Paul Laurence Dunbar– “A Prayer”

Image source–Poets.org

Sunday’s Gospel reading made me think of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “A Prayer.” In Matthew 11:28, Jesus promises that, if we come to Him, He will give us rest. Dunbar’s poem could almost be viewed as a direct response to Jesus’ promise.

O LORD, the hard-won miles
have worn my stumbling feet:
Oh, soothe me with thy smiles,
and make my life complete.

The thorns were thick and keen
where’er I trembling trod:
The way was long between
my wounded feet and God.

 Where healing waters flow,
do thou my footsteps lead.
My heart is aching so;
Thy gracious balm I need.

(http://www.dunbarsite.org/gallery/APrayer.asp)

1 thought on “Paul Laurence Dunbar– “A Prayer””

  1. Words, in a poet’s care, are so amazing. Thank you for introducing me to Paul Laurence Dunbar. I read more about him on Wikipedia; an amazing amount of living in just 33 years.

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