2020 Benediction Prayer


May God empower us, free us and humble us

To be His hands and feet

To be a blessing

Wherever we go

Wherever we are

Whether the world is watching or not.


Indeed may God deliver us from the need to be seen and applauded

So we might grow in the realization of a new freedom

To enter the hidden pastures and wide open spaces of His pleasure


May we enjoy the blessing of each other’s company as never before.

May each of us also enjoy our own company

In rich moments of reflection and silence and blissful aloneness

Soaking in the Companionship of our Savior.


May we take increasingly bold steps together

Challenging the frontiers of our comfort zones

Discovering divine courage and wisdom in our leaps of faith

As we protect the vulnerable and give voice to the voiceless.


And together may we taste more and more of His unity

So that, by His unfathomable grace,

We might be living evidence of His love.


First shared @church_arc:


poem: Elephantine


For those being killed in the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’


Let’s call it out

that fluorescently scarlet

elephant in the room



the elected tool

of preference


Sweep away those

we don’t understand,

don’t want to deal with


Obscene reversal

not caring for the poor,

we cull them


Burst that elephantine balloon

blood stains across

our faces, our hands



and come to our senses



First published in ‘Orbis, Quarterly International Literary Journal’

poem: Dawn

Dawn sky

Lark fills hollow halls 

of vastness, uncontainable 

sweet echoes of loneliness


Clouds scud the sky

impervious to my meanderings


Nature rebukes my quibbling

with the beauty of her ignoring


Yet embracing



this unknown inclusivity


I am

the alien

immigrant, refugee





First published in Orbis; Quarterly International Literary Journal

Poem: Earthenware


Words hit the wheel

Slapped down soil

Grounded centre

Quality tested

Strained as

Spinning out

To impress

But will these mud walls

Hold all

I want to say


Kiln dried and glazed

Hues to please

Consenting eye

But all too brittle

Too small

To contain

Truth’s edge

Baked out earth losing

The voice

Entrusted me


Yet arching forms

Draw me in

To living clay

Beyond the vessel

For love

For freedom


Binds shards in gold

Our tears

Will mould


Our story







First published in The Voices Project: http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library/earthenware-by-ann-van-wijgerden