A Spring Time Prayer
Ever-renewing and energizing Creator,
come, stir in my dormant spiritual limbs.
Wake up my tired prayer.
Revive my weary efforts of care.
Sing hope into my discouragement.
Wash my dusty, drab attitude
with the cleansing rains of your vision.
Go deep to my roots and penetrate my faithz
with the vibrancy of your grace.
Shake loose the old leftover oak leaves
of my tenacious ego-centeredness.
Coax joy to sprout from my difficulties.
Warm the buds of my relationships
so they bloom with healthy love
Clear out my wintered debris
with the wild breeze of your liberating presence.
Nudge me, woo me, entice me, draw me to you.
I give you my trust and my gratitude
As you grace my slowly thawing spirit.
Light-filled Being, my Joy and my Hope,
Let the greening in me begin!
- Joyce Rupp
(Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems and Reflections for Every Season)