Monday, October 30, 2006

Prayer to St. Perpetua 

O Perpetua,
standing there on the arena sands,
the witnesses to your death
said you steadied the hand
of the soldier there to take your life
so he could make a clean stroke
and send you on to that realm
where you would go to take up your martyr's crown,
fair witness to show the the things of true value in a dark and angry world.

O Perpetua,
Teach me not to waver
when the little ills and pains and setbacks of life seem overwhelming,
and steady my hand,
that I too may live as a witness
in a world that longs to demand other allegiances from me
and to take me far away from my walk with Christ.
When the dust of the world grows dense,
pray that I remember you, standing on those sands,
and in that moment's flash,
remember my true goal.


Susan E. Stone, 2006

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