Prayer

A friend of mine posted this poem yesterday on Facebook and it rang true for me. I can take no credit for either composing such good words, nor of finding them… so for the thought for today I shall just share this with you. It is from 'Spoken Worship' by Gerard Kelly published by Zondervan in 2007 (https://www.bookdepository.com/Spoken-Worship-Gerard-Kelly/9780310275503)

 It is called 'When the Walls' and my friend commented that ‘it seemed appropriate to our times’… and I do believe he is right.

 

When the walls
of Babylon are closing in
and Jerusalem
is a dim
and distant dream,
shut the door,
open a window
and pray.

When narrowness of vision
smothers hope
and stifles your every ambition,
shut the door
open a window
and pray.

When you need to find your focus
in a free and far horizon
and to see beyond the future
that frames you,
shut the door,
open a window
and pray.

When darkness encroaches
and shadows fight the sight
and you crave the comfort of the light,
shut the door,
open a window
and pray.

When the presence of God is a misted memory
and the promises of God are slow in coming
and the purposes of god are buried in the fields of your anxiety
When you are stuck
stagnated
struggling
without hope
and without help in the world

shut the door
in the presence of your Father
open a window
to the promise of your redeemer
and pray
to the one who loves and lives
for you
and longs to help you
more than you can ever know.

 

(Daniel 6:10) - Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

The decree in our circumstance is from our government imposing the restrictions which have meant both loss of freedom for all but done for the protection of most vulnerable in our society. So when we find this time hard, as we all will at different points….

Shut the door,
Open a window,
And pray