Just Because: Prayer Poems to Delight the Heart

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Poetry is a lot like prayer. Prayer is a lot like poetry. Why? Because they both arise from deep attentiveness to life. Reading this book is a uniquely beautiful experience that affirms Melannie's deep attention, not only to life, but to God's place within it. She invites readers to see everything as if for the first time: a rose, a grain of sand, a baby's laugh, a particular hurt, an interior joy or dread. Her prayer poems have the uncanny ability to put readers in the presence of the universal and eternal, thus...

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Overview

Poetry is a lot like prayer. Prayer is a lot like poetry. Why? Because they both arise from deep attentiveness to life. Reading this book is a uniquely beautiful experience that affirms Melannie's deep attention, not only to life, but to God's place within it. She invites readers to see everything as if for the first time: a rose, a grain of sand, a baby's laugh, a particular hurt, an interior joy or dread. Her prayer poems have the uncanny ability to put readers in the presence of the universal and eternal, thus connecting them with God, others, with nature, and the entire world. All the poems in these pages are invitations to prayer. They are simple, varied in form, and diverse in content and themeā€”and prayerful. Each is followed by a brief commentary about how the poem came to be; reflection questions for personal pondering and group sharing; suggested Scripture passages that relate to the poem; and an activitity or two for prayer and play.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585957743
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 3/10/2010
  • Pages: 124

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Annunciations 3

2 Baggage Claim 5

3 Barney the Beagle 7

4 The Barren Cross Blossomed 9

5 Children of the Exodus 11

6 Come and Slow Me Down 13

7 The Creation of the Camel 15

8 Cuteness 17

9 Deliverance 19

10 Dote on Me Today 21

11 The Driving Lesson 23

12 Fear 25

13 Find Me, God 27

14 Follow Your Thirst 29

15 Here Is the Key to My House, God 31

16 Here We Come, the Church 33

17 Hope 35

18 How Dare Those Yellow Daffodils 37

19 I Have Never Seen the Face of God 39

20 I'm Over You Now 41

21 I'm Scared, God 43

22 I saw a color Today 45

23 It's Up to Me 47

24 It Took Three Men 49

25 Just Because 51

26 Let the Dark Night Come 53

27 Life Is Short 55

28 Menagerie 57

29 My Mother's Apron 59

30 On Seeing Deer 61

31 Otters 63

32 Please Grant Me This One Morsel, God 65

33 A Poem Is Something You Let Out 67

34 Prayer Is a Cinch 69

35 Prayer of the Tuckered Out 71

36 Road Kill 73

37 Saving the World 76

38 She Recognized Him 78

39 She's Always Five Minutes Late 80

40 Sometimes Everything Works 82

41 Speak, Lord 84

42 Speed 86

43 Standing on the Stage of Life 88

44 Surely He Danced at Cana 90

45 Taking for Granted 92

46 A Teacher's Lament 94

47 There's a Little Voice Inside My Head 96

48 They Left Me for Dead 98

49 They Tore Down My Old School Today 100

50 This Vale of Tears 103

51 Today Was a Very Good Day 105

52 The Toll of War 107

53 To My Mother 109

54 Two Little Sparrows 111

55 The Way You Just Looked at Me 113

56 What's New? 115

57 While the Goose Just Sits 117

Suggested Scripture References 119

Index of Themes and Topics 122

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