A prayer for the earthbound

Benvenuto Tisi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As deeply as he descended
among the dead, plumbing Hell and Hades,
the limits of human horror too easily imagined
by the earthbound;
so far he invites us
to soar beyond our petty promises
of punishment and death, to life beyond
the burden that worms its way
into our hope and churns it into fear;
to lift our spirits out of their grave
contemplation and, with the childlike
joy of a fledgling discovering flight,
to catch, as it rises, a lightening heart
in the mouth and sing.

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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