prayer-full preachers’ camp gifts


One column of pine
measured into six pieces
cut and planed with prayer.

Each piece initialed,
thus designated as prayer
for one among us.

The artist praying
each bowl hewn out of the wood,
thinking of the one

for whom gift was made—
flying sawdust petitions,
the sweet smell of prayer.

Wood shaped with strong love—
made into both prayer and bowl.
Then word-shaped thanks shared,

and, in exchanging,
making blessing, circling prayer,
sustaining us all.


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