Prayer for the precariously housed

Holy Couch-surfer, you stayed
in Bethany with Mary and Martha,
Jericho, with Zacchaeus,
Capernaum, with Peter’s mother-in-law,

Jerusalem, with some unknown owner
of a room —
probably found on UpperBNB

and slept rough some nights, too,
in less-than-fox comfort.

Be with those
who travel from friend to cousin,
sponsor to grandparent,
maybe try the app … once,

who wonder whether it is OK
to look in the refrigerator,

who feel a failure,
or prickly with defensiveness,
who can’t stop saying ‘thank-you,’
or ‘it’s-not-a-shelter,’
while pasting on the smile
for the children,

who never really unpack,
and never feel safe in the shower.

And bless those who remember
their own couch-surfing seasons,
with gratitude
for some unconditional love,
and PTSD
for days and nights gone terribly wrong,

and a couple cushions of welcome
for anyone

with nowhere else to go.

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2 Responses to Prayer for the precariously housed

  1. Andrea Stoeckel says:

    With “Evicted” as the #UCC #ALLCHURCHREAD for Synod, this is very timely

  2. Maren says:

    Yes, it is! Thanks for reminding me.

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