Strength to Keep Watch

Strength to Keep Watch

O God
Give me strength to forget
Evils over and done,
History’s fall and fouls,
Yesterday’s frozen hope.
And give me strength to keep watch
For fair weather after a stormy day,
Incense of flowers
And quiet waves.
Give me strength to wait and time to hope:
Until the last day
Strength to keep watch and rejoice
As doves are hatched and babes are born
As flowers bud and blossom
And visions break out and grow.
Give me strength,
O God.

Eliezer Bugatin, from “On the Doorposts of Your House”