Poems, Prayers, and Pilgrims

This week I would like to share a prayer and a poem I wrote last fall while contemplating my vocation.  As we find ourselves now half-way through Lent, I invite you to pray with me for guidance, grace, and courage to finish out this solemn 40 day walk to Calvary.

Sweetest Friend I know, Jesus, be my guide as I try to feel out my life’s future.  I have only the vaguest of ideas as to where my life will end up, let alone the trajectory along which it will travel.  Please walk with me on this path, well-worn by the saints gone on before, but unknown and unseen to those who are walking it.  I ask not to know the whole road – just where I should put my foot down next.  Every step, although oft going astray, I offer to You with this heart which You have enflamed with the fire of Your love.  To You, Through You, and With You I journey onward in hope.  Amen.

-Sweetest friend I know, Jesus, be my guide.
I do not know what path ahead will lie.
Take this walk with me, well-worn by saints gone on,
unknown and unseen, we journey before dawn.

-I will not ask where the road before goes.
Straying from the trail, we’ll fall to our foes.
Take this walk with me, well-worn by saints gone on,
unknown and unseen, we journey before dawn.

-I offer You my heart, my breath, my blood.
Engulf with your flames, O, quench with your flood.
Take this walk with me, well-worn by saints gone on,
unknown and unseen, we journey before dawn.

“(…) I will rejoice over the creation of the righteous, over their pilgrimage also, and their salvation, and their receiving their reward. ” 2 (4) Esdras 8:39 NRSV

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