You Will Not Fear

Hiding within my son’s clothes,it lay unseen until bedtime whenit scurried out from his sleeve, explaininghis tears through dinner andthe nick on his wrist spottedonly moments before.It was not the night to visit Emergency.Wind and rain buffeted the drive, asunidentified spider in jar beside me,I punctuated my frantic breaths withcomma prayers and apostrophe thoughtsof theContinue reading “You Will Not Fear”

Damascus Road Prayers: Sootoro (Prayer before retiring to bed)

While my body silent lies,  May Thy power keep vigil;  Let my sleep in Thy presence Be like the rising incense. (St Ephraim the Syrian). What can we offer? The day is proud in its confidence; night is helpless. If they come, our shelters are weak, our bags packed, our feet ready – yet theContinue reading “Damascus Road Prayers: Sootoro (Prayer before retiring to bed)”

Lent 3: Friday After Ash Wednesday

Grain’s sown in soil to make us bread;      Man shall not live by bread alone. The kingdoms of the earth are dust;      The Son of Heaven left His throne.   Our bones are brittle and will break;      All of your bones will stay in place. The earth has cliffs to claim ourContinue reading “Lent 3: Friday After Ash Wednesday”