Dark Friday

I wrote this piece a few years ago and thought it appropriate to post every year on Dark Friday.

Take Me, Break Me
(a prayer)
by Steve Laube

Take my eyes, Lord.
Strike me blind.

* * *

Then heal me, Lord,
That I may see with Your eyes.

 

Take my hands, Lord.
Crush every bone.

* * *

Then heal me, Lord,
That I may touch with Your tenderness.

 

Take my ears, Lord.
Deafen me.

* * *

Then heal me, Lord,
That I may hear with Your sensitivity.

 

Take my feet, Lord.
Amputate without hesitation.

* * *

Then heal me, Lord,
That I may walk only on Your path.

 

Take my tongue, Lord.
Sever it.

* * *

Then heal me, Lord,
That I speak only with Your words.

 

Take my life, Lord.
End it
Please.

* * *

Then resurrect me, Lord,
That I may have life only in You.

 

Hear my prayer.

 

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by Steve Laube

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