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Considerations for Prayer in an Apocalypse

A poem

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April 13, 2020
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whenever the world groans,
remember we’ve been knowing pain
together, agree to separate
surrendering your desire for another’s breath
understanding your place
in the cycle of conviction

and—

while you are waiting, stay afloat
consider Noah
send ravens, send doves, send doves again
remain until they bring green to your window

while you are waiting, find shade
consider Jonah
repent, talk to your neighbors, give hope
sit up straight

while you are waiting, count the clouds
consider the Israelites
eat, sings songs, light candles
listen to the prophets

while you are waiting, reconceive worthiness
consider Mary
believe, ponder in your heart, carry what you can
ask for more wine

while you are waiting, yes—isolate
consider our Savior
bread crumbles, rulers fall, angels cannot catch us
yet the word of the Lord is forever

under the weight of trouble,
remember we’ve been knowing temptation
walk firm through fire, planting each foot
expecting the peace to pass
understanding your place
in the rhythm of revelation.

Michael Lentz
Michael Lentz is a 2017 graduate of Calvin University (neé College) where he studied English Linguistics and Sociology. He serves as the Worship and Media Arts Coordinator at Annapolis Area Christian School where he teaches photography and videography to high schoolers. He is a filmmaker, a writer, and a neighbor. He tries to keep his portfolio up to date at michaelentz.co. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Cover image by Łukasz Łada

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