Monday, 6 September 2010

Prayers and poems

I've been struck by some verses and a prayer in recent days...
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S.Eliot, Four Quartets, 1943
And on a more positive note than Larkin's This Be The Verse, I thought this prayer was interesting. Whilst expressing a similar idea to 'forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those' (which through repetition we may soon pay little attention to), it also looks back to our upbringing and family:
Lord, forgive us our shortcomings,
as well as those who came before us
And let not our hearts entertain any ill thoughts or feelings against anyone 
Shaykh Michael Mumisa, BBC Radio Prayer for the day, 2010

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