Breathe in the quiet purpose of this place;
Through outward stillness, seek a calm within.
Here we can find forgiveness and forgive;
Here feel the healing miracle begin.
Breathe out the busy world, the teeming mind,
The follies, fears and failures of the week;
Breathe out contention, pettiness and pride,
And wait in trust for
that of God to speak.
Breathe in communion, friend with quiet friend,
Each drawing closer in this timeless hour;
As all our different needs and gifts are drawn
To the one source of comfort, love and power.
Breathe out at last, to God, the heart's full thanks
That we have seen this vision, known this grace;
Renewed through love, let us that love extend
Through all our daily life beyond this place.
I really needed this today. Thanks for sharing poetry here..it is really very good.
Lovely, Joshua! wondering where you found this poet, and if he has written more. as I so enjoyed and related to this poem. I have shared it in our meeting newsletter. Thanks.
I got the poem from here: www.quakerinfo.org/quakerism/worship
Thanks for posting this. Geoffrey is a revered member of my meeting, Kingston upon Thames.