Friday, April 8, 2022

A Poem for Holy Week

 Next week will be Holy Week in the Christian Church, so I decided to share this poem which I wrote recently. It begins with the phrase "I bind unto myself." I found this phrase in a book of Celtic Prayer from the Northumbria Community, and it spoke to me. I hope is might speak to you as well.

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I bind unto myself today
the cardinal's cheer
that greets the dawn
the patient wren
upon its nest
the yellow shaft of
flicker's plume

I bind unto myself today
all those who suffer
near or far
who need a cure or
home or food
I offer up for them
my prayer

I bind unto myself today
the power of words 
to foster peace
the strength of words
to counsel, claim
to comfort 
and to teach

I bind unto myself today
the treasures of the psalms
Create in me a heart
Oh Lord
to walk your path
to know your calm

© Karen Eastlund

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by David Elliot.
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  1. Sigh. Beautiful and comforting, Karen. Your poem nourishes my spirit. Thank you!

  2. This is beautiful. I need to find this book: Celtic Prayer from the Northumberland Community

  3. Karen, it is great to have a chance to read your poem again. The last stanza is like a morning prayer. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

  4. It is a beautiful and thoughtful poem, Karen. There is much need in our world today & your plea for all speaks to that. Thank you!

  5. Perfect, Karen. It's personal and universal too. I feel the peace of it.

  6. This is beautiful. I love the refrain "I bind unto myself today ..." it resonated with me, making me ask myself what have I bound unto myself today? Thanks for sharing this ...