Prayer of Aspiration (Written for C.P. 18.12.96)

This is a poem by Stewart Henderson that I value quite a lot.  I am starting a new category of poetry on this blog, and will generally put up poems that have done something for me.  In the words of Seamus Heaney, poetry is ‘Strong enough to help’.

This is my heart –

my full heart;

brimming and hungry to serve you

deserve you

through life’s banquets and wakes

and our ordinary afternoons

where nothing is apparent

apart from the sky’s subtle palette

and the sound of

our children’s skin, growing.


This is my life,

my small life,

humbled and being made better

by the passionate Lamb;

eager to be here with you

and share with you

the radiant landscapes

of our near and deep God.


This is my aim,

my honourable aim,

to refuse the robes of domination,

but to put on

the vestments of compassion,

to form in you,

and for you to form in me,

the dignity of God

the pattern of Jesus

and the kindness of the Holy Spirit

for the benefit of us all –

our church, our community,

and our world –

and for the eminence

of the Lord of all.


All in the Name of our

slandered Saviour,

acquitted Messiah,

and returning

Beloved Bridegroom and King.



Stewart Henderson, taken from ‘Limited Edition’, 1997

About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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