ST FRANCIS

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Kingfisher at work

I recently heard that a synagogue started an animal blessing……The Rabbi thought the Christians couldn’t have all the fun!  God bless them.  St Francis of Assisi was – and is – a great saint, not because he loved animals, but because he was enraptured of his LORD.  He was marked by the wounds of Christ and a man of profound prayer.  In his honor, here is a thought about prayer written by Ann Lewin of the U.K. who has at least one volume of poetry in print plus other works.  (While we don’t have her volume of poems, this one poem is enough to add it to a wish list!)

Prayer is like watching for the

Kingfisher.  All you can do is

Be there where he is like to appear, and

Wait.

Often nothing much happens;

There is space, silence and

Expectancy.

No visible signs, only the

Knowledge that he’s been there

And may come again.

Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,

You have been prepared.

But when you’ve almost stopped

Expecting it, a flash of brightness

Gives encouragement.     [Ann Lewin]

 

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