Stop and Stay

I see your face in every flower

Hear your grace in every hour

Unearned beauty all around,

a silent rain: a thunder sound.

In my weakness comes a strength

–it spans the depth, the breadth, the length–

a love most true in spite of me.

I only pen a pure-heart plea!

Beyond the ages, so I think,

I write my prayer with words, no ink

I ask, I beg, oh God please hear:

“Now in my heart what I hold dear

That what they’ve told me: ‘ day by day’

Can all the fiercest dragons slay

And in the end that shall not come

I bless the one and help the some

Stop and stay my doubt and worry

May I cease my constant hurry

In your time to have and hold

Another heart refined in gold.”

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