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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Consider
By Judy Bowers
07/30/08


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She enters the dimly lit chapel
And, with head bowed low,
Kneels before the cross
To unburden a heavy heart.

Lord, forgive me my commonness.
My common hopes. My common dreams.
Forgive my prayerless nights --
Days lived not loving others.

Pardon unspoken words
That might have soothed a weary soul.
And spoken words (thoughtless banter)
That cannot be retrieved. Forgive.

Grant me wisdom and strength
So that, with a pure heart,
I may hear bird-song
Even amid loud street noise.

Fill my heart with gratitude
For family and friends,
For light and healing. Lead my mind
To consider the lilies.*

Direct my gaze to focus
On the mysterious—one scourged,
Afflicted, scorned, mocked--
To arms stretched wide upon a cross.

Let me understand the gentleness
To be found in silence.
Let me patiently begin
To simply face You and
To listen to Your love—
To consider the lilies, and know.

*Matthew 6:28b (RSV)


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/05/08
A wonderful and convicting prayer. Thanks for sharing.