Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.
—Nancy Wood, Untitled

O Holy Spirit
Presence for whom I long:
Teach me your nearness
Your love
Your weeping-with-the-rain.
Open me up.

February 25, 2021

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