Friday, 29 April 2011

Prayer to heal our Memories

Penetrate these murky corners
   where we hide our memories
   and tendencies on which we do not care to look,
   but which we will not yield freely up to you,
   that you may purify and transmute them.
The persistent buried grudge,
   the half-acknowledged enmity
   which is still smouldering,
   the bitterness of that loss
   we have not turned into sacrifice,
   the private comfort we cling to,
   the secret fear of failure
   which saps our initiative
   and is really inverted pride,
   the pessimism which is an insult to your joy.
Lord, we bring all these to you,
   and we review them
   with shame and penitence
   in your steadfast light

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