Saturday, July 21, 2007

Spirit of Love


Spirit of Love

Spirit of love
that flows against our flesh
Sets it trembling
Moves across it as across grass
Erasing every boundary that we accept
And swings the doors of our lives wide—
This is a prayer I sing:
Save our perishing earth!

Spirit that cracks our singles selves –
Eyes fall down eyes,
Hearts escape through the bars of our ribs
To dart into other bodies—
Save this earth!
The Earth is perishing
This is a prayer I sing.

Spirit that hears each one of us,
Hears all that is—
Listens, listens, hears us out—
Inspire us now!
Our own pulse beats in every stranger’s throat,
And also there within the flowered ground beneath our feet,
And-teach us to listen!-
We can hear it in water, in wood, and even in stone.
We earth of this earth, and we are bone of its bone.
This is a prayer I sing, for we have forgotten this and so
The earth is perishing.

From We are All Part of One Another (1984)
By Barbara Deming
Part of Sisters of the Earth
Edited by Lorraine Anderson
Picture By Ehsan Khakbaz on Flickr
Title: I belong to the Earth

2 comments:

revabi said...

prayers for those who are preparing to preach tomorrow, prayers for those who are preparing to lead worship tomorrow,
prayers for those who are preparing to teach tomorrow.

Please say a prayer for Net of Grace Happens.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

Pamela said...

I am reading this Monday afternoon and yet, it is truly when I need this prayer. Thank you. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.