A prayer for the absence of miracles

Swimming as an act of faith:

Faith in the friendliness of the great lake,
doorway to the deep-
seated sediment of creation;

Faith in the body to carry its cargo through the waves,
inspired by the brooding, hovering breath of the beginning;

Faith, first and last, that the Creator will not,
for pity’s sake,
suspend for a moment, in answer to a prayer,
the cry for a miracle,
the order of creation, letting loose
chaos to overwhelm me.

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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