Pause for Prayer: MONDAY 6/10

Sunday's and Saturday's Pauses for Prayer put me in mind of a poem by Wendy Wright which I posted some years back.  In my heart and prayer, the three fit together so I'm combining them here for today's Pause for Prayer.  So, Wendy's poem paired with Jan Richardson's (especially the last lines of each), joined by Eric Whitacre's Alleluia, into which I could free-fall from the chaos on any day...

Today's Pause for Prayer

Free Fall
How dark the seeing.
How fragmentary.
Mostly it consists of learning to free fall.
Learning to trust the constant somersaulting.
Learning to live with spiritual vertigo.
Learning to love the darkness.
Learning to trust the brief glimpses.
Learning that blindness is its own seeing.
Learning that the falling is in itself beautiful.
That at the bottom of the well of my heart,
I free fall into You.
     -Wendy Wright

Sunday's Pause for Prayer
Alleluia by Eric Whitacre on Grooveshark

 Saturday's Pause for Prayer

Blessing in the Chaos

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.
Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,
that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.
Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.
Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

- Jan Richardson 

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