The rock will soften under
your touch.
You will draw moisture from fog
and hold it.
Your presence
will build soil.

This is all we have
in this life
all we own:
a flowering
an opening
a gap between stones
for tiny tender roots.
—Linda Buckmaster, “Flowering”

Open us up
An endless flowering
Give us tender roots
Give us gaps between stones
To grow and grow
Opening to all that you open in our midst.
Unfurl us, O God.

March 31, 2021

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