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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Garden Collect
By Kathryn Wickward
10/09/05


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Author’s Note: A collect, pronounced “CALL-ect”, is a traditional form of gathering prayer used in the Catholic and Episcopal churches. It follows this form: You (calling on the Lord’s name), Who (acknowledging His wondrous deeds), Do (presenting our petitions), Through (Jesus Christ).

Father of Light
daily you shine hope on Your people
and, like blind flowers, we
turn our faces heavenward
seeking light and warmth.

You root us
in the soil of your word.
You quench our thirst
with gentle rain.
You clothe us in brilliant color,
our petals soft as fine silk.
You breathe
and we are moved.

Walk in your garden;
come close to us.
May our prayers
like the sweet smell of honeysuckle,
draw You nearer
and may our praises
like the perfume of roses
surround You.

The evil one
has trod our paths;
he has crushed us,
and like lavender,
the scent of our sorrow
trails in his wake.
His breath is
a hot, dry wind.
Shaken and withered,
our petals fallen,
we are naked
in Your presence.

Do not leave us in shadow.
Tend to us.
Nourish us so that we
might bathe in Your light
and adorn your paths.
Forever.

Through your Son,
Jesus Christ,
the Master Gardener,
Amen.


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Gabrielle Morgan10/11/05
I hadn't heard of "Collect" prayer. A useful way to collect thoughts for a prayer. And indeed successful in "Garden Collect." A beautiful prayer. I felt compelled to read to the end.
Jan Ackerson 10/12/05
Oh, I love this! I've never been able to master free verse, but this is wonderful! I'd love to see this incorporated into a worship service. Bravo!
Melanie Kerr 10/13/05
I lived reading that, the way that you have used the flowers to illustrate aspects of our life. I like the lavender being crushed and the scent of sorrow.
Garnet Miller 10/14/05
Thank God that He cares for us as he does the beautiful flowers of the garden. A beautiful poem!
Alexandra Wilkin10/17/05
Kathryn - this is a beautiful verse, a simply beautiful collect. Congratulations on placing with this. God bless.
Julianne Jones10/17/05
Congratulations on your second-place win. Well deserved. A lovely piece.
Deborah Porter 10/17/05
Kathryn, this was truly beautiful. I was very impressed and you definitely deserved your 2nd place in the Level 2 awards, as well as your 8th place in the Editors' Choice. I was very impressed. Congratulations! Feel free to move up to Level 3 - I think you are more than ready.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Linda Watson Owen10/22/05
Absolutely lovely images! How beautiful! A delight!