Mercy by The Innocence Mission
you travel between
the foreign and the familiar:
open our world
to those we would exclude
heal and liberate us
when we are outcast
that we might learn to praise your name
with hearts that are whole;
A Prayer That Will Be Answered
by Anna Kamienska
translated by Tomasz P Krzeszowski and Desmond Graham
Lord let me suffer much
and then die
Let me walk through silence
and leave nothing behind not even fear
Make the world continue
let the ocean kiss the sand just as before
Let the grass stay green
so that frogs can hide in it
so that someone can bury his face in it
and sob out his love
Make the day rise brightly
as if there were no more pain
And let my poem stand clear as a windowpane
bumped by a bumblebee’s head
by Bogdan Czaykowski
translated by Czeslaw Milosz
Throw me into a cloud o lord
but do not make me a drop of rain
I do not want to return to earth
throw me into a flower o lord
but do not make me a bee
I would die from an excess of industrious sweetness
throw me into a lake
but do not make me a fish o lord
I would not be able to become cold-blooded
throw me into a forest
like a pine cone on the grass
let no red-haired squirrels find me
throw me into a calm shape of a stone
but not on the pavement of a London street
oh lord I worry and bite walls in this alien city
you who turn me over fire
pluck me from flames
and deposit me on a quiet white cloud
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Rabbi, show us mercy!”
When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’s feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Mercy by Sarah McLachlan
by St Jerome, adapted
Show us, O Lord, your mercy,
and delight our hearts with it.
Let us find you whom we so longingly seek.
See, here is the man whom the robbers seized,
mishandled, and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
O kind-hearted Samaritan, come to our aid!
We are the sheep who wandered
into the wilderness – seek after us,
and bring us home again to your fold.
Do with us what you will,
that we may stay by you
all the days of our lives,
and praise you with all those
who are with you in heaven for all eternity.
The Lord’s Prayer
infused throughout all existence,
we honour you with many names.
Your realm is within the human heart.
We accept life for all that it can be,
on earth as throughout all creation.
May we continue to draw sustenance from this earth,
and may we receive forgiveness equal to our own.
May we ever move from separation toward union,
to live in grace, with love in our hearts, forever and ever.
Mercy by Muse
May God’s joy be in our hearts
and God’s love surround our living.
Each day and night and
wherever we roam,
may we know God’s presence.
In growing and learning,
in joy and sorrow,
in beginnings and endings,
may God keep us and bless us
all the days of our lives.
May the blessing of God – the Beginning, the End, and the Everlasting,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.