Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I am praying again, Awesome One. You hear me again...


Christine and I have been reading from Rilke's Book of Hours to pray together at bedtime. We found this one about a week ago and both loved it so much that we've read it three times since. I connect with it more every time I read/pray it...

...With my half-mouth I stammer You,
who are eternal in your symmetry.
I lift to You my half-hands
in wordless beseeching, that I may find again
the eyes with which I once beheld You...

It’s here in all the pieces of my shame
that now I find myself again.
I yearn to belong to something, to be contained
in an all-embracing mind that sees me
as a single thing.
I yearn to be held
in the great hands of Your heart–
oh let them take me now.

Into them I place these fragments, my life,
and You, God–spend them however you want.

-Rilke

1 comment:

Buswell said...

YES! That is what I always have in my status on gchat... "Ich bete wieder, du Elauchter." Thanks again for yesterday. I love you so much and that soup is pointing me to the Awesome One. Seriously. On and On.

FYI, this is Rach... Buswell is my secret name.

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.

Amen.