4.22.2012

Prayer

my dear neglected Friend:

I don't know why
it's been so long
since I last talked to you.
asked you for help, yes
asked you for blessing, yes
asked you for care, yes
but I don't know why
it's been so long
since I last talked to you.

are you a wish-giver,
that I should demand from you?
are you a slave,
that I should command you?
I know you are
Delighted Father,
Beloved Friend--
yet I thirst and hunger
to know more.

shall I tell you everything?
it's been so long,
I don't remember where to start.

God, I want to see
your blinding beauty
and there fix my gaze
forevermore.
God, I am helpless--
do you watch me,
do you see what I have done?
I can do nothing good
on my own.

I am tangled in the mess of life.

My soul cries out
More love to thee, O Christ
More love to thee
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
I know this while I sing:
Thy love to me, O Lord
Not mine, O Lord, to Thee
Can rid me of this dark unrest
And set my spirit free.
Lord, I want to see
your endless love
and gaze therein
forevermore.

you alone
can satisfy my longings--
so I don’t know why
it’s been so long
since I last talked to you.

4.16.2012

Father Speaks

Why do you stand far from me?
O my children, do not fear--
Of my goodness taste and see
Come, my son, draw near.

Fear no demon, fear no man
Life and strength await you here
Find your comfort in my hand
Come, my son, draw near.

Child, child, do not despair
Let me wipe away your tears--
You are safe within my care
Come, my son, draw near.

Why do you stand far from me?
O my child, let this be clear:
I am all you'll ever need
Come, my son, draw near.