I’ve been reading in the book of Lamentations this month. The poetic structure is incredible, in a way I never realized before, though I’ve read the Bible all my life. In four out of five chapters, there are twenty-two verses each, corresponding to and beginning with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in turn. That is, except in chapter three, where there are sixty-six verses – and three in a row begin with each letter, in turn.
I thought this was so cool that I tried writing an English prayer along the same lines, just for fun.
All of me is yours, Father
Best of beings in the universe.
Create me still and always according to your will.
Do not desert me while I am incomplete.
Ever be with me, Lord,
For you are
Good, and all your works toward me are
I am lost without you
Just as an infant is misplaced without her mother.
Knowing you is my best destiny.
Let me grow in this knowledge. Reveal yourself to
Meet me where I
Need you most,
O holy one.
Please do not be silent to me.
Quiet me with the songs of your fatherhood, the most
Restful place for a child to belong.
Sing to me of who you are, and who I am in you.
Teach me to say less to you and listen more, that I may
Understand our right places and learn to know your
When I am grown, let me be like you.
X out my sins.
You are my lasting home. Keep me in the comfort
Zone of your proximity.
If you try this yourself, I’d love to see it. ❤ Share a link to your site? Or post it here in the comments?