Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 9/10

The Prodigal by Charlie Mackesy (used with permission)

Today's Pause for Prayer includes a variety of images of prodigal daughters and sons - all intended to help us reflect on the story of the prodigal son, we'll hear at mass this weekend.  The text for today's Pause for Prayer is drawn from and follows the gestures and body language in the images below...

The Prodigal Son by Charlie Mackesy

The Prodigal Daughter by Charlie Mackesy

The Prodigal by Oleg Korolev  
                                 Prodigal Daughter
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt

Prodigal Daughter byWalter Piepke

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Pompeo Batoni
Prodigal Daughter by Charles Mackesy

Prodigal Son by Timothy Schmalz

Retour de l'Enfant Prodigue by Michel Ciry
Prodigal Daughter by Michael McManus

Return on the Prodigal Son by Guercino 
Prodigal Daughter

Return of the Prodigal Son by James Tissot    
Home Sweet Home: Return of the Prodigal Daughter

Of interest: several of the images above are the work of Charles Mackesy who is the author and illustrator of New York Times best seller: The Boy, the Horse, the Mole and the Fox.

Pause for Prayer

More than anything, Lord,
I long for a hug that never quits:
    for arms that hold me heart-beat close,
    surrounding me with gentle strength,
    enfolding and protecting me...
More than anything, Lord,
I  ache for your bear hug, mercy's squeeze,
    the press of your pardon, full and firm:
    forgiving my every fault and sin,
    entwining me in wings of grace...

More than anything, Lord,
I yearn for your embrace:
    your strong arms, opened wide, 
    waiting, ever willing, even wanting 
    to welcome and to hold me
    always and forever in your love...






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