Breathe in the quiet purpose of this place;
Through outward stillness, seek a calm within.
Here we can find forgiveness and forgive;
Here feel the healing miracle begin.

Breathe out the busy world, the teeming mind,
The follies, fears and failures of the week;
Breathe out contention, pettiness and pride,
And wait in trust for that of God to speak.

Breathe in communion, friend with quiet friend,
Each drawing closer in this timeless hour;
As all our different needs and gifts are drawn
To the one source of comfort, love and power.

Breathe out at last, to God, the heart's full thanks
That we have seen this vision, known this grace;
Renewed through love, let us that love extend
Through all our daily life beyond this place.

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Comment by Jan Lyn Lewis on 11th mo. 10, 2010 at 4:33pm
Hi Joshua,
I really needed this today. Thanks for sharing poetry here..it is really very good.
Jan Lyn
Comment by Linda J. Wilk on 11th mo. 5, 2011 at 5:54pm

Lovely, Joshua! wondering where you found this poet, and if he has written more.  as I so enjoyed and related to this poem.  I have shared it in our meeting newsletter.  Thanks.

 

Comment by Josh Nichols on 11th mo. 7, 2011 at 6:49pm

You're welcome.

I got the poem from here: www.quakerinfo.org/quakerism/worship

 

 

Comment by Mark Frankel on 8th mo. 27, 2017 at 2:03pm

Thanks for posting this.  Geoffrey is a revered member of my meeting, Kingston upon Thames.

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