Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Prayer for Christchurch

o Papatuanuku
Mother Earth

when you stretch and move
you terrify your children

we run in fear
at your shaking

we cry
in pain for we are trapped

 we fear
for our loved ones
who have not come home

when our city crumbles
and is no more
we are terrified of your power
and recognize
our smallness

all we ask

once more
that you
settle into quietness
so we may live in peace and safety
on your
and awesome

The drawing:  Wilhelm Dittmar. 1907  Alex. Turnbull Library. Ref: Pq 527.9931 DIT.1907
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  1. Joan, this is really lovely. I've been browsing through your blog and must say it is a match for your words. There is beauty and great serenity here. I'll be back to see and hear more. I hope you have a good day. Blessings...Mary

  2. My own prayer for the people of Christchurch joins yours today. Courage, strength and blessings to each of them.

  3. Beautiful prayer, Joan. I am just off to the beach to do my own prayer.

  4. Beautiful, Joan, beautiful!

    My husband and I send our prayers to the lovely people in Christchurch, that courage and strength will bring rays of sunlight during your darkest day.

    Last night I stepped outside and begged the heavens to calm its temper. This is all too much.

    The news hit fast late last night (east coast) and wasn't good, updates even worse, and very graphic now. Apparently news crews are positioned from the Queensland floods and the fires in Australia.

  5. Oh, Joan, this is such a tender and lovely prayer. Our news has covered this devastating quake and my own prayers are for all New Zealand, especially in Christchurch.

  6. So beautiful, Joan. Amen. I am keeping them in my prayers tonight.

  7. Beautiful, Joan. My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch.

  8. beautiful indeed
    and many prayers going up now
    for you and your homeland
    the destruction I have seen on TV
    is frightening

  9. Thank you thank you .. everyone for the chain of loving thoughts and prayers for the people of Canterbury, Christchurch. I switched the radio on briefly in the night and heard a woman whose home was trashed saying, a disaster reminds us what is really important in our lives. People.. water.. shelter. I am so happy to hear cousins who live there are safe. Tara was working in a child care centre, coping with terrified little childen, and Brittany in a city building that collapsed after she and colleagues evacuated are, thank God safe.

  10. xoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo