Welcome to Poetry & Prayer: Day Three

You might want to read the Introductory Post to this Prayer Bench series. Poetry and Prayer will be a continuing category at the Prayer Bench but for eight days give particular presence to the meeting of the General Council of The United Church of Canada in Corner Brook, NL.

Today the General Council continues to meet in “Commons”  discerning issues that come before the full court, including the ‘road map’ for the Comprehensive Review

To lead into prayer today I offer a poem from the poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Born to a Palestinian father and and American mother, Nye is a writer, speaker and humanitarian.

Her poem, “Famous” ends with these lines:

“I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.” – Naomi Shihab Nye

photo: Janice MacLean

photo: Janice MacLean


Let us hold in prayer all volunteers who support General Council in practical ways, especially with smiles and simple deeds.
Let us hold in prayer all who speak at mics and listen at tables, remembering in their heart all they can do.

Read the whole poem here.