Mother’s Evening Prayer

Multi media artwork by Marie Cummings, Treadwell, NY

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;

O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,

Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!

Keep thou my child on upward wing to night.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye

Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:

His habitation high is here, and nigh,

His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear,

For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!

Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear no ill,

since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;

In that sweet secret of the narrow way,

Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:

“Lo, I am with you always,” watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;

No night drops down upon the troubled breast,

When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,

And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

–By Mary Baker Eddy



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3 thoughts on “Mother’s Evening Prayer

  1. Rob Nuttall December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am Reply

    I love the painting accompanying this poem. I do abstract painting myself, and this one, along with your quote from MBE, inspires me to bring more light into efforts.

    • Cheryl Petersen December 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Thanks Rob,
      Marie Cummings is the artist. Light of love does indeed shine through her work.

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