Thursday, November 2, 2017

Before the Tabernacle

I want to be always here, to be always here...
Through all the changing seasons of the year,
The seasons of my life. I want to stay
Before you, Lord, to worship and to pray
As day turns into night, and night turns into day.

I want to be always here, to be always here,
Wherever I may be. Let me be near,
Though far away. When I am in a crowd
Keep me alone with you. When on the road
Let me be here still, leaning on your breast.

I want to be always here, to be always here,
Through every sorrow and through every cheer,
Give me this peaceful joy that is the best.
Through every struggle, let me be at rest
Before the tabernacle, with you here.

I want to be always here, to be always here...
Whatever piece of ground I may find dear
May this be dearer still. Within these walls
Is peace from all the world's insistent calls,
Peace in your silent call, your gentle call.

I want to be always here, to be always here,
To be safe with you in the face of every fear,
Let me like Mary choose the better part...
Lord, dwell in the tabernacle of my heart.

4 comments:

  1. It would be interesting to note whether that came to you in a particular Church or chapel

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    1. No, but I was thinking of the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit Church in Ballymun when I thought of it.

      It is a very dull suburban church...I'm the only person who likes it!

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  2. All just right, this prayer, in many ways. It ought to be printed on cards for the backs of churches. And would be very easy to learn by heart. Thank you for writing and posting it.

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    1. You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it. I was trying to write in a "naive" style.

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