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They tend to have a pulsing quality – the heartbeat, or throb of a repeated word, or construction: “I love, I know, I see, etc…,” “poise me, name me, claim me.” There is a rocking, comforting rhythm in the phrasing suggested by the Scriptural prayer, “I believe, help Thou my unbelief,” (Mark 9:24) and by the call-and-response form of psalmody (“You act,” then “I shall respond”).
These poems convey my dependence on God to act first, to take the initiative, to draw me back to Him, to make up for all that is lacking in my words, acts, virtues and gifts. In each one, there is a whole history of real struggles and trials, and a confidence and trust born of God’s faithfulness to me through that long story.
Prayer of the Beggar
Lord, bathe me in thy slow-wrung blood,
Poise me in thy mercy’s flood.
Name me and I shall be made,
Claim me and I shall be saved.
Pierce, and I shall be laid waste.
Ravish, and I shall be chaste.
Touch, and I shall be restored.
Call, and I shall follow, Lord.
Prayer for Guidance
Lead me, Lord, for I am blind.
Lead, and I will step behind.
Bond me to your wounded side.
Husband, I will be your bride.
Heart, beat rhythm to eternal time.
Poet, whisper, and my words will rhyme.
Close my eyes to every sight but You.
Cause me both to will and do.
Lead me, Lord, I cannot see.
Lead, and I will follow Thee.
Prayer for Help
I believe, help Thou my unbelief.
I love, help Thou my unlove.
I know, help Thou my confusion.
I see, help Thou my blindness.
I give, help Thou my selfishness.
I come, help Thou my hesitation.
I obey, help Thou my rebellion.
I yearn, help Thou my discontent.
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