prayer incarnate

How did you pray, body and breath,

those wilderness days beneath

stars that made promises,

sand through your hands

counting moments since creation,

each grain an erosion of the whole;

how did you pray, body and spirit

sticky with honey and blood;

how did you pray between

the river and salt sea, between

the jackal and the night owl, eerie,

between soft camel hair

and the hard-nosed rock;

how did you pray, body and soul

when you were prayer incarnate?

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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