Miscellany

Celtic Prayer for the Voiceless

Found another gem to share…

I cannot speak,

unless you loose my tongue;

I can only stammer,

and speak with uncertainty;

but if you touch my mouth,

my Lord,

then I will sing the story

of your wonders!

.

Teach me to hear that story,

through each person,

to cradle a sense of wonder

in their life,

to honor the hard-earned wisdom

of their sufferings,

to waken their joy

that the king of all kings

stoops down

to wash their feet

and looking up

into their face

says,

‘I know – I understand’.

.

This world has become

a world of broken dreams

where dreamers are hard to find

and friends are few.

.

Lord, be the gatherer of our dreams.

You set the countless stars in place,

and found room for each of them to shine.

.

You listen for us in your heaven-bright hall,

Open our mouths to tell our tales of wonders.

Teach us again the greatest story ever;

The one who made the worlds

became a little, helpless child,

then grew to be a carpenter

with dark-seeing eyes.

.

In time, the Carpenter began to travel,

in every village challenging the people

to leave behind their selfish ways,

be washed in living water,

and let God be their king.

.

The ordinary people crowded round him

frightened to miss

a word that he was speaking.

bringing their friends, their children,

all the sick and tired,

so everyone could meet him,

everyone be touched and given life.

.

Some religious people were embarrassed

– they did not like the company he kept,

and never knew just what He would do next.

.

He said,

“How dare you wrap God up

in good behavior,

and tell the poor

they should be like you?

How can you live at ease

with riches and success

while those I love go hungry

and are oppressed?

It really is for such a time as this
that I was given breath.”

.

– From Celtic Daily Prayer

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