Powerful Prayer

Source: gardensta.com

 

Speckled sunlight sits on the window sill

lighting up a room in disarray.

Scattered papers

speak of plans gone awry

at a moment’s notice

shoved aside

now stale and sour.

 

Plans pickled in patient waiting

poke through the ruffles of yesterday

and I’m called to pray.

 

In silence I sigh softly

as my mind, eyes, and tongue

reach out to a God

who is the friend of silence.

 

I see things anew

and listen to the murmurs

of heart to heart

receiving, giving

thoughts flowing with energy

uniting God and me

in active caring.

 

Confidence complete and constant

floods the soul

so recently caught in anguish

born of worldly worries,

and peace cradles me

rocking me back and forth

lulling me into a calm

that only the God of mystery

can gift me.

 

Sunshine bursts into the room

and a perpetual prayer

rises like incense

and perfumes the air

with the scent of surrender.

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

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10 Comments
  • Tonis Kilp
    Posted at 09:34h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, what a nice way for me to start my day. You are truly blessed with talent, may God bless you and your loved ones, take care, tonis.

  • Maria Skarzynski
    Posted at 10:15h, 17 July Reply

    Nice Viola !

  • Maria Skarzynski
    Posted at 10:16h, 17 July Reply

    Nice !! Viola, keep writing !

  • Carol Von Zuben
    Posted at 12:58h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you so much Viola — this is very beautiful. You truly are a “Woman of Prayer”.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 16:01h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 16:11h, 17 July Reply

    Beautiful viola keep writing God is with you.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 July Reply

    Speckled sunshine bursts into the room like the grace of God, prayer at its best Viola.

  • Philip Chircop
    Posted at 19:18h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you Viola. Lovely images that tickle the soul. Keep writing:

    “Speckled sunlight sits on the window sill”
    “Plans pickled in patient waiting”
    “Sunshine bursts into the room”
    “the scent of surrender”

  • Jacqui H
    Posted at 08:43h, 18 July Reply

    Your writing brings such poignant vision of the beauty of the world God has gifted us. You are one such gift. God bless you, always.

  • Silvia
    Posted at 22:07h, 25 July Reply

    Its beautiful and inspiring. The power of prayer in a trusting soul.

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