The First Liturgical Hour ~ Matins

I awaken

It is the beginning

A moment born in stillness

An instant nurtured in darkness

when listening I hear

the whisper of the Voice 

of that One who knows my name 

though I have never disclosed it

that Tender One who touches my wound

though I have never even named it

that Holy One who calls me into embrace

though I have never ever understood

my own longing to be held

I awaken

It is the beginning

A single beat of the heart

The solitary blink of an eye

when arrested I feel

that unmistakable grace

of God’s outrageous choice

to make me as mysteriously

as I am made to love me

as scandalously as I am loved

to use me as incredibly

as I am used as an instrument

of his compassionate will

I awaken

It is the beginning

With my first breath

I inhale the good news

as though for the first time exhaling

speak my first words of worship

I am here! And I am yours!

[Prayers for the Hours of the Liturgical Day]


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to The First Liturgical Hour ~ Matins

  1. SalvaVenia says:

    Remember the mysics.


  2. Wisdom is a virtue!


  3. Easter Ellen says:

    Wow! this is awesome. I don’t know why.. I was following you, but did not see you in my reader, thank you for redirecting me here.. just reading this alone has made it worth the visit!


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