Michaelmas Poem

A meditative prayer by Adam Bittleston

We need in the light of our day
The eternal Light of the Word of God.
When we see with our thoughts this Light
On the path which leads from the cave
Where thinking and seeing our shadows,
Into the fields of life

Into the freedom of the heart—
We shall meet Michael
Who reveals how Christ
Awakens thinking
That it may serve God.

We need in the life of our day
The eternal Bread of the Word of God.
When we seek with our hearts this Bread
On the path which leads from the swamp
Where feeling is dulled
Into the heights of Grace,
Into the realm of the Sun—
We shall meet Michael
Who reveals how Christ
Awakens feeling
That it may serve God.

We need in the soul of our day
The eternal Wine of the Word of God.
When we seek with our faith this Wine
On the path which leads from the desert
Where the beasts are raging,
Into the world of angels,
Into the will of the Spirit—
We shall meet Michael
Who reveals who Christ
Awakens willing
That it may serve God.

We need in the strife of our day
The eternal Peace of the Word of God.
Seeking this Peace with our whole being
On the path which leads from the nightmare
Of endless chaos
Into the order of heaven
And the Father of all things—
We shall meet Michael
Who reveals how Christ
Awakens Man
That he may serve God.

 

~Adam Bittleston, “Michaelmas II,” in Meditative Prayers for Today

~from thechristiancommunity.org

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