Arianne Braithwaite Lehn is a local pastor and author and married to the pastor of First Presbyterian of Wilmette. This poem-prayer was turned into a song by her uncle as a way to honor the life of her father, who died shortly before Arianne’s first child was born. You can read the full story of her writing this piece here. To me, it speaks to the persistent presence of God in the midst of an unwelcome and unexpected grief, something that seems poignant these days full of the unknown. It ends with hope without being saccharine, and acknowledges that, there is life beyond and within the pain of sorrow and change.
Let us pray:
On waves where trembling feet
Sink and dance there rises
Between my toes a peace…
Where heaven and earth embrace,
Where the ash in my mouth,
The starlight in my bones
Weave together in wholeness.
Carried on a strength beyond me,
Feet raging against soil I did not choose.
My eyes turn upward,
And through the grit, the tears, the joy
Long to glimpse the land of the living.
Adding my voice to the universal chorus.
Turning my song from a plea for deliverance
To a chord of gratitude.
Unfurling my hands in aching yes
And clasp the holy gift,
Which is this day,
Which is enough.
Another chance to live,
To burn with grace.
—Arianne Braithwaite Lehn
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