Prayers for the storm

Not every sound of rushing wind
is holy spirit, nor
every Matthew a good news.

But every wind calls us to speak hope
in the languages needed –
Haitian Creole and Spanish,
Portuguese, English, Sign,
and the lexicon of kindness
understood by the old and the young,
the anxious and the lovers of pets,
who are afraid to leave home.

This is Pentecost –
speaking comfort to those
who grieve in Haiti,
rescue to those who fear in Florida,
and a not one-morning-newscast
but a long gospel of helping
in Cuba and the Bahamas
and the Carolinas
and wherever there is need
for cleaning and housing,
feeding and building,
restoring and reminding
the last words of Matthew
spoken in the midst of Matthew —

“Remember, I am with you always
to the end of the age.”

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6 Responses to Prayers for the storm

  1. Steffie Kyte says:

    Dear Maren, So well said for today and during this hurricane time. Steffie

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. fosteringyourfaith says:

    Thank you for helping us pray with and for those affected by this storm.

  3. These are words for our anxious hearts. Thanks for giving words to my sighs.

  4. Reblogged this on Jeff's Jottings and commented:
    A prayer, a thought, a poem in the shadow of Hurricane Matthew

  5. celestem579 says:

    Perfect, Maren! Thank you.

    Celeste

    On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 8:05 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “Not every sound of rushing wind is holy spirit, nor every > Matthew a good news. But every wind calls us to speak hope in the languages > needed – Haitian Creole and Spanish, Portuguese, English, Sign, and the > lexicon of kindness understood b” >

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