Prayer: A Patched Poem

In the morning, while it is still dark, 
go to a deserted place.
Shut the door. 
Say nothing to anyone.
Be silent before the Lord God.

Be silent. 

Do not occupy yourself 
with great things.
Calm and quiet your soul, 
like a weaned child with its mother.
Be still and know that I am God.

Be still. 

Wait in silence for God alone.
In quietness and in trust 
shall be your strength.
Be still before the Lord, 
and wait patiently for him.

Wait. 

Abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
your refuge and strength. 
Trust in the Lord 
with all your heart.
Trust in him at all times.

Trust.

The Lord is your shepherd. 
Lie down in green pastures, 
beside the still waters, 
all who are weary, 
and find rest for your soul.

Rest.

This is a cento poem that I put together during a recent retreat. All of its lines are from Scripture. Here are the references:

Mark 1:35
Matthew 6:6
Mark 16:8
Zephaniah 1:7

Psalm 131:1
Psalm 131:2
Psalm 46:10

Psalm 62:1
Isaiah 30:15
Psalm 37:7

Psalm 91:1
Psalm 46:1
Proverbs 3:5
Psalm 62:8

Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23:2
Matthew 11:28
Matthew 11:29

14 thoughts on “Prayer: A Patched Poem

  1. Wonderful! I should have read this before my tired attempt at prayer this afternoon. The structure and foundation in Scripture make this the scaffolding I need when my soul is especially weary as I am right now. A divine appointment, indeed!

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