I knelt at an array of unlit candles
reading the morning prayer before the noonday sun.

“Test me, O Lord, and try me; examine my heart and my mind.”
“Do not snatch me away with the wicked and evildoers,
who speak peaceably with their neighbours,
while strife is in their hearts.”
“As for me, I will live with integrity;
redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.”

A thin man moving furniture asked
“Reverend: am I disturbing
you?” and I said, no,

no, noticing the air around the chairs
which he set so softly to the floor
while my soul thrashed rudely about
questions of judgement,
the washing of hands,
and innocence.

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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1 Response to Reverence

  1. DELL CLOVER says:

    Wow, interesting contrast of thrashing soul, quiet moving furniture. Great post.

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