“Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture,
to exhorting, to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13, NRSV)

Saving God, give me courage to be wholly attentive.
Hold me in stillness lest busyness distract.
Keep me looking in the eyes of those who feel ignored.
Hold me as I face the ugliness of condemning the other.
Keep me from believing my salvation comes from pleasing everyone else.
Hold me in the imperfection of myself.
Keep me from letting my gaze wander from the sight ahead ..
Of the light of hope and celebration that is just a moment’s horizon away.


(looking out from Lindisfarne to Saint Cuthbert’s cell. Photo taken May 2009)