Night prayer

I pray this night for those who have lived
so long that no one who knows
can imagine life beyond them.
I pray this night for those whose breath was never strong;
whose lives are counted in days;
whose days are counted miracles.
I pray for those whose burdens
weigh down the sun and shackle the stars,
whose agony and ecstasy are out of this world.
I pray for us left in between, in the mess of
ordinary lives lived beneath the slight touch of blessing,
barely turning to hear who it was whispered our names.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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